Okay, so maybe you’re not exactly happy about hearing the title of this article. You’re probably thinking: Great! Another one of those “ugly-famous-person-photos” type of stories. But let me assure you, this is not what I had in mind. Let’s start from the beginning. Sometime in July of this year, a photo of Robert Pattinson surfaced online.
In the summer of 1920, Alfred Hitchcock released the first of his most famous films, “The Lodger”. The English theatre actor, William Powell, played the lead role of “Roger Mortimer”, an amateur detective who solves brutal murder cases with the help of a sidekick, a young man named Peter Quint (played by another English actor, John Stuart). One of the film’s most iconic scenes has to be when Powell’s character investigates a crime scene, only to discover…
…that the person he is looking for is right in front of him the whole time. It was the first of many “Oh, I didn’t see that coming” type of scenes in Alfred Hitchcock’s career. That is, until Robert Pattinson was born on February 25, 1986. The Scottish-born actor grew up in England and spent some of his childhood in London. He then moved to Los Angeles to study film at the American Institute of Stress.
In 2009, Pattinson made his acting debut in the psychological thriller, “Martha Marcy May Marlene”. The next year, he had a small but memorable role in the crime film, “Public Enemies”, which starred Johnny Depp. His biggest break came when he was cast as “Ewan McGregor’s character’s best friend” in the 2012 British comedy, “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”. In the film, the young British actor plays a character named Toby. The part was originally auditioned for an Englishman named Robert Pattinson, but after some last-minute rewriting of the script, the character was renamed to Toby.
Over the past five years, Robert Pattinson has become a household name in Hollywood. His breakthrough came when he was cast in the lead role of “Edward Cullen” in the wildly successful “Twilight” series. In the series, he plays the perfect opposite of a vampire – a selfish and vain human who thirsts for the blood of other living creatures. The actor’s hard work and dedication to the role have paid off as he has recently become one of Hollywood’s most in-demand leading men. But despite his success, Pattinson insists that he has never felt like an “A-list” actor.
Pattinson Reveals Why He Has Never Believed He Was Good-looking
In an interview with Vanity Fair, Pattinson admitted that he never believed he was good-looking. Back in 2011, during an interview with GQ, the actor said:
“I never felt like I was handsome. I always felt like I was kind of chubby when I was younger. And I never really had that… confidence. I didn’t really think I was that great-looking. Nowadays, I see myself as being quite attractive. But it’s always been a case of: ‘Oh, I wonder if I’ll ever get a movie part? But I’m not really sure that I’ll be the best person for the part.’ That kind of thing.”
Pattinson’s admission came as a shock to many of his fans who had believed that he would eventually “get his happy ending” and become one of Hollywood’s most attractive leading men. However, despite his success, the actor also revealed that he has struggled with his weight throughout his life. In fact, the Twilight star opened up about his insecurities in a 2016 interview with Entertainment Tonight:
“I’ve never been confident at anything… I actually really struggle with my weight. I always try to lose a bit more than I really need to, because [losing weight] makes me feel so much better about myself. I think that’s the most important thing for me, is just feeling comfortable in my own skin. Even when I’m doing scenes where I’m supposed to be intimidating or bad-ass, I find it very hard to actually feel like that inside. But it’s something I’m working on; it’s something I want to get better at, so…”
Pattinson And His Family Are Still Holding On To Old Habits
In the same Vanity Fair interview, Pattinson revealed that his family members still hold on to some of their old habits. For example, while he was filming “Eclipse”, his sister, Rosie, stayed at home to take care of their parents. Although his parents are now in their mid-70s and no longer live in London, Rosie still cooks for them regularly. She is also one of the only people other than Pattinson himself who has seen the entirety of his Twilight series. According to Vanity Fair, while filming the final scene of the last movie, Rosie burst into tears when she saw a reflection of herself in the mirror. She then turned to Pattinson and said:
“I’m so sorry. I didn’t mean to do that. I didn’t mean for you to see me like this. This isn’t… I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but I don’t want to hurt myself anymore. Just… please don’t show me anymore.”
While his family members’ habits may not havechanged much, the actor has made some lifestyle changes to ensure he stays healthy. He has cut out most of his food pastries and now focuses mostly on vegetables, lean protein, and some fruit. He also avoids drinking alcohol and tries to get at least seven hours of sleep a night. Pattinson has been open about his struggle with anxiety and depression, explaining:
“I’ve got a really good support network around me – my family and my friends. But even so, when I’m shooting a film, it can be really hard to… I don’t know, I just… I can’t explain it. I get so nervous, sometimes I can’t even open my mouth without crying or freaking out. Or, no, I don’t know what happens sometimes. It’s like… it’s like: boom, I’m on set, and I’m good. And then suddenly: bam, it hits me, and I just start crying or whatever. I don’t know why it’s like that. It’s like a switch has been turned off or something. So… yeah, it’s been a hard journey. But I try to fight through it as much as possible.”
Pattinson Reveals Why He Wants To Be Remembered
In the same Vanity Fair interview, Pattinson revealed that he wants to be remembered for his kindness and for the roles he played. While he may not have changed as much as some people had hoped, he is still trying to be the best version of himself that he can be. As he told GQ in 2011:
“I just want to be known for my kindness and for the roles I play. That’s all I really want to do. I don’t want to come across as being like an asshole or anything. I don’t want to come across as being a dick. I don’t want to come across as an egoist. I don’t want to come across as… I don’t want to come across as a monster. I just want to… if people want to remember me for my acting, then I’ll be happy with that. Otherwise, I’ll just be another pretty face.”
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