He's shed his role as the wolf in the much-famed Twilight series and is raring to show off his skills as a multi-faceted actor. With his next film up for release, Taylor Lautner talks to CS about his life, roles and fitness:
Wrapping up the Twilight series has been tough for all of us, because we had been playing these characters for so long and spending so much time together. It was a little emotional. But the good news is that we'll be able to promote the two films together. Yes, life has certainly become more interesting, but it's the same life that I had before. I go home and see my family, hang out with my friends, play football, and help out around the house. Basically, I do the same things as I did before getting recognition as an actor. I think that is really important. That's what helps you stay grounded.
Packing a punch
My next is an action movie with a strong story line. The role required a lot of preparation and a lot of work, but it was worth it. I had to do about three months of training in boxing, fights, motorcycle riding, wrestling and a little swimming as well. I actually also did Parkour, which was not part of the script. It was a lot of fun. And for the fight scenes, I've pulled off some moves out of the old extreme martial arts bag, as I trained in it for about eight years when I was younger.
Hard at work
But I had to work on getting my body in shape first as I had to gain 30 pounds of muscle for my role as Jacob Black in Twilight. Back then, I had to go to the gym for two hours a day, five days a week and eat six meals a day. But now, it's just a different kind of working out. Now, I get to stay more active and play more sports, which is a treat for me. I trained for boxing and I've realised that it's such a great workout. My sessions were 75 minutes to 90 minutes long, but I never realised the duration. By the end of it you are just dripping wet and feeling exhilarated. I don't think I ever worked that hard even when I was playing football in high school.
I choose to eat
Now, I also just don't have to force myself to eat when I'm not hungry. I don't have somebody shoving food down my throat every five minutes. Earlier, I ate every two hours and I ate a lot, as to add muscle you need a surplus of calories. I'm now relieved that I can eat what I want, which is not necessarily junk, because I've always pretty much eaten healthy. It definitely is nice to not have to keep up the whole regimen as before.