Taylor Lautner will get actual on fame, love and the ‘Twilight’ years

Now, he laughs on the considered it.

Lautner is 30 years outdated, engaged, has canine and lives a quiet life exterior Los Angeles.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 blissful seeing himself as a daily man — with simply sufficient Hollywood pull to place it to good use.

“I like a little bit of space,” he tells CNN. “I like being able to come into town and do my thing when I want and also be able to get away when we want as well and have some peace and quiet.”

Lautner started his performing profession at 8 years outdated, working in commercials, doing voiceovers and finally touchdown the function of Shark Boy in “The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl” when he was 12.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 was the youngest — I was 16 — and so my parents were a huge part of (grounding me) and even when I was filming movies, when I was home, I still had to take out the trash. I still had to mow the lawn,” he says. His dad and mom, he joked, would inform him, “We don’t care that you’re on the big screen. You still gotta do your chores.”

Whereas he says he is grateful for the function of shapeshifter Jacob Black in movie collection — 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 parents definitely just put it into perspective. I think even for them it was uncharted territory for parents that have a 16-year-old going through that,” he says. “It was a learning curve for all of us as a family. And that’s why I think the step back is just a good refresh and just to make sure you’re doing things for the right reasons.”

“I sound like I’m on ‘The Bachelor’ — doing things for ‘the right reasons,'” he laughs, a well-known line typically cited on the truth courting present, a responsible pleasure of his.

He was trying to find one thing significant, and that is when he discovered love together with his now fiancée, a nurse who labored brutal hours serving to sufferers throughout the pandemic.

Lautner’s sister launched the 2 when she introduced her alongside to a recreation evening at Lautner’s home.

“We’ve been together for four and a half years,” he says. “It’s been amazing. She makes me a better person.”

The 2 dwell along with their two rescue canine — Lily, who was his fiancée’s canine earlier than they received collectively, and Remi, their second canine — and Lautner has thrown himself into animal rescue work. He teamed up with Hill’s Pet Vitamin this yr to advertise the Clear The Shelters Marketing campaign, which inspires folks to undertake from native shelters.

“She had Lily already when we met and Lily quickly became my best friend,” Lautner says. “Next thing I know, she sends me a photo of Remi and (tells me) how Remi and her seven siblings and mom were abandoned in a field. Remi just has been a life changing dog for us over the last year.”

As for Hollywood, he says he is studying scripts and producing a couple of issues, however he isn’t pressuring himself to work for the sake of it.

“I’m reading stuff and what I wanna be doing at this point is I only want to do something if it means something to me,” he says. “Whether that means it’s a story I’m passionate about or if it’s working with somebody that I really want to work with.”