I’ll admit it: I’m obsessed with Robert Pattinson. From the very first time I laid eyes on the actor, I was hooked. He is gorgeous, and I’m a sucker for Hollywood handsome. So when the opportunity arose to work with the incredibly talented producer on the upcoming film, The Rover, I jumped at the chance. In fact, I might even go so far as to say that I had a small crush on Rhett. We’ve all been there, right?

I met Rhett when we were both on the red carpet at the Toronto Film Festival, for his friend, the director Andrea Arnold’s film, Fish Tank. I can’t remember what I said to him at the time, but it was probably something very sassy and witty—probably something along the lines of, “Welcome to Hollywood.” Either way, it was definitely an encounter that I will never forget.

A Brief History Of The Relationship

Although the two of us never officially worked together, our relationship was featured in an episode of the Emmy-nominated show, Vanity Fair portraits. The episode focused on the rocky history between Rhett and Kristen, the actress he had an on-off relationship with from 2005 to 2010. In it, we get a glimpse into their tumultuous, eight-year romance that ended up destroying their friendship. It was a sad moment to see them go through that, but it is an important moment for all of us to see how love can affect a friendship.

To those unfamiliar, Vanity Fair is a Vogue and Elle UK anthology that is published annually. It is generally considered one of the most prestigious and glamorous publications in the world. It was started by Condé Nast in 1920 and is currently owned by the media company, New York Media.

It’s important to keep in mind that this is an anthology we’re talking about, meaning that it is a collection of portraits of famous people. In the Vanity Fair portraits episode, we learn that Rhett and Kristen’s on-off romance began in 2005 after they met on the set of The Great Train Robbery. Rhett was 24 years old and Kristen was 22. They played a couple who fall in love on the run in the classic crime drama directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen. If you’ve never heard of the Great Train Robbery, it is a 1923 heist that was orchestrated by Maury Ross, mastermind of the notorious Pinkerton’s detective agency. Ross was tired of being known as the “Great Train Robber” and felt that the notoriety was overshadowing his achievements. So he hatched a plan to rob the train and make it his mission to change his image. He spent three years planning the robbery and recruiting participants. Ross became the first American to be extradited from Spain in connection with the crime, and was convicted and sentenced to fifteen years in jail. He died of a heart attack in 1938 at the age of fifty-two.

In the years that followed, Rhett and Kristen’s on-off romance continued to be publicly documented. We learned that their break-up in 2010 was particularly nasty. It was front-page news, and headlines blared, “Kristen Stewart Slams Robert Pattinson in Vicious Tweet.” When it came to the 140-character tweet that started it all, Stewart wrote, “just found out about robert pattinson’s new girlfriend. she is the fucking worst. she is so fucking awful. this just in…[…]bitch needs to be taught a lesson.” In the following months, they would continue to trade barbs in tweets and Instagram captions. It was ugly, and it made the public aware of their rocky history. However, their on-again, off-again relationship would not be publicized as it had been in the past. They would eventually go their separate ways, professionally as well as personally, and would not speak to each other again until two years later, when they reconciled their friendship and got back together in 2018.

An Opportunity To Work Together

Since our paths had never crossed before, I was intrigued when I heard that Rhett was interested in working with Arnold. I knew her work, and it was well-deserved. I had previously seen her Oscar-nominated film, American Honey, which was an amazing feat, considering that the majority of it was filmed in one continuous take. American Honey is about a young female filmmaker who ventures into the Canadian wilderness to make her debut feature after her financing falls through. Along the way, she meets several men who enter her life and work environment, which is exactly what attracted Rhett to the project.

Arnold is one of the most in-demand producers in Hollywood. She has worked on some of the most iconic films of all time, earning her a spot on Vogue’s Top 50 most powerful women in Hollywood. In addition to being a producer, she is also a director and writer. Along with the Coen brothers, she is credited with creating the modern film noir. Some of her other credits include The River, The Heat, and Frozen.

I had the opportunity to work with her on a short film, and it was an honor. Even though we had never met before, I felt like I knew her through her work. She is a fascinating woman who has achieved so much. It was a pleasure to finally get a chance to work with her. We are very different people, but I think that our work on The Rover will prove to the world that we were made for each other.

The Differences In Our Personalities

One thing I quickly learned about working with Rhett is that we have a lot in common, but we are also very different. When we first met, we immediately clicked. He is the kind of person who I can easily picture myself spending the rest of my life with. He is extremely intelligent, has an amazing charm, and is completely dedicated to his craft. While I admire and respect his work ethic, I find that I need some down time now and then. I have a lot of energy, and I like to use it. Sometimes, I need to do nothing more than sit back and let life happen. I can be a very chatty person, and when I feel like I need to fill the silence with words, I usually end up talking about myself or my work. It’s not that I’m self-centered or don’t care about other people, but I just like to find my center and relax a bit before diving back in.

Rhett is the complete opposite of me. He is laid-back, easygoing, and comfortable in his own company. He rarely talks about his work, and when he does it is typically briefly and toyingly. He is very protective of his friends, and will often joke around with you, a stranger, until you become a friend. Once you are a friend, he will be completely reliable and trustworthy, even if you don’t deserve it. After working together for several months, I learned that this was a man who would always put the needs of others before his own. It was not that he was a selfless person, but rather that he was a self-aware and conscious person. Even though he doesn’t like to talk about his work, I think that he will admit that he is very sensitive and doesn’t like to disappoint or upset his friends, even if it is jokingly said in a private capacity. It’s not that he is a crybaby or easily offended, he just knows how to keep his cool.

The Importance Of Trustworthiness

This, of course, brings us back to the original topic of this section. The two of us are not officially related, but it is safe to assume that we are now good friends. We have a lot in common, both professionally and personally. I think that our combined talents will make for interesting and productive collaboration. In spite of our differences, Rhett still values friendship over all else. He doesn’t hesitate to tell you how he feels or says what he thinks, but he trusts you not to run with it. This is something that I have learned is very important to him, and he makes it clear to you from the beginning. He wants to work with you, but only if he can trust you. If he does feel that you are going to betray him in some way, he will not hesitate to cut you off completely.