If you’re not familiar, actor, filmmaker, and former fashion model Rob Pattinson is probably best known for his role in 2012’s The Losers, as well as supporting roles in movies like Twilight, The Hundred-Foot Journey, and The Weekend. He’s also got a highly-publicized relationship with actress Kristen Stewart, which has made him something of a Hollywood icon.

But while you might know his name, you probably don’t know much about him. Here are 10 things you didn’t know about the ‘King of Tattoos’ Rob Pattinson.

He Was Born In England

Yes, the gorgeous star was born in England and grew up in Scotland. His mother, Vanessa, is an Irish actress and author, and his father, Simon, is Scottish. So, if you’re looking to get inspired by his dazzling good looks, you can probably thank your lucky stars that you were born in a different country. Although, he did end up breaking a few hearts while in Scotland. He famously began dating Twilight co-star, Kristen Stewart, while enrolled at the prestigious Princeton University in New Jersey. Unfortunately, their relationship ended in disaster when Stewart cheated on the actor with another student. She later said that her decision to cheat on him was “a really dumb, impulsive thing to do,” but thankfully, Rob has since moved on. They remain good friends and have since dated other people, but nothing serious. He also dated British model and actress Imogen Thomas for a few years before meeting Stewart. However, this didn’t stop him from getting into trouble with the law. In 2014, he was arrested in Malibu for driving under the influence and in 2017, he was arrested for domestic violence against a former girlfriend. Although, he maintained his innocence in both cases, he was forced to plead guilty due to a lack of evidence.

He Was Raised In A Family Of Actors

As previously stated, a major influence in Rob’s life was undoubtedly his acting coach, Stanislavski. One of the main principles of the Method acting technique developed by Stanislavski is ‘the creation of a character.’ It is a process by which an actor completely inhabits a role and makes the character his/her own. So, it’s no wonder that Rob went on to become such an accomplished actor, embodying characters with such distinct personalities that have become famous all over the world. The fact that he was raised in a family of actors undoubtedly helped hone his craft. His first role was in a 2009 comedy, and he continued to appear in movies and on TV shows until early 2018 when he took a break from acting to focus on his health and well-being. Since then, he has appeared in a couple of supporting roles, including an episode of the popular sitcom, Friends From College, before returning to acting in a lead role in an upcoming movie, The Mercy. This is at least his eighth feature film and his fifth lead role. So, if you ever wondered what it would be like to have an accomplished actor for a father, here’s your opportunity to find out.

He Is A Self-Confessed Romantic

If you ever watched one of Rob’s interviews, you know that he can certainly hold an interesting conversation. But, what you might not know is that the charismatic actor is genuinely interested in teaching others about love and relationships. On his blog, ‘Notes On Love,’ he frequently posts about dating, relationships, and love. In an interview with Vogue, he said, “I really enjoy writing about love and I think it’s a subject that’s been largely avoided in popular culture, whether it’s been broached in a light-hearted way or not.” So, if you’re looking for inspiration or just want to know more about the man behind the scenes, his dating advice blog is a great place to start.

He Is A Fashion Icon

Besides being an accomplished actor, Rob is also a passionate photographer who has been documenting his work for the past 10 years. Much of his photography focuses on nature and the beauty of the world around him. However, he has also created a distinctive look that has transcended the decades. In a 2005 interview with Vanity Fair, he said, “I have my own style that I’ve developed over the years. I try to be as true to myself as possible. Sometimes when you match your personality with something very classic, it can end up being very charming.” So, if you want to be on the cutting edge of fashion, you could do worse than following the lead of a man who was already an icon before you knew he existed.

He Is An Art Collector

It’s not quite as glamorous as being an actor, but it certainly doesn’t hurt. In addition to his photography, Rob is also a committed art collector. He has written about his passion for collecting on his blog, ‘Notes On Love,’ and has even curated a gallery of his favorite works. So, if you’re looking to add a touch of luxury to your room or just want to support an up-and-coming artist, you could do worse than buying one of his limited edition prints. Or, if you have a specific piece of art that you’re looking for, you could contact the artist directly and see if they’re willing to sell it to you.

He Is An Expert Swimmer

Before his acting career took off, Rob spent a lot of time modeling and competing in amateur competitions. Besides being an accomplished swimmer, he holds the world record for the 50-meter freestyle as well as the 100-meter freestyle. In 2014, he was even appointed as Team GB’s swimming coach, which allowed him to work with the best in the business. So, if you want to be the best version of yourself, you could do worse than taking up swimming. Or, if you’re looking for an activity that’ll keep you fit and motivated, you could try out for one of his amateur swim teams. Just make sure that you have proper training boots and goggles, as well as a cap, towel, and swimsuit that fits you comfortably. You’ll be glad you did. And, don’t worry, gentlemen, the ladies will be able to appreciate your efforts as well.

He Is Friends With Most Of Hollywood’s Most Popular Stars

While you might know his name, you might not know that he’s friends with a wide array of Hollywood’s most popular stars. It’s thanks to his close friend, Kate Winslet, that he was able to forge such iconic friendships. Kate introduced him to her acting coach, the renowned Peter O’Toole, who subsequently became his acting coach as well. Together, they worked on creating the role of Edward Cullen, which won him an Academy Award for Best Actor in 2008. Since then, he’s maintained friendships with a host of famous faces, including Leonardo DiCaprio, who starred in The Wolf of Wall Street, and Matt Damon, who starred in Mr. and Mrs. Smith. However, he’s also made friends with a number of A-list celebrities who share his love for fashion and painting.

He Is A Creative Director

Besides being a photographer, model, and actor, Rob is also a creative director for a London-based menswear brand. As the director of photography for Italian label, Brunello Cucinelli, he worked on a number of advertising campaigns, including those for Versace and Giuseppe Zanotti. So, if you ever wanted to be in the inner circles of some of Hollywood’s most recognized stars, you could do worse than applying for a job at a prestigious fashion house. It might not be the most glamorous job in the world, but at least you’ll be working with some of the biggest names in the industry. Not to mention the free food and fun lifestyle.

The ‘King Of Tattoos’ Was A Humble Beginner

When it comes to his work as a photographer, model, and actor, Rob has certainly established himself as a fashion icon. But, if you want to know the real story, it’s one of a humble beginning. After dropping out of university, he moved to Paris to pursue his dream of becoming a fashion photographer. It was there that he worked for French fashion house, Givenchy, and landed his first big break, which led to further modeling and acting opportunities. It wasn’t always easy, though. In an interview with Vanity Fair, he said, “There are definitely times when it’s hard to find work, and you have no money coming in. It’s very depressing.” To which, Ms. Stewart added, “He’s always happy when he’s working. I think that’s the main key.” So, if you’re looking to follow in the footsteps of a successful actor and model, don’t be afraid to start small. Work your way up from the bottom, as it were, and you might just be able to make it big.