You might have heard of him, maybe even seen his face on the big screen. He’s one of the most recognizable actors of our time, with a huge fan following across the globe. His collaborations with the fashion house Chanel are proof of his timeless appeal. We spoke to his co-star, Emmanuelle Chriqui, about life as Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite actor.
It’s safe to say that no two people know each other better than Emmanuelle Chriqui and Robert Pattinson. They’ve starred in eight films together, with their relationship evolving throughout their collaboration. Having worked together for more than a decade, they are undoubtedly one of Hollywood’s most successful acting duos. They’ve even been affectionately dubbed “The Romantics.”
Chriqui began her career in 2005, when she starred in the American remake of the French comedy series, Top Secret!. She played Franck, a clumsy police officer who teams up with a spy (Pattinson) to infiltrate a high-profile socialite’s lavish party and retrieve a list of spies-in-waiting. They share a chemistry on screen that is undeniable. Chriqui has praised Pattinson for being ‘‘wonderful” and “such a gentleman.”’
A Royal Romance
Their first film together was 2007’s The Darjeeling Limited, in which they play lovers on a train ride across India. The romantic comedy about two strangers who meet and fall in love on a journey won the duo an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. It’s fair to say that this was the beginning of a beautiful friendship for Chriqui and Pattinson. They would go on to appear in another six films together, often portraying iconic couples whose relationship evolves over the course of the story. Most notably, they played Romeo and Juliet in 2011’s romantic tragedy, The Romantics.
Pattinson is a self-proclaimed romantic who has spoken openly about his adoration for Chriqui. He has described the actress as ‘‘my soulmate,” and the love of his life. Their shared history is apparent in their portrayal of Romeo and Juliet. The actor has said that he sees Chriqui in the part, and she has agreed, saying that she sees herself in the part of Juliet. They’ve both expressed a desire to wed one day. Pattinson proposed to Chriqui on the set of The Rum Diary in 2017, and the actress said yes.
A Life In Service
They’ve worked tirelessly throughout their career, often appearing in films that they didn’t enjoy (Chriqui has described their bond as being like ‘‘brother and sister”). Despite their on-screen chemistry, they have contrasting personal lives. Pattinson has spoken about how demanding his schedule can be, saying that he has no days off because he doesn’t sleep. This is certainly demonstrated by the actor’s tireless work ethic. In 2018, he traveled to Nepal as part of the relief effort to the massive earthquake that devastated the country. He visited Kathmandu and stayed in an iconic treehouse, where he spent his time interviewing victims of the quake and taking photographs for his humanitarian work. For his efforts, Pattinson was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and named a Global Goodwill Ambassador by the United Nations. He has also lent his support to various charities, including Children’s Cancer Hospital UK and the Natural Resources Defense Council.
A Passion For Fashion
Pattinson has a unique perspective on fashion. He has admitted to being passionate about clothing, frequently describing his outfits and hauls from various fashion weeks. He has also praised fashion houses for their ability to ‘‘make [him] feel like a new man.”’ It was only a matter of time before Pattinson’s fashion-related work culminated in a collaboration with one of the most renowned fashion houses in the world. Chanel was the perfect fit, since they’ve been designing luxury clothing for some of the most stylish women in the world for more than a century.
It began with a collection of trousers and slim-fit jackets in 2017. Then, in 2019, he collaborated with the house to design a capsule collection of suits and sportswear. The designer Richemont acquired the rights to manufacture and sell the collection in all Chanel retail establishments. This is yet another example of the fashion house bringing something special to the table. It’s fair to say that with this collection, they have made a stylish addition to the actor’s already impressive wardrobe.
A Royal Legacy
Life would be complete for Chriqui if not for her work. The actress has been a tireless supporter of charities and good causes. In 2018, she helped to found the Emmanuelle Chriqui Goodwill Foundation, a charity that helps underprivileged girls and women get access to fashion education and job training.
Having worked with some of the most reputable directors in the industry, Chriqui will have a string of memorable performances under her belt for many years to come. She continued to work with one of the greatest film makers of all time, having co-starred with Stanley Kubrick in his last film, Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. Sadly, her work with the legendary auteur has been overshadowed by his death in 1999. However, Chriqui has still referred to him as “The Master” and “My greatest teacher.” In 2019, she starred alongside Christian Bale in the film, Ford v Ferrari, based on the true story of the American carmaker’s rivalry with Ferrari. The film explores the lengths that Ford (Bale) goes to in order to win back his factory from the Italian carmaker. It’s due for release in February.