ROBERT PATTINSON’S recent string of X-rated film roles may have just added a new dimension to his already impressive acting career – but it’s not the kind of fame he was after. Now that the world knows what the “sexually confident” actor is really like, how does it affect his private life?

The English actor turned down roles in The Hobbit and The Great Gatsby due to pressure from fiancee FKA (Fashionista Kelly Antonelle) but accepted Gamekeeper, a gritty 1986 porno starring legendary performer Jenna Jameson. The film was a departure from Pattinson’s usual suave acting roles but turned out to be a career highlight.

This year, Pattinson will star in the erotic thriller Water for Elephants as legendary French fashion designer Georges Bensoussan, a role that will put his acting prowess on full display. In between takes, he discussed how he keeps his private life so private, what it means to be a ‘sex-driven person’ and the different types of sex drives.

Acting Is Not A Weak Suit

PATTINSON is known for being one of the most in-demand actors of our generation, but he’s never been one to rest on his laurels. Since breaking out in 2009 with comedy drama The Hangover, he’s steadily amassed an impressive list of credits, appearing in everything from The Twilight Saga to The Great Gatsby to The Hobbit. While most actors would take on a steady stream of big-budget films to maintain their relevance in the industry, Pattinson has preferred to evolve with the times, picking up small roles here and there to keep audiences interested.

In 2014, Pattinson will star alongside Benicio del Toro in the highly anticipated third installment of the Sicario franchise, Sicario: Day of the Soldado. Filming recently wrapped in Vancouver, Canada, and the first look at the new film was recently showcased at the Toronto International Film Festival. Production on The Rover is now underway in the UK and Australia, with a summer 2016 release date lined up.

What Is A ‘Sex-Driven Person’?

PATTINSON is one of the most recognisable faces in Hollywood, but beyond his public persona, the English actor is a committed feminist and animal rights activist. Since starring in the 2012 documentary about animal rights, Capitalism vs Animal Rights, he has been vocal about his dislike for the treatment of animals in films and on TV shows. His upcoming film Sushi Girl will be the first to tackle the issue of female objectification and violence against women head-on. Set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this September, the film will also be available to see in cinemas across the UK from 11 September.

Alongside his acting career, Pattinson has been a passionate musician and songwriter, penning songs for both Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato. He regularly collaborates with his bandmates, including Johnny Depp, to produce alternative takes on classic rock tunes.

Different Types Of Sex Drives

PATTINSON is a rare breed, not only is he a famous, in-demand actor, but he’s also managed to maintain a relatively low profile in terms of his private life. At the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2014, he talked about his sex drive and how he manages to keep things interesting: “It’s not like there’s someone out there who needs to be satisfied,” he said. “I’m not doing this to be famous or to make a lot of money. It’s something I enjoy doing. It keeps life interesting.”

The British actor cited Jack Nicholson as one of his main inspirations, adding that he “learned a lot” from watching the actor’s sex-addicted character in The Departed. “I think Jack’s character was very interesting,” he said. “It’s funny, because he was such a private guy, I don’t think people really understood what that character was all about. I think it was a type of character that not a lot of people are capable of playing.”

While on the subject of his private life, Pattinson dished on why he doesn’t keep his relationships public: “I think people have a right to know what my personal life is like, but I don’t like to share too much,” he said. “I don’t want to be like every other celebrity; I want to be known for my work. I don’t like to be in the public eye. There’s a part of me that doesn’t like being in a famous person’s spotlight.”

The Biggest Loser

PATTINSON didn’t get his start in showbiz due to good looks alone – he actually entered the acting profession to lose weight. After struggling with his weight since he was a kid, the actor decided to take the plunge and began training for a role on the US TV show The Biggest Loser. With daily workouts and micromanagement from the show’s trainer, personal fitness guru Jack LaLanne, Pattinson dropped from a size 42 to a size 34 in under four months.

“The Biggest Loser is an amazing show,” he said. “It’s one of the best workouts you’ll ever see, and it really changed my life. It was a scary thing to do. I was doing things I never thought I’d do. I was eating the right food, getting plenty of sleep and doing things vigorously every day. It was amazing.”

PATTINSON went on to praise LaLanne, whose clients include fellow Biggest Loser contestant Heidi Klum and singer Katy Perry, for his ability to improve people’s lives through his fitness shows. “He’s an amazing coach,” he said. “His fitness show changed the way I look at fitness. It’s all about having fun while working out and feeling good about yourself. That’s what Jack promotes, and it changed my life.”

While the actor’s love for fitness is admirable, his sex drive is something else. Despite being incredibly busy with his acting career and songwriting, Pattinson admitted that it’s not always easy to balance work and play: “I try and keep my personal life as private as possible, because I don’t want to be tied down by relationships or commitments,” he said. “I want to be able to travel the world and see the sights with my friends. But at the same time, I want to make sure that my fans are satisfied with what I do.”