Kristen Stewart Joined Taylor Lautner For His Birthday – And Twilight Fans Loved It

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Over a decade has passed since this pair last appeared together on the screen. But Bella Swan and Jacob Black – or rather, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner – are still part of each other’s lives. And when they reunited for a birthday party in 2019, their meeting sent fans of the Twilight saga into a frenzy.

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The Twilight movie franchise has earned more than $3.3 billion to date at the box office. And it’s also made author Stephenie Meyer, who wrote the novels on which the movies are based, into a multi-millionaire. Formerly a full-time mom to three kids, the story idea came to her in a dream when she was 29 years old. She then she started putting pen to paper.

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Just half a year later, Meyer landed a publishing deal for her manuscript. And before the book had even been released, the film rights were snapped up. Clearly, it wasn’t hard to see the potential in the novel. And sure enough, when Twilight came out in 2005, it was an instant hit.

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Stewart entered the world in Los Angeles, California in April of 1990. She got her start in Hollywood as a child when she was noticed during a school play. The youngster soon went on to star in The Thirteenth Year, a TV film for Disney. Then, her career went to the next level when she landed a major part in 2002’s Panic Room, opposite Jodie Foster.

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For the next few years, Stewart worked steadily as an actress. But it would be Twilight that would turn her into a Hollywood sensation. Then just 17 years old, she was cast as female lead Bella Swan, following a screen test on the set of Adventureland with Twilight director, Catherine Hardwicke.

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Eventually, Robert Pattinson nabbed the role of Bella’s love interest, Edward Cullen. Hardwicke had been uncertain about the British actor joining the project to begin with – but Stewart was adamant. “She felt connected to him from the first moment,” the director told Newsweek in 2011. “That electricity, or love at first sight, or whatever it is.”

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The on-screen romance between Stewart and Pattinson trickled off-screen, too, and the pair started dating in real life. But as fans know, Bella and Edward aren’t the only important characters in Twilight. Jacob is also a major player within the saga. And when it came to finding that crucial cast-member, Lautner soon found himself in the part.

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Born in Michigan’s Grand Rapids in February of 1992, Lautner developed an interest in martial arts as a child. But on the advice of his instructor, he unsuccessfully auditioned for a commercial and soon caught the acting bug. At the age of ten, his family relocated to L.A. and he scored parts in Summerland and Cheaper By The Dozen 2.

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As the production crew started to piece together the first Twilight movie, they held an open casting call in Oregon to find their Jacob. By that point, Meyers had published three out of four of the books and they were a sensation. But Lautner wasn’t aware of the franchise in any way.

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Nevertheless, Lautner’s agent urged him to audition for the role of Jacob. And when he did, he read lines opposite Stewart, already confirmed to play Bella. The future star received a call four weeks later telling him he had landed the role. To top it all off, he was just 16 at the time, making him the movie’s youngest cast-member.

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Over the next few years, Stewart and Lautner became close. After all, they worked on five movies together, as the final Twilight book became two movies. The first film was released in 2008 and it was followed by New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn parts one and two in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 respectively.

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However, Lautner apparently nearly didn’t get to stay on in the franchise. That’s because Jacob is extremely brawny in the book, especially following his transformation into a werewolf or shape-shifter. And some fans criticized the casting choice because they thought the actor was not muscular enough to play the character.

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So when rumors began flying around suggesting that Lautner could be replaced, he made sure to put an end to any doubts. He worked hard to get into shape ahead of New Moon and became closer to the book version of Jacob. And after revealing his transformation, the actor kept his job.

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At one point, the famous friends were interviewed for Entertainment Weekly. And when asked in what ways Lautner is similar to Jacob, Stewart piped up and gave her opinion. “They’re both awesome,” she said. Then, she added, “Well, you’re really buff, light, warm. I smile around you.”

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And at a press junket for Eclipse, Lautner explained that the cast remained close even when the cameras stop rolling. In fact, he admitted that his friendship with Stewart and Pattinson “means everything to him.” He added, “I can’t imagine filming this franchise, if the whole cast weren’t so close as friends. It would be a nightmare.”

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Lautner continued, “Rob, Kristen and myself are really close and it helps a lot because, when you’re filming, you can be open and honest with each other and discuss things. It just makes the filming process a lot easier. When we’re promoting, and even when we’re not doing anything, but just hanging out on the weekends, it’s great.”

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In conclusion, Lautner stated that he had no doubts that the trio would stay friends once Twilight was over. “They’re incredible people and very talented,” he added. “We will definitely maintain a friendship for a very long time past the franchise, so it’s extremely important to me.”

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But when they wrapped filming on Breaking Dawn, Lautner was sad to say goodbye to his friends. “It was not good because my last scene with Rob and Kristen was the second-to-last day of filming. It was actually a scene where I was dancing with Kristen and I’m saying goodbye to her,” he told Movies.ie. “She’s getting ready to leave and go on her honeymoon and I’m dealing with everything for the first time, so it was a pretty emotional scene for Jacob.”

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Lautner continued, “It wasn’t fun doing that, when it was actually me saying goodbye to filming with Kristen and Rob as well.” And he admitted it wasn’t hard to find the tears when shooting his emotional final scene. In it, Jacob believes that Bella has died. “That was my last scene of the movie, my last scene of the franchise. I definitely had some extra motivation, so it was a little easier,” he added.

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Stewart and Pattinson ended their on-again off-again romance for good following the end of the Twilight Saga. But Lautner was right about his friendship with Stewart. The pair stayed in touch after they stopped working together and they’ve shown the world just how close their bond is on several occasions since.

