Robert Pattinson is doing his best to keep his personal life personal. The 26-year-old actor has remained mostly media-free since stepping out of the spotlight following the publication of the “Twilight Saga.” While promoting his new movie, Pattinson refused to indulge any media inquiries about his personal life.
The actor changed his tune last month when he attended the New York Film Festival, where he was honored with a Crystal Award for his contribution to film. He decided to accept the award on stage, thanking his “twilight” fans — and revealing a little more about his personal life.
‘T Twilight’ Star on Set of New Film
At the premiere of his latest movie, Pattinson was accompanied by his real-life girlfriend, Emily Brown. The two were joined by a small entourage of friends and family, who cheered the actor on as he walked the red carpet. One of those in attendance was Alice Pattinson, the actor’s late mother’s sibling. The family has kept a low profile since the “Twilight” phenomenon, with reports surfacing that they are considering legal action against the media for publicizing allegations of physical and mental abuse against Emily, who was sixteen at the time of Pattinson’s birth.
Pattinson’s Upcoming Projects
Pattinson will next be seen in the romantic comedy, “Good Morning, Beautiful.” The movie is set in London and features an ensemble cast, including Emma Thompson, Billie Piper, and Shane chesick. The actor will also star in a science-fiction romance, “The Silkworm,” with Alicia Vikander. He plays a genetically engineered superpowered hero who sets out to protect a group of women from a malevolent AI that aims to destroy them.
Refusing to Answer News Corp Questions
Before being honored at the NYFF, Pattinson had refused to engage in any interview sessions with the media. Now that he has broken his silence, he has plenty to say. The “Twilight” actor discussed his upcoming projects with the New York Times and spoke about the backlash he has received since becoming more accessible. When asked by the Times whether he felt he had to respond to the media following his acceptance of the Crystal Award, Pattinson replied, “I think that a good response is to just ignore them.”
Pattinson has also been very vocal about his distaste for the paparazzi, expressing a desire to keep his private life private. “I think that it’s kind of sad that the more successful I get, the more people want to talk about me. I don’t want to be in the public eye, so I can’t help but feel like there’s a bit of disappointment when I don’t see the person that I want to see,” he said. “It would be nice if they went away and left me alone… I don’t want to be doing interviews or having my picture taken. I’m not exactly sure why. Maybe because I don’t want to hurt my family, or maybe it’s because I don’t want people to know me.”
Pattinson on Keeping His Private Life Private
Pattinson has been criticized for not being himself on social media platforms, with many “Twilight” fans accusing him of trying to keep up appearances by imitating an accent or posting about celebrity gossip. The actor addressed these rumors, explaining: “I do a lot to keep my private life private, but I also try to be true to who I am. So, when I do speak publicly, I want to be sure that my fans understand that I am not imitating anyone or trying to be someone that I am not. Plus, I think that there are certain accents that are more genuine than others, so it’s not like I’m trying to fit in or anything.”
Pattinson has also spoken out against bullying and said that he wants to make sure that young girls feel comfortable enough to follow their dreams. “I think it’s important for young girls to see that you can be confident and successful, even if you’re a girl. I want to encourage them to believe in themselves and each other. I’ve been fortunate enough to have had some pretty incredible support from my fans, and I want to make sure that I give them something back by being the best person I can be. If I can help one person then it’ll all be worth it,” he said. “I just want people to know that there’s more to me than meets the eye. I’m not some crazy person who does weird things just to be considered different. I think that people would be surprised at how grounded I really am.“
The “Twilight” star has kept a low profile since concluding the Twilight Saga in 2014, though in 2018 he did make a rare cameo appearance in “Birds of Prey.” Since then, he has mostly been occupied with his projects in Europe, appearing in “Good Morning, Beautiful” in September and then traveling to Amsterdam for filming, which wrapped in October.
Casts Against the Grain
Pattinson isn’t the only “Twilight” alum facing the media heat. While promoting “Birds of Prey,” Margot Robbie was interviewed by the New York Times and spoke about the backlash she has faced since the conclusion of the franchise. “Honestly, I don’t know why people are so shocked that there is still interest in ‘Twilight.’ I think that it just goes to show that the more time goes by, the more people realize what an incredible character Blake was. I feel like he was really the heart and soul of that story. I think people connected with that in a way that is still resonating today,” Robbie said.
Similarly, Kellan Lutz has spoken about the vitriol he has received since the end of the series, saying that he has been called the “Antichrist” and worse. “I’ve been very open about my disappointment in many ways, and I’m sure that when I come out with another movie, there will be more of the same,” Lutz said. “For the most part, I’ve tried to stay quiet, but I think that the media has a responsibility to report the truth, and that is that people are still interested in ‘Twilight,'” Lutz said. “It’s amazing that twenty-two years later we’re still having these conversations about this movie.”
At the moment, there appears to be no end in sight to the “Twilight” media frenzy. The franchise continues to generate interest, with the latest installment, “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” topping international box office charts on its release in 2012. The following year saw the premiere of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2,” which set a new record with a global box office of $680 million. In addition to the films, there are now a series of novels and novellas based upon the story of Edward Cullen and the vampire community, an animated television series, comic books, and a variety of goods, including clothing and makeup. The frenzy continues to this day with the premiere of “The Twilight Saga: Cadet Kelly,” which recently opened in theaters across the country.