Taylor Lautner is pushed to the limit in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1." From devastation to anger to shock, the 19-year-old actor explores every emotion as Jacob comes to terms with losing Bella to Edward.
Lautner talked to Parade.com about saying farewell to the Twilight franchise, and why he couldn't wait to call it a wrap on his final shirtless scene. Caution: Some spoilers ahead!
Why Jacob will always stay with him.
"He's come a long way and he takes a huge step in this film. He really grows up a lot and he has to make some tough choices. I don't know if I could fill Jacob's shoes. When he's in a tough spot, sometimes he doesn't handle it so well, but I feel for him because I don't know how I would handle it. But while I've loved playing him and appreciate all the attention I've gotten, I'm the same person I always have been."
Discovering Jacob's heart would be broken.
"The first time I read Breaking Dawn I was really surprised. Stephanie Meyers sent it to me and I was turning the pages and I'm like, 'Is Jacob going to end up with Bella or not?' I finally get to the chapter where he's with Bella's baby and that was a shocker for me. It kind of took a while to get used to that idea."
But he and Kristen will remain forever buds.
"We've become closer throughout the years and we are extremely good friends now. Sometimes on set, we'd catch ourselves just being Taylor and Kristen, laughing and being ourselves, and there just happens to be a camera rolling, and then that makes it in the movie and that becomes Jacob and Bella. It was great to just be able to mess around with each other on set and have fun."
The secret to his to-die-for abs.
"I've pretty much always been a pretty healthy eater and I don't pig out. If I occasionally want ice cream or something, I can have it. I've always been really active. I grew up playing sports, so I'm always shooting hoops or throwing the football with my friends. I'm super-active in that sense."
He still suffered to look ripped.
"I had people bringing me food and shoving it in my face, saying 'Eat Taylor!' They sort of had to force me. Then I had to get my butt in the gym and that's difficult because we were filming 12- to 15-hour days. I can definitely say that after my last shirtless scene, as soon as I wrapped, it was a huge celebration. I went out and had desert for the first time in a while, and I took few days off of the gym."
On his tearful goodbye to Twilight.
"In my last scene in Breaking Dawn, Bella has just died and I run outside and crumple to the ground and just lose it. I'm bawling. That was my last scene of Twilight ever and I definitely had some extra motivation."
On the encounter with fans that he'll never forget.
"Kristen and I were doing interviews in a hotel in Brazil and all of a sudden our security barges in and locks the door. We're like, 'What's going on?' And they said, 'Remain calm, but about 2,000 girls just broke through the hotel lobby and they're on their way up the stairs to get to this room.' Then they went, 'But it's OK because we have the National Guard on their way.' And the National Guard actually did show up and everything was fine."
He's looking forward to some downtime.
"When you're working so hard, the number-one thing you want to do is wake up in your own bed and do absolutely nothing. You just want to sit on the couch all day. I have not been on vacation I think in, like, four years."
He managed to have a little fun while promoting Twilight Down Under.
"When I went to Australia, I went shark diving. It was crazy. It was called 'extreme' shark diving because even though we were in cages, we literally could touch the sharks swimming by. They were huge and I'm terrified of sharks. Then I went to a wildlife park and held kangaroos. That was nice."
On trying to get away from Internet gossip.
"It's tough because sometimes you'll just be on the web and things pop up or you get emailed something from a friend. It is definitely impossible to avoid stuff about me sometimes, but it's pretty important to try. It's very rare that things are true about yourself that are on the Internet. It's just sad sometimes. So you definitely try and stay away from it as much as possible."