Robert Pattinson is in full swing promoting his latest film “Water for Elephants,” and interviews are popping up around the globe. While Rob covers mostly the same ground, every so often an interview sheds new light on a facet of his personality.
Most recently, the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter (News of the Day) ran an interview from a press day for “Water for Elephants” in California. It provides some insights on the process Rob goes through to meet with the media.
Reporter Maria Lindholm interviewed Rob at the Fairmont Hotel in Santa Monica. It’s a typical press stop, where reporters are given 15 minutes each with the stars of the movie.
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Interestingly she notes Rob is surrounded by four handlers, with his bodyguard, Dean, and manager Nick Frenkel outside the door of the small room.
Co-stars Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Walz are also at the hotel giving interviews.
Rob apparently doesn’t go out of his way to dress up for his interviews. He’s wearing a gray T-shirt, rumpled blue blazer, beige baggy chinos, and boots, she notes.
She asks how he’s dealing with all the attention. “It’s incomprehensible,” he replies.
Rob says he found “Water for Elephants” appealing for a number reasons, including because it was set during the Great Depression.
“I think a lot about that time, the United States during the Depression, how things looked then. When I heard that Reese and Christophe Walz had accepted the other roles [there was] no hesitation,” he said.
Rob, she writes listens carefully to the question, “shifting from responding thoughtfully and wisely to giggle and shyly.”
She also asks Rob what he thought about the fans that came to the set, some staying around the clock to meet him.
He regrets that most of them will be let down. “If you hang around a movie in 50 days to meet someone, the expectations are impossible to fulfill. If not I would levitate in front of them,” he says.
And Rob admits to having his own fan obsessions. “I loved the TV show ‘American Gladiators’ when I was little. I was obsessed with a female gladiator named Jet. But then I was 8 years old.
At night, when he is back in his hotel room, Rob says he watches YouTube videos of Van Morrison and nd clips from “America’s Funniest Home videos.”
“I like to watch people fall down,” he said.
While Rob dresses in Gucci and Prada at premieres, and has been voted best dressed by some magazines, he has no plans to return to modeling, something he did early in his career.
“I do not know why I would do it. It is not fun and I would look stupid,” he says. “For girls it’s different, more women buy fashion magazines and it is more relevant to their career. But there is nothing for me.”