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Alejandro "Alex" Meraz (born January 10, 1985) is an American dancer, actor and martial artist. Meraz is best known for playing the shape-shifter named Paul Lahote in the film New Moon.[2]

Alex Meraz
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Meraz at a Twilight Saga: New Moon promotional appearance in Houston, Texas, November 10, 2009
Alejandro Meraz

(1985-01-10) January 10, 1985 (age 34)[1]
OccupationDancer, Actor, Martial Artist
Years active2005—present
Spouse(s)Kim (m. 2007)
ChildrenSomak and Talus Alexander (b. 2012)


Life and careerEdit

Meraz was born in Mesa, Arizona and is of Purépecha descent. He attended the New School for the Arts, and is an avid painter and illustrator.[1] Besides break-dancing, which he was advent in during the early 2000s under the name "Nomak," Alex excels[citation needed] in indigenous and contemporary dancing. He has studied mixed martial arts, winning numerous tournaments in karate and the martial art of Capoeira[citation needed]. 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.[3]

He is 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.[3] Somak means "beautiful one" in Quechua, an indigenous language from Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru.[4][5] 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.


Year Title Role Notes
2005 The New World Core Warrior Movie
2007 Two Spirits, One Journey Luke Short film
Dancing with Spirit Dancer TV, episode "Here on Earth"
American Experience Warrior TV
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
Bright Serafin Film


  1. ^ a b Alex Meraz on IMDb
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ a b "Celebuzz". Celebuzz. Archived from the original on 2015-01-21. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  4. ^ alexmerazus (11 November 2009). "Alex Meraz on Rachel Ray". Retrieved 17 July 2018 – via YouTube.
  5. ^ "Somak - Meaning of Somak Name". Retrieved 17 July 2018.

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