Why Robert Pattinson loves his fansBy Kim Francis
November 25, 2009
Robert Pattinson might be the new kid on the block but, as Kim Francis finds out, he’s made a lot of fans
You might consider the success of the Twilight saga phenomenal. The second film in the series, based on Stephenie Meyers’s popular vampire books, broke all records for advance ticket sales – a truly astonishing feat.
It’s even more amazing when you consider some of the other movie phenomena of modern times, including Harry Potter and the Star Wars prequels, both of which have a frenzied following of superfans.
It also, incredibly, broke records for opening weekend takings at the US box office.
But the real phenomenon to come out of the vampire-based series is one Robert Pattinson, the 23-year-old native Londoner who makes tweenagers, teenagers and fully-grown women alike go weak at the knees.
When I met him shortly before the release of the latest part in the Twilight series, I got the chance to see just what all the fuss was about. And let me tell you, he’s got more than just a good head of hair…
Although he may not count his physique as one of his better attributes, particularly when measured against newly-buff co-star Taylor Lautner who plays love rival Jacob in the films, it’s fair to say his fans love it judging by the reaction to his topless scenes in New Moon. Yes, you heard that right, ladies: topless.
“There’s a high nipple count in this movie!” he laughs. “I was terrified because I hadn’t worked out at all and then I saw Taylor and felt incredibly inadequate and emasculated next to him with my pre-pubescent girl’s body. [I have] A-cups…”
In fact, Taylor’s toned torso isn’t the only object of Robert’s envy. He also confesses to having a little role envy too: “I’ve always wanted [Taylor’s] part, even when we’re doing scenes together.”
If Robert seems a little modest, insecure and self-deprecating, it’s because he genuinely can’t see what makes his female fans go crazy. And the way they react to him is certainly not something he’s going to get used to in a hurry. He finds the whole premiere thing positively nerve-wracking and he deals with the mass hysteria in a rather unique way.
“I wear a lot of layers so they can’t see you hyper-ventilating!” he says.
And when talk turns to his appeal to the opposite sex, he bats off any suggestion that it’s because he’s hot, implying instead that he’s popular merely because of the fans’ devotion to the Twilight phenomenon.
“I think they [the fans] like being part of a club and they mobilise against people who criticise the series, so they like the films and are very supportive of anyone who has anything to do with the films,”he asserts.
However, in one recent interview, Robert was quoted as saying that he spent his life trapped in hotel rooms as a result of his fervent fans.
He qualifies this by saying: “It’s funny because I never have a huge amount of foresight in interviews so I end up describing my day rather than the surrounding months.
“When I did that [interview], I was kind of trapped in a hotel room in Vancouver but there are always ways and places you can disappear to.
It just involves a bit more thought.
“You can’t wander around.”
At the moment, though, the pressure isn’t getting to him and he is enjoying everything that stardom brings. It’s refreshing to hear him talk openly, and he says: “The novelty hasn’t worn off. If I’m still stuck in hotel rooms in 10 years and the only way of dealing with it is hiding then it probably will annoy me a little bit. If you’re just working the whole time you don’t really think about it, you go from press trip to movie to press trip the whole time.
“I guess I’ll see what it’s really like in the next two or three years.”
Whether the hysteria that surrounds this hot new kid on the block abates in two or three years time remains to be seen but looking at the handsome, modest, talented and coy young actor sitting in front of me, somehow I doubt it.