While some may still be captivated by the fairytale romance of Gentleman Jack, more people have now turned their attention to the enigmatic and talented Robert Pattinson. Best known for his role as the half-werewolf, half-vampire Edward Cullen in The Twilight Saga, the British actor has become one of Hollywood’s most eligible bachelors. Even Paris Hilton got in on the game and released an Instagram video trolling for a mate. As the most recent recipient of the HP Lovecraft Historical Society‘s Rumour Mill Prize, we sat down with Robert to find out more about his latest conquest — love or money — and what we can expect from the latest in the Twilight franchise.

What Have You Been Up To Recently?

Over the last few years, I’ve mostly been working, directing and producing shorts and music videos. I recently got back into acting with the BBC series, Line of Duty, and this year I’ll be appearing in two major features: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Darkest Hour. Next year I’ll be heading to Los Angeles to continue making these films and hopefully finding the leading lady of my dreams.

I’ve also been doing loads of press for The Twilight Saga film series and am about to begin shooting the final film in the franchise, Eclipse. This year I’ll also be doing a fair amount of press for Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

Is There A Specific Woman You Want To Date Or Are You Looking For A Soulmate?

I’ve been fortunate in that I have several beautiful, intelligent and kind women friends. One of them is even dating the man who plays Titania, the queen of the faeries, in Alice in Wonderland. So, I don’t need to go looking for a soulmate anymore; I’ve got one close by!

While I don’t mind having a good time and being with a beautiful woman, I do feel like I need to be with someone who understands me and my work. I also think that a lot of my best work is driven by the relationships and friendships I’ve had with other people, so I want to make sure that I maintain strong connections with my crew and with my collaborators. This is why I’ve been so focused on developing my career over the last few years, because I know that when I do finally settle down, it’ll be with someone I care about.

How Do You Feel About Your Job?

It can be really stressful working in Hollywood. There’s so much pressure to succeed and be noticed. I feel like a lot of people come out of school thinking that they’re going to be a famous actor, but once they get here, it’s a whole other ball game. In school, everyone’s a critic and no one’s ever heard of you unless you’re famous, and even then, it’s only because you’re famous for being famous. It can be really disheartening, because there’s so much opportunity if you know what you’re looking for.

Your Career Compared To Others

When I first got into acting, I modeled and did some off-Broadway theatre, but I didn’t really start focusing on my career until about 10 years ago. Before that, I was just working hard and putting myself through school, so I could become a doctor like my mum. She’s always been really supportive of my career, so it was the least I could do.

As for how my career compares to others’, it’s always been a gradual process of building trust with my audience. It starts with strong performances in smaller films and then leads to bigger and bolder roles. As my roles have gotten bigger, so has my audience’s perception of me. It’s given me the opportunity to work with some of the greatest filmmakers in the business, and I’m grateful to them for that. Plus, it’s given me the opportunity to travel the world and make new friends, which I’ve enjoyed, too.

What Has Helped Your Career?

I’ve always been fortunate enough to have had supportive and encouraging parents, and I’ve also been incredibly lucky with my friends. I’ve been surrounded by people who’ve helped me navigate this complicated world of showbiz, and I’m grateful to them for that. The biggest thing that’s helped my career is simply being me. I know that sounds cheesy, but for some reason, it’s true. When people see me, they see an actor who’s committed to his craft, who’s focused and who’s passionate about what he does. I think that’s what draws people to my work the most: they see someone who’s genuine and doesn’t try to pretend to be something he’s not. I like to think that’s what makes me such a popular leading man!

Is There Anything You’d Like To Change About Hollywood?

I don’t think there’s anything I’d like to change about Hollywood, per se. I think it’s a great place to be if you know what you’re doing and you work hard. All I’d like is for more people to understand what it means to put in the work and to not give up because they don’t see immediate results. You have to remember that it’s a competitive market and no one’s going to help you find success if they don’t think you can do it on your own. There’s a lot of entitled, mediocre people who think that just because they weren’t invited to the party, that they should still come knocking at the door, demanding their 15 minutes of fame.

Do You Plan On Having Kids One Day?

I don’t actually have any plans to have kids, but since I do, I think it’s important to find the right woman. I’m not looking to simply settle down and raise a family. I want to find someone who understands and supports my career, and I think that eventually, being a father will give me a new perspective on my work and the world around me. It’ll be interesting to see how my life changes when I have children, and I wouldn’t do anything to prevent that if it happened.

What Is Hollywood’s Perception Of You?

I think most people in Hollywood see me as a bit of a shy guy, who often gets confused or scared about talking to new people. A lot of people find that weird, but I think it makes me a more relatable character, considering how I am in real life. It’s also why I love doing comedic roles: I can get away with a lot more as a comedian than I can as an actor. People see me as funny, intelligent and a little bit insecure, which I think is an accurate assessment. As for how Hollywood perceives me compared to the rest of the world, I think it’s a little bit of both. I’m not sure if there’s a name for this type of celebrity or if this is just how things are now, but for the most part, people seem to like me. If they didn’t, I don’t think I’d be around as long as I am today. (laughs)

The only bad thing that anyone has ever said about me is that I don’t know how to dress (laughs). I’m not going to lie, it’s tough being a famous person, especially when you don’t feel like you’re living up to expectations. Everyone has an opinion about you and it can be really frustrating; especially since there’s no way of knowing what they’re thinking until you ask them directly, which can make you totally vulnerable. One thing I’ve learned is that you can’t please everyone, so you might as well do what makes you happy and comfortable and try not to worry about what other people think.