It was only a matter of time before the Beautiful and the Damned became a box office success. With its stunning cinematography and award-winning performances, audiences have been captivated by the tale of doomed love between an American heiress and a French aristocrat. But the film adaptation of the Edith Wharton novel isn’t just about the passion and devotion shared between an aristocrat and an American girl. It’s also the remarkable evolution that Pattinson went through to transform himself into the sensual and seductive count Robert di Cambrai.

While some actors might not have been able to fully embody the conflicting emotions of a duke and a devil, Pattinson managed to give new meaning to the term “muse.” Here, we examine the actor’s interesting journey from British swagger to European finesse.

A Change Of Skin

With Twilight, Pattinson became a full-fledged member of the twilight world and a household name. The first part of Edward Cullen’s story became the most successful movie adaptation of all time. The film also solidified his status as an international superstar. Since its premiere in 2012, Pattinson has starred in blockbusters such as The Divergent Series, The Rover, and Legend. He earned high praise for his portrayal of an American Indian in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave.

As impressive as his cinematic resume is, it’s been a bit of a struggle for Pattinson to find the right platform to showcase his impressive acting talent. He’s been in talks to star in an adaptation of Tolstoy’s novel The Death of Ivan Ilyich for several years and was finally given the green light last year. The film will explore the conflicts within the Russian aristocrat as he faces his death. It’s yet another fascinating performance from the actor.

From Devil To Dandy

While his film roles have ranged from romantic entanglements to dramatic death scenes, it’s safe to say that Pattinson has always had a flair for the dramatic. He has regularly appeared in costume since early in his career. Even as a child, he sported elaborate get-ups whenever he was cast in a play. And while he might not have always nailed the accent, his performances consistently drew praise from both critics and audiences.

One of the main reasons behind Pattinson’s versatility is his willingness to play up and down the social ladder. Although he’s always been described as elegant and charming, his career has taken him from the gutter to the palaces of Europe. He has been both a duke and a devil and even spent some time living in a cave. In 2006, he was named the most charming man of the year by Esquire magazine. He began the year with a bang, hosting the Turner Prize award ceremony with Kate Winslet and Jude Law. Since then, he’s been a muse for photographer Mark Fisher, fronted a band, and dated superstar Jennifer Lawrence. He even wrote a book about his fashion choices, titled King Of The Cloisters. While there’s no denying that time does change us, it’s still remarkable how far Pattinson has come from the shady characters he once portrayed. He’s now one of the most eligible bachelors in the world.

Robert Pattinson: A Self-Made Man

Pattinson has always been driven by ambition. Aside from his talent as an actor, he was a talented musician who founded his own band and wrote several songs. He released an album, titled Faded Ways, in 2009. In 2011, he released a book titled Bel Ami: A Journey Through Fashion. In it, he openly discusses his feelings for women and the lasting impressions they’ve made on him.

Pattinson might not have always had the brightest future in mind when he was young. He was born in 1982 in London to parents Bryan and Lynne. His father is a director and his mother is an interior designer. He grew up in a large home in Hampstead, with his younger sister Rose. After completing his A-levels, he decided to take a gap year and travel the world. He began his career in 2001, when he landed a role in the British television series Lark Rise to Candleford. Since then, he’s steadily risen through the ranks, appearing in bigger and more notable productions. He’s proven to be a man of his words, as well. After leaving the Harper Beckham brand in 2016, he established his own men’s wear line called Park Road. The company’s tagline is, “A brand for Men who choose style over safety.”

Pattinson might not always have had the best role models in terms of men, but he’s certainly made up for it in terms of the women in his life. As if to prove he is indeed a self-made man, he has built his own successful brand by relying on his own merit and charisma. It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that one of the world’s most eligible bachelors was able to put together such a distinguished career on his own. With any luck, these Hollywood endings will inspire future generations of young men to follow their dreams and pursue a career in fashion.