Robert Pattinson In Numero Homme: ‘Twilight’ Audience “Kept A Certain Image Of Me”
Robert Pattinson covers the spring/summer issue of Numero Homme magazine, opening up about moving on from Twilight, why he stays off social media, and being seen as rebellious.
According to a translation for the French publication’s interview, Pattinson is asked about the end of the “Twilight era,” and says, “I imagine the audience kept a certain image of me.” He even confesses, “I always feel like I have to prove myself. I did not have enough lead roles to make the people forget about it or to see me any differently. Waiting for that, I follow my path, with the constant reminder to diversify myself.”
“I had a chaotic progression, with moments of explosion,” the movie star acknowledges. “It took years to digest what happened to me, the movies’ success, the celebrity… [Before] I did not have a career’s plan, not particular ambition. I had to create them from time to time.” But there’s still a lot of insecurity involved.
Pattinson admits, “I still have lots of doubts about myself. The people I work with know this. Three weeks before filming, I just panic and call my family or friends telling them I will never be able to do it.” He goes on, “At that moment I really think it is the truth. My confidence leaves me, reduced in tatters. And then it is back when I enter the set. Even knowing this, the next time, it happens again. The people around me don’t even listen to me anymore.”
When not working, the actor says, “I just let myself breathe. It is like in love relationships: If we go into it giving it all without any perspective, things are condemned from the start. Polluted. I love letting other [things] in my life, in the creative area.” He further notes, “Leaving Los Angeles contributed to my balance as well. When we are there, the brain works weirdly. We imagine that leaving the city for a week will make us disappear from the radar. In England, where I come back to, all the people I meet don’t work in the film industry.”
But even when Pattinson is trying to keep a low-key profile, the chatter about him on the Internet continues. “Sometimes I go through times when it makes me completely mad,” he reveals to the magazine. “I wonder what people are looking for when they type my name. Certainly gossip.”
Pattinson goes on, “That said, my career has not suffered from it. I am not blacklisted from anywhere yet. I am working with whomever I want… So I don’t have the intention to force the audience to change their point of view. I need things to go in an organic way. Maybe one day I’ll be seen differently.” Still, he adds, “Well, I must admit I still fall into the trap, fall into Internet limbo by looking at what is said about me. At least I never felt the need to leave comments!”
“Sometimes I would like to and I would like to have a Twitter account to do so,” Pattinson shares. “But I know I would spend to much time on it. I would lose myself into it all night long. Nevertheless, I hope to avoid this kind of life. It is the reason why I don’t sign up!”
At the end of the chat, Pattinson is asked about “rebelling” while part of the Twilight machine, and whether he sees himself as doing such a thing. He answers, “To be honest, I don’t put myself in a situation where people order me around or try to change the way I am. The freedom I have to choose the people I work with, produce something really interesting — those who take me to be a part of their movie don’t have a false idea of me. So they don’t try to bend me or to change me.”
Pattinson continues, “I don’t regret to have rebelled in the past when it was time to do so. If we try to be a part of a mold when we are young, it is for sure leading to a disaster. We just end up not knowing who we are and we just begin destroying hotel rooms!”
The British star adds, “I know who I am. At least almost. Everything resides in the ‘almost.'” The full issue of Numero Homme with Pattinson’s cover story will be out on Wednesday.