A Minute With: Taylor Lautner finding new dawn after "Twilight"

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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As dusk sets on the "Twilight" saga with the final film, actor Taylor Lautner is looking at a new dawn for the next stage in his career.

Lautner, 20, shot to fame after being cast as werewolf Jacob Black in the "Twilight" films, entangled in a torrid love triangle with Kristen Stewart's Bella Swan and Robert Pattinson's vampire Edward Cullen. He became a household name and pin-up for his clean-cut good looks and shirtless scenes.

In "Breaking Dawn - Part 2," out in U.S. theaters on November 16, Lautner's character finds new love, albeit unusual, and indulges his comedic side as the story comes to an end.

Lautner spoke to Reuters about leaving Jacob and his cast mates behind, and why the final film may leave fans in tears.

Q: What's different about Jacob in "Breaking Dawn - Part 2"?

A: "He's always been so stressed and emotional and things aren't going his way and there was a huge weight lifted off his shoulders in this one, huge. It was nice to play that side of Jacob where he could sit back and relax and have a smile on his face and crack a few funny jokes every now and then."

Q: Jacob finds his soul mate in Bella and Edward's daughter Renesmee from the moment she is born. Was it challenging to balance his affection for her without coming across creepy?

A: "It was a challenge, and it is so complicated, but really nobody understands it more than Stephenie Meyer who created it. I was picking her brain all day long about it. She basically told me over and over again, 'Taylor, stop trying to overthink it, stop trying to take it different places ... It's a life-long bond between two people, that's it.' In the movie, (Renesmee) is 10 years old, it's much more of a protector relationship right now, and of course the relationship will grow but we don't explore that, but it was important for me to keep it simple."   Continued...

U.S. actor Taylor Lautner leaves a photocall of the film "A saga crepusculo: Amanhecer" (The Twilight Saga - Breaking Dawn) in Rio de Janeiro October 24, 2012. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes