Facts About Taylor Lautner
Starring as Jacob Black in the Twilight series, this young martial arts student, sex symbol and teen idol is already turning heads and seems destined for great things.
Taylor Lautner, Karate Kid
He started karate in Grand Rapids, Michigan, at 6 and at 7 went to Nationals in Kentucky where he met Michael Chaturantabut, (Chat) someone who was to train him for several years, and get him into acting.. He was a Black belt by 8 and over the next few years won several Junior world championships.
An itinerant Life
At school in Grand Rapids, he also was playing football and baseball. He started being called up for auditions in LA, so often he had to fly there for a day. By 2002, this was so exhausting and disruptive that his family decided to move to Santa Clarita, California.
Taylor Lautner, the Jock
He had a lot of minor roles but got his first big chance in Sharkboy and Lavagirl. Although panned by critics, it enjoyed some international fame. The fight scenes were choreographed by Lautner himself. There were a number of other movies and despite nomination in the 2006 Young Artist Awards, he remained type cast, described by Rolling Stone as “the popular kid, jock, or bully”.
Twilight but the dawn of a new career
Stephanie Meyer’s books on a modern American Werewolf family has become popular and in 2007 Lautner auditioned for the role of Jacob Black, the Native American friend of Bella Swan, in the first of the movies to be made. The film was very successful
In the series, Jacob Black needed to be bigger and differently shaped. In order to keep his role, Taylor Lautner started on an extensive weight training program and added 30 pounds of muscle and beef. He now became the major star of the movie in his own right and the runaway commercial success of the movie was largely due to him.
Twilight not fading away
The 3rd Twightlight movie continued Lautner’s success story and he is scheduled to be in movies 4 and 5 in the series over the next 2 years. He also has roles scheduled in other movies over the next couple of years, thus ensuring he doesn’t remain type cast as a werewolf but will also appear as an action man in a main stream thriller.