Most people know that Robert Pattinson is a famous British actor, model, and musician. He is best known for playing the fictional character of Edward Cullen in the Twilight Saga films. However, many people are not aware of the fact that he has had a long and illustrious career in the film industry prior to starring in the Twilight series.
In 2014, he released his sixth studio album, titled Water For Wine. The album showcased a more mature side of the musician, as he explored a variety of topics such as heartache and loneliness. Although the album received mixed reviews from critics, it still went on to become his third UK chart-topper. In 2017, he released his third book, called Maps To The Stars, and embarked on his first European tour in support of it. In 2018, he released his second album, Shadows And Light, which reached number three on the UK albums chart. It was certified platinum in the UK for selling over 300,000 units.
Pattinson has always been a busy boy. He started making his film debut at the age of fifteen, in the British teen film A Cock And A Cherry. Since then, he has appeared in over twenty films, garnering some critical acclaim along with his box office dollars. His big break came when he was picked to play the role of a vampire in the 2004 film adaptation of the best-selling teen vampire series, Twilight. He went on to star in all three of the Twilight films, becoming one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood. In 2015, he portrayed legendary rocker Marc Bolan in the biopic, Rainbow Rain. A year later, he returned to his musical roots, starring in a documentary about music legend Steve Marriott, called Steve Marriott: Wild One. The following year, he portrayed guitar legend Jimi Hendrix in the film adaptation of the bestselling rock biography, How To Pick Up Women, and returned to the Twilight Saga as the mysterious Mr. Gray in the upcoming Netflix series, Mockingjay – Part 2.
Fans of the Twilight Saga may recognize that Pattinson’s singing voice was dubbed over for the majority of the singing parts in the films. However, that didn’t stop him from exploring his vocal cords and releasing three albums of his own. His self-titled debut album was released in 2008, and featured an array of acoustic guitar–based pop songs. His second album, Villains, was released the following year, and featured songs ranging from blues to rock ‘n’ roll. Finally, in 2010, he released his most recent album, a collection of piano ballads titled, Say You Will. It was this album that saw his musical voice reach its peak, and it became his most commercially successful album to date, reaching number four on the UK albums chart.
In 2014, Pattinson began exploring an alternative to the partying ways of his adolescence. He went on to spend the next four years sober, released three albums, and traveled the world with his wife, FKA Twigs. During this time, he founded the Robert Pattinson Foundation, a charity dedicated to helping disadvantaged youth. He also became a UNICEF ambassador in 2018.
Apart from acting, modeling, and music, Pattinson also has a thing for painting. He started receiving training as an art director at the Royal College of Art in London, before embarking on a professional career in the film industry. However, after years of neglecting his hobby, he returned to painting and released his first solo exhibition, titled, Une Fringe Dépressive, in January 2018. The exhibition showcased his growth as an artist, and it traveled to seven different countries before concluding in London in May 2018.
Pattinson is known to keep a very low profile in terms of his personal life. He rarely grants interviews and doesn’t like to promote himself, especially in a way that makes him the center of attention. The only time he talks about himself is when necessary, such as when he started his own foundation to help children, or when he talks about his acting and music career. Even his fans must hunt him down and plead with him for interviews. The closest he gets to a personal life story is the 2014 documentary, Rob & Chlo, in which he talks about his wife, FKA Twigs, and their tumultuous relationship. The couple eventually got married in a private ceremony in March 2018, with only close friends and family in attendance.
Pattinson has a unique look and is often imitated, even by people who don’t particularly like his work. He has trademark curls that he keeps slicked back with water and gel. This hairstyle has made him an iconic image for decades to come.
When asked about his style, Pattinson will typically reply with a variation of, “I’m really not that into fashion.” However, he has also been known to wear a black T-shirt with a red bandana, or a full-on camouflage print outfit. He is also rarely seen without a guitar in his hands, which he plays and performs with passion.
Pattinson is a major presence in the entertainment industry, and it shows no signs of slowing down. He has consistently delivered critically acclaimed performances, with multiple Golden Globes, SAG, and BAFTA nominations, proving that he truly is “The Man of a Thousand Faces.” It’s been an incredible journey, and one that many people can only dream of.