He may be best known for his role as Edward Cullen in the blockbuster Twilight film series, but Robert Pattinson has been acting since he was a teenager. In fact, he was in a long-running play with the Royal Shakespeare Company in London when he was just 18 years old.
Although the Twilight franchise has earned him a fortune and landed him on the cover of numerous magazines, it hasn’t been all good news for Pattinson. In the years since the first film in the series was released, the actor has struggled with alcohol and drug addiction. He’s also been through a break-up and a divorce. But despite all this, he’s still managed to keep his head above water. One sign of his success is the numerous accolades he’s won for his acting. In addition to earning him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, Twilight has also earned him a BAFTA Award and several Golden Globe nominations.
Despite his success, Pattinson has remained relatively unknown to American audiences. Fortunately, that’s about to change. Next month, David Cronenberg’s CosmoCult, a sci-fi thriller where humanity is threatened by an alien invasion, will be opening in theaters across the country. In the film, Pattinson plays the lead role of Cosmo, a sensitive yet heroic man who befriends a female astronaut (played by Victoria Beckham) as the two of them try to save the world from disaster. In doing so, they form an unlikely alliance with two other characters (played by Kate Winslet and Harvey Keitel).
Based on their popularity in the UK, we decided to find out more about Twilight’s biggest star. So, in the following Q&As, we’re examining the career of Robert Pattinson. We’ll start by taking a look at his acting career, before moving on to his personal life, including his struggles with addiction and depression.
In 2009, Pattinson made his Broadway debut in the musical adaptation of The Last Ship. The following year, he portrayed author Daniel Blake in the Stephen King-directed miniseries The Little Stranger. In addition, he starred alongside Helen Mirren in the biographical drama The Queen. Since then, he’s appeared in the films The Grand Budapest Hotel, Prevenge, and Maps to the Stars. Most recently, he starred in the action-adventure film Deadpool and its sequel, Deadpool 2 (the latter of which is now set to be released on May 16).
The Twilight Saga
If you’re not familiar, The Twilight Saga is a vampire love story set post-apocalyptic New York City. In the books, the city is split into five boroughs, known as Twilight, which is inhabited by bloodthirsty vampires led by the infamous Deacon. The series follows the loves and adventures of Bella Swan, a teenage girl who lives in Twilight and is unwittingly drawn into the dangerous world of vampires. The first film, Twilight, was released in 2010 and was an international hit. Since then, the series has continued to spawn sequels, with the most recent installment, Eclipse, being released in 2011.
Aside from acting, the other major area of Pattinson’s life is music. He’s been in a long-term relationship with singer / songwriter / actress Kate Winslet since 2013, and they’ve collaborated on numerous songs, including “Darling” and “A Fire Within.” In 2016, he released his first album, Dirty Romantic, which was entirely self-produced and features various musical guests, including his long-time friend and collaborator, Bono.
Pattinson also has a fashion line, named after him, which he launched in 2015. The following year, he starred in the Vogue Italia campaign, and in 2018, he was featured in the Pirelli calendar, which is considered among the most prestigious photographic calendars in the world.
Finally, in 2008, Pattinson spoke openly about his struggle with addiction and depression. He revealed that in his 20s, he was “basically functioning at a professional level, but on a personal level it was a mess.” He went on to say:
“It wasn’t until I was in my early 30s that I started to feel a lot better about myself. I was really happy to be working, and just getting out of my own head. At the time, I felt like it was a good decision to not have kids, but looking back now it was a bad decision because I should have been more responsible. I should have been there for them more. Now that I’m in a good place, I look back and think it would have been nice to have a kid or two, especially now that I’m in a stable relationship. Kids are great. They make you aware of how much you need to be responsible for, and how much you need to worry about, especially as a parent. You need to be there for your kid’s wellbeing, especially now that they’re getting older. It’s not about you anymore. You’ve got to focus on them. The only way I could have possibly dealt with my depression was to keep working, because that gave me something to look forward to. That was the key.