Feb 17, 2014 11:50 PM EST
Robert Pattinson is best known for such roles as Cedric Diggory in 2005's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Edward Cullen in 2008's Twilight. Here are 50 interesting facts about this British-born actor.
Robert Pattinson was born May 13, 1986 in London, U.K. His dad imported vintage cars from the U.S. and his mother worked at a modeling agency.
Pattinson is the youngest of three children, and the only son born to Robert and Clare Pattinson.
Robert Pattinson was often taken advantage of by his older siblings. "Up until I was 12 my sisters used to dress me up as a girl and introduce me as 'Claudia'!" the actor told the BBC.
He attended Tower House School, a private school in England, until he was 12, which was when he was expelled from school although he never shared the reason for this.
Pattinson began modelling at the age of 12, but his workload began to decrease four years later. In December 2008, he blamed the lack of modelling work on his masculine appearance: "When I first started I was quite tall and looked like a girl, so I got lots of jobs, because it was during that period where the androgynous look was cool. Then, I guess, I became too much of a guy, so I never got any more jobs. I had the most unsuccessful modelling career."
He ended up attending Harrodian as a teenager and joined its theater program. There, he took on starring roles in plays such as Out Town, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, and Anything Goes.
While living in London with his roommates, he said they would rarely do the laundry. "In London, doing the washing was a biannual thing, a giant mission. Me and my flatmate has BMX (bikes) and we'd have two of them and this massive laundry sack, a convoy."
Pattinson wanted to be a performer from an early age; first as a musician like his older sister Lizzy Pattinson. It was his father who strongly encouraged him to try out acting.
Pattinson first made his grand debut to the world as hunky Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
During an interview with Scholastic magazine, he said he learned how to scuba dive for his role in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
However, it was his role as Edward Cullen, the vampire at the center of the best-selling Twilight Saga,which turned him into a household name and meant his poster was up in almost all teenage girls rooms.
His audition for the role of Edward Cullen, a century-old vampire in love, took place in the bedroom of the movie's director Catherine Hardwicke. Pattinson wowed both Hardwicke and his future co-star, Kristen Stewart, with his performance. "Everybody came in doing something empty and shallow and thoughtless," Stewart told GQ. "But Rob understood that it wasn't a frivolous role."
After he was announced as Edward Cullen, some 75,000 people signed a petition against him taking the role, saying they felt he wasn't right to play the character from the popular books. Fortunately, he got the part and perhaps those petitioner has realized it all worked out in the end. "I stopped reading [blogs] after I saw the signatures saying 'Please, anyone else,'" the actor says of "Twilighters" initially protesting his casting.
While filming Twilight, Robert Pattinson injured himself on his very first shot. "I wasn't even doing a stunt. I was just trying to pick up Kristen Stewart and I almost tore my hamstring because I hadn't been doing enough squats," the actor told the Los Angeles Times. "It was very embarrassing."
Many doubted he was good-looking enough for the role of Edward Cullen. "There was a call from the head of the studio," Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke says about execs questioning Pattinson's casting as Edward Cullen. "'Are you sure you can make this guy handsome?'" Fortunately for fans, Hardwicke won out, and says of the star, "He's obviously ridiculously photogenic, but he's also so talented...I see him creating stylized, odd, wild, fantastical characters."
He proved to be very hardworking and poured himself into the character of Edward. He showed up in Oregon, where the movie was filmed, months in advance of the shooting to work out with a trainer and dissect the script and other work from Twilight's author, Stephenie Meyer.
While filming Twilight, he would have to wear gold-colored contacts for his role which he called "orange blobs."
In between filming the second and third Twilight films, Robert took "some time off" to film Remember Me. This hardworking actor actually only had three days off between filming. Poor guy!
Fans were everywhere when he was filming Remember Me and he says it was hard to focus. "It was the most ridiculous experience," he says of shooting the movie as fans looked on. "You're trying to stay in character and you're trying to walk down the street, but all those people keep reminding you that you're not this character."
