Taylor Lautner makes hearts melt as brooding Jacob Black in the "Twilight" franchise, but did you know that Taylor's first love was karate? Check out fun facts you never knew about Hollywood's hottest werewolf!

13 Fun Facts about Taylor Lautner

A Star is Born

Taylor was born February 11, 1992, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Karate Kid

Lautner has studied karate since he was a boy and competed in multiple world championships. He was number one in the world at NASKA’s Black Belt Open Forms, Musical Weapons, Traditional Weapons and Traditional Forms in 2003.

'Twilight' Foodie

Lautner’s favorite foods include Chinese and Mexican cuisine.

Favorite Things

Taylor's favorites include the color baby blue and cake batter ice cream.

Puppy Love

Lautner is a proud owner of a Maltese pooch named Roxy.

On the Dance Floor

The “New Moon” hunk also loves to dance — he made his own YouTube music video for the song “Apologize,” and participates in the dance groups L.A. Hip Kids and Hot Shots.

Music Man

Taylor appeared in the music video “Caught Up in You” for singer Cassi Thomson.

Sharkboy

Taylor got his big break in 2005, when he nabbed the part of Sharkboy in “The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D.” He also starred in the flick “Cheaper by the Dozen 2,” before returning to the big screen in “Twilight.”

Black is Back

Lautner gained thirty pounds to reprise his role as Jacob Black in "New Moon."

Taylor's Teams

A sports fan, Taylor cheers on the Michigan Wolverines — so fitting — and the Texas Longhorns.

License to Drive

Taylor recently got his driver's license.

Disney Romance

While filming "New Moon" in Vancouver, Taylor was linked to Disney star Selena Gomez after the twosome were spotted out together multiple times.

Rekindling the Flame

Taylor is rumored to be dating his on-again/off-again girlfriend, Sara Hicks.

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