Erik Odom: Food deliveryman to Twilight star in days
Up til now, Erik Odom has been a struggling actor in Hollywood while delivering food for Yummy.com in Hollywood. Then everything changed after an open casting call where he won the role of Peter for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.
A few days ago, Maury High graduate Erik Odom was delivering gourmet foods for an outfit called Yummy in the Hollywood Hills. A good day included a $50 tip.
Now, Odom, 24, is one of the newest cast members of the wildly popular “Twilight ” movies. The former Norfolk resident landed the role of the nomadic vampire Peter in “Breaking Dawn,” the two-part treatment that will complete the big-screen adaptation of the best-selling vampire novels.
Odom reacted with surprise, tears and jubilation when he learned he got the part. The news came from a friend, who had heard it from the casting director.
The friend told Odom while pretending to repair a video camera. The camera, however, was fully operational – and was recording the moment.
And Erik has the full support of his family back home in Virginia.
His father said he encouraged his son to move to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. Once there, Odom got callbacks for commercials but no regular jobs.
“I kept telling him that if he was getting callbacks, he was in the ballgame,” his dad said. “Maybe not on the team yet, but in the game.”
“Breaking Dawn ” puts Eric Odom squarely in the acting game.
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