One of the most recognizable faces of the 21st century is that of Robert Pattinson. The 27-year-old English actor has starred in films such as the recently released drama, The Laundromat, the upcoming sci-fi film, The Silkworm, and the much-loved Twilight series. He is currently filming the highly anticipated sequel to The Twilight Saga, with cameras set to begin rolling in May.
Pattinson became famous for playing the lead role of Edward Cullen in the Twilight Saga. The books and films based on the series have now become global phenomena. The films have accumulated a total of nearly $14 billion at the box office and have been translated into 56 languages. The books have sold over 150 million copies worldwide and have been made into a variety of merchandise, from stuffed animals to beach towels.
The first installment of the Twilight saga, Eclipse, was released in 2010 and made Robert Pattinson a household name. The film was a financial success, grossing nearly $7.4 billion worldwide, making it one of the highest-grossing films of all time. The film made Pattinson a trending topic on social media platforms such as Twitter, with users making fun of his peculiar looks and witty comments.
The sequel to Eclipse, titled Sophia, was just as successful as its predecessor, grossing nearly $7.6 billion worldwide. Fans of the Twilight saga were devastated when news of the third and final film in the series leaked in May 2018. The movie was supposed to be released in 2020 but was pushed back multiple times. The film will now be released on October 24, the latest installment in the Twilight saga.
While promoting The Laundromat, Pattinson spoke to Vanity Fair about his time spent working on the Twilight films and how he deals with the pressures of being a recognizable face. He also opened up about his sexuality and the #MeToo movement.
‘Twilight’ Was A Self-Taught Actor’s Education
Robert Pattinson grew up in the countryside of England and was never known for his exceptional academic skills. After graduating from Warwick University with a joint degree in English and film, he headed to Los Angeles to pursue acting. He decided to give it a go, spending three days a week at UCLA for two years before landing steady work in television and film. His journey from complete unknown to Hollywood leading man was relatively quick.
While attending university in the U.S., Pattinson had the opportunity to study at the prestigious Beverly Hills High School. The prestigious school was started in 1913 and is one of the premier institutions of its kind. Students are taught by acclaimed teachers from Harvard and the University of California, as well as by professional stage actors. Some of the notable alumni include Sean Connery, Henry Kissinger, and Bill Cosby. Notable faculty members include Orson Welles, Charlie Chaplin, and Katharine Hepburn.
Pattinson credits his time at the school with putting his acting career on the map. He is now frequently recognized as one of Britain’s finest actors, having received several accolades for his acting work, including a BAFTA award for best single performance by an actor in a supporting role for his portrayal of serial killer Ted Bundy in the 2015 film, Live. The film also earned him a Golden Globe nomination for best supporting actor.
The Pressure Of Being The Face Of A Monster Company
As well as being one of the most recognizable faces in the world, Robert Pattinson is also the leading man of a $7 billion movie franchise. Over the years, he has become accustomed to the limelight and accepts the responsibilities that come with it. While he may be used to dealing with the cameras and the pressure of fame, it does not mean that he does not want to keep a low profile or avoid the spotlight whenever possible.
Pattinson has found a way to balance his privacy with the public’s fascination. He keeps a very low profile on social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram, rarely posting pictures and even less often sharing his thoughts about anything. He will often post old photo albums on his Instagram, which reveal glimpses of his childhood and early adulthood. While fans may see this as a source of inspiration, it is more likely that they will wonder what secrets the albums conceal.
Another way in which Pattinson keeps his privacy is by declining interviews. He has only given a handful of press conferences in his entire career and has even passed on doing interviews for some of the films in the Twilight series. However, he has stated that he would love to work with renowned journalist Charlie Rose on a TV interview. Rose’s shows are frequently featured on PBS and have a viewership of over 10 million people. Pattinson seems to have put his foot down and will not be doing any more press for the time being.
‘I’m Sure They Haven’t Changed, But…’
Though he keeps a low profile in the media, Robert Pattinson is not completely closed off to the outside world. The English actor is well-known for his love of fast cars and motorbikes, often appearing in celebrity motorbike and car shows. He also models for various high-end brands and has been seen wearing some of the most prestigious and luxurious brands. While he may not always be accessible to the press, there is no denying that he has become one of the most desirable men in the world. The English actor remains committed to his low-profile approach and speaks openly about the benefits of being unknown. In an interview with Vanity Fair, he said:
I’m sure they haven’t changed, but…
…in this day and age, they’ve almost certainly got people who would want to harm you. Your safety is more important than ever, so it’s not really a case of trying to be famous and trying to protect your identity, it’s a case of trying to protect your safety and being smart about it.
…There’s always going to be people who want to bring you down. You just have to be smart enough to realize it and protect yourself. When it comes to my personal safety and the safety of my family, I will always do what I can to avoid the limelight. I’m sure they haven’t changed, but…in this day and age, they’ve almost certainly got people who would want to harm you. Your safety is more important than ever, so it’s not really a case of trying to be famous and trying to protect your identity, it’s a case of trying to protect your safety and being smart about it.
This approach has served him well and protected his reputation. If people are curious about who he is, they will simply have to look elsewhere. Robert Pattinson’s private life remains a well-kept secret and he continues to manage his fame and fortune with aplomb.