Full name: Taylor Lautner
Birthdate: February 11, 1992
Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Occupation: Actor, model
Taylor Lautner is an American actor and a model who is popularly known for his role of Jacob Black who is a werewolf in the movie series “The Twilight Saga”. He was born on February 11, 1992, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His father Daniel Lautner was a Midwest Airlines pilot and his mother Deborah Lautner works for a software development company. He also has a younger sister named Makena Lautner. Later, her parents moved to the neighbor town Hudsonville, Michigan where he grew up.
At an early age of 6, Taylor started having interested in karate and started taking Karate classes. After training for a year, the seven-year-old Taylor participated in the national karate tournament which was held in Louisville, Kentucky. In the tournament, he met the founder of Xtreme Martial Arts, Michael Chaturantabut who later invited him to a camp which was being held at the University of California, Los Angeles. After that, Taylor started training with Chaturantabut and earned his black belt at the age of eight. He also won several junior world championships and also appeared in an ISKA karate event which was also aired on Television in 2003.
Taylor attended the Valencia High School in Valencia, California until his sophomore year. During the time, Taylor was involved in karate, baseball, and hip-hop dance. He also won the Best Smile award and played in the Turkey Bowl American Football game organized by the school. Later, Chaturantabut suggested Taylor to try acting. After that, Taylor began giving auditions and flew from Michigan to Los Angeles. Taylor balanced between karate and acting alongside being on the basketball and football teams. He also took jazz and hip-hop dance classes. According to Taylor, he was bullied in school just because he was an actor. When asked about it in an interview, he said “I just had to tell myself ‘I can’t let this get to me. This is what I love to do. And I’m going to continue doing it.'” At the age of 10, Taylor and his family moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career in acting
Career and Net Worth
While Taylor was in Los Angeles, he appeared in small TV roles, movie roles, ads, and commercials. His notable appearance was in the TV movie “Shadow Fury”. He also did a voice-over for a commercial for “Rugrats Go Wild”. Later, Taylor got voice-over roles for animated series such as “What’s New, Scooby-Doo?”, “Duck Dodgers” and “Danny Phantom”. In 2005, Taylor landed on the role of Sharkboy in the movie “The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D” which became his breakthrough role. Despite receiving negative reviews, Taylor’s performance was praised and also was nominated for Young Artist Award in 2006. Later, he played the role of Eliot Murtaugh in the movie “Cheaper by the Dozen 2”. Later, he also played the lead role in the NBC drama “My Own Worst Enemy” where he played Jack Spivey.
In 2008, Taylor auditioned for the role of Jacob Black in the movie “Twilight”. During the auditions, Taylor read the lines with Kisten Stewart who had already been cast as the lead role of Bella. After the audition, Taylor was cast as Jacob and movie released on November 17, 2008. The movie grossed 392 million dollars and became a commercial success. In 2009, Both Taylor and his co-star Robert Pattinson was nominated for the Male Breakthrough Performance at the MTV Movie Awards which was won by Pattinson.
For the Twilight sequel “The Twilight Saga: New Moon”, the director wanted to recast the role of Jacob Black as for the movie, the character has a more shaped body and there were major physical changes since the character becomes a werewolf. However, the Summit Entertainment announced that the decision of replacing Taylor has not been made. So, in order to save his role, Taylor gained approximately 30 pounds of muscles through weight training. In 2009, it was announced that Taylor would not be replaced from his role. When asked about the physical changes in Taylor, Kristen said “He gets a lot of attention because he’s buff, but I think as soon as the movie comes out, people are going to realize that’s not why he got the job.” and Pattinson said “I saw him and thought ‘Jesus, I’m going to get fired.”
The movie released on November 16, 2009, and was a success. According to the director, Taylor deserves a lot of credit for the success of the movie as Pattinson had very less role in the sequel and Taylor has to “pick up that slack, and if his character hadn’t been emotionally, not just physically, appealing, the movie wouldn’t have been as big a hit.” The following year, Taylor became the part of the ensemble cast of the movie “Valentine’s Day” where he played the role of Harrington alongside then-girlfriend Taylor Swift. The movie was a success as well becoming the second biggest opening in the US for a romantic comedy movie. In the same year, the next sequel “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” was released which received mixed reviews. Later the movie became the highest-grossing from the franchises. He also won the Best Fantasy Actor Award at the Scream Award in the year. In the year, Taylor was also considered as one of the highest paid teen actors in Hollywood.
In 2011, Taylor starred in the movie “Abduction” alongside Lily Collins. In the same year and the following year, Taylor starred in the last two sequels of Twilight, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” and “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2”. In 2014, Taylor replaced Andy Samberg in the BBC Three comedy series “Cuckoo” and continued his role for 2 years.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Taylor Lautner’s total net worth is estimated to be 40 million dollars. Taylor currently owns a collection of luxury cars such as BMW 540i, 2012 Mercedes SLS AMG, Audi R8, Porsche 911 Turbo, and BMW Z4. He also currently lives in a house worth 7.5 million dollars. According to sources, he was paid 1 million dollars at the beginning of the Twilight franchise and later was paid 4 million dollars.
Back in high-school, in 2006, Taylor used to date the cheerleader Sarah Hicks. The two were high-school sweethearts and dated on and off for about 3 years. The two first split up in 2007 and then permanently split up in 2009. The two dated when Taylor didn’t gain much fame, however, the two were also spotted later when Taylor became the Twilight star. However, according to sources, the two were just friends at the time.
In 2009, Taylor also briefly dated the American singer and actor Selena Gomez. In an interview with the Seventeen magazine, Selena admitted the two used to date while he was shooting for “New Moon” and she was shooting for “Romano and Beezus” in Vancouver”. However, she also said “He’s a great guy. But I am 100 percent single, and I’m going to keep it that way for a while,” Selena also said “We would go out to lunch and dinner, but I knew he had paparazzi following him and I had paparazzi following me. So we literally just wanted to hang out, go bowling and stuff, and it went a little too far, I think. People were getting a little crazy about us. But it was fun – I went to Vancouver thinking I was going to focus on my work, but instead, I got to meet him, and it ended up being the best thing ever.”
In the same year, later, Taylor started dating Selena’s best friend, American singer Taylor Swift. The two first met on the set of “Valentine’s Day” and began dating then. The two were seen on multiple dates and looked very happy together. He also gifted her a jeweled necklace worth 50,000 dollars as ones of her 13 gifts on her birthday as 13 was her favorite number. The two were also nominated for the Best Kiss at the MTV Movie Awards for their kiss in the movie “Valentine’s Day”. However, the two split up in the same year as Swift was less interested in the relationship. Later, Taylor wrote the song “Back To December” as an apology to him.
In 2010, Taylor started dating the British Actress Lily Collins. The two first met at the set of the movie “Abduction”. The two were later spotted on a lunch date and also in a football game. The two seemed to be very comfortable with each other and were having a good time. In 2011, the pair separated after dating for almost a year. In 2012, there were rumors of Taylor dating the Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson. The two were spotted in LA during the night time. After that, there were many rumors of the two dating. However, the two confirmed that they were just good friends.
In the following year, Taylor started dated the Canadian actress Marie Avgeropoulos. The two also starred together in the movie “Tracers” which was released in 2015. The two were seen holding hands after the shooting. However, the pair split up before the movie was released in 2014. In 2016, Taylor started dating the American actress Billie Catherine. The two also worked together in the movie “Scream Queens” in 2015. The two posted a lot of pictures of them together on their Instagram. However, the pair split up in 2017 after dating for 8 months.