The gorgeous new Robert Pattinson image below is from a German magazine called Alsterhaus Hamburg.
And here are new Dior pictures and interview from Harper’s Bazaar Arabia:
Full scans + interview and a promo picture from Elle Brazil. Just click to enlarge.
Transcript of the interview A sudden change of plans at Bazaar HQ in Dubai and less than 24 hours later I find myself making my way down the infamous palm-leaf emblazoned corridor of LA’s iconic Beverly Hills Hotel, just moments away from meeting teen icon and bona fide A-list actor Robert Pattinson.
Best known for his leading role in The Twilight Saga, a series of films based on Stephenie Meyer’s vampire-romance novels, the British actor became a household name – and heartthrob – overnight as the films netted billions of Dirhams at the box office.
Unfortunately for me, all five films have eluded my cinematic escapades of recent years, however the tabloid hysteria that surrounds the cast has not. Robert’s on-screen/off-screen, on-again/off-again romance with his co-star Kristen Stewart has been played out in the media since Twilight first hit the big screen in 2008. As I draw closer to the door of his hotel suite, I find my mind irrationally wondering whether I’ll be “Team Rob” or “Team Taylor” (actor Taylor Lautner plays Robert’s love rival in the films) – the big debate amongst Twilight fans the world over and a choice I cannot make with any sort of conviction. I take a deep breath and enter the room.
Fortunately, my vampire shortcomings don’t matter all that much today for I am meeting Robert to talk about his new role as the face of Dior Homme. The advertising campaign, which launches this month, sees sultry images of the actor shot by American artist Nan Goldin in New York. There’s also a short film in which Robert assumes a rock’n'roll alpha male character in a raw and self-destructive relationship with free-spirited French model Camille Rowe.
“It’s kind of, sort of, a like fantasy version I have of myself,” Robert states cautiously, when I ask about his latest character. “I mean, I’m not like that on everyday basis, I think I am a little bit more boring,” he laughs, his British accent glazed with just a hint of LA.
In spite of his massive fame, the 27-year-old is disarmingly unguarded and relaxed, puffing on an electric cigarette. He is wearing a charcoal grey jumper, loose jeans and a cap turned backwards: “It’s the same outfit I wore yesterday,” he volunteers. He is unshaven with a touch of stubble masking his chiseled jawbone, and suddenly I understand what all the fuss is about. He is also, of course, doused in Dior’s scent. “I think I have about three different Dior Homme fragrances on,” he chuckles, warning me, in case I start down a scientific track, “I am not very good with the nasal questions.” In fact, it seems Robert is just as much out of his comfort zone talking about fragrance as I am discussing vampires. Not surprising really as this is the actor’s first endorsement since he first arrived of the scene playing Cedric Diggory in the fourth Harry Potter film in 2005 before being propelled into mega-stardom as Edward Cullen in Twilight.
“Dior is very independent, there’s nothing tacky about it at all,” he says of his decision to represent the French fashion house. “I actually felt like it was benefiting me to be associated with them rather than doing something just for the sake of it.” For the campaign’s commercial, Robert hand-picked French independent film director Romain Gavras for the task. “I’d seen his movie Our Day Will Come and tried to meet him for like a year and just did not return my phone calls… Ever!” he laughs. “So I thought if I did the Dior thing I bet I could get him on board.” He was right. And when I spoke with the charismatic Romain earlier in the day, he was equally complimentary about Robert. “You always have a fear with big stars like him that they are crazy and uncontrollable, or collect swords,” he jokes, “but from the start Robert was really down to earth.”
In the film Robert looks every inch of the leading man, embodying a nonchalant, caution-to-the-wind attitude as he runs around New York gate-crashing parties, joy-riding on the beach and getting steamy in bedroom scenes with Camille. “He has such a strong image in his previous films, this commercial was about giving him a different kind of iconic look,” explains Romain. Robert agrees, “I kept saying from the beginning I wanted to be really physical. I have done quite a few films in a row where it is all about stillness,” he explains referring not only to the Twilight saga, but also to films such as Water For Elephants in which he starred alongside Reese Witherspoon, and more recently his performance in David Cronenberg’s sci-fi flick, Cosmopolis. “I was watching the Dior scenes back in the monitor and thinking I look older now. I have always been so self-conscious about looking like a little kid and people not really believing me, so I wanted to do a film about masculinity and this was kid of the perfect opportunity.”
