We’ve all seen the memes on social media. The paparazzi outside the door, the camera-ready couple, the cheating-comrade jokes. The fact is, we’ve never really seen a Hollywood marriage portrayed like this. Sure, we’ve seen the glamorous wedding photos from time to time, but mostly, we see the happy couple on their own, celebrating with friends and family. It’s refreshing to think that MTV is breaking this pattern and showing us a real-life version of the perfect Hollywood marriage.
More Than Meets The Eye
The first episode of Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart: MTV’s First Couple aired a couple of weeks ago, and judging from the memes and the fervor with which fans are discussing it, we can confirm that it exceeded expectations. If you’ve been living under a rock, you may not know who Robert Pattinson is. The 27-year-old actor is most well-known for his role as Stephenie Meyer’s (Linda Larkin) dashing, tattooed ex-boyfriend Edward Cullen in the Twilight films. He also appeared in the Divergent series as the villain Erudition, and in the latest Toy Story installment as Bo Peep’s (Doug Jones) ex-husband.
It is safe to say that Pattinson has carved out a successful niche for himself as the ultimate bad boy. The actor has admitted to being the inspiration for the character of Edward Cullen and has cited his “bad boy image” as one of the primary reasons for his celebrity.
Kristen Stewart, on the other hand, is best known for her role as Bella Swan in the Twilight films. The younger Hollywood sister has stated that she chose to pursue acting at the age of 15 because of her admiration for the Twilight stars. Since then, she’s appeared in a string of films including Clouds of Sils Maria, On the Road, and Jupiter Ascending. She also starred in and co-wrote the 2016 biopic about musician Joan Jett, Joan Jett: Firestarter.
While Pattinson and Stewart have been romantically linked to each other for several years, it wasn’t until the release of the fourth Twilight film, New Moon, that audiences learned about their on-screen chemistry. In the film, the duo’s characters develop a romantic subplot which culminates in an explosive duet of “Kissing Is Blind” – a number one hit in the United States and United Kingdom. The song, which plays an integral role in the film’s narrative, was added at the last minute. The filmmakers didn’t have enough time to film a version with the couple’s real-life vocals, so they used automatic lip-syncing software to record vocals for the song. It was only after the first couple of twists and turns that we learned that this lip-syncing software was actually developed for use in the movie theater.
The success of Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart: MTV’s First Couple is largely due to the charismatic on-screen chemistry between the two actors. They have a natural on-screen rapport that immediately draws the viewer into the story. One meme even compares Pattinson and Stewart’s on-screen relationship to that of Fred and Wilma from the Simpsons. It’s true. While watching the show, you can’t help but feel like you’re watching an episode of The Simpsons.
Not Your Traditional ‘Bride And Groom’
When the show premiered, fans flocked to social media to express their delight. As one Twitter user pointed out, fans finally got to see a “traditional ‘Bride And Groom’” and said they wanted more. A few days later, a petition was created demanding a second season of the show.
The fact that the audience was “bride and groom”-obsessed isn’t a coincidence. According to biographer Laura Smiles, Pattinson and Stewart’s on-screen chemistry is a product of years of off-screen romance. The pair first dated in 2007 and were engaged a year later. They wed in 2010 and have three children together.
The way the public sees the couple today is very different from the way audiences first got to know them. Before Twilight, Pattinson and Stewart were largely known for their individual talents. Stewart was the daughter of Canadian film producer Robert Stewart, and was a former child actress who had appeared in several films and TV shows by the time she met Pattinson. She was also the face of CoverGirl’s Beautiful Awakening body lotion campaign. While Stewart was an established name in the acting world, it was Pattinson who became known for his bad boy antics. Back in 2007, when they first met, Stewart described Pattinson as “a sweetheart” and a “gentleman,” and said he was the most “real” man she had ever met. She went on to say that he was “so gorgeous” and “such a nice guy.”
Pattinson has said that he chose to play the role of Edward Cullen because it was the “most interesting” character he’d ever read about. He has also cited his on-screen chemistry with Stewart as one of the major reasons for their enduring fame. “I think we just have good chemistry as actors,” he told Marie Claire in 2017. “And I think our characters’ chemistry is just something that’s naturally translated on-screen. It’s definitely not forced.”
The way audiences see today’s version of Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart is very different from the way fans first got to know them. Back in the day, they were generally known for their individual careers. Edward Cullen and Bella Swan were just two of the characters fans got to know best. But today, their fame spans far beyond film. Thanks to social media, it’s never been easier to keep up with the latest news and gossip about the couple. Their personal lives have also become tabloid fodder, as fans eagerly await the next big announcement or scandal. It seems that the public is finally realizing that they don’t know quite as much as they think they do about this famous Hollywood couple.