He's thought to be among the highest-paid teens in Hollywood, but Taylor Lautner swears he's just an ordinary guy.
Although he signed a $7.5 million deal to play “Stretch Armstrong” in a movie about the iconic toy, he chose Olive Garden as the lunch venue for his interview with GQ. “Do you like this place?” he asked GQ’s Mickey Rapkin. “My father turned me on to it.”
In the interview, he shares how a series of fateful events brought him from being a regular 7-year-old kid taking karate classes in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to his status as an icon recognized around the world - a fact that never fails to amaze him.
If it weren’t for "Twilight" co-star Kristin Stewart, he likely would’ve “passed out” when he was presenting at the Oscars. “You're looking down and you're talking to George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio - and they're listening to you!” he said.
And while it may be hard to remember that Lautner is really just a kid when watching his pumped-up physique on-screen, he's had his share of self-doubt just like any other teenager.
When he had to re-audition for the role of Jacob Black, he really worked - mentally and physically - to keep the part. "I'm in the gym, and I'm doing reps, and I'm reading the books, and I'm studying the character. I'm just saying to myself, 'I want this role. I love this role. I'm not gonna lose it. And I'm gonna know it better than anybody, and I'm gonna do that extra rep, because I'm gonna be Jacob Black,” he said.
And while Lautner may have gone from a Midwestern kid learning karate to having one of the most recognizable faces - and abs - in Hollywood, he's still an 18-year-old guy living at home with his parents. But, Lautner said, he likes it that way.
"The thing I love is that my home life hasn't changed," the actor told GQ. "I still help out with the garbage. I still help out with the lawn."
To read the full interview with Lautner, head to GQ.com.
awwwww he is so genuine and humble i wish him all the success and more
bad actor...i too think he's gay. listen to the way he talks...its very revealing.
whoops i ment to say good actor
Tayler lautner you are so good looking, and a really goo actor. love from Jennifer
It shows he must have good parents to remain so humble & down to earth. Those are great qualities to have. I love him.
he's really a horrible actor right now, althought that can easily change through the years.
and i too think he may be gay. there's a certain quality about him that screams "i'm trying to hide the fact that i'm gay"...its the way he talks...its too unmanly, its like he's an alien lol
I am just surprised by the "Still eating at Olive Garden" as if it were a hole in the wall. I know there are better places and pricier places, but common, how should everyone who eats at the O garden feel after this article. I know we are all regular joes except these hollywood celebs, but don't diss our common eateries. Oh, he still eats at the olive garden.
"Joe & Jules", I was trying to be nice by not mentioning it but Taylor liked what he saw so much that he put his hand on her leg and she pushed it away. Definately not looking at her shoes!
He just wanted to know where she bought her FABULOUS fish nets.
What a travesty that Taylor is 17 and not 27 :D
LOL!!! Yes, a pity! Actually, he needs to be in his 30's (my range!) :)
I think Taylor is one of the few genuine and sweet guys around. I love his sunny personality and he seems to have a good head on his shoulders, so hopefully Hollywood wont mess him up as he grows older.
He gives me gay vibes too!!!! Anyways, I'm Team EDWARD all the way!!!
ha!...Jules, I think you've got it.
I think "Joe" is a bit jealous.
I saw Taylor Lautner at the UK New Moon promotion and he could not keep his eyes off Kristen Stewarts' legs. I think you need to recalibrate your "Gaydar".
He could have been checking out her shoes.
Not jealous one bit! I think he's talented and very attractive. He is also gay. I'm certain of it.
I forgot about the salad too.
He just loves the all you can eat soup and breadsticks.
...especially the breadsticks.
I wonder when he'll come out of the closet. My gaydar goes off the charts whenever he opens his mouth.
Then he needs a regular down to earth girl. I can help him with that!!! I love Taylor Launter!
Taylor Lautner is amazing............
My advice from to him is, stay away from Hollywood Parties.
I love Taylor Lautner, and it's good to see that fame has not gotten into his head!!!!
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