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Taylor Lautner on body image issues after 'Twilight'

Updated on: 04 February,2023 07:36 AM IST  |  Mumbai
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In the first movie, I was 140 lbs and in New Moon I was 175, so that wasn’t my natural body

Taylor Lautner on body image issues after 'Twilight'

Taylor Lautner

Hollywood actor Taylor Lautner was left with body image issues after starring in the Twilight franchise. The actor, 30, spent his formative years playing the shapeshifter Jacob Black in the series of vampire films based on the books by Stephanie Meyer.

Lautner explained that he was later “affected” by having to appear shirtless so often on screen. He said, “When I was 16 through 20 years old, I was starring in this franchise where my character is known for taking his shirt off every other second. No, I did not know that it was affecting me or that it was going to affect me in future with body image [issues]. In the first movie, I was 140 lbs and in New Moon I was 175, so that wasn’t my natural body. And I had to work hard just to maintain it.”

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Lautner went on to explain that he had a negative reaction to seeing images of his changing body shared online and reminded fans that they can change whatever they want to about their body physically but it will be “all for nothing” if their mental health is not in check.

Speaking on his The Squeeze podcast, he added, “Your body can look unbelievable — ripped, shredded, or whatever. You can lose weight, put on muscle [but] if you’re not healthy mentally, then that is all for nothing because it can work against you.”

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