After graduating from Horizon High School in Scottsdale, Ariz., Lutz moves to Los Angeles to pursue acting. He lands a modeling gig for Abercrombie & Fitch and bit roles in 2006's Stick It and Accepted, costarring Blake Lively.
While shooting the HBO miniseries Generation Kill in Africa, Lutz reads the script for Twilight, adapted from author Stephenie Meyer's best-selling saga. Although the role of burly big brother Emmett Cullen is cast while he is on location, he gets a chance to read for director Catherine Hardwicke, eventually landing the role.
Lutz stars on The CW's remake of 90210 as bad boy George Evans, with Shenae Grimes, Jessica Stroup and real-life love AnnaLynne McCord. "George is so the Luke Perry of the show," Lutz tells MTV. "And maybe a little Brian Austin Green. I think they morphed the two of them."
"Twilighters" come out in droves for the film's release, making the vampire flick the weekend's top-grossing movie, with nearly $70 million. "I felt the impact of how crazy this is going to be for all of us while we were shooting," Lutz tells Vanity Fair. The stars sign on for the next two installments, New Moon and Eclipse.
After shooting Eclipse with director David Slade, Lutz hits the Los Angeles premiere of New Moon. "The second movie, there's a huge weight off your shoulders," he tells PEOPLE. "We had so much fun doing this, and it's great to be here and soak it all in." The sequel pulls in a record $258 million worldwide, becoming the third-largest debut on record – behind The Dark Knight and Spider-Man 3.
Lutz lends his face (and ripped body!) to Calvin Klein Underwear. "I started out modeling so this is the pinnacle," Lutz tells PEOPLE of his Spring 2010 ads, which were inspired by Mark Wahlberg's 1992 spots. In April, Lutz stars in the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, which tops the box office, with $32 million.
The third Twilight flick, Eclipse, rakes in more than $150 million during its first week at the box office, making way for two more sequels based on the final book, Breaking Dawn. But Greene and costar Kellan Lutz find themselves in salary disputes over the final installments. The two eventually settle, with reported paychecks of around $1.25 million for each film.
Breaking Dawn – Part 1 rakes in more than $139 million during its first week at the box office before going on to best the competition in its second week. "You feel like you're all one big family and your brother is really tying the knot," Lutz says of shooting the wedding scene in the fourth Twilight film. "You can't not smile."
After meeting at a reading for Step Up 3D, Lutz, 26, begins dating the dance film's star, Aussie actress Sharni Vinson, 28. "She's a happy person, which really just clicks with me," he says of his girlfriend during an interview on Ryan Seacrest's radio show. "It's just great to have someone you can smile with all the time. It's really special."
Marking the end of his run as a Cullen vampire, Lutz bids adieu to The Twilight Saga with Breaking Dawn Part 2, which becomes the series's most successful installment following a $141 million opening weekend. "What really drew me to Emmett was all the likeness between him and myself. His view is, live life to the fullest. He's an extremely positive character," the actor says of what will stay with him from the franchise. "That mimics my outlook."
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