Meraz at a Twilight Saga: New Moon promotional appearance in Houston, Texas, November 10, 2009
January 10, 1985
Mesa, Arizona, U.S.
|Occupation||Dancer, Actor, Martial Artist|
|Spouse(s)||Kim (m. 2007)|
|Children||Somak and Talus Alexander (b. 2012)|
Life and career
Meraz was born in Mesa, Arizona. He attended the New School for the Arts, and is an avid painter and illustrator. Besides break-dancing, which he was advent in during the early 2000s under the name "Nomak," Alex excels in indigenous and contemporary dancing. He has studied mixed martial arts, winning numerous tournaments in karate and the martial art of Capoeira. Alex's first big film was The New World as one of the Powhatan core warriors, inspiring him to continue acting. Thereafter he was in the running for the film Apocalypto but in the end was turned down. His big break came when he was cast as werewolf Paul Lahote in the film New Moon.
He was married December 31, 2007 to his Vietnamese-American wife, Kim. His wife, a Twilight fan, told him he should audition for New Moon, believing he was perfect for the part. They have a son named Somak, for whom his mentor, actor Raoul Trujillo, is the godfather. Somak means "beautiful one" in Quechua, an indigenous language from Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru. In June 2012 the couple had their second child: a son named Talus Alexander Meraz. He also starred in the latest season of CSI: New York. Meraz played a Seal Team member in the 2016 action film Suicide Squad.
|2005||The New World||Core Warrior||Movie|
|2007||Two Spirits, One Journey||Luke||Short film|
|Dancing with Spirit||Dancer||TV, episode "Here on Earth"|
|The Twilight Saga: New Moon||Paul Lahote||Film|
|2010||The Twilight Saga: Eclipse||Paul Lahote||Film|
|2011||City of Gardens||Nicaragua||Film|
|CSI: NY||Odelin Gonzales Jr.||TV|
|The Roommate||Frat Boy||Film|
|The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1||Paul Lahote||Film|
|Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown||Zack||Film|
|The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2||Paul Lahote||Film; credit only|
|186 Dollars to Freedom||Nicaragua||Film|
|2013||The Bronx Bull||Paco||Film|
|The Glades||Moses Clearwater||TV, episode "Happy Trails"|
|Vincent & Luzy||Eric||Post-production|
|Big Thunder||Hosa||TV Movie; post-production|
|2014||Single Ladies||Sergio||TV Show|
|New Worlds||Masca||Mini Series|
|2016||Suicide Squad||Gomez - Seal Team A||Film|
|2017||Animal Kingdom||Javi Cano||TV|
- Alex Meraz on IMDb
- Alex Meraz: Life On The Set Of 'New Moon'. Access Hollywood. 2009-04-16. Archived from the original on 2009-05-02. Retrieved 2009-04-16.
- "Celebuzz". Celebuzz. Archived from the original on 2015-01-21. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
- alexmerazus (11 November 2009). "Alex Meraz on Rachel Ray". Retrieved 17 July 2018 – via YouTube.
- "Somak - Meaning of Somak Name". www.birthvillage.com. Retrieved 17 July 2018.