Erik Odom was delivering food for Yummy.com in Hollywood prior to landing his role as nomadic vampire Peter in the Breaking Dawn movie. Overnight everything changed for Erik after an open casting call where he won the role of Peter in 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.
Odom graduated from Maury in 2004 and was captain of the cross-country team. He spent four years at Virginia Tech, where he earned a degree in exercise science and nutrition.
He worked for a while as a personal trainer at Norfolk Karate Academy, where his father, William Odom, a 25-year military veteran, is director.
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.”