When asked how he maintained focus while doing intense staring scenes - he said the orange lenses helped him. They hindered his sight, causing him to strain his eyes thus making him appear very intense and serious.
While on the Twilight set, an enthusiastic fan asked a crew member to bring her baby on set and have Robert Pattinson take a photo with the child. "So there's a photo of me like biting a baby's head," he said.
In a scene in New Moon, Pattinson is seen looking buff and with the six pack. It turns out that toned abdomen is nothing but strategic airbrushing by a talented makeup artist.
The highly anticipated sequel, New Moon, opens, pulling in a record $258 million worldwide to become the third-largest debut on record - behind The Dark Knight and Spider-Man 3.
While filming the trilogy, Robert began a relationship with co-star Kristen Stewart in 2008 but the couple kept it private until privately stepping out together in 2010 on an island off the coast of England.
Kristen took a while to "fall in love" with him.Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke spoke to Time about their romance: "I think it took a long time for Kristen to realize, 'OK, I've got to give this a go and really try to be with this person.'"
It's 'the kiss that almost was', when Kristen and Robert accepted Best Kiss trophy at the MTV Movie Awards for Twilight. They pulled off the biggest tease ever by pretending to go in for a kiss and pulling at the very last second. Kristen turned to the audience and the cameras and said: "Thank you so much!". Yeah, you're welcome.
Pattinson was named one of the "Sexiest Men Alive" in 2008 and 2009 by People magazine.
Rob admits he's a terrible driver. He said his father is a car dealer from the UK and he grew up in London so he didn't need to drive. After moving to LA, he bought a car and started driving. "and I basically learned how to drive by people honking at me. I'm terrible at driving."
When it comes to fashion, Robert is a pretty laid back guy and doesn't follow any trend. That being said, he admits to being "confused" as to why UGG boots are considered trendy.
Despite earning millions for The Twilight Saga, Pattinson told Harper's Bazaar in 2009 that he isn't into a lavish lifestyle. "I don't spend any money. The only thing I've really bought is my car, which cost $1,500 and keeps exploding."
His favorite thing to splurge on before he became famous were DVDs.
He's a very funny guy! During an interview he was asked about how he got into character and he replied: "The hair is 75% of my performance."
He was named Forbes' 5th Highest Paid Celebrity Couple, in 2011, with former girlfriend,Kristen Stewart.
One of his hobbies is shooting. In an interview in 2012 with MTV, he said he likes to visit an LAPD shooting range to fire off rounds.
He is a big Marlon Brando and Jack Nicholson fan.
While his girlfriend Kristen Stewart starred in the movie Snow White and the Huntsman, a relationship began between director Rupert Sanders and her. The pair were seen kissing in a parking-lot and photos obtained by paparazzi. They left the parking lot and continued to cuddle out in the open on a hiking trail with views over the Hollywood sign - and Kristen was seen with Robert's baseball cap in her hand at this moment.
A week later, news breaks of the photos. "Kristen is absolutely devastated," said one source. "It was a mistake and a complete lapse in judgment." Kristen and Rupert are quick to release apologies through People (US), she tells Rob that she loves him, she loves him, she loves him and is sorry for her mistake. While Rupert tells his wife and kids that he hopes they can work things out.
The couple briefly split up but reunited shortly afterwards. Rob said he decided to take Kristen back after realizing that no other woman will compare to her.
However, in 2013, the couple broke up for good. Rob was never truly able to forgive Kristen for her affair with Rupert Sanders, and his lack of trust caused them to have many arguments.
Robert enjoys rap, and likes Eminem. He likes old blues music, listening to John Lee Hooker and Elmore James.
He's involved in several charity projects. Pattinson supports and promotes the ECPAT UK's campaign Stop Sex Trafficking of Children and Young People to stop human trafficking. In 2010, he participated in charity telethon Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief.
Robert is 6'1" tall (1.85 meters).
Robert says his worst habit is speaking too much.
He loves drinking diet coke. His favourite cereal is Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
Rob has been linked with Dylan Penn, the daughter of Sean Penn and Robin Wright.
His net worth is $60 million.
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