Saturday, January 24, 2009
Jacob Black | Taylor Daniel Lautner
By Tara Stipe
Name: Jacob Black
Special Ability: None unique only to Jacob except those abilities that are common to werewolves: telepathy with his pack, delayed aging, advanced healing, senses, endurance, durability & strength.
About Them: Jacob Black is Bella's best friend from New Moon and on. He is a Quileute Native American and a werewolf-although later revealed to be a shape-shifter as he doesn't transform on the full moon. In Twilight, Jacob plays a minor role, being a forgotten childhood friend of Bella's. In an attempt to learn more about Cullens, Bella flirts with Jacob, and he tells her tribe legends about them being "the cold ones", or vampires. After Edward leaves Bella in New Moon, Bella spends much of her time with Jacob, trying to heal her broken heart and move on. Though at first only a friend, Jacob later falls in love with Bella. Although he spends most of his time in Eclipse trying to win Bella, but it proves to only create more tensions in their already fragile relationship. In Breaking Dawn he imprints —an involuntary process in which a werewolf finds their soul mate— on Bella and Edward's daughter, Renesmee. Bella is furious a Jacob for imprinting, but comes to terms with it towards the end of the book. Known for his tall stature-which escalates after his transformation-and dark good looks, Jacob easily is a charm and comfort to Bella when she has to deal with her loss of Edward in New Moon. Jacob is sensitive and compassionate, which allows him to fall for Bella. As a werewolf Jacob grows quickly passing the Alpha, Sam Uley, which brings to the readers attention that Jacob is the true blood Alpha. Jacob, however, does not want this responsibility until Bella's life is in danger due to a decision made by Sam in Breaking Dawn. As a wolf Jacob's coat is a rusty brown.
Their Early History: Werewolves in the Twilight universe do not age, as long as they regularly phase into wolves. They heal quickly, have enhanced physical speed and strength, and can communicate telepathically with each other while in their wolf forms. It is later revealed that the Quileute tribe "werewolves" are not true werewolves because they don't transform according to the lunar cycle. Instead, they are shape-shifters who take the form of wolves, while the "Children of the Moon" were considered true werewolves.
Name: Taylor Daniel Lautner
Nick Name(s): Tay Tay
Date of Birth: February 11th 1992
Height: 5’10 ½”
Eye Color: Brown
Fun Fact: In the future, Taylor wants to be a director and scriptwriter for films, as well as continue his acting career.
Hometown(s): Grand Rapids, Michigan; Los Angeles, California
Career: Taylor Lautner began acting in 2001 at age nine after his martial arts instructor suggested that Taylor try out an audition for a Burger King commercial being shot in Los Angeles. His first appearance was in the TV movie Shadow Fury. He then landed guest roles in Summerland, The Bernie Mac Show, My Wife and Kids, and Danny Phantom. In 2005 Lautner hit the big screen for The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl (a film which enabled him to show case his skills in martial arts). Voice-overs are also popular in Taylor’s repertoire with shows such as Danny Phantom, What’s New, Scooby-Doo?, Silas and Brittany, and Which Way is Up?. After his role as Sharkboy, Lautner landed the part of Eliot, the son of the Baker’s rivals in Cheaper by the Dozen 2. His big time motion picture break came with the movie Twilight when he landed the role of Jacob Black, a Native American and werewolf. His next role is reprising as Jacob Black in New Moon.
About Them: Taylor Daniel Lautner was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan and is the son of Deborah and Dan Lautner. He is of French, Dutch, German, and Native American (specifically Odawa and Potawatomi) ancestry. At six Taylor started martial arts and he was soon invited to train with seven-time world karate champion Mike Chat. When he was eight, he was asked to represent his country in the twelve years and under division in the World Karate Association where he proved himself by becoming the Junior World Forms and Weapons champion, winning three gold medals. Flourishing in the martial arts circuit in 2003, at only eleven years old, he was ranked number one in the world for NASKA's Black Belt Open Forms, Musical Weapons, Traditional Weapons and Traditional Forms and by the age of twelve, he won Junior World Championships. Lautner tested out of high school during the 2008-2009 school year and now is taking college classes. In his spare time, Taylor loves playing football and baseball, and he is a fan of the Texas Longhorns and Michigan Wolverines. He is a part of the Hart Baseball Program in the Los Angeles area, where he plays center field and second base. Taylor's worst habit is that most of the time he is tapping his foot, and he doesn't even realize it until someone tells him to stop. Taylor likes Mexican and Chinese food. Before auditioning for the film Twilight, Taylor had never read the books which it is based upon. He also had to get used to pushing a wheelchair for the movie Twilight, so it would look like he had been doing it all his life like his character had. Since his character Jacob in Twilight is Quileute, Taylor met some real Quileute Indian tribal members and interviewed one of them. Taylor's dog, Roxy, is a Maltese.
Quick Quote: (on his favorite quote from Twilight) “It's not in the first book, but the quote I love the most is Jacob's quote, "Does my half being naked bother you?" That quote just cracks me up. Because you know, that's when he's shirtless, not wearing a top - we'll have to wait to see what he looks like.”