Twilight star Taylor Lautner says fame made him scared to leave the house

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Twilight actor Taylor Lautner has reflected on the negative impact of fame.

At the height of the movie franchise's popularity – over a decade ago – Lautner's portrayal of teenage werewolf Jacob Black catapulted him into superstardom alongside co-stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart.

Joining US talk show Today on Thursday (January 27), he shared: "Not many things in life can come and happen overnight. Fame can. It also can disappear overnight.

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Photo credit: NBC Universal

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"When I was 16, 17, 18 years old, waking up and trying to just go out for a walk or go on a date and I had 12 cars waiting outside my house to follow me wherever I'm going or show up to an airport or anywhere, and you have thousands of fans screaming."

According to the Cuckoo cast member, he didn't step foot inside a cinema or shopping centre for at least 10 years in fear of attracting attention – when he did, "it felt like freedom".

"I went so many years either not leaving my house, or if I did, hat, sunglasses, and just like, scared. It built up something inside of me where, I didn't know it, but I was scared to go out. I'd get super anxious to go out. So I just didn't."

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Photo credit: Summit Entertainment

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Despite experiencing a tough relationship with exposure of this magnitude, Lautner went on to admit that when it began to subside he questioned his relevancy.

"In the moment, it got frustrating because you just wanted to live a normal life. But then when that's taken away from you at all, you start to question yourself and start to be like 'oh, do people not care about me anymore?'

"When it goes away a little bit, you notice it, and that's the dangerous part because that can mess with your mind," he added.

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