Oh my, my. If the Men's Health, Teen Vogue and multiple Entertainment Weekly covers didn't convert you to Team Jacob, may I present the 17-year-old's latest, which could make even Rosalie Hale a believer. Feast your eyes on a wet T-shirt clad Taylor Lautner grasping a football and flexing his 20-pack on the cover of the latest Rolling Stone (on newsstands tomorrow). Now, we spied the chiseled "New Moon" star posing for these shots on the beach last month, but, um, wow. The results far exceeded our expectations. If you eventually make it past the cover, you'll read about the actor's "Twilight" stardom, that other Taylor and getting bullied as a kid.
From his numerous talk show appearances over the last few weeks, it's clear the young star is humble about his meteoric rise to fame, even admitting to RS that this really could have happened to any Joe Schmo cast as the shapeshifting best friend of Bella Swan. “I was just lucky enough to be the one that has that opportunity. I'm so grateful. It’s 'Twilight.' It’s not me personally," he explained.
With the newly buff bod he sculpted to keep his star-making role as Jacob Black (not to mention his kick-butt karate skills), it's hard to imagine Taylor ever being the brunt of a school yard bully, but the star admitted to the magazine that pursuing acting made him a target. "Because I was acting, when I was in school there was a little bullying going on. Not physical bullying but people making fun of what I do... I just had to tell myself I can't let this get to me. This is what I love to do. And I'm going to continue doing it."
Taylor persevered, and in addition to the mega-successful series, the teen managed to get his paws on another plum role, joining the cast of the star-studded ensemble rom-com "Valentine's Day," where he said he "instantly clicked" with his country costar Taylor Swift. “Aside from being beautiful, she’s extremely funny, charismatic and fun to be around," Taylor revealed. And that was all he revealed. What a tight-lipped wolf he is!
In addition to the print story, "Rolling Stone" is also running an online-only Q&A, where Taylor dishes about the vampire-human-werewolf love triangle and teases the tent scene in "Eclipse" ("That tent scene is the biggest thing possible").
What do you think about Taylor's Rolling Stone pics?