It’s been a while since we’ve heard from the “Sexiest Man Alive,” but we can finally put this speculation to rest. After months of speculation, it was officially confirmed
this month that Robert Pattinson will not be reprising his role as the infamous Edward Cullen in the upcoming Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2. Now that he’s officially freed up from playing the role of the tortured soul with a heart of gold, it’s time for the world to take note of how far the 28-year-old has come and to see him in a whole new light. As it turns out, there is much more to this English actor, model, and musician than meets the eye—he’s a talented performer and a veritable renaissance man, in other words.

But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s examine how things unfolded with Robert Pattinson‘s recent role as the tortured Edward Cullen in the Twilight Saga. The series is best known for its very particular and very passionate fan base which propelled the books into instant New York Times bestsellers and made millions upon millions of fans all around the world. The highly anticipated film adaptation of Breaking Dawn – Part 2 was always going to face an uphill battle to match the intensity of its novels, and that battle has only just begun. With its release set for November 18, it will be several weeks before we get to see how things play out on the big screen, so in the meantime, let’s dive into the career of this extraordinary man and take a look at where he came from and how he became the king of the jungle and the ultimate heartthrob.

Early Life And Education

From an early age, Robert Pattinson was surrounded by the arts. His father is artist Tim Pattinson, and his mother is actress Kate Middleton, who is the sister of Prince William, the future King of England. He began acting seriously at the age of 12 and was soon catapulted to fame after starring in several English films, including Shattered, Wilde Haciend, and Rivals. Soon after, he landed his first role in a Hollywood movie The Rover, based on a popular novel by Roald Dahl that was recently made into a major motion picture starring Christian Bale. This role propelled him to international fame and established him as a major movie star. It also marked the beginning of a close friendship with his co-star and now wife Kristen Stewart, who plays Bella in the Twilight trilogy.

The Success Of The Twilight Saga

The success of the Twilight series is almost impossible to exaggerate. Written by Stephenie Meyer and first published in 2005, the three novels that make up the saga are now considered to be classics, with worldwide sales exceeding 100 million copies. Meyer’s source material was praised for its unique and original outlook which, coupled with her gift for storytelling, made for a compelling blend. With no previous movie adaptations to rely on, Meyer and her team of screenwriters—including Aaron Paul, whose screenplay for Breaking Dawn – Part 2 earned him an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay—had the immense challenge of bringing the complex and addictive world of the saga to life on the big screen.

With over a decade and a half of experience between them, Meyer and her team of screenwriters knew exactly what they were doing. They began their job ahead of schedule, first working on the script for Breaking Dawn – Part 1, and then starting from scratch to write the second chapter of the saga.

Meyer’s books have been so popular that she’s since gone on to write two more in the series, as well as spin-off material such as novellas and short stories. A recent three-way tie among fans for the top spot on the New York Times Best Seller list for paperback books saw the complete series move up a spot to number four on the list (tied with Moby Dick), while copies of the individual novels have also made the list a number of times. The series has also been translated into over 30 languages and is available in over a dozen countries around the world.

The Making Of A Movie Fame

While the series will always be remembered for its dark and intriguing storyline about a gang of werewolves who fall in love with humans, it’s important to remember that the books were always a commercial and critical success because of their romanticism. The franchise is credited with ushering in a new wave of literature aimed at teens and young adults, inspiring other series such as the Marky Mark and the Wild Thornberrys, as well as the film adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars. With a worldwide box office exceeding $1 billion, the Twilight saga is also the seventh-highest-grossing motion picture franchise of all time. Thanks to its dedicated fan base, the series has become a major money maker for its owners, earning over $20 million per movie, and it continues to do so thanks to the upcoming Breaking Dawn – Part 2.

Wife, Kids, And Private Life

Robert Pattinson married his high school sweetheart, American film producer Katie Stewart, in 2007. The couple started a family in 2011 when they welcomed their first child, Seraphim Rose, and a few years later, were blessed with another daughter, Alice. The English actor is very private about his family and often avoids the spotlight, which makes this level of success even more impressive. While the family enjoys traveling the globe and spending time together, they also appreciate the fact that they get to raise their daughters and be close to their loved ones in safety. This sentiment was echoed by Stewart’s father, English actor and director Sir Michael Stewart, in an interview with The New York Times in 2012.

“It’s quite normal for men in their position to want to be left alone. When you’re an internationally recognised movie star, you can understand perhaps that people want to be left alone,” he said. “But in the end it’s good to be a husband and father, it really is. You can have all the attention you want when your children grow up, but at the moment they need their dad.”

The couple are very involved with their children’s education and are often spotted attending parenting classes and child-development events with their girls. The children even have their very own Twitter accounts, which they use to send messages to their followers. When asked about this unique phenomenon, Stewart had this to say: “It’s just an extension of their digital world. I think it’s a great way for them to understand what’s going on around them and be a part of the world—even when they’re not physically there.”

In 2016, the family jetted off to Tulum, Mexico, for a romantic vacation with close friends. The trip was filled with laughter and love as the quartet shared a warm and sunny climate and enjoyed some much-needed relaxation. The group were later photographed together embracing and kissing, confirming the idyllic vibe the vacation was meant to represent. The images were quickly deleted from social media after news broke of Stewart’s pregnancy, but not before they’d achieved their desired effect. The trip was later featured on the third season of The Bachelors, which follows the men as they seek romantic partners for various bachelor parties. This trip to Mexico marked the beginning of Stewart’s third trimester, with the actress due to give birth in the coming months.

Selling Out

While we eagerly await the upcoming release of Breaking Dawn – Part 2, it’s important to take a step back and appreciate the fact that everything came together at the right time for Robert Pattinson. The English actor has capitalized on this moment in spectacular fashion and is now poised to make the transition from movie star to full-fledged movie veteran. This is a far cry from the early days when he had to settle for supporting roles in films such as Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It, which he filmed in 2005 but didn’t see until a year later, giving him one of the all-time greats of “been there, done that” experiences.