Any Twilight fan knows that Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart do not do well in interviews. If they are alone in a room together, in front of a camera, carelessly making fun of the interview questions, I don’t think they have any problem (seriously, check out the links, those are the few good ones). You put them in a room full of six thousand screaming fans and they freeze up. I just don’t know why.

See?

Okay, yes, I might be a bit harsh as I’m sure I would have some difficulties facing a crowd that big but they’re actors, movie stars even, so shouldn’t they be able to fake comfort? Instead, Kristen Stewart looks like she’s about to punch the next person to ask her how good of a kisser Robert is. Robert shrinks down into his chair as if he’s about to crawl under the table, grab the legs and let out a frail cry, “earthquake!”

With these two, how do you make a press conference or an appearance interesting enough for anyone over the age of 13? The answer comes from an unlikely source: Taylor Lautner. I first met Taylor last year when he stopped by Seattle on the Twilight mall tour. He definitely didn’t come across as shy. Maybe a little bashful when the recently fired, oh I mean resigned, Rachelle Lefevre would comment about his good looks or girls.

But Taylor Lautner’s finally stepped into his own and it’s time for us all to take notice and give credit where credit’s due. Lautner is warm, funny and playful with the audience. He brings a lightness that Stewart and Pattinson alone lack.

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New Moon director Chris Weitz said, “It’s funny. In a way, he’s the least prepared for the intense scrutiny, but he’s very balanced about it. Whereas I think Rob and Kristen are very sheepish about it. Not that they don’t appreciate it. But they’re thrown a bit by it.”

His boyish good looks, winning smile and sparkling (sorry Edward) personality just might be the very thing the Twilight franchise needs. Kristen Stewart even admitted that Jacob’s character can have fun and be light with Bella in a way that she can’t be with Edward. I know we all like the emo, but I’m glad we’ll have a laugh or two along the way. So thanks Taylor Lautner. Thanks for being so calm, warm and collected.


– Kim Wetter, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Time
(Image Courtesy of Erin Rivera)