The trio appeared on many covers and televised appearances together.In between the second and third films in the Twilight series, Lautner was a part of the ensemble cast in the movie Valentine's Day as Willy Harrington, acting alongside his rumored girlfriend at the time, American country pop singer Taylor Swift.Lautner has stated that he does not want to be just known for his looks, as some have attributed his popularity to that and not his actual acting skill.In an interview, the actor revealed that he was originally supposed to have a baring scene in the movie Valentine's Day. He's gonna take off his shirt in the middle of school? The reason I took off my shirt for New Moon is because it's written in the book that way.
Lautner, determined to stay in the series, worked out every day and gained over 30 pounds (14 kg) of muscle in order to bulk up for the role of Jacob Black in the remaining films in The Twilight Saga.He stated, "The script said we were walking into school and Willy takes off his shirt. And there's reasons behind it." The actor was lampooned in conservative writer Laura Ingraham's satirical The Obama Diaries, commenting to have Lautner as a mascot for the White House Easter Egg Roll, to fit their health-conscious theme, and have Lautner don a furry bunny head and appear shirtless.Lautner resides with his parents and younger sister in Valencia, California, which he says he prefers because of the paparazzi.However, Lautner was nominated at the 2006 Young Artist Awards for Best Performance in a Feature Film by a Leading Actor. The film was a commercial success, earning million its opening weekend, and has grossed 2 million worldwide.It received mixed reviews from critics, having a "Rotten" rating with a weighted average of 5.5/10.Lautner began his acting career playing bit roles in comedy series such as The Bernie Mac Show (2003) and My Wife and Kids (2004), before having voice roles in television series like What's New, Scooby-Doo? In 2005, he appeared in the film Cheaper by the Dozen 2 and starred in The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D. Since 2013, Lautner has starred in the BBC sitcom Cuckoo as the son of the titular main character.