Catherine Hardwicke Gushes Over Breakout Male Nominee Taylor Lautner

“Taylor has a lot of confidence,” his “Twilight” director gushed to our Tim Kash when we dropped by her house this week. We specifically wanted to know what made Lautner — who’s gained 20 pounds of muscle for his “New Moon” role — so dang amazing.

In the video, you’ll hear Hardwicke reminisce over meeting Lautner for the first time, and how he auditioned for her right in her house. Watch it below, and then click here for the rest of our interview with the “Twilight” helmer. And, of course, don’t forget to tune in to the MTV Movie Awards this Sunday at 9 p.m. ET to find out whether Taylor (or his fellow nominee Robert Pattinson) snags a golden popcorn.