LOS ANGELES, Calif. --
Don’t worry, Twihards – Taylor Lautner will be taking his shirt off again.
Despite reports that “The Twilight Saga” star would be keeping his six-pack under wraps from now on, Taylor told Access Hollywood’s Shaun Robinson at the “New Moon” junket in Los Angeles on Friday that he’d be willing to bare his torso if the role required it.
“If there’s another character later on in life that requires [taking my shirt off], I’m not opposed to it,” Taylor said.
The 17-year-old actor, who gained 30 pounds of muscle for his role as big-time werewolf Jacob Black in “New Moon,” also revealed his dining secrets to pack on the pounds.
“I had to be putting something in my mouth every two hours,” Taylor said. “Meat patties, sweet potatoes, raw almonds – it’s not fun. A lot of protein.”
But the work was worth it – the added weight helped win back the role following “Twilight,” where his character is physically much smaller. But that wasn’t the only change between the movies.
“I was concerned,” Taylor said of holding onto the part. “I knew where my character had to go. [But] he transforms mentally and emotionally as well.”
These days, Taylor is amazed by his own transformation fame-wise — and the devotion of “Twilight Saga” fans.
“[Kristen Stewart and I] went to Brazil and Mexico and we have these passionate, supportive fans everywhere we go,” he said, adding that swarms of them greeted the pair at the airport earlier this week. “There were barricades. It’s awesome. We’re not showing up to airports and feeling lonely.”
“New Moon” arrives on November 20, but Taylor said the next film, next spring’s “Eclipse,” has just wrapped as well.
“There’s a great scene in ‘Eclipse’ that we just finished filming – the tent scene,” Taylor revealed. “Bella is freezing and Edward is forced to let me crawl into the sleeping bag with her to keep her warm.
“It’s not as heartbreaking,” he continued, explaining that having the trio of himself, Kristen and Robert Pattinson on screen lent itself toward comedy. “I find [‘Eclipse’] pretty funny. There’s a lot of ribbing going on.”