West End residents on ‘Oprah’ for ‘Twilight’ special

FORKS — Anna Rose Counsell-Geyer, chairwoman of the Quileute tribe, and Forks resident Diane Winters were among the special audience guests who will be featured during the Oprah Winfrey Show’s “Twilight Saga: Eclipse” special that will air May 13.

The show was filmed Wednesday in Chicago.

Counsell-Geyer was accompanied by tribal publicist Jackie Jacobs.

“It is so wonderful that both Forks and the Quileute Nation are represented,” Jacobs wrote in an e-mail.

“You add ‘Oprah’ to the equation and it makes the event that much more surreal,” Jacobs said.

“I personally hope she is ‘Team Jacob.'”

The May 13 episode, which airs at 4 p.m. on NBC, will promote the June 20 release of the third movie based on bestselling vampire novels that author Stephenie Meyer set in Forks, LaPush and Port Angeles.

In addition to meeting the three top stars of the series of movies — Kristen Stewart, who plays Bella Swan, Robert Pattinson, who plays her vampire beau Edward Cullen, and Taylor Lautner, who plays Jacob Black, a Quileute — the audience also was treated to a pre-screening of “Eclipse.”

Counsell-Geyer said in a statement that she is “delighted to be able to join the ‘Oprah’ show and represent the beautiful people of the Quileute.”

Winters said she was invited to join the show after applying through the Web site.

“She’s had a lot of fun since she’s been there,” said her husband, Richard Winters.

She wrote in an e-mail that she was chosen from among 20,000 applicants.

“I was chosen, one, because I was from Forks, and, two, because I was the oldest Twilight fan that applied,” Winters wrote.

She did not share her age in the e-mail and was not available to talk Wednesday.

“I guess there is something to be said about being older . . . (laugh),” she wrote.

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Reporter Paige Dickerson can be reached at 360-417-3535 or at [email protected] news.com.

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