His character, the chiseled Jacob Black maybe a little too proud in the Twilight Saga franchise, but Taylor Lautner, the actor playing the werewolf, is anything like that in real life.
During a taped interview with Boy Abunda for The Buzz aired on Sunday, Lautner who flew into the country for a fan conference hosted by a local clothing brand, shared that the respect he has for his fans stems from the fact that he owes whatever fame he’s basking on at the moment to all of them.
“I don’t know, I can’t picture not being that gracious. I wouldn't be here without their support and I wouldn't be here without those fans,” he enthused.
The 21-year-old actor’s rise to global fame has been anything but easy. In 2001, during his first months after moving to Los Angeles, the Michigan-bred Lautner only had to make do with small television and film roles, as well as minor commercial stints.
Lautner eventually earned voice-over roles in animated series such as Danny Phantom, Duck Dodgers, and What's New, Scooby-Doo?. In 2005, he snatched ole as Elliot Murtaugh in the comedy film Cheaper by the Dozen 2. During that the same year, he earned his first breakout role through the film The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D.
However, despite his hard work for the said film, which had him spending three months on location in Austin, Texas, the film gained very little international success and even earned negative reviews from critics.
It was only through Twilight in 2008 when he was really able to penetrate the Hollywood scene. From that moment on, fans have strongly associated him to his character Jacob Black
Isn’t it limiting for him?
“I first look at it as that role is what gave me the opportunity to do this. At the same time, I would be fine being known as Jacob Black forever because that role and that experience mean so much to me,” he humbly commented.
Due to the highly successful franchise where Lautner had the chance to work with Kristen Stewart for five years for all five films, he said that he was able to create a special bond with the actress. But present though he’s working with his new girlfriend, Marie Avgeropoulos for the upcoming action film “Tracers.”
According to him, the two actresses are “very similar” and “very different” in some ways.
“I mean, Kristen and I are extremely close. I mean, we've worked together for five years. Marie is extremely talented she did a great job in the movie, we had a blast making the film. It was a challenge so we had a great time together,” described Lautner.
Lautner noted that despite his phenomenal fame, his tight schedule, and appearances left and right, he makes it a point to stop and spend time with his family and the same circle of friends that he had prior to being a celebrity.
“I think what helps me is my close relationship with my family and friends. I mean, I spend time with the same people that I did before any of these happened to me,” he said.
More, he said that what largely contributes to him being “the same” person as he was before stardom was the fact they treat him the exact same way that they did five years ago.
From his interview and his recently-concluded fan conference, one can take that Lautner is very adept in genuinely dealing with other people.
“You know, I would give a lot of that to my parents. My parents helped me a lot growing up because I did. I started at such a young age, I was doing interviews when I was 10 years old and that’s just not normal,” said Lautner, “I’m a people person, I love meeting new people, I love talking with people, I love getting to know people.”
Towards the end of the interview, Lautner thanked his Filipino fans for all the support and even stressed that he had always wanted to come to the country.