Actor Of The Day: TAYLOR LAUTNER
Next in: TWILIGHT coming out November 21st 2008.
His Character: Jacob Black, an old childhood friend of Bella’s and a member of the Quileute tribe.
Why we like him: Taylor demonstrates a strong sense of drive and maturity that translates in pretty interesting acting. We expect great things for him, especially when the Twilight franchise takes off.
Taylor Lautner was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan to mom, Deborah, and dad, Dan. He is of French, Dutch, native american and German descent.
Lautner began studying karate at the age of six, training at Fabiano’s Karate School in Holland, Michigan. By the following year, he began winning tournaments. He was soon invited to train with seven-time world karate champion Mike Chat and, when he was eight, he was asked to represent his country in the twelve years and under division in the World Karate Association where he proved himself by becoming the Junior World Forms and Weapons champion, winning three gold medals.
Lautner began his acting career after his martial arts instructor persuaded him to audition for a part in a Burger King advertisement in Los Angeles. Although he was unsuccessful, he enjoyed the experience so much that decided to pursue a career in acting.
Lautner began acting in 2001, appearing in the made-for-television film Shadow Fury. He subsequently had roles on the series Summerland, The Bernie Mac Show, and My Wife and Kids. He has also had a recurring role on Danny Phantom as YoungBlood.
He is perhaps most famous for his starring role as Sharkboy in The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D, a film that showcased his martial arts skills.Lautner has been cast as Jacob Black in the upcoming movie adaptation of the book Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.
At a recent appearance at a Breaking Dawn midnight release party at a Barnes & Noble in his hometown in Michigan, Lautner revealed that he has a new show that will debut on Oct. 13 and that Christian Slater is one of his co-stars.
Read all our Twilight coverage here and check out more pictures and videos of Taylor Lautner below.