Here is a new interview that Robert Pattinson did with InStyle UK!
Brooding performance and that face made Robert Pattinson public property. Now the reluctant star is Dior’s new leading man.
There’s a shift in energy when a star of a certain status enters a building. You feel it when Kate Moss walks into a room – the atmosphere becomes oddly charged. And you sense it when Robert Pattinson is ten feet away, on the other side of a door in a Beverly Hills Hotel suite. Even though the hotel is a daily stop-off point for celebrities – Rachel Zoe is in the polo lounge today having lunch. In a large floppy hat January Jones was in the lobby the previous night – Robert’s presence has created a palpable current in the air. Trim, immaculate Parisian women from the house of Dior (he recently signed a deal to be the new face of Dior Homme Fragrance) wander up and down corridors, wielding clipboards looking prettily nervous. “Robert – ‘e is ready, yes?” whispers one through the door as an inscrutable security guard nods me into the room that contains one of the most endlessly discussed movie stars of the decade.
The figure who gets up from the sofa doesn’t carry himself with the self-entitlement of someone who commands $25 million a picture. Or like Edward Cullen; the mysterious, ethereal teenage vampire that handed Robert Pattinson fame on an almost unimaginable level. He’s boyish and self-consciously polite as he shakes my hand, like a nervous, well brought-up adolescent meeting his girlfriend’s parents for the first time. The hair that launched a thousand fansites is concealed today with a baseball cap worn back to front. He’s wearing a soft, navy jumper, dark jeans and spotty socks with his black trainers – the uniform of the middle-class west London boy; strangely incongruous amidst all this LA affluence. It seems ridiculous to describe him as handsome. Of course he is – he’s Robert Pattinson. But he’s not beautiful in thye pristine, toweringly confident way you expect of screen icons. More like a teenage boy who doesn’t feel entirely comfortable with his aesthetic lottery win.
Pattinson famously doesn’t like this part of the job – interviews and scrutiny – but there’s no hostility in the room today, more the sense of a friendly young man at a wedding forced to sit next to an elderly relative, chuckling diplomatically at my jokes, connecting his thoughts with a lot of LA-inflected “kindofs, “sorta”s and “like”s. He’s sweet, surprisingly open and giggles a lot. Swigging Diet Coke and endlessly puffing away on electronic cigarettes, he chats about Dr Who (“I’ve never seen a episode. That’s really bad isn’t it?”) and Game of Thrones (“Everybody’s obsessed by it. Crazy”).
He knows a great deal about “crazy”, having been catapulted to a level of fame that defied all expectation. A role in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Firesaw him heralded as “the next Jude Law”. Then, in 2008, he beat 3000 others to land the lead role in the Twilight saga. His life was transformed.
These days fragrance campaigns have become a deliberate career move for A-list stars, who sign endorsements with big fashion houses for beautifully shot campaigns with reputable directors. And who better to represent your brand than the man at the centre of a movie franchise worth over three billion dollars? Clever Dior. The ads are impressively atmospheric, like a grainy, Warhol movie shot against New York skylines by Nan goldin with Robert running along rooftops and engaging in passionate clinches with a young french actress. He looks like a brooding James Dean. His hair had been cropped almost army regulation short.
“Initially I was going to shave it off. I wanted to have really short hair for it,” He pauses thoughtfully. “I guess it was out of fear, really. You’re doing an ad and you don’t want it to look like you’re posing.” He’s been offered big-money deals before of course, probably on a daily basis. It seems an unlikely move for someone so overtly private though, doing an ad campaign. So why now?
“Before, I was so obsessed with thinking, ‘People are going to think you’re a sell out,’ and now of course, every single actor in the world has done one. In the past I always said no to everything, I thought I’d be so judged for it.” What made him change his mind? “Dior came up and it felt right. It was a big decision – I’ve turned down plenty of others at the last minute before.”
Of course he has. Twilight was not without its price. Pattinson lives under constant siege from paparazzi and frenzied fans, and his private life is debated on a daily basis. There is to be strictly no mention today of his high-profile split from Kristen Stewart, but I wonder if he feels the pay-off has been worth it? The franchise has, after all, given him the money and studio muscle in Hollywood to pick and choose what he does next.
“Kind of. It can be a really difficult transition from something like Twilight; once people identify you with something like that it’s hard to find your way out of it. And also, I mean, I’m not that easy to cast because of my… physicality. I’m quite lanky. You can’t exactly see me in a sports film or something, can you? I’m never going to play ‘one of the guys’.”
Surely he knows he’s leading man material? “I don’t know,” he puffs on his electronic cigarette and laughs. “Maybe I have body dysmorphia.” Does he see himself as good looking? He frowns. “It depends, sometimes. But I’m weird about my looks. Once you get photographed a lot it changes you. I remember when I first did Twilight I didn’t care about how I looked – there was less pressure , I guess. I was like, ‘I’m cool as shit!’” he laughs.
And now there’s pressure in abundance. The night before I’d seen him at a Dior event in LA to launch the campaign. He’d arrived looking dashing in a navy suit and answered questions dutifully, but he seemed curiously shy for someone so used to being photographed and stared at.
“Every time I appear somewhere, I think, ‘I don’t know how many more times I can do this’. Dressing up to go somewhere and be looked at – I get so nervous. Up until the second I have to leave, I’ll get changed a million times. It’s crazy. Literally just before I go I look in the mirror and think, ‘You look like shit’. I start worrying about wrinkles.” He’s 27. Really? “Honestly. Everyone who works with me knows they’ll have to sit there and wait for me to go through my process of having my panic attack about how I look.”
