Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) © 2011 Summit Entertainment

The Twilight Saga is coming into the home stretch with Breaking Dawn – Part 1. Once again starring as Jacob Black, a werewolf, is Taylor Lautner. His love for Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) has never faltered, but she has finally made her decision, to marry Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), a vampire. With a wedding, a honeymoon and a baby on its way, the movie’s a rollercoaster ride for Jacob, with a very surprising and unforeseen development at the end.

Taylor spoke about the franchise and what he admires about the character at the press day for the movie.

How did you feel about your approach to this particular part of the film, because you seem to have a lot more emotional weight and a lot more maturity?

Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) © 2011 Summit Entertainment

Yeah, I was really excited about this one, because Jacob becomes a man in this one and he has to make a lot of decisions. He’s being torn between his two families so it was really tough. It was by far the most challenging one for me.

It was really special though, and now seeing the movie, I’m really happy, it’s just very exciting to see him in a completely different light than ever before.

One of your most pivotal scenes in the movie is when you fight back as a wolf and go alpha. Did that frustrate you that you couldn’t put your own physicality to that, or did you get to rehearse it in a room?

Yeah, it was kind of weird and awkward, because we were standing in an empty room and they actually filmed us, so we actually did a version of that scene because we said all of the lines, those were the voices that were used in the movie. But when we were filming that scene if my face did something, they would implement that into the wolves.

So it’s very cool the amount of detail that they pay attention to. So in a way, yeah, I’m bummed because the wolves got a very cool scene that we didn’t, but I’m kind of used to that by now.

With all the great things that Twilight has brought you, what’s the thing that you are ready to put behind you and not have to experience anymore as a result of the franchise?

Rosalie Hale (Nikki Reed) and Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) © 2011 Summit Entertainment

Not wearing clothes, but maybe the climate of where we film and those two together don’t go very well. I love Vancouver, but we always have to film when it’s cold, rainy and gross, and the sun comes out and we’ve got to stop filming.

I honestly can’t even think of complaints or anything that I wouldn’t want to do because of everything it’s given me. It’s just absolutely unreal and I didn’t see it coming at all, none of us did, so my mind doesn’t even go there. I am just like crazy thankful for what this has given all of us, and the opportunities it’s given us as actors.

Now that you’ve finished playing Jacob, is there any part of the character that will stick with you?

Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) © 2011 Summit Entertainment

Yeah, absolutely, after playing the same character for five movies and for years you grow so close to him and you start putting yourself into Jacob and you start putting Jacob into you. I love Jacob.

There are many things that I look up to Jacob for. Jacob’s one of the most loyal people, one of the most persistent people, he has amazing qualities to him that I hope I can learn from and implement into my own life, which is kind of cool.
It is very exciting in one sense that it’s coming to an end and we get to go off as actors and experience different things and continue to challenge ourselves and grow. But at the same time it’s a bummer, because it’s been just a huge part of our lives.

Can you understand why Jacob can’t let go of Bella? Some guys would just be like, ‘Okay, fine, you’re married now.’

Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) © 2011 Summit Entertainment

Yeah, I go back and forth with Jacob’s persistence.  Most of the time, yeah, I can understand it, because there’s been things in my life that I have wanted so much and when you’re told no you’ve gotta to keep going.

You’ve gotta go for it, because if you’re told no and you just say, ‘Oh, okay,’ and you give up, I mean, I wouldn’t be sitting here today. It requires a lot of hard work and a lot of persistence. If you believe in something, if you love something you’ve gotta go for it no matter what.

So most of the time I could relate, but yeah, there are moments where I’m like, ‘Dude, you’ve got to get over it. She’s married now. She’s on her honeymoon. It’s about time to move on.’

Can you talk about the last scene you shot as Jacob?

Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) © 2011 Summit Entertainment

I knew filming the last scene was going to be tough, but it was actually more emotional for all of us than we expected and it didn’t help that my very last scene was with Kristen. It was with Rob as well, but he comes in at the end and breaks it up, but it’s really the last dance between Bella and Jacob towards the end of their wedding.

It’s really Jacob saying goodbye to Bella, she’s off on her honeymoon and he’s realizing that it’s over, ‘Everything I’ve been working for is over,’ and it’s really time for him to move on and realize that. So it’s an emotional scene and we’re saying goodbye to each other pretty much, and that was the very last scene we filmed together.

I remember when we finished, Kris and I just looked at each other and I don’t think we really had anything to say because the emotion from the scene was overwhelming us, and then the emotion of the situation on top of that, it was tough, but it was a very special moment and now when I watch that scene I have a lot of great memories.

Want to hear who was the most unlikely person that Taylor befriended on Twilight? Click below to listen to his answer:-

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