Even though this is Oscar week, InStyle still made time to host a meet and greet in its office with one of the hottest stars of the year, Twilight’s Taylor Lautner. Now that it's been confirmed that he'll reprise the role of Jacob Black in the film’s sequel, New Moon, Lautner is one busy guy. He told InStyle he's been hitting the gym to beef up for the role before he heads up to Canada to start shooting the second movie in the Twilight saga. Apparently, the entire movie will be shot within a two-month time frame with a week on location in Italy -- where we can't wait to meet the Volturi character Jane, rumored to be played by Dakota Fanning. But first...Taylor will join Robert Pattinson to head to the far East for Japanese premiere of Twilight this weekend.
The 17 year-old has been hit with such a fan base that he no longer can go to malls, but he can occasionally find a solitary moment for a meal at one of the local restaurants in his neighborhood. He also told InStyle that he learned the hard way NOT to go see his movie opening weekend -- he went to Universal City Walk to catch Twilight with the movie-goers and ended up having to be escorted out by the secret service because of the fandemonium. The InStyle editors were able to restrain themselves, but they did ask him to autograph their copies of the book--which he signed with the words "Team Jacob," of course.
When he's not working out, filming on location in the middle of nowhere or flying off to some international junket, Taylor loves watching American Idol. He's already picked favorites, but because he has to start shooting New Moon in the beginning of March, he may miss some of the AI season. Since InStyle agrees with most of his picks, they promised to vote in his absence. -- Karen Levy