Now, he laughs on the considered it.
Lautner is 30 years previous, engaged, has canines and lives a quiet life exterior Los Angeles. He tells CNN that he likes to pop into the town for a gathering right here and there, however that he’s completely happy seeing himself as an everyday man — with simply sufficient Hollywood pull to place it to good use.
“I like somewhat little bit of area,” he tells CNN. “I like having the ability to come into city and do my factor once I need and likewise have the ability to get away once we need as properly and have some peace and quiet.”
Lautner started his appearing profession at 8 years previous, working in commercials, doing voiceovers and finally touchdown the position of Shark Boy in “The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl” when he was 12.
In 2008, he starred within the first “Twilight” film and his life modified dramatically, because the franchise’s rabid followers turned him right into a teen icon. He says he leaned on his dad and mom to maintain him grounded.
“In ‘Twilight,’ I used to be the youngest — I used to be 16 — and so my dad and mom had been an enormous a part of (grounding me) and even once I was filming films, once I was house, I nonetheless needed to take out the trash. I nonetheless needed to mow the garden,” he says. His dad and mom, he joked, would inform him, “We do not care that you simply’re on the large display screen. You continue to gotta do your chores.”
Whereas he says he is grateful for the position of shapeshifter Jacob Black in movie sequence — and the paychecks that got here with it — he determined to take a step again from Hollywood after starring in all 5 “Twilight” movies.
“My dad and mom undoubtedly simply put it into perspective. I believe even for them it was uncharted territory for fogeys which have a 16-year-old going by means of that,” he says. “It was a studying curve for all of us as a household. And that is why I believe the step again is only a good refresh and simply to ensure you’re doing issues for the suitable causes.”
“I sound like I am on ‘The Bachelor’ — doing issues for ‘the suitable causes,'” he laughs, a well-known line usually cited on the fact relationship present, a responsible pleasure of his.
Lautner’s sister launched the 2 when she introduced her alongside to a sport evening at Lautner’s home.
“We have been collectively for 4 and a half years,” he says. “It has been superb. She makes me a greater particular person.”
The 2 reside along with their two rescue canines — Lily, who was his fiancée’s canine earlier than they bought collectively, and Remi, their second canine — and Lautner has thrown himself into animal rescue work. He teamed up with Hill’s Pet Vitamin this 12 months to advertise the Clear The Shelters Marketing campaign, which inspires individuals to undertake from native shelters.
“She had Lily already once we met and Lily rapidly grew to become my finest buddy,” Lautner says. “Subsequent factor I do know, she sends me a photograph of Remi and (tells me) how Remi and her seven siblings and mother had been deserted in a area. Remi simply has been a life altering canine for us over the past 12 months.”
As for Hollywood, he says he is studying scripts and producing just a few issues, however he is not pressuring himself to work for the sake of it.
“I am studying stuff and what I wanna be doing at this level is I solely need to do one thing if it means one thing to me,” he says. “Whether or not which means it is a story I am obsessed with or if it is working with someone that I actually need to work with.”