You’d think that after four years of dating, the breakup of his marriage, and two paparazzi-packed summers spent mostly near water, Robert Pattinson would be in showbiz’s good books. But even people who know nothing about Hollywood’s latest It-boy are aware of what happened to the last celebrity face to grace the covers of GQ and Vogue.

This week, Hollywood’s hottest leading man was back on the cover of GQ, this time with the headline, “The Hollywood Rebel.” The piece profiled the 28-year-old Englishman—who spent the last four years living high on the hog in the LA area and counting A-listers like George Clooney, Jennifer Lawrence, and Amy Adams as girlfriends—as the new generation of men’s fashion icons.

But if you’re looking for a quick overview of what made the “It-boy” famous and why he’s become such a cultural force today, you could do worse than read our Q&As with Robert Pattinson.

How Did Robert Pattinson Become Famous?”The Hollywood Rebel” piece details how Pattinson went from unknown face to international celebrity in a matter of years. It begins by recalling the first time he stepped on Hollywood soil:

“After more than a decade in the British music scene, Robert Pattinson made his grand entrance in Hollywood last year as the ultimate male fantasy: the handsome young rebel who defies convention and rises to fame and fortune. But as his movie career takes off, the 28-year-old Englishman is finding out that Hollywood is a whole different ballgame to what he’s used to.”

What Is He Like In Person?

If you’ve never heard of him, it’s probably safe to assume that you’ll never get to meet Robert Pattinson. Even for fans, seeing your favorite movie star in real life is still a rarity. The only way for most people to encounter him is through his work. Fortunately, he does a lot of press—which we’ve collected here —so that even the most ardent fan can learn something new about their favorite Hollywood heartthrob.

But it’s not all about him. The article dives deep into Pattinson’s backstory to get to the root of who he is today.

His Parents Were Against His Career In Cinema.

“If his mother had her way, her only son would still be living in England, studying music,” the article states. “But his father, who managed his career from the beginning, always wanted him to be a doctor or a lawyer. Growing up, Robert didn’t feel the pressure to follow in his father’s footsteps, but he did secretly hope to one day be a famous screenwriter.”

This is certainly an intriguing angle to his story. It’s not often that we get to learn about the inner workings of celebrity families.

How Long Has He Been Dating Daisy Ridley?

While we might not always get to choose our celebrity crushes, we can always take solace in the fact that the people we date don’t have the power to choose our friends—at least, not yet. For the past four years, Robert Pattinson has been making headlines as one of Hollywood’s most eligible bachelors. After meeting Ridley in 2011, the pair began dating and eventually got engaged. But while they were waiting for the fair isle to be wed, they remained best friends.

The article doesn’t delve into their post-engagement life (apart from a brief mention that the couple “recently bought a home together” and are “very happy”), but it’s safe to assume that whatever adventures they’ve had together have added to their on-screen chemistry.

What Is He Like In Interviews?

It’s always a good idea to prepare for interviews by finding the character that you’re playing and then using that instead of your actual self. As much as we’d like to believe that our favorite celebrity idols are as perfect as they appear in carefully staged photos, it’s best to remember that they’re still people. And people, even the most accomplished and well-deserved of fame, aren’t always as perfect as they seem.

That being said, Robert Pattinson is an exceptionally charming and thoughtful man and he does a great deal of work to ensure that his interviews are as effortless and natural as possible.

The actor’s interviewees swear by his good nature. His fan base grows with each passing interview, and it’s safe to assume that if you’ve never met him, it’s likely that you have at least one great story to tell about him.

Why Is He Important To Watch More Than Just Popular Culture?

So what makes Robert Pattinson special? For one thing, he’s an incredibly talented and skilled actor who has managed to carve out a niche for himself in Hollywood. But his significance goes beyond his acting career. It’s rare for a celebrity to give a damn about social issues and to be an engaged voice for those who feel excluded or marginalized. He has used his megastar status to advocate for animals, support gay rights, and raise money for various charitable causes. It wasn’t long ago that he was using his platform to speak out against the Syrian refugee crisis. After spending two weeks in a refugee camp in Turkey last year, he began tweeting about the need for more support and resources to help displaced people. The tweet caught the attention of British Prime Minister Theresa May, who invited him to Downing Street to speak with her about the crisis. It’s clear that with each new generation, the baton of social responsibility will be passed along from one celebrity to the next.

Then there’s Pattinson’s personal charisma. The article points out that the Englishman is “as much a product of his era as the swashbuckling cinema that he grew up watching.” He combines an effortless charm with a dash of old-fashioned gallantry to create an indelible impression on those who cross his path. If you’re a fan of romance, you’ll most certainly feel like you’ve found Mr. Right when you meet him. Which is lucky for all of us, since we’ve all been waiting for Mr. Right to arrive…