Kellan Lutz For Document Magazine

Kellan Lutz photographed by Jeff Burton for Document, a newly-launched fashion, art and culture magazine.

Document magazine writer Jeremy Kinser sat down with the 27-year-old actor, who shot to fame playing Emmett Cullen in the Twilight films. In the interview, Lutz discusses his humble roots, his charity work, how he can use his new-found fame to help others and the twihard fan base.

“My mom went through a lot of hardship,” he says in the interview. “We had a lot of people from the churches, people we didn’t even know, who would come in and help us out … there were tough times.” That first-hand experience with compassion fed into Lutz’s world view, and now he works with Saving Innocence and the St. Bernard Project, the charity helping to rebuild New Orleans. He’s also learning how to use his fame to bring aid where it’s needed.

“There have been times when I’ve been in New Orleans working on a St. Bernard project and I’ll tweet and 50 people will show up to help build a house,” he says, adding that he also offers his time at animal shelters and Boys & Girls Clubs. It soon becomes clear that charity work is not only Lutz’s way to give back, but it also serves as an escape from the pressures of Hollywood, keeping him grounded.

While the article doesn’t explore his character’s motivations in the new Twilight film, the actor does talk about disliking the script when he first read it, the challenge of sitting for iconic painter Don Bachardy, and his quiet life in Venice, CA.

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Lutz, who has established himself a friend and vocal ally of the gay community, recently sat for a portrait with Don Bachardy, celebrated portraitist and longtime partner of the late writer Christopher Isherwood. The intimate portrait session was captured as part of a larger fashion-focused photo shoot for Document magazine.