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In January 2015, Stewart and Lautner attended a Sam Smith concert together. And later that year, they reunited once again. Lautner was Stewart’s plus one at the L.A. premiere of her movie American Ultra. The pals even posed on the red carpet side by side – much to the delight of Twilight fans.

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And that December, Stewart and Lautner were seen together yet again – this time arriving at a party in L.A. Their friendship has always been just that and they’ve remained close as they’ve each gone through failed relationships. Of course, that includes the romance between Pattinson and Stewart that ended for good in 2013.

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Since Stewart’s relationship with Pattinson came to a close, she has dated Alicia Cargile, Stella Maxwell, St. Vincent and Soko. Meanwhile, Lautner has been in relationships with Taylor Swift, Lily Collins and Marie Avgeropoulos. And more recently, he was romantically involved with Billie Lourd, daughter of the late Carrie Fisher.

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Then in the summer of 2018, Lautner started to be linked to a new love interest, Taylor Dome. By that Halloween, they had confirmed their relationship status on Instagram. Dome was friends with Lautner’s sister, Makena, before they started seeing each other. And, unlike the actor’s previous girlfriends, she isn’t famous.

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Dome, in fact, states on her Instagram page that she’s studying to be a nurse. And when it came to the first time she celebrated Lautner’s birthday as his girlfriend, she wanted to make it extra special. So the student decided to throw him a party. What happened at the soiree, however, ensured photos from the night went viral.

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Lautner turned 27 in February 2019. And on his birthday, his girlfriend shared a touching tribute to him on social media. “To the man with the sweetest heart, happy birthday! Day by day, you amaze me,” Dome wrote alongside a picture of the couple. “The love, humility and grace you radiate never goes unnoticed.”

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Dome continued, “Every day with you is an adventure filled with cuddles and laughs and I am so grateful I get to do life with you!” That evening, she surprised Lautner with a party attended by some of his closest friends. And the actor admitted that he truly wasn’t expecting it.

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The following day, Lautner shared some photos from the party on social media. They showed him posing with Dome as well as his pals and included a group shot. “Thank you @taydome for the best birthday EVER,” he wrote on Instagram alongside the snapshots. “I’ve never been more surprised in my life.”

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Among the guests were Patrick Schwarzenegger, son of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver. He has been friends with Lautner for several years and they appeared together in the 2013 movie Grown Ups 2. But his appearance was outshone by another celebrity – at least in the minds of some fans.

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That’s because Stewart was also at Lautner’s bash. She could be seen alongside the other guests in the group shot that her former co-star shared on Instagram. And she also appeared with the birthday boy in a snapshot posted on social media by C.J. Romero, a hairstylist to the stars.

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The picture showed Lautner, Stewart and Romero cuddled up and posing together for the camera. “Damn, K looks sexy. T is a pretty little liar. And I look like I’m ready for bed,” the hairstylist captioned the photo. And it didn’t take long for news of the Twilight reunion to spread on social media.

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“Typical of you not to invite Edward but [to invite] Bella,” one fan joked online. Elsewhere, another stated that they wished Stewart and Lautner would “do another movie together,” while one commenter called them “friendship goals.” And after seeing Romero’s photo, someone else added on Instagram, “My prayers have been answered.”

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Lautner’s post soon racked up nearly 450,000 likes on Instagram. Meanwhile, Romero’s picture with the birthday boy and Stewart boasted almost another 10,000 likes. It wasn’t just Twilight fans that chimed in, though. In fact, Nikki Reed, who played Edward’s adopted sister, Rosalie, in the franchise, also left a few words on Michigan native’s Instagram.

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Reed commented on Lautner’s post to send him good wishes for his 27th birthday. “Happy birthday, stud!” the actress wrote. “We love ya!” Clearly, fans were thrilled to see Lautner and Stewart’s friendship still going strong. And the timing was interesting, as it came just weeks after the tenth anniversary of the release of the first Twilight movie.

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However, this isn’t the only Twilight reunion that has taken place in recent months. At Comic-Con New York in October 2018, some members of the cast got together to discuss the franchise. Jackson Rathbone, who portrayed Jasper Hale, Kellan Lutz, who played Emmett Cullen and Edi Gathegi, who appeared as Laurent, joined Hardwicke on stage.

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But there were also some surprises in store. Stewart recorded a video message that was played during the festival and Pattinson even joined in via video call. What’s more, the leading man and leading lady of Twilight have seemingly also managed to remain on good terms despite their failed relationship.

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Stewart and Pattinson were seen talking outside L.A’s Chateau Marmont in June 2018. And a few months earlier, eyewitness claimed to have seen them having drinks together at a bar. As Twilight is considered to have one of the biggest fan bases in pop culture, it’s no surprise that the rumored meeting sent them wild.

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Since Twilight came to a close, Lautner has most notably appeared in the television shows Scream Queens and Cuckoo. But it’s his role as Jacob Black that he is most recognized for. Meanwhile, Stewart has had continued success since the franchise ended, starring in both big budget movies and indie films.

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Although Stewart will always be known as Bella Swan to some fans, she starred as the titular character in Snow White and the Huntsman and also appeared in the Oscar-winning film Still Alice. In addition, she’ll soon be starring in a remake of Charlie’s Angels, directed by Elizabeth Banks.

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Clearly, the time spent making the Twilight movies has stuck with the actors who starred in them. And in particular, the cast formed strong bonds while working on the popular blockbusters. But when it comes to the ultimate friendship from the franchise, it seems that honor is reserved for Stewart and Lautner – just as it was for Bella and Jacob.

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