It’s hard to decide whether he would have chosen this path had he known what he knows now. He was a middle class boy from an affluent west London suburb, the son of a model booker and businessman who fell into joining a local drama group as a teenager. And, as he point out, no one knew that Twilight was going to take off (“it was all so unexpected – the studios hadn’t even bought the rights to the other books, so they ended up getting screwed over”). Actors like Daniel Craig and Matt Smith at least knew what they were signing up to, playing characters that inspire fan conventions and entire industries. Despite the success of the novels, no one could have predicted the feverish response to the Twilight movies.
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The always adorable Robert Pattinson made a visit to Chis Children’s Hospital in LA!
On Friday, Aug. 16, Robert Pattinson, actor and star of mega-hit movies “The Twilight Saga” and “Water for Elephants” dropped by Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to spread cheer and visit with patients.
Teens from across the hospital—including the Acute Rehabilitation Center, the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases and The Heart Institute—gathered in the hospital’s Teen Lounge for a surprise guest. When Pattinson arrived, one young girl giggled and cried in awe. But the down-to-earth actor quickly settled the room and jumped into arts and crafts, decorating picture frames alongside patients. Pattinson laughed at his own creation—a pink frame with hearts sketched in—and tried unsuccessfully to convince the room of his “terrible” artistic skills.
The star graciously posed for endless photographs and signed every patient’s picture frame before heading off to visit two cystic fibrosis patients and huge Twilight fans who were unable to leave their rooms.
“We couldn’t help laughing and smiling when one of the patients was so starstruck she that couldn’t speak. You could tell it meant the world to her—she was tearing up and smiling ear to ear as we were leaving,” said Lyndsay Hutchison, senior public information officer at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. “The other little girl teased him relentlessly and begged him to do an American accent. They were instant friends.”
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Here is a new pic and interview of Robert Pattinson from GQ Spain!
The Beverly Hills hotel is one of the most historic establishments in Hollywood, one of those places in which if you try, you can feel the ambiance and glamour of the golden age of American cinema. Amongst its pale pink columns – which have given it the name The Pink Palace – have eaten, slept and drank stars of the stature of Marylyn Monroe, Carey Grant, Grace Kelley, Lucille Ball or Elizabeth Taylor, to name a few. Even today, The Beverly Hills continues to me a main stop for the industry’s royalty and, since the best place to hide a tree is a forest, it is the best establishment to interview the paparazzi’s favorite prey of all of Los Angeles, Robert Pattinson.
Dressed in jeans, sweater and a backwards baseball cap, he waits for us in a suite. Donning a scruffy beard he does not sparkle when the California sun illuminates his blue eyes. In fact, Robert looks less and less like a vampire abandoning high school and more like a mature actor seeking out roles with meaning. If you review his recent filmography, you’ll find smaller films – David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis – than blockbusters. His collaboration with Dior directed by Romain Garvais, represents one more step on his journey to adulthood. Ironically, the man whom the pressed dubbed the next Jude Law after his role in Harry Potter is substituting him as the face of Dior Homme fragrance. “Everyone is the new someone,” jokes Pattinson. “There are probably about three new me…” He laughs.
GQ: In the campaigns films you have some racy scenes with model Camille Rowe. Did she feel intimidated about being in bed with Robert Pattinson?
RP: No, I don’t think so. She was so . . . No, I don’t think so (laughs). And if she was, of course she didn’t show it (laughs).
GQ: And this doesn’t feel a bit disappointing?
RP: No, not at all. If you have to kiss someone you don’t know and that person keeps their distance or pulls away it’s horrible, it’s very cutting.
GQ: In Twilight you needed 4 films to have sex and in this one you have 30 seconds…It’s a fast forward
RP: Yes, that it is (laughs).
GQ: I suppose that’s what not being a teenager is about. You’ve said you’re beginning to feel like an adult. Why now, at 27 years?
RP: I don’t know, I think it’s the age. It’s strange, you start to change, childhood ends and suddenly you feel that your physical appearance is different, you feel heavier. When I see the photos from the campaign or my last film I feel with a very different look than what I’ve had in other things I’ve done; I look older, like an adult, as if before I was . . . ‘oh lord! You’re like a kid faking it.’ Yes, I think it’s the age.
GQ: It’s clear Twilight has changed your life. Did you ever think it would be so big?
RP: No, not at all. I lived in a tiny apartment when the premiere came and I didn’t know if we were going to do the sequels. Then the opening weekend came and it was like: “Oops, now we’re going to have to do the sequels.”
GQ: Did you dream with being a big star?
RP: No, not at all. I didn’t even think about being an actor.
GQ: What price have you had to pay for success?
RP: It’s strange, you can’t have a normal life. You spend a lot of time trying to fight it, but at the end you end up finding a new way to live. People don’t notice how lonely you are. In any case, I feel fortunate because I didn’t achieve success too young and I was at least able to have a life before.
GQ: While you filmed Little Ashes in Barcelona, I understand you invited a stalker to dinner…
RP: Yes, it’s true. It wasn’t that big a deal, it was strange, a bit boring.
GQ: You didn’t think she could be a psychopath?
RP: I can be a little psychopathic too (laughs). She’s the one that should have been scared of me (laughs).
GQ: Let me tell you that you portray yourself badly…
RP: Yes, I’m trying to fix that. Before I didn’t like appearing like I had a big ego, now I do. Now I have a big ego (laughs). I will never again pretend to be humble (uses evil voice).
GQ: Do you ever feel like you have to apologize for your success?
RP: When you become famous, it’s so easy for people to hate you just because you are famous. So you try to beat yourself up so others can’t.
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