June 16th, 2010
01:18 PM ET
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.
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