What can we say about Robert Pattinson? He seems to be doing everything right. Following in the footsteps of his father, the actor Chris Pattinson, he grew up in England and went to the prestigious London School of Economics. He began acting in theater and quickly rose through the ranks, playing supporting roles in various films and TV shows. He also became known for playing the love interest in award-winning director David Lynch’s films. Perhaps most notably, he played the famous literary character Edward Cullen in the blockbuster hit series, [REC]. So, it was somewhat of a surprise when he chose to walk away from Hollywood for a bit and focus on his personal life. Since then, he has primarily remained in the public eye through his numerous romantic relationships and public scandals. We’ll explore some of the most interesting facts about this [OG] prince and his life on and off the red carpet.

An Early Inspiration For Edward Cullen

While he was never officially confirmed, it’s said that Robert Pattinson was inspired to play the famous literary character Edward Cullen by watching British royal family members, particularly Prince Edward (the Earl of Wessex) who was the Prince Consort to Princess [OF] England. In the [REC] story universe, Cullen is the father of [main character] Bella and is married to [Brule] Rosalie who is played by Helena Bonham Carter. However, Edward never actually met Bella and ends up in a coma where he dreams of her for 15 years before he dies. In the books, he is described as “tall and pale with thick black hair that he usually wears swept back from his face.”

Pattinson has often been compared to Prince Edward due to his resemblance. At 6’3″, he currently towers over most mere mortals (though his height is slightly exaggerated). And while we’re on the subject of comparison, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Pattinson shares many of the same personality traits as his on-screen counterpart. Both actors are very intelligent and have a high degree of curiosity. They are also very passionate and driven individuals who seek success and find it surprisingly easy to attract women (though Edward’s charm often gets him into trouble).

He Is One Of The Most Popular Male Actors Of All Time

According to [Hollywood.com], Robert Pattinson is one of the most popular male actors of all time. He ranked 4th on their list of Top 50 stars based on their popular culture influence. Here is how they described him:

“One of the most popular and recognizable faces of the 21st century, Robert Pattinson is best known for his role as Cedric Diggory in the Harry Potter film series. The actor has also become famous for his collaborations with director David Lynch: having starred in several of Lynch’s films, from [Mulholland Drive] to [The Man From Mars], as well as playing a lead role in the [REC] series, Robert Pattinson is undoubtedly one of the most in-demand leading men of our time.”

Pattinson’s breakout role was in Lynchy’s [Mulholland Drive]. Following a string of smaller roles in minor films, he was suddenly catapulted into the international spotlight when he starred in the Oscar-nominated adaptation of Emily Bronte’s [WILDFIRE]. He later went on to play a lead role in [REC], which is often cited as one of the greatest series of all time. In 2016, he also starred in the horror film [Bram Stoker’s Dracula]. These films made him a worldwide star, and he hasn’t looked back since. This recognition undoubtedly helped make him one of the most popular actors of his time. In addition to his film work, Robert Pattinson has become well-known for his numerous red carpet appearances. He is frequently featured in high profile magazines and has even graced the cover of Vanity Fair on multiple occasions. In 2015, he was in the gossip columns often, thanks to his many romances and public outings with actresses Maisie Williams and Alicia Vikander. In 2017, he was linked to various celebrities, including Kate Winslet and Jameela Jamil. He was previously married to actress Emma Watson for two years until he divorced her in 2014.

Rumors Of A Divorce And A Custody Battle

Rumors of a divorce and a custody battle emerged following his split from Watson. At the time, a representative for Watson said she had no immediate comment on the matter and that she was “keeping close to [her] personal life.” However, over a year later, the rumors are still swirling around. Since then, he has often been linked to various celebrities and has even dated English actress Alicia Vikander. In December 2019, the [Mirror] reported that Robert Pattinson and Vikander were engaged. But that didn’t stop the gossip mills from turning over again. On Jan. 22, 2020, TMZ posted an article stating that even though they were engaged, Vikander was still legally Warner Bros.’s daughter after a 2016 paternity suit filed by her former manager. According to TMZ, Warner Bros. won the case and became her legal guardian. So maybe being a parent isn’t entirely out of the question for the Hollywood prince after all. In February 2020, TMZ published an article claiming that in light of the recent novel coronavirus scare, Warner Bros. and Netflix had put on hold all their future projects with Pattinson, including [RUNNING WITH DONKEYS]. The studio has yet to comment on the matter. Maybe it’s time for Prince Edward to finally meet his great-great-granddaughter and see what all the fuss is about.

A Childhood Bestfriend Died

Emma Watson was one of Robert Pattinson’s earliest and best friends. The two had attended several of the same primary and secondary schools, and even studied together at the renowned St. Andrews University in Scotland. They quickly became inseparable and remained so up until the end. In an interview with W Magazine, Watson described their relationship, saying:

“He was my very best friend. We were really close as kids, and he’s been a friend ever since. He actually died last year, after being ill for a while. I think he just wanted someone to be there for him when he got worse, and I wanted to be there for him. I miss him loads, and it’s still difficult to talk about… People who knew him say that he had a calming effect on them. Even when he was little, he would always have this way of just being there for people. He was very caring. I miss him so much.”

In a separate interview with the [Vanity Fair], Watson described how their friendship developed, saying:

“We became really close when we were younger, and when we were in our teens, most of our friends had started dating and going out, and we stayed close. Then, when we were in our 20s, 30s, and 40s, we were still friends, but it was more of a working relationship – I’d see him at work events, parties, or wherever else he’d be appearing, and we’d catch up on each other’s lives. It was never intimate or romantic, which I think is important to keep in mind whenever we’re talking about this stuff. It wasn’t that he didn’t care, it was that he was friends with my family and didn’t want to jeopardize that. He always wanted to keep his private life private.”

The Prince Has A Dark And Mysterious Past

Although he’s a popular figure in Hollywood, the 29-year-old actor has a dark and mysterious past. He was born and raised in England, the son of actress Patti Palmer and producer Tim Pattinson. His father is an accomplished photographer and filmmaker who often works with his brother, actor Chris. His mother is a former actress who was also the older sister of artist Tony. As a child, he was sent to live with his mother in London when his father went on a photography sabbatical in New York City. Upon his return from school, he decided to pursue acting, after being encouraged to do so by his parents. His first break came when he was cast as Charlie Bucket in the theater adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He later played supporting roles in several films, including Tim Burton’s 2012 film adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. His performance in the film earned him a nomination for best supporting actor at the 2014 BAFTA Britannia Awards.

He Is Open About Mental Health

Along with his family, health is one of the things that preoccupies Robert Pattinson. The actor is very open about his struggles with depression and anxiety. In 2015, he even wrote an article for the [Guardian] about his experience with the illnesses, which he described as “part of [him] now.” In it, he wrote: