Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 - Poster: Taylor Lautner
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 - Poster featuring Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) ©2012 Summit Entertainment

The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2 will arrive in theatres on November 16, 2012. When Taylor Lautner began his journey as Jacob Black in Twilight he was only 15-years-old. He has truly grown up doing this franchise, which concludes this month.

In The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 1, Jacob’s imprinting on Renesmee, which will eventually lead to their marriage, hasn’t yet been resolved, and Bella (Kristen Stewart), Renesmee’s mother, is as furious as her husband Edward (Robert Pattinson) was when he first understood the process.

Taylor spoke about the phenomenally successful franchise at the press day for the movie.

In dealing with all of your scenes in The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2 with Renesmee, who is only 10-years-old in this, can you talk about trying to find the line between being caring but not creepy?

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 - Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart
Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) and Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) © 2012 Summit Entertainment

Yeah, it’s a fine line and I was worried about it. We were very fortunate to have Stephenie Meyer, the author, on set with us on these last two movies, and I definitely had conversations with her. She basically told me, ‘Stop overcomplicating it.

It’s a lifelong bond between two people. At this point the girl is 10-years-old, so it’s more of a protective thing, like a brother/sister. And that’s really all it is.’

I couldn’t allow myself to think ahead and go beyond that, so that’s kind of the zone I had to stay in, and I think Bill (Condon), our director, did a tremendous job with it, because it is delicate. I think the fans are going to be happy with it.

I think back to the first movie when you almost didn’t continue with the role, because they were afraid you couldn’t bulk up for it. Did you ever think you might be replaced?

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 - Poster: Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson
Poster featuring Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) © 2012 Summit Entertainment

During the whole time I couldn’t even let my mind go there. I was so focused for that year, I had my eye on one goal and there were a lot of things I had to do in order to get there, but I wasn’t going to let anything happen.

I had a lot of support from the fans, from Chris Weitz (the director of The Twilight Saga: New Moon) and from Kristen Stewart, that I owe a lot to. It required a lot, and I’m thinking back to every day in that gym, every burger patty that was shoved down my throat, every protein shake, it was worth it.

Can you talk a little bit about the scene in The Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2 where you turn into a wolf in front of Bella’s father. Was that as funny to film as it was to watch?

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 - Taylor Lautner and Mackenzie Foy
Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) and Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy) © 2012 Summit Entertainment

Yeah, it actually was pretty funny in person. I love Billy Burke to death. He’s one of the coolest people alive.

It’s always uncomfortable when I have to take my shirt off, because I’m always the only one doing it. And I think the pants came off with that one too. But it was a funny scene.

I was so nervous to film it, because it was written so hilariously I just wanted it to come across that way.

What did you learn from Jacob?

I love Jacob. I really respect him in so many different ways; his loyalty, his persistence, he’s going to be a tough character to say goodbye to, for sure.

Can you talk about the bond that you’re going to share with Rob and Kristen? As time goes by, no matter who goes down what path, how do you see your relationships going forward?

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 - Taylor Lautner
Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) © 2012 Summit Entertainment

The biggest thing I’ll take from this is those relationships. We’re so close right now. They’re some of my best friends and that won’t go away at all.

It will be more difficult because we don’t have the excuse to spend months and months, day after day, with each other, but our friendships will go on forever.

Taylor was asked about the scene where Bella discovers that Jacob has imprinted on Renesmee, and attacks him. Click below to listen to his take on the scene.

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Judy Sloane

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