Robert Pattinson Interview with Sydney Morning Herald
When you first sign on to something when you were nobody, you feel like everything’s totally out of control,” he said in Sydney today, where he is promoting the final Twilight instalment. “Once you’ve experienced it once, you realise how to have a little bit more control over it.”“That’s the one thing I’ve been annoyed about by the whole thing,” explains Pattinson. “The kind of ‘team’ aspect of it. It’s strange. I think that’s what has created a very strange atmosphere around how the movies are promoted and stuff. It’s making it like a sport or something. People can’t really watch the films any more because they’re thinking about all this other silliness.”
“When you’re promoting something, it’s weird; it’s like a strange sort of addiction. If people were whispering about you in the next room you probably want to know what they’re saying, but really you’ll always regret it because they’re probably talking s— about you. It’s this weird thing. You only do it if you’re feeling bad, and want to make yourself feel worse. If you’re feeling good you never look at it.”
So is he looking at it now?
“Basically, yes,” he laughs. “I try and avoid it, because it doesn’t really make any difference. I mean you think it does for a minute but everyone forgets really quick.”
Pattinson remains philosophical about questions about his relationship. “It’s really not up to you, you could talk about absolutely nothing, the editor is going to put it however they want anyway. It’s part of the thing where you reveal what you want to reveal and you talk about what you want to talk about. People ask you about whatever they think the audience is interested in and you can’t really dictate.”
He is more bemused by the response to his other roles. “I think just because Twilight became so prominent and kind of mainstream, people think I’m similar to the character, but Edward’s such a specific part. I always find it so funny when you do any other part. They’re like ‘this is him kind of acting now’. What did you think I was doing in Twilight?”