Robert Pattinson has had a change of heart about starring as a love-lorn vampire in the “Twilight” movie series. He now says the experience was “magical,” after years of downplaying the role. What’s changed?
Pattinson played vampire Edward Cullen opposite Kristen Stewart’s nerdy high schooler, Bella Swan.
They were on-screen and off-screen lovers for almost four years during the movie’s run. They broke up infamously in 2012.
“It’s all fond memories,” Pattinson now says.
“It’s almost more fond the further away you get from it. I mean, it’s such a magical way to spend your 20s, it’s completely crazy. I still haven’t really processed it,” he adds.
“I mean I always thought that there would be more of a fallout, a psychological fallout years later, but I just look back and it’s just all amazing.”
Stewart has expressed similar sentiments. She recently said the coming-of-age tale helped “make her who she is.”
She explained it this way:
“Every part that I’ve ever played has shaped me in such a significant way … I know from an outsider’s perspective you might have something to say about that like in general. But I kind of view it as every other thing that I’ve invested in and really loved. And I’m lucky to have had that experience. I never really look back at my life and go, ‘What did that mean?’ I got a lot from it and it’s made me who I am.”
Pattinson, however, says the films he’s doing now feel “more honest and authentic.”
At first, Pattinson says “Twilight” was exciting because he was able “create his own footprint” and shape his character.
“I actually felt I had a lot more control over my performance, because I didn’t really realize what it was,” he told Deadline.
“And that was because of Catherine Hardwicke, as well – she made it so malleable, which it can be when nobody knows what something is. I really liked doing all of those films, but on the first one I definitely felt like, because we hadn’t set the footprint for the thing … I feel like, as soon as you set a footprint your instinct immediately is to want to break out of it, and you can’t. There are too many reasons you can’t just throw it all up in the air. The only hard thing about doing that series was doing the sequels.”
Pattinson has gone on to appear in a wide variety of movies, many of which have been small indie flicks. He’s also taken on a number of supporting roles.
He has two films out this year. He plays a small-time hood in “Good Time,” a crime drama directed by Ben and Josh Safdie and written by Josh Safdie and Ronald Bronstein.
He plays himself in a short film titled “Fear & Shame.”
Pattinson has two films in post production for the coming year.
“Damsel” is a comedy set in the Old West and “High Life,” his long-awaited science fiction adventure drama written directed by Claire Denis.