Even diehard fans of British actor Robert Pattinson might be surprised by his upcoming schedule. For starters, he will soon be seen alongside a completely different co-star in the upcoming sci-fi thriller Killing Ground. Pattinson will also star in the upcoming indie film The Locker, as well as the upcoming Christmas comedy Christmas Wedding. Finally, he will be seen in The Great British Bake Off this year.
But regardless of his upcoming projects, it’s clear that 2016 has been a breakthrough year for the actor. After struggling with severe depression in the early part of the year, Pattinson eventually found a spark that would guide him through the rest of his career. The English actor shared his experience documenting it in a new autobiography, Belonging. The GQ spoke with Pattinson about the autobiography, his career, and what the future holds for the star.
An Unforgettable Year
In the opening chapter of Belonging, Pattinson opens up about the dark days that marked the beginning of his 2016. After spending most of 2015 recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, the actor was forced to confront his emotional demons head-on. In the months that followed, he began to rebuild his life and career, and in the process, redefined what it meant to be a reliable actor. The result was a stellar year for the English actor, capped off by his reunion with longtime co-star and friend Emily Blunt on-screen for the first time in eight years in The Blue Lagoon.
“I feel incredibly lucky to have had such a memorable year, with so many wonderful experiences, both on- and off-screen. It’s been an unforgettable year, and I’m proud to have played a part in making it so. I would like to thank my family, friends, and team for their wonderful support throughout this year, as well as the phenomenal fans who made it such a memorable year for me!” — Robert Pattinson
Why 2016 Was a Breakthrough Year
Whether or not you were a fan of Pattinson’s 2015 movie High Life, there’s no question that the 34-year-old enjoyed a career resurgence in 2016. In the years that followed, his addiction struggles and rocky relationship with Kate Bosworth were laid bare before the public as he dedicated himself to fully committing to acting. As a result, he was able to shine in a string of memorable films, landing arguably his best role to date as a gay man coming to terms with his sexuality in the upcoming film The Council.
Pattinson was also one of the few actors to be cast in a leading role in a Woody Allen movie following his reunion with the acclaimed filmmaker on-screen in Candy Shop. And last but not least, he was chosen to play a pivotal role in the highly anticipated reboot of The Great Gatsby, making him the first male lead in the franchise. He also won the Choice Award for European Star of the Year for his performance, tying with Mad Max: Fury Road‘s Zoë Kravitz.
As previously stated, 2016 was a breakthrough year for Pattinson. However, it wasn’t just his acting ability that stood out to the audience. The English actor also took the opportunity to shine on the other side of the camera, producing a series of short films that documented his experience dating various women in the lead up to and following his marriage to Blunt. He also became the executive producer of the popular documentary series The Close Up.
Throughout the year, Pattinson kept his fans up-to-date with his progress through various social platforms. He regularly shared pictures and videos of himself working on his upcoming projects, as well as those from his previous movie roles. Most notably, on June 30th, he released the first trailer for Killing Ground, a sci-fi thriller that he starred in alongside Blunt.
What’s Next For Robert Pattinson
With such a busy year behind him, it’s no wonder that Pattinson is looking forward to a well-deserved rest. However, the English actor has already started to map out his next moves. He will be seen in an upcoming episode of the popular drama series Game of Thrones as King Joffrey Baratheon. The actor will also produce and star in the upcoming drama series Prisoner of Love, based on the bestselling novels by Viktor Karamazov. In addition, Pattinson has multiple project offers coming in from Hollywood, which he’ll be taking time off to pursue.
In the meantime, his fans can look forward to seeing him back on the big screen when The Great British Bake Off returns for its eighth series in early 2017.