Taylor Lautner Discussed His Body Image Concerns Caused By His Role In “Twilight”

You are likely familiar with Taylor Lautner, who gained widespread recognition by portraying Jacob in the Twilight movie series. As Jacob, Taylor became infamous for frequently appearing shirtless in the Twilight films. In a recent podcast interview with his spouse, Tay Dome Lautner, Taylor shared how the arduous exercise routine he followed throughout the Twilight movies influenced his personal body image perception. / EAST NEWS
«When I was in it, when I was 16 through 20 years old, starring in this franchise where my character is known for taking his shirt off every other second, no, I did not know that it was affecting me or going to affect me in the future with body image. But now looking back at it, of course it did, and of course it is going to.»
Taylor Lautner

In addition, Taylor discussed the workout routine he had to follow for the Twilight movies, which compelled him to work out several times a day, six days a week. «That wasn’t my natural body,» he said. «I had to work very hard for it and very, very hard just to maintain it.»

Once Taylor’s obligation to the franchise concluded, he discovered himself in opposition to the gym almost instantly.

«What happens when you don’t want to see a gym?» he asked. «You start losing the eight pack. I started having more normal of a body.»

Taylor also reflected on the online response to his evolving physique, describing it as «rough,» particularly after filming the 2016 movie, Run the Tide.

«My character in that is not supposed to be a bodybuilder or ripped guy in any way. I thought I looked fine. But then seeing it online where they put the side-by-sides of me shirtless in the ocean in a scene from that movie compared to me in Eclipse or whatever and being like, ‘Wow, he’s let it all go.I was like, ‘Oh, man. Did I really let it all go?’ I didn’t think I looked that bad.»
Taylor Lautner
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