It was just like any other day, except that David Carr met Robert Pattinson on the set of a movie. Yes, the Twilight superstar was there to shoot a sequence for the upcoming installment of the hit series, and the Rolling Stone journalist and photographer was there to interview him. While there’s no denying that the two are utterly captivating and charismatic creatures (not to mention that they’re both incredibly attractive), their encounter was more than a little unusual, to say the least.
“I interviewed him for Rolling Stone. It was such a coincidence, running into him like that, and I kind of felt like I was in a dream,” Carr recalls. “He had this really beautiful smile, and he was so approachable and nice. We started talking, and before you know it, we were hanging out and getting coffee, and then lunch, and then dinner.”
As you might imagine, the two didn’t really have time to spare that day—especially because they were both under the gun to get a shoot done on time—but their schedules finally allowed them to unwind and spend some quality one-on-one time together. And, as Carr puts it, “It was amazing.”
When the crew wrapped for the day, Carr, Pattinson, and director Bill Cunningham had one more surprise up their sleeves. The cameraman had forgotten to turn off the camera, and the light was still shining on the two stars as they posed for a picture together.
Before anyone could say ‘monsieur du jour,’ Pattinson had asked Carr to dance with him. And the rest, as they say, is history.
‘Twilight’ Helped Launch Their Career
One of the greatest things about Carr’s book—and it should be noted that he did this entirely on his own, with no formal training—is that it shows how important the small and relatively unknown film The Twilight Saga was in boosting his (at the time) relatively obscure career. (By the way, Carr took the opportunity to write and direct the film, so you know it’s quality.)
Specifically, the book details Carr’s early life, career, and the unexpected rise to fame that occurred when the Twilight series went viral and became an international phenomenon. The book also features hundreds of never-before-seen photographs of Carr and his friends and family, many of which were taken throughout the making of the Twilight films. So if you’ve never heard of David Carr, you’re in for a treat—you really should read this book, or at least sample a few of its stories and photos before you go.
What followed was a whirlwind courtship and a marriage that produced two gorgeous young children, Lily and Tom.
It was during this time that Carr was approached by Penguin to write a book about his life and career. And though he initially turned down the offer, he soon changed his mind and accepted it, and thus began the process that would eventually lead to the creation of his bestselling memoir, ‘I’ll Have What She’s Having’.
On the surface, the two have absolutely nothing in common—Pattinson grew up in South London and went to college in Oxford, while Carr was born and raised in Newcastle, England—but they share a love for the same things. Specifically, literature and art. (And food, I might add.) Together, they have a passion for experimenting with dining experience and trying out creative recipes. (They even have an Instagram account where they showcase their culinary delights, @lizkarrpattinson and @robertpattinson.)
‘Twilight’ Changed Everything
If you’ve never read the Twilight books, you might be wondering what all the fuss is about, since they’re not particularly good stories. That’s because they’re exceptional. If you’ve never read the Twilight books, you might be wondering what all the fuss is about, since they’re not particularly good stories. That’s because they’re exceptional. If you’ve never read the Twilight books, you might be wondering what all the fuss is about, since they’re not particularly good stories. That’s because they’re exceptional. If you’ve never read the Twilight books, you might be wondering what all the fuss is about, since they’re not particularly good stories. That’s because they’re exceptional. If you’ve never read the Twilight books, you might be wondering what all the fuss is about, since they’re not particularly good stories. That’s because they’re exceptional. If you’ve never read the Twilight books, you might be wondering what all the fuss is about, since they’re not particularly good stories. That’s because they’re exceptional.
One of the most notable things about the Twilight series is how rich, deep, and nuanced its female characters are. For example, consider the titular characters, Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson), who are instantly likeable and easy to sympathize with.
As you might imagine, a lot of pressure was on the filmmakers to create new and memorable characters for the third installment, since the series was now a mainstay in popular culture. And boy, did they deliver. They created the badass and sassy Annette, the conflicted and tormented Renée, and the self-sacrificing Leah. They even gave us Bill, the laidback but loveable beaver. (Sadly, these days, we have to point out that Bill is a character from one of the worst films of all time—so much so that a law firm actually handled the case of a woman being attacked by a beaver in Canada. The attack was so severe that it prompted the woman to sue the makers of the film. Thankfully, she won the case, and the beaver was ordered to pay $25,000 in damages.)
As exciting as it is that these iconic characters have stuck around in our minds as long as they have, what’s even more incredible is how much these films have influenced our culture. (Seriously, Google “Twilight Zone” for the full effect.)
‘Twilight’ Is Still Going Strong
Let’s be honest, if you’re reading this, you’re probably already aware that the Twilight films are more than twenty years old, and the series is still going strong (even gaining a dedicated following, thanks to Netflix).
In fact, both Pattinson and Stewart are still starring in the Twilight films, with Stewart’s Bella now an engaged and married woman and Pattinson still playing Edward. (Sadly, things didn’t work out for Leah and Renée. Renée committed suicide in 2008, while Leah passed away in 2015 due to complications from cancer.)
Also worth noting is that, despite being a popular series, the Twilight films have never been popularly acclaimed, and many critics still consider them inferior to the books. (If you’re curious, here’s a full list of reviews from critics who have seen the entire series.)
This has certainly not stopped audiences from continuing to tune in to watch the films’ newer, and sometimes older, stars shine on the big screen. Consider that Stewart is now 40 years old and still regularly appears in films and on TV shows, while Pattinson turns 38 this year and still seems as engaged and approachable as ever, appearing in films such as the upcoming High School Musical 6 (in which he plays the part of Mickey Mouse.)
They’re Still Friends
Whether you started reading this article because you’re obsessed with The Twilight Saga or because you just want to hear more about David Carr and Robert Pattinson, it’s important to point out that their relationship wasn’t ruined after their fan-following grew exponentially. Far from it. In fact, the two still have a close friendship, and even collaborate on some of their projects.
For example, they co-authored a cookbook, If Wishes Were Fish, and have a joint Instagram account where they showcase their culinary delights, @lizkarrpattinson and @robertpattinson. And, in late 2017, they launched a podcast, My Dinner With David Carr and Robert Pattinson, where they discuss all things cultural.
To this day, Carr describes their time working together on the Twilight Saga as one of the high points of his life. “It was such a wonderful time. And I’m so grateful that he gave me the opportunity to work with such an amazing creative team, and to have my life changed in such a positive way,” he said. “I still keep in touch with him and we have dinner parties with our kids every month, and we get on each other’s Instagram accounts and stuff like that. It was one of the great pleasures of my life.”
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some cookie mix I need to prepare…