In fact, Lautner gained a huge following off the back of the 2009 sequel, thanks to the blossoming love triangle between his character, Stewart’s Bella Swan and Pattinson’s vampire Edward Cullen. Many enamored fans even voiced their opinion that Lautner – not Pattinson – was the true star of the supernatural movie franchise.
And even the Twilight fans who preferred Pattinson’s character couldn’t deny Lautner’s rising star power. After the first movie hit screens, for instance, the actor received acting accolades from the People’s Choice, Scream and Teen Choice Awards. What’s more, Lautner would additionally nab a spot on People magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful list in 2009.