June 16th, 2010
01:18 PM ET

Taylor Lautner: Still eating at Olive Garden

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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  1. gaga

    awwwww he is so genuine and humble i wish him all the success and more

    June 18, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. Vladimirovich

    bad actor...i too think he's gay. listen to the way he talks...its very revealing.

    June 17, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  3. jennifer

    whoops i ment to say good actor

    June 16, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jennifer

    Tayler lautner you are so good looking, and a really goo actor. love from Jennifer

    June 16, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Katina

    It shows he must have good parents to remain so humble & down to earth. Those are great qualities to have. I love him.

    June 16, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • vlad

      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

      June 17, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jdog

    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.

    June 16, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kara

    "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!

    June 16, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. kamshamaharaj

    What a travesty that Taylor is 17 and not 27 😀

    June 16, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mitamay

      LOL!!! Yes, a pity! Actually, he needs to be in his 30's (my range!) 🙂

      June 17, 2010 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  9. Guest

    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.

    June 16, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Marta

    He gives me gay vibes too!!!! Anyways, I'm Team EDWARD all the way!!!

    June 16, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joe

    ha!...Jules, I think you've got it.

    June 16, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kara

    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".

    June 16, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jules

    I forgot about the salad too.

    June 16, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jules

    He just loves the all you can eat soup and breadsticks.

    June 16, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joe

    I wonder when he'll come out of the closet. My gaydar goes off the charts whenever he opens his mouth.

    June 16, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Amanda

    Then he needs a regular down to earth girl. I can help him with that!!! I love Taylor Launter!

    June 16, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Kara

    Taylor Lautner is amazing............

    My advice from to him is, stay away from Hollywood Parties.

    June 16, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Carmen

    I love Taylor Lautner, and it's good to see that fame has not gotten into his head!!!!

    June 16, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |

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