Taylor Lautner showed off his bicep in a mirror selfie following criticism that he was aging ‘like a raisin’.
The “Twilight” star, 31, posed in a muscle tee and blue training shorts before entering the gym on Thursday.
Lautner confidently flaunted his toned muscles on Instagram, captioned his tale, “Let’s get it.”
Hours later, he posted a dewy post-workout selfie with the caption, “Told ya.”
The fit actor, famed for flaunting his six-pack in the “Twilight” film series, seems to have shaken off critics who remarked he “looks like old broccoli” and “didn’t age well.”
Lautner opened out about the terrible remarks he received after appearing on the “Today” show with his wife, Taylor, in a candid Instagram video on May 22.
The “Abduction” actor claimed that he rarely reads social media comments and was surprised to learn what others were saying about him.
“If this had happened 10 years ago, five years ago, maybe two, three years ago, that would have gotten under my skin,” he remarked.
“It would have made me want to crawl into a hole and not come out, definitely [not] do press and interviews, and put myself in a position where I had to see that kind of stuff.”
Lautner, who used the video to promote Mental Health Awareness Month, said he had learned how to avoid becoming depressed because of other people’s perceptions.
“You find value where you put it,” he concluded. “And if you place your worth in what other people think of you, that’s how you’ll feel.”
“But if you put your value in knowing who you are, what’s important to you, and what you love, that kind of stuff won’t get to you.”
The actor ended his video by encouraging people to be kind to one another.
“It’s not that difficult. Let’s be nice to one another. Let us spread love and happiness. “It’s that simple,” he explained.
Lautner previously discussed his bodily struggles on his podcast “The Squeeze” in February.
The Hollywood star, who appeared shirtless multiple times in the “Twilight” films, said he was severely impacted by the need to go to the gym several times a day, roughly six times a week while filming the romance fantasy movies from 2008 to 2012.
“I had no idea it was affecting me or going to affect me in the future with body image when I was in it when I was 16 through 20 years old, starring in this franchise where my character is known for taking his shirt off every other second,” he said.
“But now that I think about it, of course, it did, and of course it will.”
“In the first movie, I was 140 pounds, and in ‘New Moon,’ I was 175 pounds,” he continued. So, no, that wasn’t my natural body. I had to work very hard for it and even harder to keep it.”
Lautner stated that when filming concluded, he stopped going to the gym as frequently and observed his body revert to “normal.”
“I recall one of the first times I saw it online was incredibly difficult. I was filming a movie called ‘Run The Tide,’ and my character is not intended to be a bodybuilder or ripped guy in any way. “I thought I looked fine.”
It wasn’t until people began making comparisons between Lautner’s “natural” figure and his “Twilight” body that he started to feel self-conscious, which was devastating to his mental health.
The actor has subsequently realized the importance of not valuing oneself solely based on appearance.
“Don’t imagine that just because you drop 20 pounds or gain muscle, you’ll suddenly feel joyful when you get up and look in the mirror. You shouldn’t be getting value from there, he advised.