Robert Pattinson is Edward Cullen, but Edward Cullen is not Robert Pattinson.
The "Twilight" and soon-to-be "Water for Elephants" star opens up in a candid, thoughtful interview with Italy's Style Magazine (parent newspaper: Corriere della Sera). The actor best known for being a vampire talks about his childhood, his relationships, his career, and, oh, his co-star Kristen Stewart, whom most assume he's been dating for a number of years.
Here's an excerpt of what he has to say; the full interview, translated to English, includes talk about his favorite actors, his childhood and more, and is available here.
On being an actor, and avoiding the trappings of fame:
I came to a point where I said: I'm going to be a professional actor, looking for the origins of my characters, making something real out of this ephemeral job. This will allow me to live the life I want to live, to be active in green politics, to be a citizen of the world. Fame is an handicap, not a privilege, it often complicates things. I try to not fall in the web of top class hotels, first-class flights, designers sending you tons of stuff, thousands of girls everywhere.
On keeping his private life private, including talk of Kristen Stewart, his rumored girlfriend:
My private life is off-limit. I've never spoken about my flirts, I'm not a man for short and superficial love affairs. I don't talk about my relationships with female friends, not to mention how I don't talk about my relationship with Kristen Stewart, an actress I admire because she's a real person, and a real actress. It was the chemistry I had with her helped me to get my role in Twilight. I don't let people take pics of the houses I rented both in New York and London. When I'm in L.A. I live mostly in hotels. You can live very well in the anonymity of a hotel room, especially when you have a piano to play.
And on his romantic future, and his outlook on settling down:
This is me, just me: I'm not interested in casual relationships, I need to know people, I'm not making an existential statement here: simply, I want a family, with 2 or 3 kids. Not funny? I really wish I could talk to animals more than to people who think they know me just from my movies.
Luckily for Pattinson, it seems he and Stewart are on the same page. In June, "Twilight" producer Wyck Godfrey outed the two as a couple, saying:
The thing I do think about is, Oh my God, I hope they stay together. Because it could be awkward on set in the next movie if they have a huge falling out. It's like, Wow, they have to portray this love story through two more movies. God, I hope they stay together; please stay together. That's what affects my day-to-day... I think we're heading to that place where they are together and that's their life and we better find someone new to create drama out of.
More recently, Pattinson and Stewart were seen getting cozy in Louisiana as they filmed "Breaking Dawn," the final installment of their epic vampire series. Pattinson called their much-awaited sex scene like "Twister."
Pattinson can next be seen in his romantic circus period drama, "Water for Elephants," alongside Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz.