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'Twilight' Countdown: Taylor Lautner takes your questions

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Taylor Lautner, 16, who plays one third of the Bella-Edward-Jacob love triangle in “Twilight,” might just be the busiest of the movie's cast members.

Today he has several meetings and a few hours worth of interviews, and he’s still filming NBC's My Own Worst Enemy.” Lucky for us, he took a timeout to talk about “Twilight,” women’s underwear and giving fan advice to costars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.

(One note: I tried to get in as many of your questions as possible, but I had limited time with Taylor today. The good news is that there will be at least two more opportunities for me to pry more information out of him, so keep your questions coming in the comments below.)

Talk to me about the sequels. Are you bulking up to play a werewolf? What’s the status?
They haven’t made any decisions whatsoever about sequels. I’m sure they’re going to wait for 'Twilight' to come out and see how it does before they make any decisions. It’s just a matter of waiting and seeing what Summit wants to do. But it would be fun. I try not to get my hopes up and even think about it.

Have you had any discussions with the director [Catherine Hardwicke] or anyone about it?
Not really. I tried to once, but she just didn’t even want to go there. Nobody wants to go there! It’s hard!

But there’s reason to hope, right? Because you’ve been in character as “older” Jacob before …
Yes, during the auditions. I originally met with Catherine and she wanted me to do a ‘chemistry read’ with Kristen Stewart. We did a few scenes from the first book, like the beach scene, and then we read some lines straight out of the books “New Moon” and “Eclipse.”

Which parts did you read?
I don’t remember the specific scenes, but I do know that the scenes I did showed a huge difference in Jacob’s character. He goes from happy-go-lucky and friendly in “Twilight” to when he’s more of a werewolf and more of an adult, all intense and grumpy. She wanted to see as much of me playing the different sides to Jacob as possible.

Excellent. So clearly, you’re ready to deal with the rabid “Twilight” fans for a while longer. You know, at Comic-Con you did seem the most at ease with the screams. Were you nervous at all?
We were all standing backstage waiting to go out and they told me ‘It’s going to be crazy. Once you get downstairs there’s going to be 6,500 fans.’ I kind of brushed it off and said ‘Yeah, OK, sure.’ But then “Twilight” came up on the screen, and everyone just started screaming. I’ve never seen anything like it before. We were all pretty nervous but once we got out there it was pretty fun –- at least for me. The fans are just very passionate and really excited for the movie to come out already. So am I!

I thought Robert, in particular, looked like he was going to pass out from fear. Did you give him any words of advice in dealing with fans?
(Laughs) Actually, both he and Kristen have come up to me and asked, ‘How do you not freak out? What do you do?’ And they’re all sweating (laughs again). I tell them, ‘I don’t know. I mean, this is fun!’ But they’re all disappointed, like ‘Oh, OK.’ They’re funny.

You really do have a good rapport with them. I read that you even dropped by one of the “Breaking Dawn” release parties. You really just wanted to drop by?
Yes. Fans are the driving force behind this thing, so it’s very important to me to respect that. I was in my hometown in Michigan and thought it would be fun to go to the “Breaking Dawn” release party. I was there until 2 a.m. hanging out, signing books. It was a good time! There were over 1,000 fans there and it was a nice surprise for them.

Have they ever gotten out of hand?
Well, one of the weirdest and scariest things that I’ve discovered is that there is underwear -- women’s underwear -- being sold on the Internet and it has 'Team Taylor' written on it. Women’s underwear is being sold with my name [not Jacob’s] imprinted on the front of it. One of my friends or family members e-mailed me the link and asked ‘What is this?’ I’m not quite sure.

The “Twilight” boys seem to be getting most of the attention so far in the media. Can you tell us more about what Kristen is like?
The only people that were there when I was on set were Kristen and Rob, and he wasn’t there too much. So it was basically just me and Kristen. She’s very easygoing. It takes her a little bit to warm up to people. She’s a little shy and reserved. Her and Rob both are. But she was very fun to be around.

Did you guys hang out while you were filming?
Yeah. Portland has the best food I’ve ever had. It was amazing. We’d finish at 5:30 p.m. and just go out to eat the best steak, or there were all kinds of crawfish restaurants. It was so delicious. Food took up a lot of the down time.

OK, a couple more, straight from your fans: They want to know if you still practice martial arts, and if you got to use any of your skills in the movie.
I gave up martial arts when I was 13. I realized acting is really what I want to do. I still try and keep up with it a little bit here and there. When I can, I’ll see if I try and kick off some rust and see what I still got in me. Nothing for 'Twilight' though. Jacob doesn’t have much action in ‘Twilight’ at all.

We’ve seen pics -- and video! -- of the werewolf pack online. Does this first movie include any of the elements from “New Moon”? The character of Sam isn’t really introduced until then …
They’re not in much of the movie. They’re in the beach scene. When I come up and say 'Hi' to Bella they’re there. But again, not much. They barely get introduced.

Do you have a real-life Bella?
I don’t have a one in particular, but have had a few important girls over the years.

-- Denise Martin

Related:

Complete 'Twilight' Countdown coverage
Complete 'Twilight' coverage on Hero Complex

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Comments () | Archives (73)

I love Taylor, thanks for the interview it was great! If you get to talk to him again, these are my questions:

Have you read the entire Twilight series? If so, which is your favorite book, and which book would you be most excited to see become a movie?

What was the best moment you had on the set of Twilight?

What do you like to do in your spare time?

-Leah, 16, Arizona :]

Hey Denise! Thanks so much for interviewing Taylor, he seems like such a great guy!
If you get a chance, could you maybe ask him my question?
:D

Taylor: What is your favorite thing about the relationship between Bella and Jacob? Is it awkward at all when you think about the fact you'll maybe be playing it out on screen? And also, which Twilight book is your favorite? Thanks!

- Molly

Hey Denise great interview and thanks for asking my question (others mentioned it as well)!

I was wondering if there was ever a 'Edward' that maybe has come and taken away or 'dazzled' his girl.

Thanks

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HEY
i just really wanted to be the third comment:)

Will you ask Taylor how to spell Stephenies name?
I really want to see if the cast can spell it right(itd make me very happy if they could.)


Oh and will you tell him that the reason is that there is Team Taylor on underwear is because he's amazing.

Also which bad guy is his favorite in Twilight?
KayThanks.

Hi, My name is Carla, from Argentina and this is my question to Taylor

"We heard you don't like vampires.. but if you'd have to play a vampire from the Twilight saga.. Who would it be?"

And another...

"Have you read Breaking Dawn?" "Did you like it?"

Taylor seems like such a great person! His interviews are always so interesting, the responses are always so fun to read!

Q: We hear so much about your work on Twilight, but how is your experience with your new project "My Own Worst Enemy"? Do you like it?

Q: Out of the entire Twilight series, assuming all the books will be made into movies, which scene will you be looking forward to filming the most?

Last one I promise! Lol

Q: Actors have been known to keep props from their sets after filiming wraps up, have you decided to keep anything from the set of Twilight, as a memorabilia from your experience?

I like Taylor, he's very warm. :] Kristen and Rob are very interesting characters. They are scared of us though. Lmao....I feel absolutely horrible that we installed so much fear in them, we're not going to kill them or anything, Twilight fans are just extremely passionate. Hopefully in the future they will be alright with walking outside because from what I've seen they are seriously scared of us. xD Thank you for the interview, Taylor is a sweetheart and seems extraordinarily amiable. =]

Thanks for the interview, but why wasn't my question for taylor asked? Why?

My question is:

If you were to travel, where would it be?

POSSIBLY QUEBEC, CANADA? :D

That interview was great Denise :)
i never get more excited when theres new news from Twilight and the actors :DDD
okay so i've got two questions:

Q1. Have you ever kept any props from the set (or anything from First Beach etc.) to keep as a memory of filming the first going-to-be-AMAZING Twilight movie? :)

&

Q.2. We've already heard that some Twilight stars love to prank others on set, so my question is: When you were fliming your scenes, who was the on-set prankster, and what pranks did they pull?

Hey:D
1. Describe the Twilight Cast in one word. ( each and every one ) :D
2. Do you think youre going to be Typecast as Jacob with the rest of your career?

Oh and I have another Question.:D
1. What were some funny moments Behind The Scenes?:)

no one in particular for his own bella? what hapened to sara hicks? hmmm...

who was the funniest actor or actress on the set? who did u like the most while working on the set?

Hey, thanks for interviewing Taylor for us he's awesome... I live in the UK and just wanted to let you know that there are thousands of Twilight fans here too :P

Here's my questions:
1) How do you feel knowing that Twilight is famous throughout the world?

2) Would you ever go to another country and surprise the fans?

3) If the other books aren't made into movies, what would you like to do next?

OME! I have that under wear with ur name on it jk! =D thanx for the wonderful interview it was really fun to read!

Awwww! Don't worry Taylor...I'll be your Bella!!!!!!!!!!!!

No...seriously i will

taylor okay my questions are:
1) twilight is coming out in other countrys on diff dates would you go and suprise the fans????
2)and would you do that in the usa????
3) why did you try out for jacob?????
4)are you like jacob in any of the books????
5) do you think there are more team edward,team jacob,ot team both??????

thanks and i love that you were picked to play jacob!!!!!! No one would have made me as happy as i was when i found out!!!!! So thanks alot love you so much!!!!!

Hey Taylor, wiil you marry me? *-*

Hi Taylor
I love you very much, you are very beautiful,
I read twilight and New Moon, the character that you will do is wonderful ;D
kisses

Hi Taylor
What do you expect of your character in the next movie new moon?


I love you very much, you are very beautiful,
I read twilight and New Moon, the character that you will do is wonderful
kisses,
Ewellym,14, Brasil

hi tayor my name is Ana and I'm from Brazil,and me and the brazilian fans can't wait to see TWILIGHT in here..=]

but my question is:What you expect from the movies if have the sequence,and special now New Moon!

thanks you rock!!!
kisses

Hey,Taylor!
Did you expected to be known in the whole world only because of the movie? What's the funniest thing about being an actor of Twilight?

PS: I would never dream about a better Jacob! You're really handsome!
Love,
Larissa,Brazil

 
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