Barely 10 hours after he arrived on a PAL flight from L.A. at 4 o’clock yesterday morning, Taylor Lautner looked well-rested when he did a round of one-on-ones and a general presscon at a function room of Shangri-La Makati, as charming and as friendly and as genuinely warm as he was during the The STAR’s four interviews with him for the Twilight series (New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn 1 and 2) in a span of three years at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.
He’s here purposely to drum up for Bench of which he’s the latest A-list endorser. The deal was reported as “breaking news” in Funfare two years ago but Bench big boss Ben Chan clarified yesterday that there was only a plan but no negotiation yet at that time.
A few weeks ago, Ben and company went to L.A. for the contract-signing and the pictorial with Taylor whose larger-than-life image is smiling back at motorists and commuters from giant Bench billboards all over the metropolis.
“He’s really very nice and very friendly,” said Ben of Taylor who was unshaven but still looking drop-dead gorgeous just as he does on the Bench billboards and in his latest starrer, Tracers (showing in 2014), which cements his new career thrust as an action star. This afternoon, he’s set to have a personal appearance at a meet-and-greet with fans in the Mall Of Asia (MOA) Arena and another Bench event on Sunday before he departs back to L.A. that same night.