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Rob Pattinson on Twilight
November 2008

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And you guys tried to elevate the characters to another level, huh?

Yeah, it was really funny, looking back on it. When you just read the book, it’s deceptively simple. It’s an easy read. But when you try to actually play it, it’s a lot more difficult. There’s got to be a reason why there are so many fans. There’s something else to it that people are really connecting with. So we were trying to find what that something else was.

So you were trying to play Edward as a manic depressive, then?

[Laughs] Initially, yes. Not quite a manic, maybe just a depressive. But Catherine talked us down from that a bit.

How does it feel to be one of Perez Hilton’s boys? You’re on that list alongside Zac Efron and the Jonas Brothers.

[Laughs] It’s good. I didn’t really know about that site until my mom sent me an email about it. I can’t remember what specifically it was about, but she just forwarded something from him. It’s just so strange how it all comes at you, literally overnight, all of this stuff. It’s funny.

You’ve dethroned Zac Efron as the teen heartthrob du jour.

I don’t think I quite have yet, though it’s funny to see my face on T-shirts. I don’t really see it as me. But luckily, I don’t have that much to live up to because I’m playing a broody vampire. I don’t have to be sweet and clean-cut. But it’s cool, I guess. It’s complimentary. I am grateful about being part of this huge phenomenon. I mean, there are only so many times something like this is going to happen in your life. And I thought I’d had my run with Harry Potter. It is quite insane.

Yeah, what do you do for a topper after doing Harry Potter and Twilight?

I don’t know! What else is there? [Laughs] It’s crazy, I’ve kind of cornered the young adult franchise market. But I’m doing this movie called Parts Per Billion in January, with Dennis Hopper and Rosario Dawson. It’s a love story set against the end of the world, but none of the three couples it focuses on know it’s the end of the world. It’s a very poetic, philosophical script, so I think it should be fun. I’m paired up with Olivia Thirlby. She’s cool.

I heard you’ve thrown your name out for the Jeff Buckley biopic that might happen?

I’d love to do it, but I don’t think there’s even a script out there yet. I don’t look anything like him, so I don’t know if I could play him. They’d probably go with James Franco — he looks just like him. But I just love his music. I love the idea of it. I don’t know too much about his life, though.

Speaking of biopics, you’re playing a young Salvador Dalí in Little Ashes. Are you into art?

It’s not that much racier than Twilight, actually, despite the gay love aspect. I shot it before Twilight, and it’s about Dalí’s relationship with the writer Federico García Lorca, when they were in college together and up till about when Dalí was 26. It’s about how their relationship affected their art and also how it formed Dalí into who he was in later life, that caricature. But I myself was never really very good at art. I haven’t got a very good sense of perspective, in any element of my life, really. [Laughs] One of my best friends is a very, very good sculptor, and he’s always annoyed with me because I don’t know enough about art. I’m much more interested in film and music.

And you’ve got two songs featured in Twilight. So is music next?

I don’t know. I used to play open mikes a lot before the stuff got leaked on the Web. But then everyone made such a big deal about it, it was a turn off. It just makes it a very different thing when people know who you are. It’s like you go to an open mike, but the vibe has completely changed. It has to be an actual performance, whereas before it was just fun. It’s just a lot more pressure, so it’s different.

Is the audience completely different too now, when you do those? All teenage girls in Twilight T-shirts?

I haven’t done one in a while actually, so I don’t know. I used to just turn up at places and just do it, I’d never announce it. But then, I don’t know how, word just got out so I stopped for a while. But I’m going back to London in December, so maybe I’ll do some then.

Uh oh, I’m sure you’ve got fans booking flights to England now. Here’s the last, infamous question. Team Jacob or Team Edward?

I can’t really say I was either team, really. How do you decide? Oh, why not. I guess I’m Team Edward. That’s the obvious answer. But I’ll be Team Jacob in the third one.

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