Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are very much in the news these days. The duo began dating in 2012 while filming the indie comedy, On the Road, and have since been all the rage in the media. The public had never seen or experienced anything quite like it before, and it wasn’t just because of their incredible on-screen chemistry. It’s fair to say that nearly everyone who lays eyes on these two can’t help but be attracted to them, including their co-star, Amy Ryan. After all, it’s not often that you get to work with a hot, young Hollywood starlet and a popular British actor. But Amy isn’t the only one. Other women have taken a liking to Stewart, and not just the young ones. One of her previous assistants even went so far as to propose to her.

So, what is it about Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart that makes them so attractive to the opposite sex? Let’s take a look.

They’re Both Steppes Away From Hollywood Norms

If you’re a fan of Hollywood’s golden age, it’s hard to imagine that anything could live up to the extreme standards of those days. But that’s exactly what Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart have done. After making several appearances on big-name TV shows and in major Hollywood films, the two decided to experiment with more independent work and less mainstream exposure. They didn’t just want to be famous; they wanted to be well-known for being themselves.

For a while, it seemed like this choice might not pay off. While On the Road was a critical and commercial success, earning both their stars, it only grossed $9 million at the box office. However, they’ve since found their niche, and it’s one that’s suited to their incredible skills. While they may not always get the credit they deserve for their more subtle performances, it’s hard to deny the talented actors when the cameras are on.

There aren’t many actors who can pull off a subtle performance, yet still deliver a knockout punch. But if there is an Oscar for acting, then Stewart and Pattinson certainly know how to use it. And they’re not the only ones. While Stewart mostly plays it cool onscreen, her emotions are just as apparent as those of her co-stars.

They Have A Lot In Common

What initially drew me to On the Road was the strong chemistry between Stewart and Pattinson. The two lead actors shared many hilarious moments, but they also had a deeper connection. Like Stewart, Pattinson comes from a family of actors, and he also struggled with fame and fortune at first. But it was his turn to suffer. In 2013, he was hospitalized for severe depression. Fortunately, he was able to find the help he needed, and he’s since been open about his mental health issues. In fact, he’s even spoken about how his time in the hospital helped him find himself.

While Stewart has been open about her own battles with depression and anxiety, she’s protected her private life and kept details about her family and childhood away from the public. But that may be about to change. Since the start of this year, she’s been promoting her upcoming film, Personal History, and in an interview with Vanity Fair, she opened up about her history with addiction and mental health. She also revealed that when she was 14 years old, she started cutting herself to cope with her extreme anxiety. It was only a matter of time before the media found out about her dark past, and she was forced to address her mental illness and substance abuse issues once and for all.

They’re Versatile

One of the things that make Stewart and Pattinson such a fascinating study is how versatile they are as actors. While On the Road focused primarily on their comic chemistry and their ability to put on a show, it’s clear that Stewart and Pattinson are comfortable in any role, no matter how challenging or unconventional. In fact, they often turn down the opportunity to work with more established actors, because they feel that they can bring something new to the role.

After their breakthrough performance in On the Road, the two were quickly pursued by the studios for bigger and more prominent roles. But they turned down most of those offers, because as versatile as they are, they want to continue to build their own reputation. So far, it seems like their choice has paid off. While they may not always get the credit they deserve for their quieter and more subdued performances, it’s hard to deny that Stewart and Pattinson are changing the face of Hollywood.