It’s the transition from boy to man that Robert keeps referring back to as he talks, in between draws on his electric cigarette, and I wonder whether this feeling has anything to do with the ending of the Twilight series and his relationship with co-star Kristen Stewart. “Yeah, it’s a whole bunch of stuff happening at the same time and I am just not worrying about things so much. I guess it just happens,” he muses. “I also bought a house and I was literally doing that up and fixing pipes,” he quips, laughing at the absurdity of him doing handy-work.
I am surprised at how honest the star is (he answers every question I ask truthfully, as if it were a compulsion) given his personal life has been paparazzo fodder for the last five years. Today speculation centers round who he is dating. Most recently he has been linked to actress and granddaughter of Elvis Presley, Riley Keough, as well as songstress Katy Perry. “It’s that thing . . . Someone knowing who they are, it’s the best,” he answers coyly when asked what attracts his interest in a woman. “I guess because it is like the opposite of what I am – I am so all over the place,” he adds with his signature self-effacing humor.
The same goes for a woman’s style, according to Robert. “If someone looks good in there clothes it’s because they are comfortable in their own skin – it’s literally just like owning it. Oh no! That is so lame, I feel like I am on Project Runway saying ‘own that’,” he jokes, complete with Tim Gunn accent.
Of course, the epitome of his carefree ideal is fellow Brit Kate Moss, Robert’s pin-up of choice as a teenager. “I was obsessed with her, it was a bit ridiculous. The other poster I had up was Linda Blair in the Exorcist, so they were my two options – a little girl possessed and Kate Moss,” he laughs.
But, as it turns out, Robert’s knowledge and passion for fashion extends further than just posters of Kate Moss and Dior Homme fragances. “I kind of want to get more involved with the industry, I really like it,” he says. “I like the speed of it, you can just move so much quicker. I also like designing clothes. It’s weird, it’s kind of a new thing that I have started doing,” he reveals. As I probe him on his design ambitions, I expect the typical actor-turned-designer response of a T-shirt or baseball cap line and am, I admit, a little taken aback by his actual answer. “It’s really embarrassing,” he blushes taking a deep breath as I lean in closer, “I like drawing couture dresses.” It’s as if he is admitting this out loud for the first time. “It’s bizarre! I started doing it and I was like ‘what is happening?’ Suddenly I had like a sketchbook full of dresses. I like the sort of artistry of it, it’s kind of like costume design,” Robert divulges. So can we expect to see him showcasing his designs at Paris fashion week in the future? “That would be the most random thing ever but I actually really want to do it. I don’t know though, it could be incredibly embarrassing.”
Clealy Robert is someone who excels at the arts, whether it’s acting, music (he plays the piano and a guitar, as well as writing and singing his own music) or indeed designing. Far less exciting for the actor, however, is exercise. “I think I don’t get some jobs because I don’t go to the gym. I am literally the only actor in LA who doesn’t have a six pack,” he laughs. “Although I am going to have to change that. In my next film I have like three intimate scenes so I am literally thinking of those to get in shape.” I ask him whether he has hit LA’s Runyon Canyon, the place where half of Hollywood goes hiking every weekend. “No, I don’t ever want anyone to see me doing exercise,” he says aghast. “Even though I am doing it, I still think it’s so lame and embarrassing – I am doing it out of necessity, that’s all.”
What I find most charming about Robert is that he seems unaware of just how ‘big’ he is in Hollywood. In fact, he has a rare ability to make you feel as if you are kicking back and shooting the breeze with one of your friends rather than one of Hollywood’s most watched and wanted actors. While he slowly makes his peace with his star status, there’s one part of the A-list territory that he still can’t quite get to grips with. “I am very anti-paparazzi, but I guess you kind of get used to thing. In fact I just started getting better at hiding,” he laughs. “As soon as you figure out a way to live where people don’t follow you around, stress levels go down.”
That Robert is not into the fame aspect of Hollywood – “it’s not really me so I have never really felt attached to it” – allows him to be more creative in his film choices. It’s a very interesting career move that he is making,” Romain says of Robert. “At some point, you either have to stay in your comfort zone and keep doing movies, or you get the courage and to go out and do more interesting things like the Cronenberg film.” And the actor seems equally happy about the direction his career is headed. “It’s an amazing job, especially if you don’t let yourself go crazy, but there are loads of jobs that make you go crazy,” he says candidly.
It is this endearing modesty and off-the-cuff sense of humor peppered with British charm, as well as his driven acting aspirations, that make Robert so much more than just as teen star. As of now, he’s clocking up actor, perfume model, musician and—you read it here first—couture designer. With or without the six pack, I can now safely say, I am very much “Team Rob”.
Here are some new pics and a new interview with Robert Pattinson by Elle Brazil!
Interview Translation (Thanks to Deb’!)
