Edi Gathegi

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Edi Gathegi
Edi Gathegi.jpg
Gathegi in January 2009
Born Edi Mue Gathegi[1]
(1979-03-10) March 10, 1979 (age 35)
Nairobi, Kenya
Occupation Actor
Years active 2006–present

Edi Mue Gathegi (born March 10, 1979) is a Kenyan-American film, stage and television actor. He appeared as recurring character Dr. Jeffrey Cole (aka "Big Love") in the television series House, as Cheese in the 2007 film Gone Baby Gone and as Laurent in the films Twilight, its sequel The Twilight Saga: New Moon and Darwin in X-Men: First Class.

Early life[edit]

Born in Eastlands, Nairobi, Kenya, Gathegi grew up in Albany, California.[2] As an undeclared undergraduate at the University of California, Santa Barbara, he was more interested in playing basketball and was good at it, until he injured his knee; this plunged him into depression, so he took up an acting class as an "easy course". This is how he discovered his love for acting.[2] Afterwards, studied at New York University's Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School of the Arts, graduating in 2005.[3] Gathegi's career began in theatre,[4] and his stage credits include Two Trains Running at the Old Globe Theatre, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Othello, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Cyrano de Bergerac, among others.[1]

Career[edit]

Gathegi's first professional role was the Haitian Cabbie in the 2006 film Crank. Though he had originally auditioned for the role of Kaylo, the producers gave the role to Efren Ramirez and instead offered Gathegi an appearance as the Haitian Cabbie.[4] He was dubious at first about performing a Haitian accent, but was coached by a Haitian friend.[4] In 2007, after guest-starring on Lincoln Heights and Veronica Mars, Gathegi went on to star as Bodie in Death Sentence, Darudi in The Fifth Patient and Cheese in Gone Baby Gone. He later had a recurring role as Mormon intern Dr. Jeffrey Cole on the television medical drama House, his character was often mocked for his religious beliefs by Dr. House, who himself is an Atheist. He also guest-starred on CSI: Miami, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Life on Mars in 2008 before being cast as Laurent in Twilight. When Gathegi first auditioned for the 2008 film, adapted from the same-titled first book in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series, he had not heard of the series and was not aware that his character was a vampire.[5] He now has read the whole series and calls himself a hardcore fan.[5][6] He will play A-Guy in Son of Magnet. He portrays Eddie Willers in Atlas Shrugged (2011), based on Ayn Rand's novel of the same name.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Crank Haitian Cabbie
2007 House Dr. Jeffrey Cole TV series
2007 Gone Baby Gone Cheese
2007 The Fifth Patient Darudi
2007 Death Sentence Bodie
2007 Lincoln Heights Boa TV series
2008 Twilight Laurent
2009 My Bloody Valentine 3D Deputy Martin
2009 The Twilight Saga: New Moon Laurent
2011 X-Men: First Class Armando Muñoz / Darwin
2011 Atlas Shrugged Eddie Willers
2011 Nikita Kalume Ungara Episode: "Girl's Best Friend"
2011 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part I Laurent Flashback only
2013 Hawken Web Series TBA Web series
2013 The Family Tools Darren Bichette TV series
2013 Beauty & the Beast Kyle TV series
2013 Red Widow Leon TV series
2014 Justified Jean Baptiste TV series
2014 Shiva and May Dex

Awards and nominations[edit]

Ovation Awards

  • 2011: Nominated for Featured Actor in a Play for the role of Franco Wicks in the Geffen Playhouse production of "Superior Donuts"[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Shirlene Alusa-Brown (April 7, 2008). "Edi Mue Gathegi – Slated to Shine in 'Twilight'". Jamati Online. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  2. ^ a b Cassandra Handley (November 4, 2008). "Q&A: Twilight's Edi Gathegi". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  3. ^ "NYU Graduate Acting Alumni". 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-01. 
  4. ^ a b c "Twilight Lexicon Q&A with Edi Gathegi". TwilightLexicon.com. March 10, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  5. ^ a b Denise Martin (October 28, 2008). "'Twilight' Countdown: Edi Gathegi's vampire love". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  6. ^ Sara Castillo (August 4, 2008). "We Speak with 'Twilight's' Jacob and Laurent!". FearNet.com. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  7. ^ "Kiss Me Kate Tops 2011 Ovation Award Nominations.". 19 September 2011. 

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