You’re sharing the spotlight together with Bailee Madison and James Cromwell in Cowgirls ’N Angels. But given your jam packed schedule with Twilight, 100 Monkeys and your other endeavors, how do you find the time to fit everything in?
[Bailee] is the real star! I like to keep myself busy. You know that old saying, “Idle hands are the Devil’s play.” But this script kind of floated my way through my manager. I read it and I fell in love with it. I was familiar with Bailee and her work, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, and other films that she’s done. She is just an incredible young actress. And then they told me James Cromwell was going to be in it. As a young actor, you’re like, “An old veteran that I look up to! Maybe I can try to learn something.” That’s what I try to do. I try to learn as much as possible. And I wanted do a family film so the stars kind of just aligned.
And you get to be with horses.
Which I do love. I grew up riding.
So why, a good ol’ Texas boy and playing a cowboy, don’t we get to see you doing some riding in this movie?
It’s not about me riding. It’s about these girls, the Sweethearts of the Rodeo, the trick riding. I can’t do trick riding. I can ride a horse. I can get on a horse. I don’t look like I don’t know what’s happening. [Launching into a hilarious cartoonish parody of laughter] “Oh, lookey here. I have no idea! What’s a horse?” This movie’s about the trick riding and family and this little girl Ida discovering who she is.
You’ve been consistently working in one of the biggest franchises in movie history – Twilight. Does that give you the freedom to choose and do smaller roles in films like Cowgirls ’N Angels?
I should say so. Definitely. It’s been an amazing experience. Anytime you do any project that people see [laughing], regardless of whether it’s a franchise, an indie film or a tv show, I think it’s a blessing. As an actor you need an audience. What Twilight brought me was an incredible fan base and incredible audience that just really love those films. And I grew to love the fans because without them, honestly, I’m nothing. They are everything. It’s an amazing experience.