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Celeb Scoop: Robert Pattinson

By It's My Life on November 14, 2009 2:19 PM | No TrackBacks

edward.jpgRobert Pattinson...insert dreamy sigh here. Just a few years ago, Rob (as his friends call him) was an unknown actor struggling to find movie roles. Then he was cast in the film "Twilight" as Edward, the gorgeous and romantic vampire in love with a regular teenage girl. Now he's so famous he can't even ride an elevator without a bodyguard! IML caught up with Rob recently and talked with him about his feelings about being a heartthrob to millions, the personality traits he shares with Edward, and the most romantic thing he's ever done.

IML: What's this last year been like for you? The "Twilight" thing exploded into this phenomenon. How are you dealing with it? Are you more comfortable with it now?

Robert: I guess it's inevitable that you become more comfortable. You still fight against some things. The film series itself, there's nothing really scary about it. I like the people I work with. I generally have very few disagreements about the script, especially on "New Moon."  It just seemed so relaxed and easy. I've been on three different sets since January 14. I got like three days off. And I'm going to be on set all next year and I don't know what that really is like. I still feel like I'm pretty much exactly the same. Which I guess maybe isn't a good thing!

IML: Can you talk about the big scene where you break up with Bella?

Robert: What really helped was people's anticipation of the movie. Fans of the series have an idea of Bella and Edward's relationship and what it represents. Some kind of an ideal of a relationship. So when playing the scene where you're breaking up the ideal relationship, I felt a lot of the weight behind that. And it took away my fear of melodrama as well because it felt kind of seismic. It was very much like stepping out into the sunlight at the end. You could really feel the audience watching as you're doing it. So yeah, it was a strange one to do.

IML: What personality traits do you share with Edward?

Robert: Stubbornness in some ways. He's pretty self-righteous. I guess I can be quite obsessive about things, and possessive as well.

IML: Like what? Your privacy?

Robert: In some ways. I have very, very specific ideas about how I want to do my work. And how I want to be perceived. And to the point of ridiculousness sometimes. I don't listen to anyone else. That's why I don't have a publicist or anything. I can't stand it when someone's trying to tell me to do something. Which is maybe a mistake sometimes. I like being meticulous. And it's quite difficult as an actor to have that much control.

IML: Do you appreciate Edward more with each movie? What are your favorite parts about him?

Robert: When I read "New Moon" it was the book that I connected to the most and the one that humanizes Edward for me the most as well. In the first one, he does remain from beginning to end an idealistic character. But in the second one he makes a mistake that is acknowledged by everybody, including himself. Also he's totally undermined by more powerful creatures. And he's undermined emotionally by people as well.  And I think that's what humanized it. Since I read that book, I've always kind of liked him as a character. And I've tried to play that same feeling throughout the first one and the third one as well. Trying to get some kind of elements as an all-powerful person, the kind of hero of the story who just refuses to accept he's the hero. I think that's somewhat admirable.

IML: What's going through your head when you're filming romantic scenes?

Thumbnail image for bella_edward1.jpgRobert: You always hear all this stuff pumping up the action of a film so the guys will see it. That's ridiculous. That's like saying guys can't appreciate anything romantic. I watched "Titanic" and I didn't think, "Oh this is a girl's film." Especially in the whole series, I've never played it thinking, "Oh, I'm in a series of girls' films" or doing something just for girls. I don't feel like I'm doing a kind of animated Tiger Beat! I felt like a lot of the story line in "New Moon" is very heartbreaking and true. I didn't think I was doing something just for the sake of romance.

IML: Are you a romantic person? What's the most romantic thing you've done in your life?

Robert: I put a flower in a girl's locker when I was 14 years old. She actually thought it was somebody else. And the other guy claimed it as well!

IML: What were your thoughts filming the scene in Italy where you reveal yourself in the sunlight?

Robert: I came to a realization about that scene today. It was one of the closest moments I've really felt to people's emotional attachment to the character. There were so many extras there that were "Twilight" fans that had come in to be in the town square. And taking the one step into the light. It's been the one moment since the first Comicon where I've felt the whole weight of anticipation and I guess the responsibility as well.  It was very nerve-wracking. I felt the most in character I've probably felt in the whole series in that moment.

IML: Appearing only through part of this movie in various visions, did you wish you were in it more?

Robert: Those things are the hardest. When I saw the first cut of the movie, we changed them a bit in the edit. It's not Edward. It's kind of a manifestation of Bella's loneliness and desperation. It was difficult. I was trying to ask Kristen, how would you play it? Because it's her opinion. The actor being alone - I think I've always felt a little bit aloof as the character throughout the whole series. I think that's how he kind of is.

IML: No holds barred fight between Edward and Jacob, who wins? And the same with you and Taylor.

Robert: I'd heard that Taylor had agreed to an interview where the interviewer was going to fight him. I don't think I would ever agree to that. And looking at Taylor's martial arts videos when he was like 9, I mean I wouldn't really want to - maybe if I had some kind of weapon! Edward and Jacob. I don't know. I think it's actually fact that Edward would win, if I read the book correctly.

IML: You said you haven't noticed how things have changed because you've been so busy. But one thing that it's done has made you a bankable leading man. How has that change career-wise been for you and where do you want to be five years from now?

Robert: I've only done one movie outside the series, called "Remember Me." But even that I did with the same studio. I'm still a little bit blind of what my actual economic viability is outside the series. It's definitely different. You get offered stuff you never dreamed of getting offered before. But that's scary as well. You really have to question yourself a lot more. Before "Twilight," I did any movie that I got and tried to make the make the best of it afterwards. But now, you're expected to come into the movie and provide not only economic viability but a performance as well because people are like, "You can't just mess around. We're employing you to be a star and an actor." It's difficult and scary.

IML: Isn't that what you dream about when you start in the business?

Robert: You do. When you haven't got a big movie behind you and you're not bankable, then everyone says you're not bankable enough. Then you can't get the roles. And then when you do, you have to - especially with a movie like this, where there's a perceived specific audience, which I think people are quite confused about - people start thinking "You need to get in this audience. You need to do this and that. You need to look a certain way. And blah blah blah." And so there are some limitations to it as well. Whereas when no one's watching your movies and you get a part, you do whatever the heck you want. That's just the way it is.

IML: Love plays such a major role in these films and so many fans want what happens on the screen to happen in real life. How do you separate falling in love in real life with the actresses you're cast against?

Robert: You've always got to remember that you're being paid. There are a lot of connotations that come with that. I think that's one of the major separations.

IML: How do you keep your life from becoming one big blur?

Robert: There are little random moments that stand out. Generally, this year, I've been working so much that I'm kind of living in an almost alternate reality. You're like working doctor hours. And every doctor I've ever spoken to has said the same thing. You have no idea what's going on other than working.  And it's especially hard being away from family and friends.

IML: Has there been something that has made you laugh at all?

Robert: Recently I've had less direct interaction with people because there's more security on sets. There was a woman who came up to me the other day who must have been in her 90's. It was very unusual. And she said exactly the same things as 12-year-old girls do. That was kind of bizarre!

IML: What's the weirdest or funniest thing you're read about yourself?

Robert: Recently some magazine had on the cover that I was pregnant. Without a hint of irony! I don't really know what to make of that.

We have Twilight fever over here; don't miss our interviews with Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner!

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