It’s been a tough year for Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart fans. After months of denying any romantic involvement, the iconic couple finally confirmed their relationship with a kiss at the 2014 Golden Globes.
Things seemed to be going perfect for these two beautiful souls until tragedy struck. After weeks of trying to stay strong for their fans, Robert broke down in tears during an interview with the press. He explained that due to his erratic and drug-fueled behavior caused by his addiction to painkillers, he had lost his driving licence and been banned from driving. He also confessed that he had been suffering from depression and anxiety since he was 15 years old. He went on to reveal that he still sees a therapist every week and takes medication for his mental health problems. And what’s more, he revealed that he had been battling anorexia for the past three years. So not only did their romance get completely shattered, but his career as an actor was put on hiatus. Now, as the dust settles, it’s time to look back and see how these events unfolded.
The Breaking Of Generations
For decades, Hollywood has been plagued by a serious drought of talented actors. While there have been many success stories, these have largely been characters that viewers can easily relate to. Sure, there have been a few complex or conflicted characters that have graced the silver screen but, for the most part, Hollywood has been lacking in strong and dynamic leading men and women. This is perhaps one of the reasons why we have seen an explosion of interest in fictionalizing real-life events and turning them into films. In today’s ever-evolving world, stories based on current events are becoming more appealing. Filmmakers can now explore topical issues that were previously off-limits. This has allowed for an increased diversity of story ideas but also of characters. Stories that once might have played out perfectly on the big screen are now given new dimensions and complexities by way of creative editing and innovative storytelling. Take the case of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.
Robert, the English actor, writer, and director, grew up in the countryside, not far from London. He was born in 1978 and grew up with a love of classical music. He also has a deep appreciation for European culture and languages. In 2008, he published Scarlet Letter, a collection of poems and prose. It was met with largely positive reviews, with The Telegraph saying, “Pattinson has a way with words and his poetry is moving and authentic…He is a talent to watch.”
While in school, Robert excelled in English and History but struggled with Math and Science. It was suggested that he should consider a career in law, as his grades were excellent. However, his true passion was acting. He dropped out of school before he started his senior year and moved to London, where he joined an acting agency. He then went on to attend the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. In 2010, he was nominated for a Rising Star Award at the London Film Festival for his role in the film Made In Dagenham. Later that year, he was also nominated for two Young British Film Awards, one for Best Supporting Actor and the other for Best Newcomer. In 2013, he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the film Beautiful Boy.
Robert Pattinson was the first to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight when he starred as Alan Partridge in the film I Love You, Man. The film was followed by a successful TV series and later a stand-alone novel. However, it was 2014’s Breaking Dawn that would put him on the map. Breaking Dawn, the fifth and final installment of the Twilight series, was a critical and commercial success. Not only was it the highest grossing of the series, but it was also nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. The film saw him team up with his Cinderella director, Bill Condon, for the first time and marked the beginning of their long collaboration.
A Kiss At The 2014 Golden Globes
It was the beginning of a new year and a new decade. The year 2010 was turning out to be a memorable one for Robert and his fans. Not only did he land a role in one of the most beloved and iconic romance novels of all time, but he also finally acknowledged his true love for acting and dedicated himself wholeheartedly to the craft. In January 2010, shortly after the release of I Love You, Man, Robert shared a kiss with a then-unknown actress named Kristen Stewart at the Sundance Film Festival. Their onscreen chemistry was immediately evident and garnered them both critical acclaim and international fame. Not long after, Kristen became the face of a worldwide luxury goods brand and launched a makeup line named after herself. In the years that followed, their relationship was chronicled by the media. They were constantly in the headlines for their on-again, off-again relationship but also for their charitable work. In 2011, they established the Kristen Stewart Foundation, which aims to promote gender equality through arts education. This is something that the 26-year-old actress is very passionate about. She is also a big supporter of women’s rights around the world, which led to her being a global ambassador for UN Women and the UN Development Fund for Women’s Rights. She has participated in several public speaking engagements, advocating for women’s rights and equality. In 2015, she was named Variety”s most interesting person in entertainment, adding to the already long list of accolades that she has received.
Breaking Dawn Was A Sensational Comeback
It’s been a memorable year for fans of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. In 2010, they made their official onscreen romance as part of the Twilight Saga. The film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s New York Times bestseller, Twilight, was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $400 million worldwide. It was the beginning of a long line of box office smashes for Summit and Lionsgate. In 2011, they released the threequel, New Moon, which like its predecessors, was also a critical and commercial success, further expanding the Twilight universe. Then, in 2013, they released the two-part fantasy, The Hunger Games, which became one of the highest-grossing films of all time. Most recently, in 2016, they announced the release of the long-awaited live-action adaptation of the beloved animated series, The Simpsons. It will star and be directed by award-winning filmmaker, Matt Groening, who also created the series.
The film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby was another watershed moment for fans of the Twilight Saga. The critically acclaimed movie, directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Isla Fisher, brought an interesting new dynamic to the cinematic adaptation of the 1920’s Roaring 20’s. While each film in the Twilight series has been a critical and commercial success, none of them have quite reached the level of The Great Gatsby, which currently holds a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. However, with each new release from the Twilight Saga, the anticipation and excitement for the next installment of the series grows. Perhaps we will soon be treated to a glimpse of the very beginning of their relationship, as they begin to explore what will become their shared future together.
‘Star Wars’ And A Career Change For Pattinson
It goes without saying that fans of the Twilight Saga are also passionate about all things Star Wars. While the films don’t really intersect, both franchises boast large, devoted fanbases. Many fans were excited to see how the saga would continue with the highly anticipated release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015. The film, which was directed by Colin Trevorrow and co-written with Lawrence Kasdan, broke many box office records upon its debut, becoming the highest-grossing film of all time worldwide. It also earned a special Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. While the film was a critical and commercial success, it didn’t quite reach the dizzy heights of previous entries in the series. Nevertheless, it was a huge leap forward for both the franchise and Trevorrow, whose previous credits include Safety Not Guaranteed and Jurassic World. He is also currently working on the highly anticipated follow-up to The Force Awakens, titled, Captain Marvel.