Taylor Lautner talks about his new movie Run The Tide

Taylor Lautner talks the responsibility he felt to give a strong performance in new movie Run The Tide.

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA (REUTERS) - Actor Taylor Lautner says he felt a great deal of responsibility to get his performance right in new movie, Run The Tide.

The family drama sees the former Twilight star play a young man who kidnaps his younger brother and escapes their desert home, headed for the California coast, when their drug abusing mother is released from prison.

Lautner said, "Yes, this role was definitely a departure from anything I've done before so for me, I was able to tap into certain things from my own life that I could use but at the same time there are a lot of things about Rey that I have never experienced myself before. I mean, he's a father figure in this journey so I kinda had to use little things from my life but also my imagination as well. How true to life is the story? I think it's extremely true. I think there's people everywhere experiencing the feelings that Rey is going through, that Lola's going through, and I think that's why we felt such a large amount of pressure to get it right is because we wanted that message to come across, ya know? We wanted to be able to play the tough times but also play that glimmer of hope and where it can go."

The actor, who is best known for films such as the Twilight series, Abduction and TV shows including Scream Queens, says that just enjoying his life means more to him now than ever.

"For me the biggest thing is just surrounding myself with people that I love, just spending time, it doesn't matter what I'm doing as long as I'm with my friends and my family. Ya know, I could be sitting in a cardboard box and that's where I'm happiest," he added.

Run The Tide hits select theaters in the US on Dec 2.