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To start, let’s rewind back to 2002. Robert Pattinson had just finished shooting his first film, a dark comedy called Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra, and was looking for a new project to take on. While filming, he fell in love with one of his co-stars, Kristen Stewart.
The next year he worked on a romantic comedy with Chris Evans called The Cold Light of Day. That same year he was also featured on the cover of NME, the UK’s biggest-selling music magazine at the time. Next came Eclipse, a science-fiction thriller that he co-wrote and co-produced with Tim Burton. Then came a few more comedies and then in 2015, he made his big-budget adventure film Godzilla, which saw him work with some of the biggest names in the business, including Hideki Kadokura and Max Baumbach. The film was a critical and commercial success.
With a string of successful films under his belt, he decided to take a break from the big-budget franchise films and embarked on a world tour with Stewart. Since then, he’s released a string of critically-acclaimed and commercially-successful indie films, including Twilight and its accompanying series, The Twilight Saga. He also made a documentary about struggling songwriter Stephen Stills called Love Is Beautiful, and collaborated with Japanese composer Toru Kitami on an album of jazz and classical music. This year, he’s releasing the documentary Wonderful England that explores the English countryside and its rich cultural history.
What happened in between? Let’s take a look back at the interesting events that shaped Robert Pattinson’s teenage years and what they mean for the future.
Struggles With Identity
When he was 15, he made his first short film, Boys Will Be Boys. Based on a true story, it follows the rebellious and free-spirited Max (played by Chris O’Dowd), who moves to Paris and befriends a group of French teenagers. After one of them befriends him back, he decides to stay in Paris and form a band with his new friends. They call themselves the Vagabonds and play gloriously cheesy garage rock songs about girls and cars. With O’Dowd completely engulfed in a mosh pit for almost the entire duration, it’s a truly youthful performance, full of energy and exuberance. It was shot on a budget of just £2,500 and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2018.
The following year, he appeared in a small role in the romantic comedy Love Wedding, alongside Elle MacLeman, and also starred in the biographical film Michael Bublé: Love, portraying the star’s father. Both films were released in 2019.
Around this time, he was also interviewed for an episode of the popular British show The Handyman. In the interview, he discussed his struggles with identity and how he doesn’t feel like he fits into any particular category, despite being recognized for his acting talent. “I’ve never really liked labels. Who says I have to define myself by what I do? I’ve never felt like I belonged in a box. I’m always worried that they’re going to lock me in there and that’s it. I don’t feel like a film actor. I feel like I’ve done a bit of everything. I’ve done theater, TV commercials, music videos, and now I’m doing films. It’s all still going on,” he said.
Downturn In Ambitions
After his performance in Love Is Beautiful, he was approached by a German production company called SOKO Prods. They were interested in filming a documentary about his life and work. He agreed and the resulting film, Wonderful England, was released this year. The film is a fascinating insight into the artist’s life. We are given privileged access to his world, learning about his ups and downs, his relationships, and how he continues to find his place in the world.
It’s clear the camera crews were access-all-are-welcome at the Pattinson household, as he takes us on a tour of his lavish home, which has a grand piano in the lounge and an outdoor pool. He shows us the places where he grew up, his office, and even his dressing room. We see him struggling with the pressure of fame, as he tries to find the balance between his personal and professional life. He talks about how he feels trapped by the fame that came with Twilight and The Twilight Saga and wonders if he’ll ever be able to shake it off. He opens up about his insecurities and depression. It’s a rare and honest look into the young star’s mind. It will be available to buy or stream from August 14th.
This documentary marked a turning point in the young actor’s career. Up to this point, he had been able to balance his professional and personal life, working on a mix of features and indie films. The documentary showed how much pressure he was under and how much his personal life had been affected by it. Although he had long been public about his struggle with depression, this was the first time he had opened up about it in a non-hypnotic setting. He talks about how hard it was to find the right people who could help him navigate his depression and anxiety. He was fortunate enough to find a therapeutic community near London that he could join. Since then, he’s released a string of acclaimed and critically-acclaimed indie films including Personal Shopper, Cold War, and this year’s hugely anticipated Dumbo, his first animated film. We can expect more exciting and diverse roles in the future.
What happens after high school?
There’s no question that being a teen millionaire and the offspring of a famous and popular actor has its perks. Not only does he get to do what he wants for the rest of his life, but he also gets to surround himself with people who care about him and want to help. He can even choose to remain a private person, if he so desires.
Here are five ways that being famous as a teen can help you in the future.
1. Get A Head Start In The Interview Game
If you’re fortunate enough to land a role in an upcoming Robbie Williams film, you can bet he’ll be popping by to have a word. The former Take That singer turned rapper and actor will be the first to tell you that being in the public eye can be both positive and negative. It can be great for your career, but it also means you’ll be getting a constant stream of interviews and opportunities. If you’re fortunate enough to get one, grab it.
Williams has starred in many films and TV shows, but he became famous for his work with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He’s best known for playing Robbie Williams in The Robbie Williams Film, a 2009 biopic about the singer’s life. Following its premiere at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival, it went on to win several awards, including the audience award at the London Film Festival. It also became the highest-grossing indie film of all time, making over $21 million at the box office.
Since then, he’s appeared in a number of high-profile and award-winning films, including My Name Is Joe, Tamara’s Treehouse, and this year’s highly anticipated Robin Hood. He also voiced the character of King Toot in the animated feature The Boss Baby, which is currently out in theaters worldwide.
2. Find Your Niche
As a teen, you have boundless potential. You can find your passion for the stage, TV, or film and develop your skills. It’s up to you. One of the best things that can happen to you as a teen is to find your passion and talent and develop your skill set. If you have a dream, anything’s possible.