Movie star, musician, heartthrob, vampire…these are just some of the words that could be used to describe former Twilight actor Robert Pattinson. Ever since first skyrocketing to mega fame in 2008 with his portrayal of Edward Cullen in the beloved teen vampire romance franchise, Pattinson has been continuing to make a name for himself in the industry, recently winning over the well-fought over role of Batman in the upcoming Matt Reeves reboot.
From his messy and heartbreaking romance with Kristen Stewart to his love-hate relationship with fame, and the harsh criticism he has been faced with, here is everything there is to know about our next Batman, Robert Pattinson.
It goes without saying that Robert Pattinson has had quite the successful career. The 33-year-old has been in numerous films – aside from the Twilight franchise – from playing Cedric in 2005’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire to starring in movies such as the 2010 romantic drama Remember Me to more recent, well-acclaimed roles in films like the 2017 crime-thriller Good Time and the 2018 sci-fi mystery High Life.
And now, Pattinson is preparing to take on the role that just may get people to stop referring to him as the ‘guy who plays that vampire from the Twilight movies,’ as the iconic titular superhero in Matt Reeves’ highly-anticipated upcoming 2021 reboot, The Batman. Of course, Pattinson’s road to success hasn’t always been easy, the British actor has had to face many challenges along the way with both his career and his personal life.
Focus on music
In order to see how far the former Twilight star has come, it is important to look back at his roots. The truth is, he didn’t always want to be an actor. In fact, he initially preferred focusing on music and had plans of being a musician from a very young age. Born in London in 1986, Pattinson grew up with his parents and two older sisters in a small house in a town called Barnes, southwest of London.
At the age of four, Pattinson was already learning how to play both the piano and the guitar. His love for music poured into his later teen years and early twenties, when he used to perform acoustic gigs at open mic nights in clubs around London where he would play guitar and sing his self-written songs.
Giving theatre a try
As Pattinson got older, he started to form a passion for acting. He looked up to movie stars such as Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jack Nicholson as influences. However, despite his love for theatre, he still was hesitant to get into the art, especially after one of his high school teachers told him that he shouldn’t join the drama club since he was so shy.
Luckily, his father ended up giving him just the nudge he needed and persuaded him to overcome his insecurities and audition for the local amateur drama company, Barnes Theatre. There, he performed in shows such as Guys and Dolls, Macbeth, Anything Goes, and starred as the lead in Our Town – where a talent agent just happened to be in attendance of the audience.
Not before long, Pattinson scored his first big-budget Hollywood role in the 2004 film adaptation of Vanity Fair starring Reese Witherspoon where he played Witherspoon’s character’s son. Unfortunately, the scenes that he appeared in were eventually all cut, something that he didn’t find out until he showed up for the film’s premiere.
Luckily, Pattinson didn’t let his frustration get to him, and he ultimately gained a decent role in the movie Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as Cedric Diggory, the Hufflepuff heartthrob who competes against Harry in the Triwizard Tournament. The part was just what the future star needed to get his name on the map, paving the path for his biggest break yet.
Next Jude Law
Thanks to his well-acclaimed, beloved role as Cedric in the Harry Potter film, Pattinson was receiving plenty of positive attention in the industry. He was was even named the British Star of Tomorrow by The Times and was getting hailed by many as “the next Jude Law.”
At this point, the fresh-faced actor was hopping from one movie to the next. He appeared in made-for-TV films such as The Haunted Airman and The Bad Mother’s Handbook, as well as some Indie flicks in 2008 including the dark-comedy How to Be and Spanish-British drama Little Ashes – where he portrayed the Spanish artist Salvador Dali. Later that year, however, Pattinson had an audition for the movie that would ultimately change his life forever.
Just another audition
Despite starring in numerous films, Pattinson had yet to land a role that could compare to his part in Harry Potter. In 2008, after bombing yet another audition in Los Angeles, a frustrated Pattinson decided he had nothing left to lose but to take a try for the leading brooding vampire in the upcoming fantasy rom-dram based on the Stephanie Meyer novel, Twilight.
Although he initially was not crazy about playing Edward Cullen – a 108-year-old vampire who falls in love with a human teen named Bella Swan – and feared that he would not be able to live up to the “perfection” expected of the character, he nailed the audition and accepted the role anyways.
Although the film went on to receive mixed reviews, with people either loving or hating on the teen drama, critics praised the young actor as a “well-chosen” fit and a “capable and exotically beautiful” star. There was also Pattinson and co-star Kristen Stewart’s undeniable on-screen chemistry that had everyone talking.
While people remained split about the quality of the movie and the acting, a large, Twilight-obsessed group of fans emerged otherwise known as Twi-hards, and Pattinson as well as Stewart were quick to reach some seriously intense fame.
Flocks of admirers
For the naturally shy and timid actor, the flocks of fangirls following his every move was intimidating and a bit frightening to say the least. According to Pattinson, some fans let their Team Edward status get to the extreme. During an interview, the actor revealed that he experienced some “creepy” and “scary” interactions with his Twi-hard followers.
“Suddenly everywhere I went, people thought they already knew me,” he explained. ” They look at a photo of me and think they have a special relationship, a friendship, an affair with me – someone they haven’t met their whole life.”
Lack of privacy
The 33-year-old has since confessed to feeling extremely affected by his serious lack of privacy after the outstanding success of the vampire franchise. During the peak of his Twilight fame, the actor would do anything he could to get away from herds of paparazzi who were following his every move.
He would ride in the trunks of cars just to avoid being seen, or switch clothes and cars with his friends while out in order to confuse photographers. “People were like, ‘It’s fine, who cares? They’re just photos,'” he recalled. “They’ll say, ‘Just live your life.’ But that’s not life for me, if someone’s observing it.”
