Taylor Lautner revealed being shirtless in Twilight Series led him to body image issues. The actor gets international recognition for playing the werewolf Jacob Black. The actor in The Squeeze podcast gets candid about his body image.
Taylor Lautner recalled the physical transformation he has gone through
In the February 1 episode of the podcast, The Squeeze podcast gets candid about his body image. He said, “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.”
The 30-year-old noted, “In the first movie, I was 140 pounds, and in New Moon, I was 175. So yeah, that wasn’t my natural body. I had to work very hard for it and very, very hard just to maintain it.”
He continues, “What happens when you don’t want to see a gym? You start losing the eight pack. I started having more normal of a body. I remember one of the first times seeing it online was very tough. I was filming a movie called Run The Tide, and my character in that is not supposed to be a body builder or ripped guy in any way. I thought I looked fine.”
Later on, he added, “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.”
“I’ve gotten healthy again, but in order to get my body physically healthy, it took my mind getting healthy first. But yeah, those side-by-side images continued for years and years, and it messed with me. It hurt.”- Lautner said.
The actor, goes on, sharing body positivity. He said, “Don’t find happiness in what you want your body to look like,” he said. “Don’t think just because you lose the 20 pounds or put on the muscle, you’re going to wake up and look in the mirror and all of a sudden be happy. That’s not where you should be finding value.”