Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson join the ranks in the teen heartthrob list

From The Associated Press:


`Twilight’ hunks part of film’s heartthrob history

The “Twilight” series itself is about first love. “New Moon” centers on Bella Swan, an ordinary teenager in love with the mysterious Edward Cullen (Pattinson), who comes from a family of vampires. Edward is romantic and otherworldly, and though he literally hungers for her, he’s gentle and protective. But he leaves and Bella finds comfort with her loyal, longtime friend Jacob Black (Lautner), whom she later discovers belongs to a lineage of werewolves.

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Fans of the series fall on two sides: Team Edward and Team Jacob. Chloe aligns firmly with the latter, but “it’s pretty much half and half at my school,” she says.

Each has his charms. On screen, Pattinson plays a dashing vampire. Off-screen, the British actor is shy and soft-spoken, humbled by all the “Twilight” attention. He’s 23, lanky and pale, with thick, tousled hair he constantly runs his fingers through.

Lautner is buff and bronzed, with a gregarious personality, dark eyes and an easy smile. To reprise his character in “New Moon,” he packed on more than 20 pounds of chiseled physique.

Pattinson and Lautner may be slightly sexier than teen idols past, but they’re cut from the same teen-heartthrob cloth as their predecessors: Smooth-faced stars who seem wholesome — and just a touch away from attainable.

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