Not a fan
Not only was Pattinson not a fan of the fame Twilight brought him, he also wasn’t crazy about the movie or the character he portrayed so much either. During numerous press tours for the films, Pattinson would open up with reporters about how he disliked his character, saying that he “hated” Edward even calling him the “most ridiculous person.”
He also famously mocked the novel’s author, Stephanie Meyer, calling her “mad” while making the claim that she wrote the book with herself in mind as the protagonist and that she seemed to be “in love with her own fictional creation.”
In recent years, however, it seems like Pattinson has calmed down a bit about his distaste towards the franchise that made him famous saying that he no longer hates Twilight, and does have “warm memories” from his time on set.
Of course, some positive things did come out of the franchise, such as his “good” friendship with Taylor Lautner, who played his werewolf rival Jacob Black. He also found love with his on-screen girlfriend, eventually taking his and Stewart’s seemingly perfect chemistry off the screen in a ‘discreet’ relationship that began shortly after filming the first installment of the series.
Unfortunately, R-Patz and K-Stew’s real-life relationship was not anything like Bella and Edward’s cinematic romantic love story. In July 2012, after a three-year relationship with her Twilight co-star, Stewart was caught having an affair with her married Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders, leaving Pattinson feeling “heartbroken and humiliated.”
She released a public apology to People shortly after, saying, “This momentary indiscretion has jeopardized the most important thing in my life, the person I love and respect the most, Rob. I love him, I love him, I’m so sorry.” The apology seemed to work – for a little while that is – as they temporarily got back together after the scandal until finally calling things off in April 2013.
Seven years following the highly-publicized and dramatic breakup of Pattinson and Stewart, the High Life actor, who is notoriously private when it comes to his relationships, admitted in an interview with Style Magazine that he and his former co-star and current ex are now on “good terms.”
This certainly seemed to be the case in February 2018, when the pair were spotted (the first time in years) having a chat outside of a L.A. bar. According to one witness who spotted them, the couple of old flames just looked like “two friends hanging out.”
Staying in touch
So is there an Edward and Bella reunion in the near future? While it doesn’t seem like the two actors are planning on getting back together anytime soon, they are apparently still friendly.
According to one source close to Stewart, the pair of former co-stars are still in touch and they “text occasionally” about “personal stuff and sometimes work stuff.” The insider said that although they don’t see each other very often, “Rob really does consider Kristen a friend.”
The source also claimed that the platonic feelings the Good Time actor feels towards his ex are mutual. “Kristen is grateful to be able to call Rob a friend after all these years,” they said.
“They have been through a lot together and she is appreciative that he forgave her for some of the mistakes she made in their relationship,” adding that the JT LeRoy actress “never intended on hurting him or breaking his heart.”
Of course, in more recent years, Pattinson has definitely seemed to move on from his complex relationship with Stewart. He was even engaged to singer-songwriter FKA Twigs in March 2015 after only six months of dating.
Everything seemed to be going well with the celebrity couple until their sudden split in 2017. Apparently, the breakup was initiated by Pattinson and caused by their hectic work schedules taking a “big toll” on their relationship.
After Pattinson’s sudden engagement to FKA Twigs, there were numerous rumors circling around that Stewart was left “devastated” after hearing the news about her former boyfriend.
“She didn’t want to believe it’s true and was seriously hoping that it was just some sort of April Fools’ Day joke,” one source stated. However, the claim might not have been exactly true, considering that the actress had previously told Associated Press that she was “having more fun now than I ever have” while dating her former model girlfriend Stella Maxwell.
Nowadays, Kristen certainly seems to have left her Twilight and Robert days behind her. She is currently happily in a relationship with stylist Sara Dinkin, whom she has been linked to since December 2018 when they were first seen getting breakfast together in L.A.
Pattinson’s love life also seems to be doing well these days, as he is rumored to be dating British model and actress Suki Waterhouse after the two were spotted together getting cozy during his 33rd birthday celebrations in May 2019.
Both Pattinson and Stewart’s careers seem to be doing great as well. Kristen is set to appear in the upcoming Elizabeth Banks’ directed Charlie’s Angels reboot as the intelligent and tough Angel Sabina Wilson.
As for Pattinson, he was finally confirmed to be replacing Ben Affleck as the newest Batman in the highly-anticipated Matt Reeves’ 2021 movie, The Batman. Unfortunately, the star has been receiving some mixed reviews about his upcoming role, before filming has even begun.
Many fans were pumped when they discovered Pattinson would be portraying the famous black-cape wearing superhero on the silver screen. “He’s got that strange ground to cover, in which he’s simultaneously immensely famous and massively underrated. I think he’s going to be great,” one person tweeted.
Especially those who have been following the actor well past his Twilight days were pleased to hear the news. “Pattinson’s acclaimed performances in numerous indie films have shown that he’s moved on from the stain of Twilight,” one Twitter user wrote.
Pattinson has indeed proved himself as an actor in the last several years, and has been in many well-acclaimed roles since his Twilight days. He received rave reviews for his roles in films like the crime-drama Good Time, where he played a bank robber who tries to save his brother after getting him involved in a heist gone wrong.
He also was praised by critics for his touching performance in High Life as an ex-criminal who lives alone in an abandoned spacecraft with his young daughter, doing everything he can to protect her.
Those who aren’t familiar with Pattinson’s impressive post-Twilight work, unfortunately, had difficulty picturing the former teen vampire as the beloved DC Comics superhero. “Waking up to Robert Pattinson being confirmed as the new Batman is actually heartbreaking,” one Twitter follower wrote.
Others, however, were willing to wait and see how he takes on the new role before stating any criticism. “Robert Pattinson wouldn’t have even been on my radar for Batman, but I’m willing to wait and see,” one user commented.