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Robert Pattinson Interview The Hollywood Reporter June 2014

Robert Pattinson: Twilight Was "One of the Hardest Jobs I've Ever Done"

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Robert Pattinson has made big career changes since the Twilight Saga series ended in 2012, including his newest projects The Rover and Maps to the Stars, both of which just premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. However, Rob told The Hollywood Reporter in its June 6 issue that he almost didn't become an actor at all after a "gut-wrenching" failed first audition. The same went for Twilight, a role for which he "just bullsh*tted on the phone" with the director, didn't take his shirt off in the audition when he was supposed to, and barely landed the job in the end. With his vampire days behind him, he's made other changes to his life, including downsizing from his mansion that felt "like Versailles" and losing plenty of money to former co-star Kellan Lutz over games of poker. And as for his connections to Kristen Stewart? When asked if they're still in contact, he responded blithely, "Oh, yeah."

  • On one of his biggest fears: "I hate auditioning. I just can't do it. I get so nervous, like cripplingly nervous. I'm bad at them, and I feel awful afterward."
  • On his failed first audition: "I was so into the script of it and thought I knew exactly what I was doing, and then I went in and just completely blew it. And honestly, I remember talking to my family afterward and going, 'I'm done. I can't handle how gut-wrenching it is.' And I kind of knew that I was messing it up. It was my own fault."
  • On his "real" personality: "I did some interview awhile ago, and it sounds like I'm a manic depressive about to kill myself. And I'm like, 'No I'm not!'"
  • On playing Edward Cullen for so long: "It was quite a constricting character, in a way. You want to make [him] as dramatic as possible, but you have someone who never loses his temper, and so it's like, 'How the f*ck do you do this?' I think that was one of the hardest jobs I've ever done."
  • On his future as an actor: "I don't know if I've really particularly found my feet as an actor yet — I have to prove certain things. I have extremely simple desires. I don't need anything. I don't want anything at all."
  • On what he spends his money on: "I buy nice guitars, and that's about my only expense — an acoustic Gibson J100 from 1943 or something."

Source: The Hollywood Reporter; Front Page Image Source: Getty / David M. Benett

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