Enough of vampires, werewolves and sugary romances. The British actor Robert Pattinson, who earned worldwide fame and millions of dollars to star in the five installments of The Twilight Saga is completely redirecting his career to more dense and original projects. His most recent choices have been critically acclaimed, as are his performances.
The starting point of this transition was the movie Cosmopolis, by David Cronenberg, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012. In this talkie film, he plays Eric Packer, an expert in the world of finances, who spends his time inside a limo, receiving unusual visitors, whilst a major crisis erupts outside the car.
Bel Ami (which premiered in Brazil in 2012), based on the work of Guy de Maupassant, starring Uma Thruman; Mission: Blacklist (in pre-production), where he plays a soldier who helps in the hunt of Saddam Hussein; and The Rover (shot this year), where he portrays a mentally disturbed man, are other great examples of the actor’s current phase. Last July he started filming a new movie with Cronenberg, Maps To The Stars, a mixture of drama and black humor, inspired by society’s obsession with the celebrity industry.
And the news don’t stop there: The boy who started doing theater at 15 years old, in Barnes Theatre Company, and had a brief modelling career is the new face of the fragrance Dior Homme. To represent such an important brand and be able to work with partners he admire (the photographer Nan Goldin and filmmaker Romain Gavras) were the necessary fuel he needed to jump on this “wild” adventure, in his own words, inspired by James Dean’s quote: “Dream as you’ll live forever. Live as you’ll die today.” Check out the interview:
After Twilight, your career has been going through lots of transformations. How’s this transition going? I just turned 27 and only now I’m realizing no one looks at me like I’m a kid anymore. Being an actor is weird, and the idea of success changes through the years. But there’s the good side of fame as well: I don’t have to work just for the money. So now I’m trying to use my time, my energy and my influences to make interesting choices no one else is making. Indeed, there’s something about Dior‘s work that is very similar to my current state of being: an almost aggressive independence!
The partnership with Cronenberg seems to be going really well. I had such a good experience in Cosmopolis! David is an incredible person, and the most fun, intriguing man to work with I’ve ever met. He has been making movies for the last 40 years, and every film he makes shows just how unusual he is. We started shooting his new movie recently. It’s called Maps To The Stars, with Julianne Moore and John Cusack. The scripts of these two films are amongst the most original ones I’ve ever read, that’s why I hope to continue working with him forever.
You just closed the partnership with Dior. Was the invite for the campaign a surprise? When Dior contacted me, I was truly shocked at first because their name alone is almost mythical. It’s a very sophisticated fashion house, that never compromises their image. They approached me in the right way and at the right time because Twilight was coming to an end. I remember I was impressed when I met with the creative team and saw that they had an extremely open mind. Their interest was in an artistic collaboration, more than the commercial itself.
Why did you choose Romain Gavras to direct Dior’s film? I’ve wanted to work with him for a long time. To be honest, I tried to get in contact with him for about a year. He used to be like: “I’m not going to talk to you”. Until I told him that I wanted him to direct Dior’s commercial. That’s when he finally met me! (laughs) He has a visual language completely different from everything I’ve seen before.
And how was the job? Romain made it happen! We were driving along a beach in a tiny BMW and there were 6 meters of sand. If I slowed down, the car was going to sink, so, we were going at 90 miles/hour with a camera in the car. The car was skidding a lot and there were three models inside of it, for whom I was responsible. All I know is that after about 2 hours the car got in the water and the bumper fell off. It was wild!
Do you think that perfume is essential to all men? When I was 12 and started talking more to girls, I used to think that wearing perfume was the right thing to do. I remember being on vacation in Portugal and watching teenagers going inside bars. I used to think that if I smelled like perfume I was going to convince everyone that I was an adult. And the worst thing is that it worked! Perfume and hair gel were my best friends that summer! (laughs)
How do you spend your free time? I’m so boring! I spend all day on the Internet looking at what young directors are doing. Right now, I’m also trying to develop a script with a friend.
We know that you are a musician and plays guitar. Do you have any musical project? I still play guitar, and I really have been rehearsing a lot more now than I used to. But I really haven’t played a concert or anything like that for years.
One Perfume, 1000 Lives The Dior spirit was founded on a revolution. It’s been so long and the excitement has lasted, ideas abound. Today Dior enters a new era. Essential transformations, avant-garde aesthetics. This is the soul of Dior, very much alive. Patently bold in the eyes of the world.
The Dior man is on the move, in unison. With forceful drive, compelling momentum. He is the mirror of his time, vivid and potent. His fragrance is timeless, unchanged, for he has worn it well and will do so still. Dior Homme is more than a fragrance, it has become an identity. Embodied today in images that are new, wild and free. Adamant and sexy.
Dior Homme came as a bolt from the blue, sparking shockwaves of change. Its virile floral notes and complex luminosity initially drew men looking to state their singularity. Then this ground-breaking fragrance opened a new avenue. Others recognised its seduction, its territory. Clear as day. Its revolutionary sillage inspired more in its wake, utterly seduced.
The surprise has ebbed, the strength of its signature remains. Bold as ever, its subtle seduction intact. Today men assert its masculine refinement and spirit. Naturally, without thinking. No longer surprised by such elegance. Dior Homme still appeals and stuns. Ever pertinent, with new images to express its freedom. For men who want to walk the wire, live 1000 lives.
Fast and Strong
Live free, fast and strong. Live 1000 lives but know that you only have one. Boldness is a heritage the Dior man sports with the breeziness of the modern male. Prince of all cities, he goes for trim luxury. He stands against conventions and rules. He saunters casually, like a conqueror, disarming you with his smile. Cool and sophisticated, he invents a new way of being “male”. Like a hero from the Actor’s Studio. His cracks fall away in a peal of laughter, his sensuality throbs with his lust for life. Emotions running deep and true. Modern love and tender chaos. Love and discovery as the ultimate goals. Open to everything in his tireless exploration…
“Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.” James Dean
A Manifold Fragrance
Dior Homme. A composition that rocked the world, daring fresh boldness and surprise. An olfactory shock in true Dior style, changing habits and transcending norms. When Dior Homme was born, it imposed its difference. A virile sophistication, uncommonly subtle. Dior Homme dared and conquered. It launched a new direction.
Today we realize just how many interpretations this fragrance contains. A fragrance with 1000 faces, a stunning array of possibilities. A masculine Iris. The shock of opposites attracting.
A faintly animal Iris that expounds a sensual, sexy feel. Accompanied by Leather and Wood to re-orchestrate virile accords. Amber and Spices exude but do not invade, as though saying: “Follow me, it’s up to you.”
This sillage is not attention-seeking. It exists, openly different. The olfactory signature of a stylish allure. The casual charm of an utterly contemporary male figure. An attitude that shuns pretension, states sophistication. Dior Homme is a lesson in boldness. It remains unique, yet intriguingly manifold.
“Dior Homme eschews every masculine cliché. It explores anew virility, immediate yet complex.” François Demachy
A dimly lit dressing room. Costumes scattered on the floor, sequins and feathers. She has stubbed out her cigarette and removes her make-up, peering at her reflection in the neon-lit mirror. Conceal the shadows, pile on smoky eyes and flaming red lips. Overdo it, wear a mask to make believe it’s not really you, half-naked in this hopeless dive. A sharp intake of breath, she stops her handiwork… He could be there, just behind the door. Among the fumes of stale tobacco she catches the scent that she loved on his neck, a delicious blend of wood and flowers. Gentle but virile. Tender-hearted Narcissus. This fragrance is her life. Leading her a merry dance. “Little Bastard” or “Gentleman”: she doesn’t care. His signature is to do as he likes. She fixes her hair, a sad look on her face. Smoothes it listlessly, twists a few curls. Her heart isn’t in it. The tears well. Suddenly, the sillage swells, she smells the scent of spices and lavender in a musk and amber embrace. Her head reels, giddy. He appears, out of nowhere. She smiles at him in the mirror. Life. Goes on.
Dior Homme Fragrance Collection
Dior Homme Wear Dior Homme like a tailored suit. This unique woody, aromatic signature trails in your wake. The surprising notes she loves to nuzzle at your neck. A sexy appeal, rigorous and sharp yet disarmingly casual. Feel effortlessly elegant. Sensual, supple and free.
Dior Homme Sport A convertible speeds along an empty beach. An outdoor fragrance that plays on perfect jeans and a sexy T-shirt, the perfect fit. Like a rush of freedom, on the road. The vibrant woody freshness of the sillage hooks you in.
Dior Homme Cologne Clear and radical, it envelops with a musky citrus signature. Sheer elegance. The sillage states the casual charm of a classic white shirt. Unostentatious but stylish. Elegance in broad daylight: a fragrance for the skin, for you.
Clean, pure, masculine lines. A timeless, rigorous block, warmed by amber-coloured jus. A golden tone shining like an invitation, a call to sensuality. Inside, the black tube marks a territory of contrasts against the enveloping hue. Clear-cut transparency, structure and design. The elegance of pure sophistication.
