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Mike Newton is one of the over friendly boys who initially has a crush on Bella when she arrives at Forks High School. However, as with the rest of the boys, Bella does not return his affections. In Twilight Mike often asks Bella to accompany him on dates, and as always, Bella declines with some sort of excuse or reason.
He has a strong dislike for Edward Cullen which he allows to fester. It is with Mike and a group of friends in that Bella goes to First Beach, where she meets Jacob Black and learns/figures out that Edward is a vampire. Later on Mike goes to the movies with Jacob and Bella and tries hard to compete against Jacob for Bella’s attention.
Mike’s family owns a local sporting goods store, which serves as Bella’s only job in the series. Mike and Jessica date for a time in Twilight but break up partially due to Mike’s continually infatuation with Bella. Mike and Jessica are together again at Bella and Edward’s wedding in Breaking Dawn, where Edward comments that “Mike’s having difficulty with improper thoughts about a married woman.”
Mike Newton was raised in Forks, Washington. His family owns and operates the Newton’s Olympic Outfitters, a local outdoor sporting goods store in Forks. Growing up in a family-run business environment, Mike likely spent a significant portion of his childhood helping out or being involved in some capacity with the store.
As a student at Forks High School, Mike was popular and well-liked by his peers. He was known for his friendly demeanor and was quite active in school activities.
Fun Fact: He claims that his best friend would describe him as “crazy, wacky, silly and fun.”
Hometown(s): Los Angeles, California;
Career: Michael Welch’s acting career was launched at the age of ten on the television series Frasier while playing young Niles. He later starred as the beloved Luke Girardi on the television series Joan of Arcadia in 2003. His unique ability to play very different types of characters was demonstrated on Chicago Hope, where he played a Buddhist monk, and Judging Amy, as an American Indian lost in the foster care system. Michael is no stranger to the stage, as he had the wonderful opportunity to play Sir Ian McKellen’s son in Enemy of the People with the Royal National Theatre. He has also appeared in An American Crime, My Suicide, American Son, Choose Connor, Day of the Dead, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, and The Beautiful Ordinary. Michael has recently completed his most challenging role in the indie movie Lost Dream. Mike is now well known for his portrayal of Mike Newton in Twilight and the greatly anticipated New Moon.
About Them: Michael Alan Welch is Jewish on his mother’s side. His role model is Robin Williams. His favorite films are Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and The Matrix. His favorite food is cheese. He enjoys classic rock music as the Beatles, Led Zepplin, Jimi Hendrix, AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Metallica, Jethro Tull, Pearl Jam and Nirvana. He is a huge fan of Edward Norton. He is currently taking independent college courses. He is a skilled drummer and plays in a band with fellow actor, Joey Zimmerman. He is a huge fan of Family Guy. He has played both a mentally retarded person (in The United States of Leland) and a genius (in Joan of Arcadia). His family owns a dog named Charley-it was a runaway that they adopted after the 1994 earthquake in Northridge, California.
Quick Quote: “You have to put your own ego aside and do what’s right for the role. I’ve always been willing to do that. I really don’t care what I look like as long as it fits with the thing I’m working on.”