Charlie Bewley has come a long way since his days of scrubbing pots, driving cab and selling sneakers in Whistler. Today, the ski-bum-turned-actor has a recurring role in a major motion picture series, Twilight . Perhaps you've heard of it?
Bewley plays Demetri, one of the Volturi clan, in the cult classic, which stars Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning, among many others.
"I think my character is the most physically elite vampire going, because the Volturi are essentially the masters of the underworld and I used to be the head guard, and I'm only not the head guard because Dakota Fanning's character has these psychological powers that make you believe you're in massive amounts of pain," Bewley mused.
"That's kind of cheating power - my powers are more like I track and I chase and I'm extremely strong. Therefore, I get to play this vampire that knows he's the best vampire in the world, and yes, he is a bad guy, essentially, but he's not really doing anything bad himself, he's just doing his job."
But long before his days on the big screen, this UK-born actor was shredding Whistler and Blackcomb and exploring local mountain bike trails.
Last week, he returned to Whistler to soak up the sun and relive his days as a resident, snowboarding and mountain biking. On Tuesday morning, he was still in B.C., but was getting ready to return to L.A. to get back to work on another film project.
"Honestly, all the memories came flooding back. It was really nice."
The visit was almost enough to make him want to abandon his blossoming acting career and return to Whistler.
"It's so tempting. You guys have got a life there, it really is. I'm very, very envious of everyone there."
Bewley did his first Whistler season in 2000-2001.
"That was just an unbelievable experience. I was very young at the time and I... started working at some chalet in Blueberry, and when I got my visa, I started working at Ulli's (now 21 Steps), I was like a pot wash there, and then I moved to Footlocker in the spring and summer," he recalled.
Then, he met an English girl working behind the counter of Cows, serving ice cream. They returned to England together to go to university. They came back to Whistler in 2005. Bewley found work as a cab driver, the ideal Whistler job, which allowed him to ride all day, work all night and never sleep.
"I was just fresh out of university, I was given this three-litre Chevy to do doughnuts in the snow with, and I just cranked the tunes and picked people up and talked to them! It was a very social job."