There’s no question that the 21st century has seen a rise in the power of the older generation. Whether it’s been the increased lifespan or the ability to remain active later in life, people are living longer and setting more ambitious goals for themselves.
One such individual is Robert Pattinson. The former British film star, who took the world by storm in the 2010 film series “The Twilight Saga,” is now looking to settle down with a serious partner and is said to be exploring the possibility of starting a family with his partner, model-actress Kristen Stewart. However, before making any big life changes, Pattinson has set out on a career trajectory that will see him take on some big roles in upcoming films.
Signature Role Models
Pattinson began his film career in 2008’s critically acclaimed “Eclipse,” along with Stewart. The two would go on to act together in 2009’s “Breaking Dawn” and 2010’s “Breaking Dawn: Part II.” The films were a commercial success, leading to more film projects being lined up for the couple. While it’s been reported that Stewart’s participation in the franchise was partly due to her being pregnant at the time, Pattinson has gone on to admit that he didn’t really have to take her to work with him on a daily basis, as they already had a strong working relationship.
Since “The Twilight Saga,” the pair have made sporadic appearances together on the big screen. Most recently, they starred in “Cosmopolis,” which was named Best Film and Best Actor at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. While some critics compared “Cosmopolis” to “The Godfather,” the actor has since spoken out and claimed that he was referring to the 1957 classic rather than his own film.
Pattinson’s Upcoming Projects
With so much positive feedback still surrounding him, it’s easy to see why Pattinson would be eager to continue working. Between festival offers and lucrative roles in highly anticipated upcoming films, the actor is seemingly still in demand. Over the next year, we’ll likely see Pattinson work with some of the biggest names in the business.
One of the most anticipated projects is “Jupiter Ascending,” Channing Tatum’s ambitious film about a spaceship that travels across the solar system. Tatum has already cast the star of the film, in which he plays a role himself. The film is set for release in February 2018.
A second project that’s expected to premiere soon is Woody Allen’s “Wonder Wheel.” The acclaimed director has been working on the project for years and even made a cameo appearance in one of the trailer’s. The dark comedy will star Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Hall, and Elle Fanning. We’ll have to wait a bit to see how Allen turns his usual ensemble cast of characters into a race against time.
Stewart’s Upcoming Projects
While some may still be reeling from the news that Stewart is now a married woman, the actress has maintained a busy schedule since her wedding day. Most recently, she starred alongside her husband in the 2017 spy thriller “Triple Nine,” adapted from James Bond author Ian Fleming’s novel “You only live twice.”
The pair also worked together on the upcoming film “The Goldfinch.” Based on the best-selling novel by Donna Tartt, the story follows a young boy who befriends one of the most famous paintings in the world. The friendship turns into something more as the two develop a deep connection that changes both their lives forever.
What Do They Have In Common?
Aside from being a couple of Hollywood’s most iconic and in-demand actors, both Stewart and Pattinson are part of an exclusive group: the millenials. Born in the early to mid-1990s, millennials are the largest generation. They’re also the most likely to engage with brands through online channels. Naturally, this makes them the perfect target audience for any product or service.
With the world at their fingertips, millennials are digitally native and are well-versed in using the internet for product research and finding information. Thanks to Google and social media platforms such as Twitter, they can also stay in touch with friends and family on the go. So it’s little wonder that companies are scrambling to adapt their business models to keep up with the changing demands of this audience. According to Cisco, by 2020 the number of connected devices in the home will surpass the number of humans inhabiting the planet. So it’s clear that home technology is here to stay.
Marriage And Family
While many may see the success of “The Twilight Saga” as surprising, given how much backlash it received from certain members of the media and fan bases, it shouldn’t have come as a total shock. After all, the franchise is based on Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling books, which explore the issues surrounding human-vampire relationships. In keeping with this theme, one of the most prominent articles discussing the couple’s marriage focused on their age difference. In it, the author takes issue with the fact that Stewart is five years older than her husband, likening the age gap to that of a husband and a wife of similar ages. He also brings up the fact that Stewart is already a married woman, which is against Hollywood’s stereotypical portrayal of engaged and married women as helpless damsels in distress.
In many cases, age is still a deciding factor in a couple’s decision to wed. According to a 2017 report from the Pew Research Center, 66% of American adults over the age of 30 say they’ve been married before. Meanwhile, only 48% of adults under the age of 30 say they’ve been in a committed relationship with a partner. The stigma surrounding older-woman/younger-man relationships is one of the primary reasons why this age gap is so unusual in Hollywood. However, as discussed, this isn’t the case for Stewart and her husband. The two have chosen to buck the trend and are said to be very happy together.
A Rising Generation Of Leaders
It’s well-established that the 21st century has seen a rise in the number of older individuals leading healthier and more active lifestyles. According to the World Health Organization, people over the age of 60 now make up the largest group of regular recreational sports participants. Furthermore, the number of women participating in such activities has more than doubled in the past 20 years. This could potentially be attributed to the fact that women tend to live longer than men, due in part to better healthcare. In other words, the days of portraying older individuals as helpless and dependent are slowly but surely coming to an end.
It’s also worth noting that the most successful individuals in the 21st century have been those who’ve managed to maintain their youthful looks and have actively sought to avoid the fate of grey hair and liver damage. Whether it’s been through rigorous routines or the use of technology, the ability to stay young has been inherited more often than not, proving that good genes come in handy. Even the most celebrated supermodels and celebrities typically spend years working on their appearance. So it’s safe to assume that these individuals have all the vital organs, have no signs of aging, and are able to stay in good health for many years to come.
The Future Of Love
Forbes’ 10 Most Influential Marriages Of The 21st Century list acknowledges the role that social media has played in altering the way individuals find love. One of the couples on the list, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, met on social media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube in 2012. Before that, they would’ve never met in person. In fact, Stewart has admitted that she wouldn’t even be considered for film roles if it wasn’t for her online presence. She credits the success of “The Twilight Saga” to her ability to connect with fans digitally and through live chats with them. The more she could do to remain relevant, the better. This is likely why the actress has adopted a ‘digital detox’ strategy in her life, which involves abstaining from all social media, including email, for a set period of time.
Similarly, American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift credits her career to being on social media. It’s well-established that the platform can have a huge impact on someone’s life. It’s also a place where individuals can show off their softer sides, creating a more engaging and authentic relationship with fans. In addition to this, social media platforms such as TikTok offer short-form video content, allowing users to create mini-documentaries detailing their everyday life.