After months of speculation and rumors, news that movie star Taylor Lautner has a new girlfriend was officially confirmed by E! News this week. According to the report, the 21-year-old former “Twilight” heartthrob is officially taken by brunette beauty, Marie Avgeropoulos. Here are six fast facts about Lautner’s new love:
SHE IS AN ACTRESS
Just like Lautner, Avgeropoulous is also in the entertainment business. The Canada native, who most recently starred in the Vohn Regensburger dramedy “A Remarkable Life,” is best known for her role on the CW series, “The 100.” On the sci-fi program, Avgeropoulous plays the character Octavia Black, one of the 100 teenaged apocalypse survivors sent back to Earth to test its ability to sustain human life.
SHE MET TAYLOR ON SET
Avgeropoulous will leave her TV screen roots behind next year to star alongside the former “Twilight” hunk in the action film “Tracers.” The film stars Lautner as Cam, a parkour-loving New York City bike messenger, and Avgeropoulous as Nikki, a “beautiful stranger” he meets while attempting to run from the mafia.
SHE IS POPULAR ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Avgeropoulous first made her mark on social media by teasing details about her rumored relationship with Lautner earlier this year. The actress, who at the time had only 4,000 followers on Twitter (as of Wednesday afternoon she had 5,547), sparked fans curiosity by posting an image of hers and Lautner’s directors chairs sitting side-by-side on the set of the film “Tracers” in New York.
SHE IS A FAN OF RAP MUSIC
Not only is she a fan of Lautner, Avgeropoulos is also seemingly a fan of rapper Jay-Z and his latest album, Magna Carta Holy Grail. The new couple was last seen walking arm-in-arm and smiling while entering the 44-year-old entertainers concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Dec. 9th. (See the photos here.)
SHE IS AN OLDER WOMAN
Lautner has been known to date older women (Taylor Swift, anyone?) and his newest girlfriend is no exception. Avgeropoulos, 27, is a notable four years older than Lautner, 21. I guess for this couple, age is really just a number.
SHE HAS BEEN DATING LAUTNER FOR MONTHS
Despite the only recent confirmation from E! News (and Lautner’s rumored sleepover with his “Twilight” co-star, actress Kristen Stewart earlier this month), the twosome has been rumored to have been an item since July. People magazine first reported that the duo was dating after photographers spotted the pair holding hands in NYC off the set of their upcoming film, “Tracers.” The acting duo was also spotted attending a showing of the Blue Man Group at Astor Place Theatre in New York City on July 15.
“They’re happy and having a fun time together,” an insider told People.