Just when you thought that Hollywood had run out of ideas for new character types, it presents you with another archetype. The actor, Robert Pattinson, grasps the attention of fans and critics alike with his versatile performances in the latest movie, Proud. In the film, he plays John, a charismatic leader of a group of skateboarders who take their inspiration from the punk rock movement. For those who want to emulate his style, here are some of the best tips from the actor.

Be Confident

Pattinson had to fight for every single role that he got, and even now that he is established, he still has to prove himself. When he first arrived in Hollywood, he was told by an agent that he did not have the ‘Hollywood’ image and that he should not expect to play popular characters. He went on to secure a number of prestigious credits, playing roles such as a dashing vampire in Twilight and a gay teacher in The Hobbit. Though he is often typecast as a vampire or a werewolf, he does not let this stand in the way of him asserting his own qualities.

“I refuse to be limited by other people’s ideas of what an actor should look like or should do. I want to prove that you can be many things to many people,” Pattinson said. “I want to be the person who makes everyone want to watch my work.”

Dress To Impress

Pattinson is known for his fashion choices and his unique sense of style. When it comes to dressing for the role, he said that he makes sure that what he is wearing is appropriate for the film. For example, he does not usually dress in leather or animal prints anymore, since those are ‘inspired’ by the 1950s, but instead opts for more modern ensembles – in this case, a velvet jumpsuit and a cream-colored suit. When questioned about what type of influence his unique sense of style has on his acting, he had this to say: “It certainly helps. I think you can learn a lot from looking at what people are doing and either doing the same thing or doing something slightly different. Sometimes less is more – at least when it comes to fashion.”

Find The Inspiration

While on the topic of fashion, it is worth pointing out that Pattinson is not just a one-hit wonder. He has been creating an archetype for himself, and it is one that he wants to continue to improve on. He has worked hard to get where he is today, and he has used his success to establish himself as a tastemaker in Hollywood. This is most evident in his ability to bring in the most exciting new trends and give them a theatrical make-over. For example, he took the grunge movement and turned it into an art form. In his dressing rooms, you can see pictures of his costumes from different movies, and it is not uncommon to find a piece of musical equipment, which he uses to inspire his work. In an interview with Vanity Fair, he said: “I love music, and I think it’s really important to find ways to integrate music into your performance if you’re doing a musical – even just the little things, like moving to the beat or singing in harmony.”

Think Before You Act

Pattinson has been in the industry for almost two decades now, and he has seen and done it all. He has worked with some of the greatest names in Hollywood, and through this, he has developed a keen eye and a discerning taste. It is this experience that has allowed him to become the unique individual that he is today. Even at this early stage of his career, he was able to secure a leading role in the highly-anticipated Proud because of this experience. Though the role of John was not that of a traditional gangster, it was his unique take on the archetype that secured him the part. His work in the film will put an end to any doubts that moviegoers may have had about his acting abilities.

“There is a great deal of talent hidden away behind that calm, collected exterior. It’s quite extraordinary when you think about it. That is why, even now, people still want to work with him. He is able to bring out the best in those around him and, in turn, they want to support him.” – Jeremy Lloyd, Producer of Proud