I am a huge fan of Robert Pattinson. I love his work and I love that about him. He’s a great actor who can play a variety of roles and he’s humble enough to admit that he’s only as good as the parts he gets to act in. I have been a fan of him since his Twilight days, before which he was just a kid who loved to dance. Now he’s a 30-year-old man with a successful film career, a beautiful girlfriend and a kid on the way.
He’s a fascinating individual who is constantly in the spotlight but manages to stay true to himself and not let fame get to his head. He also seems to genuinely care about the fans that support him, which is something that isn’t always seen in Hollywood. I have so many questions about his life that I want to know the answers to, but he isn’t exactly the most accessible person in the world (not that I’ve tried really hard to get these answers).
Last year, I started a campaign to get a response from him on my questions. I saw that he liked the Instagram account I was following and I thought that would be the easiest way to get a response. I messaged him basically asking for an interview, which he agreed to. It was the same old story: he didn’t want to give any real answers but he did like my questions.
I’ve reached out to Robert a few more times since then and he always seems to have time for me. I’ve learned a lot from our interviews and I think he’s a great example for the younger generation, showing that you can have a successful career in Hollywood and have a good social media presence while still being a nice person and being true to yourself.
I actually recorded this interview and I did it in the same way we’ve all been doing them for years: over email. It felt weird at first, sitting down to type out a long answer to a random dude on the internet, but I got into the habit of it. It was actually kind of fun. Robert is definitely one of the most interesting people I’ve ever interviewed and he had so many interesting things to say about everything. It was great getting to know him a bit better.
Why Do You Use Instagram?
I really enjoy using Instagram. I started using it when I was 17 years old and I’ve been a fan of TikTok since then as well. I find that my Instagram feed is a great representation of my style and my interests, so I can post various items that I enjoy and my followers can enjoy as well. It’s a great way to show the world who I am and what I like, especially now that I have some followers who I can directly reach with my content.
I feel like my Instagram provides a fantastic mix of content. I can post about fashion, style, and Instagram celebrity all in one. I enjoy being able to do that and I think my followers enjoy looking at my content as well.
What Was Your Childhood Like?
I had a pretty normal childhood. I was raised in Yorkshire, England and went to York University for English Literature and Film Studies. I didn’t really do anything else. My mum is a teacher and my dad is a writer and producer. As you can probably tell, I like reading and writing. Hopefully some day I’ll be able to do both professionally.
How Does Being In Black Film Help Your Career?
It helps a lot. When I first got into acting, I tried my hand at some television ads and things went well. From there, I got a call to come in for a feature film that was almost entirely written in English. The film was Black and it was set in the United Kingdom, which is a huge bonus for me. It gave me the opportunity not only to work but to also be able to express myself creatively in a new language. It feels great to be able to speak a language that wasn’t originally English.
The United Kingdom Has A Huge Fashion Scene. How Has Social Media Played A Role In Bringing It To The World?
I think social media played a huge role in bringing the fashion scene to the world, especially Instagram. People started realizing that you could have fun, creative posts and gain a following really easily. After that, it was just a matter of time before the fashion world turned to social media to find inspiration, especially now that so many users were easily influenced by visual content on their phones.
When You Were Growing Up, Who Was Your Role Model?
My mum, definitely. She’s always been there for me, no matter what. I look up to her a lot and I try to be the best daughter I can be. She’s been really, really supportive and loving and I feel like I can do anything when I’m with her. I love her so much.
What Was The Last Film You Saw At The Theater And Why?
The Last Film That I Saw At The Theater Was A New Release: 1922. It’s a historical drama set during the Russian Revolution. I’ve always enjoyed going to the movies, especially when I’m with my wife and kid. We went to see The Greatest Showman on Ice last year and it was one of the most stunning displays of ice sculptures I’ve ever seen. It was beautiful; that was definitely one of the best things I’ve ever seen on ice.
I saw The Lobster last year as well and loved it. I really like black comedy movies, so I think I’ll continue to enjoy them in the cinema. I also really liked Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird. It’s one of the best female-led films out there and it shows a different side to the often-macho world of male-headed show businesses. It’s a great role model for young women, especially since it shows that it’s possible to have a successful career in the film industry and be a strong, independent woman.
Which Actor/Actress From Film History Do You Identify With Most Out Of All The Characters You’ve Played In Films?
I’ve always identified with Jimmy, the character I played in The Rover. He’s a bit of a lone wolf and he doesn’t say much, but he’s extremely intelligent. He sees the world in a different way than the people around him and he doesn’t seem to fit in very well. It’s difficult to explain, but I feel like I understand what Jimmy is going through, which is why I connected so much with the role. I also really liked the character of Holden Carver in The Purge: Anarchy. He’s the father of my main character, Tommy, and he’s the most important figure in my life (I’ve spoken about him in another interview). Holden is a man of principle who is determined to protect his family and his neighborhood, no matter the consequences. He’s a man that I try to be like. Even in my wildest dreams, I don’t think I would ever grow up to be as strong as Holden, but he’s definitely an inspiration.
What Film Role Do You Feel Is Your Best Yet?
Right now, I’m really excited about a film role I have coming up soon. I’m not at liberty to discuss the details yet, but it’s a British gangster film that will be released in 2020. I can’t wait to sink my teeth into something tough and gritty. I’ve always enjoyed playing characters in film that the audience can relate to, especially since I started out in commercials. My first major break was in the drama The Big Chill. I played the son of Dick Gregory and Joanne Woodward, which was a pretty big deal at the time. I did a lot of television work after that, but after years of being on the road, I wanted to return to the silver screen. There’s just something different about being on the set of a film.
The thing is, I don’t want to play the same character over and over again. I want to explore different aspects of myself in the characters I play. It’s not that I’m trying to be a different person, it’s just that I want to show a different side of myself to the audience. Sometimes that involves playing a tough guy, but I always make sure that there’s more than one layer to each character I play. It doesn’t always have to do with looks either. Sometimes it’s just the way a person acts or how they deal with situations. That’s what I like about film. You never know what kind of story you’re going to get into and you can’t always predict what kinds of characters you’re going to play. It keeps things interesting and it keeps me on my toes.