Like the dual composition it holds, the Dior Homme bottle plays on two sensations: virile and refined. Dior’s sartorial heritage is evident in its noble touch. Its beauty does not fade with time. Ageless and classic. An object to have and hold, a lifelong companion.
Robert Pattinson A Free Agent. An Icon.
Robert Pattinson is an actor in the limelight. Seductive and complex. The physical attraction is obvious, but only part of it. There’s the talent, instantly felt. A magnetic presence, strikingly photogenic. A limpid gaze that leaves a searing impression. Intensity that reveals while deepening his inscrutability. Steeped in the mystery that sets screen legends apart.
Robert Pattinson is a rare breed of actor, the kind who naturally embodies the modern man. Today he gives off a sense of determination, effortlessly, with no pretence: intriguing seduction meets a desire for authenticity, intense and strong.
Robert Pattinson is an icon, the genuine article: he too has chosen to evolve as he pleases. Free to assert bold choices in his film roles. As the Dior man enters a new era, he embraces new artistic challenges. How could the two not meet?
Shot by Romain Gavras, he becomes a Dior man who defies preconceived ideas. Like his legendary precursors—Marlon Brando, James Dean, Paul Newman, Monty Clift—he embodies a certain idea of masculinity. Virility tinged with a vulnerability that makes all the difference, a sensitivity that becomes a strength. He seems to be the obvious heir to all those who drove fast, loved furiously and lived by one rule: to be free, come what may.
And he reminds us that idols are inevitably extraordinary personalities with whom the camera falls in love. The elegance of his freedom has no limits…
1986: Born in London. 2001: Stage début with the Barnes Theatre Company. 2004: First role in Ring of the Nibelungs. 2005: Revealed in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. 2008: Worldwide recognition with the first episode in the Twilight saga. 2010: Remember Me by Allen Coulter 2011: Water for Elephants by Francis Lawrence. 2012: The last episode in the Twilight Saga. 2012: Cosmopolis by David Cronenberg, which he presented last year at the Cannes Film Festival.
THE PHOTOS by Nan Goldin
An amber light caresses the faces. The flesh quivers, the eyes portray sheer seduction, laughter or melancholy. Robert Pattinson has become a Dior man, inviting her into his world. Nan Goldin casts her strong, singular gaze on a trip for modern lovers. Her unique snapshot style blends with out-and-out romanticism. The night wind breathes softly on their faces. Her freedom is visible, her art intact, her vision infinitely precious. Nan Goldin and Dior, a rare encounter. Totally free.
THE FILM by Romain Gavras
A sequence of black and white images bathed in light. He appears: ideal, magnetic, charismatic. In tight close-ups, the lovers come close and touch. Drawn to each other’s skin.
1000 lives to love, 1000 lives to live. Sexy.
The camera pulls back, captures their race, their embrace, their drive. It pulls up above him for a high-angle shot on the depth of his quest. The action speeds up, they gatecrash a kitsch ball, jostling the po-faced crowd with their brash youth. They dive into a swimming pool, fully clothed, to a muffled beat pumping in hypnotic slow-motion. A race along the beach revives the memory of legendary road movies. Poetry in motion. The camera curls around them, steals the laughter that reveals their radiant bliss. Tight editing invents a new space-time, forgets whether this is Paris or New York, winter or summer. The story is universal. Him, her, them… Modern Love.
Images of nimble, timeless elegance. Where the pleasure and emotion are patent. The finale goes for colour. Close up, eyes to camera. A film composed in free verse for a man with 1000 lives.
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Yesterday we had the pleasure to see in advance the new move add of the Dior Homme fragrance with its new face in action: Robert Pattinson.
Evidently, we don’t have the video to show you, as Dior jealously guards those images of Rob.
Patince, you will have to wait until September 1st to discover the new movie add in its several formats for television and cinema (20 seconds, 30 seconds, 60 seconds and 1 minute and 30 seconds). But in particular, it’s the online movie that lasts 1 minute and 40 seconds (1 minute and 40 seconds of feast for the eyes) that will delight all Twilight fans. Even the non-fans, for that matter.
What we can tell you (alas, without showing you) is that in this ad, the British actor plays an exuberant, uninhibited, seductive and mysterious young man. In short, a role that suits Pattinson to a T and that he plays with class. He runs through the city, he dances. You can feel that the hero of the Twilight saga enjoyed shooting this movie by the talented Romain Gavras (Costa-Gavras’s son), who already directed several short movies, video clips and tv ads for some fragrances.
What you need to know: the Dior Homme fragrance, a male woodsy and spicy scent that turns out to be elegant and sexy with its heart of amber and iris of Tuscany, seems to have found its perfect representation in Robert Pattinson.