The F-word is one of the most difficult to spell. But for singer-songwriter Robert Pattinson, the letters stand for “faith” and “fight”. That’s what The F Word is all about. The film, which explores how faith and fight enable some people to rise above adversity, premieres in U.S. theaters on September 13th. But while you might think that a movie about overcoming hardship and achieving success would have something for the fans of Twilight, the film is intended for a more general audience.

Faith And Fight Can Bring You Clarity

“I think everyone can relate to the story of struggle and hopefully the film gives people hope that they can overcome things and situations that seem impossible,” director Jake Schlesinger tells The Hollywood Reporter. “People need that. They need to be inspired.”

That’s certainly the case for Robert Pattinson, who admits that he found the subject matter difficult to discuss at first. “I had to find a way to talk about it,” he says. “It was hard enough for me to come to terms with and put into words the type of faith I have, but also the type of fight I have had to have to get to this place in my life.”

The 27-year-old actor first gained recognition for portraying Edward Cullen in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight franchise. Since then, he’s appeared in films like Good Morning Vietnam and The Lost Weekend, as well as the Broadway play The Light in the Piazza.

With all the talk of faith and fight, you’d think that Robert Pattinson would be on the path to recovery. But the opposite is true. The Scottish hunk admits that he still struggles with addiction and depression. “It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to fight,” he says. “I’m not pretending it’s not. It still is. I’m not ashamed to say that I’m human.”

Luckily, as with many things in life, the more you talk about it, the easier it becomes. “The more I talk to people, the more I realize that I’m not alone in what I’m going through,” he says. “I’ve gotten to the point now where I can be like, ‘Look, this is what I’m feeling. This is why I’m so depressed. This is why I can’t sleep at night.’”

With that in mind, here are some ways that faith and fight can help you navigate your way through life:

Faith

To start with, let’s examine faith. It’s not always easy to have faith when you feel like you’re going through a tough time. And that’s a sentiment that Robert Pattinson shares. “I’m not sure if I had enough faith to begin with,” he says. “When I was at my lowest point, when I felt like I couldn’t get out of bed, I didn’t have any.”

But that’s what made this experience so valuable. He had to build his faith from the ground up. And it wasn’t easy. There were plenty of times when he felt like he wasn’t going to make it. “But I kept thinking about my mom and dad and my little sister, Faith. I couldn’t give up, even when I wanted to,” he says. “I kept thinking about what they’d say if they could see me now. I wasn’t sure if they were proud of me or not. But something about that felt right. It made me keep going.”

And it worked. Little by little, he built up his faith and began to see the good in people, despite their flaws. “There’s something that feels right about helping other people and not wanting to let anyone down,” he says. “It makes me feel a little less lonely, even though I’m still very much alone. I’ve gotten to the point now where I feel like I can help others and they can help me.”

Still, it’s not an easy road to healing. Addiction and mental health problems are a major causes of unemployment and underemployment. There are no easy solutions, as we’ve seen with the opioid crisis. But at least there is somewhere for people to turn for help. And that’s why faith is so valuable. “If you’ve got a problem you can’t solve, you can always come to God,” says Pattinson. “But sometimes we try to solve it ourselves with no help. It’s in those cases where you feel like God has deserted you.”

Fight

Now, let’s examine fight. Most people think of fight when they think of an aggressive or warlike behavior. But that’s not quite right. According to Robert Pattinson, the word “fight” has a much broader definition. “To me, fight is more about an inner battle,” he says. “It’s about having faith and courage and battling whatever it is that’s holding you back.”

And that’s what makes it so valuable. We often look to our physical abilities and external forces to overcome our problems. But if we look within, we can often find the strength we need to fight our way to a better place. “The more you talk to people, the more you realize that there are plenty of us out there that feel like this and many ways for us to get out of it,” he says. “I’ve talked to enough people and seen enough films to know that there’s always another way. It doesn’t have to be hard. It can be a fight that you have within yourself.”

The idea of talking and using your voice to combat depression is not a new one. There are even treatments that exist specifically to help people with speech-based issues like depression or anxiety. While there’s no quick or easy fix to this issue, it’s important to remember that there are options. And that may be what ends up changing your life for the better. “I think it’s really important to remember that there’s always another way,” says Robert Pattinson. “If this is something that keeps you up at night and is occupying a lot of your time, then it’s important to find a way to deal with it. You’re not alone. There are plenty of us out there. We’re just trying to find our way.”