I think the same thing every time I see my friend’s little boy: She’s going to have to beat the girl’s off with a stick when he grows up. Taylor Lautner’s mother must have had friends like me. I hoped they warned her and that she prepared herself for the madness.
Growing up in Michigan, Taylor studied a number of martial arts forms from a very young age. Before he even reached his teens, he already had number one rankings, gold medals and world championships under his belt…black belt that is. Had he not been encouraged by others to try his hand at acting, we may very well have been following his career in another arena. The acting bug won out though and his family decided to permanently relocate to California to give him better opportunities. Their faith in his talent paid off.
It’s hard to believe that the little boy who started out with the cheeky grin (and the fin on his back) in The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl grew up into one of the hottest stars on the planet. With the latest installment of the Twilight franchise about to explode over screens worldwide, women everywhere are working themselves into a frenzy over a certain teenage werewolf. Michael J. Fox has got nothing on this kid. He’s too sexy for his fur.
In New Moon, he reprises his role as Jacob Black, a shape-shifter/werewolf who befriends and falls in love with Bella Swan. While Jacob was somewhat of a secondary character in Twilight, here he’s a larger, more physical presence. His fan base (Go, Team Jacob!) is rabid and when it was rumored someone else might assume the role, they responded with outrage. For them, no one is better suited to play Jacob. I have to agree.
Taylor took his responsibility to the film and to his fans so seriously that he added 30 pounds of muscle for the more physically demanding role. Asked about his preparations during a television interview, he gamely flicked up his shirt and I was immediately thankful that I have always been too sanelazy to truly stalk someone. The boy – did I mention that he’s only 17? – has abs like a Spartan (except that none of his are painted on) and eyes that can cast spells. He is definitely one of the most talented, charming and handsome actors in Hollywood.
He is also “jailbait” and I really don’t appreciate being put in this situation…again. I haven’t had a crisis of conscience like this since underage wizards learned to fly.
Look for Taylor in New Moon opening in theaters nationwide on November 20th. You can also look for him on February 11th when he turns 18 (and you can stop feeling guilty for googling that clip of him taking off his shirt in the film’s trailer. Don’t act like I’m the only one!).
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