While our own Kate Spencer was interviewing Mike Welch on the Breaking Dawn black carpet on Monday, they were interrupted by the piercing sound of fans noticing the arrival of Robert Pattinson. Mike, whose character Mike has also grown used to girls reactions to Edward, joked about what it must be like for Rob to live with that kind of daily reaction to your existence.
“That’s his life. That’s every day for him,” he remarked. “This is once a year for me. He goes into Starbucks and that happens.”
Mike admires the way RPattz and Kristen Stewart have managed their mega-fame through the years. “He handles it like a champ, because he is just a self-deprecating human being and he doesn’t really take any of it seriously, so he’s just like, whatever,” he said. “Kristen doesn’t care at all. She just wants to make movies. It’s pretty amazing that those two people were put in this position. It’s crazy.”
And though he’s not the kind of star to make girls scream on the street, Mike is very grateful for what his Twilight fame has allowed him to do. “I got to go with the USO and go to Germany and hang out with the military and the military families over there,” he said. He’s also been fundraising for the Thirst Project. “I got to do a campaign and raise money just from Twilight fans, where we were able to raise enough money to build a clean water well in a small country in Africa called Swaziland. I’m going to be going there in two weeks to visit the community where we built this well.
“How many people get to be in that position where to contribute something that positive?” he asked. “It’s cool to be in that position.”
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