Taylor Lautner Gets Real About Fame, Love, and the ‘Twilight’ Years

Now he laughs at that thought.

Lautner is 30, engaged, has dogs, and lives a quiet life outside of Los Angeles. He tells CNN he likes to hit the town for a get-together here and there, but is happy to see himself as a regular guy — with just enough Hollywood attraction to put it to good use.

“I like a little space,” he told CNN. “I like that I can come into town and do my thing when I want and also be able to walk away when we want too and have some peace and quiet.”

Lautner began his acting career at age 8, working in commercials, doing voice-overs and eventually landing the role of Shark Boy in “The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl” when he was 12.

In 2008, he starred in the first film “Twilight” and his life changed dramatically, as rabid fans of the franchise turned him into a teenager. icon. He says he relied on his parents to keep him grounded.

“In ‘Twilight,’ I was the youngest — I was 16 — and so my parents were a big part of (grounding me) and even when I was doing movies, when I was at home , I still had to take out the trash. I still had to mow the lawn,” he said. His parents, he joked, used to tell him, “We don’t care if you’re on the big screen. You always have to do your chores.”

While he says he’s grateful for the role of shapeshifter Jacob Black in the film series — and the paychecks that come with it — he decided to take a step back from Hollywood after starring in all five “Twilight” movies.

“My parents definitely put it into perspective. I think even for them it was uncharted territory for parents who have a 16-year-old going through this,” he says. “It was a learning curve for all of us as a family. And that’s why I think hindsight is just a good refresher and just to make sure you’re doing things for the right reasons. ”

“I look like I’m on ‘The Bachelor’ – doing things for ‘the right reasons’,” he laughs, a famous line often quoted on the reality TV show, a guilty pleasure for him .

He was looking for something meaningful, and that’s when he found love with his now fiancée, a nurse who worked brutal hours helping patients during the pandemic.

Lautner’s sister introduced the two when she took her to game night at Lautner’s house.

“We’ve been together for four and a half years,” he says. “It was amazing. She makes me a better person.”

The two live together with their two rescue dogs – Lily, who was his fiancée’s dog before they got together, and Remi, their second dog – and Lautner has taken up animal rescue. He partnered with Hill’s Pet Nutrition this year to promote the Clear The Shelters campaign, which encourages people to adopt from local shelters.

“She already had Lily when we met and Lily quickly became my best friend,” Lautner said. “The next thing I know is that she sends me a photo of Remi and (explains to me) how Remi, his seven siblings and his mother were abandoned in a field. Remi changed our lives over the past year.”

As for Hollywood, he says he reads scripts and produces a few things, but he doesn’t pressure himself to work for fun.

“I read stuff and what I want to do at this point is I only want to do something if it means something to me,” he says. “Whether that means it’s a story I’m passionate about or whether it’s working with someone I really want to work with.”

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