Edi Mue Gathegi Film, television and stage actor Edi Gathegi has earned recognition for his roles as Laurent in the Twilight and Dr. Jeffery Cole on House M.D. Pic:Photo Courtesy
10 Facts you probably didn’t know about Kenya’s Hollywood star Edi Gathegi
Edi Mue Gathegi was born in Kenya on March 10, 1979, and relocated to California in his youth. He studied acting at New York University, and soon after began landing high-profile roles on television shows like CSI: Miami and House M.D. Gathegi’s big break in film came when he was cast as Laurent in Twilight (2008). He went on to appear in The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009), and has since earned roles in feature films such as X-Men: First Class(2011).
Here are 10 facts about him.
1.His initial plan to play basketball at the University of California did not go on well
2.So he went back to New York University where he studied arts and majored into acting career.
3.His big appearances have been cast into top flying movies such as The Blacklist, The Blacklist: Redemption, 3.StartUp, X-Men: First Class, Twilight, House, CSI: Miami, Nikita, Into the Badlands, Veronica Mars, Crank,Blacklist, and Lincoln Heights
4.He was borne in Umoja Estate located in Nairobi. He only came back to Kenya when he was 16 years old.
5.Gathegi’s first professional role was the Haitian Cabbie in the 2006 film Crank.
6.Edi loves Ugali, potatoes and Sauti sol band
7.He speaks very little Swahili.
8.The ace has not worked with the Kenyan borne actress in Hollywood Lupita Wyong’o
9.The 38 year old began his career in 2006
10.He was Nominated for Featured Actor in a Play for the role of Franco Wicks in the Geffen Playhouse production of “Superior Donuts”
Edi Mue Gathegi was born in Nairobi, Kenya, on March 10, 1979. One of three children, Gathegi’s family moved to the United States when he was young and settled in Albany, California.
Gathegi attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, as an undergraduate with the intention of playing basketball. However, his life dramatically changed when he blew out his knee during training, subsequently ending his athletic career. As a result, Gathegi became depressed and decided he wanted to take, what he considered, an easy course. He enrolled in an acting class and immediately fell in love with the art.
Gathegi was later accepted into New York University, where he studied acting at the Tisch School of the Arts.
Gathegi graduated from from New York University in 2005 and landed his first major role the following year, appearing in Crank with Jason Statham and Amy Smart. The young actor quickly earned roles alongside Hollywood A-listers, performing opposite Kevin Bacon in Death Sentence and as Cheese in Ben Affleck’s Gone Baby Gone.
Gathegi was not only turning heads on the silver screen, he was finding success on television. He appeared on CSI: Miami, and earned much recognition and popularity for his reccurring role as Dr. Jeffery “Big Love” Cole on House M.D.
As Gathegi’s career began to flourish, he received a suggestion from a casting director about auditioning for a role as a vampire in the upcoming Twilight film. Although initially skeptical, Gathegi went to the audition and earned the role of Laurent in the film adaptation of Stephemie Meyer’s best-selling novel. Gathegi recalls that his skepticism completely dissipated after reading the first book, and falling in love with the story and its characters.
Twilight (2008) was an international success, and Gathegi went on to star in the franchise’s second film, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, in 2009. Gathegi earned another high-profile role in 2011, as Armando Muñoz/Darwin in the film X-Men: First Class.
Off the set, Gathegi spends his time traveling, playing sports, reading and watching movies, and prefers to spend his time in New York: The actor once told Vanity Fair magazine that New York City is the only city he’s lived in that has “felt like home.”