Boxoffice had the chance to catch up with New MoonheartthrobTaylor Lautner & chat about his roles, Taylor Swift & a bunch more:
If the last two books in the series hadn’t already been written, what do you think Jacob should do to win over Bella?
I don’t think he would have changed anything, and I don’t think he should change anything. Jacob and Edward are extremely different guys and it’s just whether you want one guy or another. Jacob is himself, and he has a relationship with Bella that Edward doesn’t. And Edward has a relationship with Bella that Jacob doesn’t. So I wouldn’t change a thing.
As an actor, how do you make the audience root for Jacob and get invested in his feelings when the outcome of the love triangle is already known?
Well, you try and take things one step at a time. When I’m filming New Moon, I’m not thinking about Eclipse. When I’m filming Eclipse, I’m not thinking about Breaking Dawn. We just have to focus on the movie that we’re doing.
What is it like for your family and friends to see people scream at pictures of you topless?
[Laughs] It’s weird. It’s embarrassing for me, and I’m sure it’s awkward for all of them.
Have you gotten teased about it at family dinners?
Not yet, and I’m hoping that doesn’t happen because I’ll start blushing.
What do you like about playing Jacob?
I love Jacob and Bella’s relationship. It’s very different from Edward and Bella’s. Jacob and Bella start off as really good friends. They become best friends—they can tell each other anything, they do whatever together, ride motorcycles. I love that. And then their relationship starts growing into more and more, and you wonder if they’re going to go past friends. I love being able to do that. And work with an amazing actress, Kristen Stewart, and all of the help around us, our director Chris Weitz, the whole crew. It’s a lot of fun.
Tell me then about working with Garry Marshall [Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride] for Valentine’s Day.
It was awesome. I was so glad I got to do that before I went back and filmed Eclipse. Working with Garry—that’s a once in a lifetime thing. It was a lot of fun and I can’t wait to see it when it comes out in February.
When it comes to romantic comedies, he’s the king. If you wanted to get into them, there you are already.
Absolutely. I know—I couldn’t have asked for more.
Are you romancing the other Taylor, Taylor Swift, in it?
Yes, in the movie. Which was a lot of fun.
Did your heart break for her when Kanye jumped in during the video music awards?
Yeah. It was…unfortunate.
What is a movie you love that you’re embarrassed to admit?
The Notebook. I don’t think I should be embarrassed to admit it though—it’s a great movie. I’m not embarrassed. I’m saying it proudly.