Taylor Lautner opens up about the impact the conflict between fans supporting either his “Twilight” character or that of Robert Pattinson has had on him.
As The Hollywood Reporter reports, Taylor Lautner, accompanied by his wife, Tay Lautner, was a guest on The Toast podcast. When asked if the row fans had caused, choosing sides between his character, Jacob Black, and Robert Pattinson’s character, Edward Cullen, had touched him, he simply replied: “I feel like I would be lying if I told you ‘no’.”
When the first film, directed by Catherine Hardwicke, adapted from the best-selling novels by Stephenie Meyer was released in 2008, rivalry quickly arose between devoted fans as they chose who they thought was the best boyfriend for Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart).
I was so young, I was 16 when Twilight came out, 17 for New Moon (Temptation) and Eclipse (Hesitation). I finished the franchise at the age of 19. I was so young and yeah I feel like it was very strange, you know, traveling the world and being in different cities and having thousands of screaming fans taking your side, or the other’s guys.
He continued: “We are [Taylor et Robert] a team. We were just both trying to make the best movies. But yes, it was a little weird, the competitiveness. And there was no competition between me and Rob but having that constant reminder that definitely… had an impact.”
The Twilight franchise, which has produced a total of five films over half a decade, has grossed over $3 billion at the box office.
The actor has previously been candid about the fame he has achieved while starring in the saga. During a 2022 interview during the Today show, he admitted that he was not leaving his house at the time for fear of recognition. “It built something in me where, I didn’t know it, but I was afraid to come out. I was getting super anxious to get out. So I just didn’t.”
The 15th anniversary of the first installment of the franchise will take place this fall. While waiting to be able to celebrate the event, find the whole saga available on VOD.