Robert Pattinson never seemed entirely comfortable with the high profile he earned once the first ‘Twilight’ movie came out. He’d gotten some attention for his small role in a ‘Harry Potter’ film, but it was nothing like what happened once he was cast in ‘Twilight.’ After a few years he seems to have made his peace with his fame, but he admits it has a dark side.
Robert drew comparisons between his own life and the character he plays in the movie ‘Life,’ where he’s Jame Dean’s photographer.
The idea of taking a photographer back to my family’s house… it’s just insane! It’s not really even to do with the photographs – it might be nice to have a really good photographer do it, but it’s bringing your family into the public domain and then having to have them deal with this horrible cacophony of demons who live on the internet.
“That’s really ruined a lot of things, internet trolls, because no one wants to put themselves out there. Even if you can ignore it, and I don’t think anyone can really ignore it.”
The internet has definitely changed things, both in terms of accessibility and in terms of dealing with the downright meanness that can come with anonymity (or seeming anonymity).
Robert said he had to apologize to his own sisters when they were mentioned in the press.
With my sisters, you just bring people into something they have not asked to be part of. It’s impossible for you to stop it afterwards. All you can say is: ‘I’m sorry. I’m sorry for bringing this darkness into your life. And also you don’t get anything out of it, either.'”
That is a tough situation. So how does Robert manage?
I think people are pretty extreme. If you look at anyone’s behavior, you meet a lot of nutcases. I can hang out with my family and it’s like a mental asylum.”
He also confessed he still feels somewhat undeserving of his success.
In a lot of ways, I’m quite proud that I’m still getting jobs. To go from starting a job by accident when you’re 16 and maintaining it somehow and learning how to do it on the job as well. Because of falling into a job, you always feel like you’re a fraud, that you’re going to be thrown out at any second. So yeah, the main thing I do hope is to gradually get rid of that and really be doing without feeling like you’re faking it.”
Hopefully Robert’s confidence will grow. I think the biggest “takeaway” from his interview, however, is to people who are aspiring actors, especially in film and TV: the high profile comes with the success. It’s something you have to think about before embarking on this career because you really can’t control the spotlight once it starts shining on you.
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