Twilight heartthrob Robert Pattinson once worked as a model, but no more. He reportedly has turned down an estimated $1.85 million deal to be the face of Burberry. “I’m an actor, not a model,” he flatly told to the up-scale brand.
Pattinson would have been in good company had he taken the deal. Harry Potter’s Emma Watson was hired by Burberry, one of Britain’s biggest fashion chains, to rep their fall line.
Rob and Kristen Stewart are currently in Brazil shooting the honeymoon scene for “Breaking Dawn, Part I,” the next in the Twilight series.
Rob, of course, is now an international celebrity thanks to his role as Edward Cullen in “Twilight.” But he also sees himself as a serious actor.
It was a straight “No” when the posh British style and accessories brand, headed by designer Christopher Bailey, came calling, according to London’s Mirror newspaper.
“Christopher and the Burberry team were desperate to sign Robert as the main person in their new campaign.
“It would grace all their stores worldwide and be in all the best publications. They went to Robert but he immediately, politely, turned them down.
“As far as Robert sees things he’s an actor by trade and that’s his art. He doesn’t want to start becoming a brand or anything.”
The brand’s campaigns have also featured model and “Transformers 3” star, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and UK model Agyness Deyn.
Pattinson began modeling when he was 12, but his career was short lived.
“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 modeling career,” he said.