As if living in the shadow of the Twilight franchise and its famous white wolf wasn’t enough, British actor Robert Pattinson’s recent press tour for his new vampire film, Let Me In, turned into a whole other level of complication for the 25-year-old. Pattinson, who is currently in Sydney, Australia, where he’s shooting the film, went from zero to 60 with the press, delivering many memorable quotes and cracking jokes about vampires, sex and self-expression. Here’s what you need to know to survive the Robert Pattinson press tour.
Take Advantage Of The Opportunities
One of the things that makes Pattinson such an interesting subject is that he’s always open to new ideas and opportunities. He’s said that he’s willing to try almost anything, which means he’s usually available for photo shoots, interviews or even singing gigs (like the one he did for GQ Australia just last month). So, if you’re an emerging journalist or writer and you want to get your work seen by top tier publications, make sure you reach out to Pattinson (or his agent). As a member of the Vampire Diaries fan community, I can personally attest that he’s always been really supportive and helpful, so you can bet he’ll give you the time of day.
Follow His Lead
While Pattinson can be quite the wit when it comes to conversing with the press, he’s definitely not the smartest person in the world. Which is why you should always try to follow his lead. If he says something funny or interesting, you can bet your ass that you’ll have plenty to say, too. This is especially important if you’re doing a one-on-one interview, as opposed to a group discussion, as you’ll have the opportunity to show off your own jokes and stories. Additionally, you can bet that if you keep up with the jock, you’ll have the inside track on what jokes he’s making and which interviews are worth following up on.
Take Care Of Your Health
Another key to surviving the press tour is being in top physical condition. If you’re not used to big crowds and long hours, make sure you take care of yourself by getting plenty of sleep, eating healthy foods and staying hydrated. You also need to be aware of your body language, as much as possible, which can be difficult when you’re constantly meeting new people and talking to the press. Try to stay relaxed and smile a lot – even when you don’t feel like it. Don’t worry too much about what other people are thinking about you. The more you can stay focused on the interview or photo shoot, the better your chances of coming out alive. And when you do finally collapse from exhaustion, you can be sure that the press will be there to catch you.
Finally, make sure you have fun. This is a difficult task, especially when you’re on a press tour for a major studio film that you’re supposedly obligated to promote. But, you know what, it’s not your job – it’s theirs. So, as long as you’re enjoying yourself, the absolute worst that could happen is that you’ll come off as a bit of a sellout.
Now that you’re a seasoned pro at dealing with the media (and maybe a little worse for wear, thanks to all that blood and flying glass), make sure to have some fun on this trip. You never know what could happen – maybe you’ll even make some new friends along the way. You never know when this journey might end, so make sure you have some stories to tell. Who knows, maybe one day, you’ll even find yourself on a press tour for a Twilight movie – living the dream!