Robert Pattinson: Every Famous Person I Know Is “Completely Nuts”

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Robert Pattinson Mental Health

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Robert Pattinson discusses fame, mental health and therapy in a new interview. The chat, which The Telegraph released on Friday, was conducted to promote the U.K. release of Good Time.

The conversation took place in London, while Pattinson was on a break from filming High Life. At one point, the actor was asked if fame and mental health issues are connected. “Yes. Definitely,” he responds, “Pretty much every person I know who’s got famous is completely nuts. It’s just isolation and also the repetitiveness of your interactions with people… It’s just weird.”

Pattinson has a few explanations for maintaining his own sanity. “I had good agents and stuff and I’ve had really good friends since the beginning. So I think when it gets dangerous for people is when you have no friends and you think, ‘Oh, if I get strangers to love me then it will fill that hole.’ And then when it doesn’t fill the hole, then you go 10 times crazier,'” he shares. In addition, “I try to not be seen whatsoever between movies. So hopefully the only thing that exists of you in the public realm is what you agree to put out there.”

He continues, “It’s always just a control thing. If the control of your life has been taken away from you, that’s when you go a little crazy,” adding, “[But] I can’t really tell how crazy I was before.” And while fame may not hve gone to his head, Pattinson does admit he gets “a lot of anxiety with everything,” leading to “just kind of paralysis, indecision. You don’t really end up doing a lot.”

“One really nice thing about acting is that it’s like a weird therapy exercise. If you’re insecure or shy or something, then you can kind of experiment with expanding your horizons within the framework of a fiction,” he notes, though at the same time, “I get so much anxiety in performance and everyone’s reaction is to say, ‘Just be yourself!’ And myself, in general, is the last person I want to be.” Pattinson goes on to reveal that his parents were “literally horrified” when they found out his was in therapy.

He recalls, “And I was like, ‘Why is that a bad thing?’ There’s just this weird stigma. It’s so strange… But I think it’s a sort of throwback attitude.” As for his own experience with counseling, he confesses, “I don’t go that often. I just really like [my therapist]… You’re just trying to figure out how you feel about something. I’ve got a lot out of it… I mean [without therapy], I don’t know how you’re supposed to do [life].”

But the interview isn’t all deep and serious. Because he so often lays low, Pattinson jokes, “I live in a bubble inside my ivory tower.” He also shows humor when cracking that the reason he hasn’t done a superhero movie is because “I can’t get a six-pack; I’ve tried for years.” He also shares an amusing fan story. “I remember once my old assistant found this letter from this woman that was just the worst sob story ever. And it was like, ‘You have to read this, this woman has had the worst life ever.'”

Pattinson goes on, “And I was reading it like, ‘[Expletive.] I should call her. I should definitely call her.’ And then he was going through the rest of this box and he was like, ‘Wait a second,’ and we noticed the exact same handwriting on a totally different sob story… It was funny.” The article was published the same day Pattinson was honored with the Maverick Award at the SCAD Savannah Film Festival (see photo above).

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