At the tender age of 16, Taylor Lautner was thrown into the throes of fandom and a level of stardom that some actors never encounter in their whole career. He, Kristen Stewart, and Robert Pattinson became a few of the most beloved actors around the world after they starred in the Twilight series.
We all remember the Twilight craze. The three young leads—Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner—became overnight stars after they appeared in the first Twilight movie in 2008. Taylor was still a teenager at the time, and it turns out he had a tough time adjusting to everyday life after he was in the spotlight for so long.
Taylor Lautner Opens Up about His Anxiety
Taylor is known for being a private celebrity who doesn't share too much of his personal life. But he recalled some Twilight experiences in an interview with Today on January 27. He "wanted to live a normal life," but it was seemingly impossible to carry on without everyone's eyes being on him.
“I went so many years either not leaving my house,” he shared. “It built up something inside of me where, I didn't know it, but I was scared to go out. I'd get super anxious to go out. So I just didn't.”
When he was doing simple things like going for a walk or even waking up in the morning, there were "12 cars waiting outside my house to follow me wherever I'm going."
He even said it was difficult to see the fame fade at one point. "When it goes away a little bit, you notice it, and that's the dangerous part because that can mess with your mind,” he said.
His Relationship with His Fiancée Has Helped Him Along the Way
Taylor attributes much of his healing to his fiancée Taylor Dome. "She was a large part of getting me back to where I am today," he said. They have been together since 2018 but became officially engaged last year. Since they've been together, Taylor finds his life is returning back to normal.
"She was not team Jacob," Taylor said. "She was team Edward all the way. But I've converted her."
Jacob is asked whether all the fame was worth it. "Four or five years ago I would’ve said maybe I wish that I didn’t do it, but if you ask me now, I say no I’m happy because of what it’s taught me," he answered. "It’s made me how I am right now, for that I’m thankful."