Taylor Lautner is the unquestioned hunk of the “Twilight” movies and in his new picture, “Abduction,” he’s making a bid to become a hot Hollywood action hero. But did he ever figure he would become a gay icon?
Taylor’s buff body, boyish good looks and well-groomed appearance have touched off rumors in Hollywood. Is he secretly gay?
Of course, the same thing could be said of his pretty boy co-star Robert Pattinson. Except Pattinson definitely has the hots for Kristen Stewart.
So let’s look at the evidence.
Lautner has been publicly linked with his “Abduction” costar Lily Collins and singer Taylor Swift.
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Taylor Lautner has drawn the attention of gay men for his boyish good looks and buff body. But he tells Aussie GQ he’s straight.
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But the relationships where short-lived and superficial. Was he just going through the motions?
He drives a 2012 silver SLS AMG Mercedes-Benz, a totally gay car for someone who wants to pretend he’s not.
He’s worth millions of dollars, yet he still lives with his parents.
Early in his career, he played a character in a movie called “Sharkboy.” No, it wasn’t gay porn.
He wears skinny dark jeans, black boots and flannel shirt unbuttoned to his mid-chest, “revealing what appears to be the 19-year-old actor’s very first crop of chest hair,” the article notes.
“His smile is [Tom] Cruise-like, packed with the kind of porcelain that has never been stained by a lick of red wine,” the writer adds.
So is he gay?
It’s a question often asked of masculine Hollywood stars and sometimes produces some shocking answers.
On thing is certain, Lautner, 19, is not the first to be confronted by the question. Other Hollywood actors have been and continue to be subject to the same speculation.
For years, an undercurrent of whispers has claimed that Tom Cruise is gay. And, actor John Travolta has long been said to be bi-sexual, although he has never acknowledged a sexual attraction to men.
Also setting off gaydar, that special attraction gays have for each other, are self-proclaimed straight men, Matthew Morrison, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Ryan Seacrest.
Fortunately being gay in Hollywood is not the stigma it once was.
During the 1950s and early 1960s, actors such as Rock Hudson, Richard Chamberlin and Montgomery Clift were gay, but fiercely protected their sexual identity, to the point of marrying women, who were called beards.
Back then, it could the kiss of death for a leading man’s acting career.
Even today, gay actor Rupert Everett ripped Hollywood for its homophobia and advised actors to stay in the closet.
At the same time, other actors, such as Neil Patrick Harris are successful and openly gay.
In an interview with the Australian editon of GQ magazine, Lautner is asked point blank about his sexuality, sort of.
He was asked if director Gus Van Sant and screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, both gay, hit on him at dinner in Los Angeles in June.
“No, definitely not,” Lautner replied. “I think they know I’m straight. But they’re great guys. They’re a lot of fun.”
So, he is straight.
Do you believe him? Check out his photos and the video below, and let us know your thoughts in the comments section.
Oh… incidentally, “Breaking Dawn: Part 1″ debuts in November.