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Robert Pattinson | From Teen Heartthrob Edward Cullen to Batman

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Robert Pattinson is one of the world’s most renowned celebrities. From his role as Cedric Diggory to Edward Cullen, there is no doubt that the actor has captured the hearts of many people. Aside from his major roles as an actor, Pattinson also displayed his talents in music and film production. Most recently, Pattinson is set to show off even more of his acting chops as he takes on the latest iteration of Batman.

 

Read on to know more about our favorite actor and how he evolved from vampire crush Edward Cullen to legendary hero Batman.

 

Robert Pattinson Profile

  • Age: 34
  • Height: 6’1’’
  • Weight: 165 lbs
  • Date of Birth: May 13, 1986
  • Net Worth: $100 million
  • Nationality: British
  • Ethnicity: English

 

Robert Pattinson Early Life

Robert Pattinson is one of those charming English men that many can’t help but love. He was born in London on May 13, 1986. His parents, Richard and Clare, supported him and his two siblings by working in vintage car deals and model agency booking, respectively.

Pattinson spent his early life and made childhood memories in Barnes, London. Even at a young age, he started to shine and show his talents. Despite his shy demeanor, performing struck out to be his dream which, as we know, turned out to be a reality.

Robert Pattinson initially dreamt of being a popular musician. However, his father inspired him to try out his talents in acting. Richard went all out, from encouraging his son to supporting him financially. Eventually, Pattinson yielded to his father’s whims and attended the Harrodian School’s highly acclaimed Barnes Theatre Club, where he found his passion for acting.

 

Robert Pattinson Movies

Robert Pattinson may have started with modeling and theatrical performances, but we came to see the artist in full bloom as a movie actor. Indeed, it was through on-screen acting that the world came to know and love him. 

 

Here are some notable movies where Pattinson shared his talents and had us in awe of his performances.

 

Ring of Nibelungs (2003)

The first-ever onscreen appearance of Robert Pattinson was in Ring of Nibelungs. In the television film — which dates back to 2003 — Pattinson took on the role of Giselher when he was only 17 years old. This big break eventually paved the way for his acting career to develop. 

 

Vanity Fair (2004)

In 2004, Robert Pattinson landed a role as Sir Rawdon Crawley the Younger. Though his performance was unaccredited, this still proved to be an important time in Pattinson’s career. It was while he was wrapping up work on Ring of Nibelungs and Vanity Fair did Pattinson meet director Mike Newell. This meeting would later open up an opportunity for Pattinson to be cast as a major character in a Harry Potter movie.

 

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was Robert Pattinson’s first major movie. He was the Cedric Diggory actor who came to be Harry Potter’s co-Triwizard Champion and friend. Pattinson earned the admiration of many young girls and a lot of public acclaim through this role. He was declared to be ‘the next Jude Law’ by Teen People. Moreover, Screen International deemed him to be the ‘British Star of Tomorrow.’ Ultimately, both his character and the movie helped set more opportunities in motion for Pattinson in the years to come. 

 

The Twilight Saga (2008-2012)

Robert Pattinson’s next big role was none other than everyone’s vampire crush, Edward Cullen. Without a doubt, Pattinson indeed captured the hearts of many as Edward from Twilight. Nevertheless, there were also a lot of Twilight fans that were unconvinced he was the right actor to play their beloved Edward.

Still, Pattinson carried on with his role from 2008 to 2012. He let criticism inspire him to take the extra mile and make an effort to not only understand his character better, but refine his talents further as well. Despite the initial reluctance to accept Pattinson as the embodiment of Edward Cullen, the Twilight movie series became a big hit to teenagers and adults alike.

While Pattinson proved his acting skills, he also demonstrated his musical talents through Twilight as well. If you are a fan of the film series, you might be familiar with songs such as “Let Me Sign” and “Never Think.” These songs, which were written by Pattinson himself, were initially included in the Twilight soundtrack without the actor’s knowledge. As it turns out, the director, Catherine Hardwicke, loved the songs and later convinced Pattinson to let them keep the tracks. Since then, Twilight fans have loved the songs and the actor even more than they already did.

 

The Rover (2014)

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While acting for the Twilight series established him as a household name in Hollywood, Robert Pattinson went on to venture beyond his heartthrob role. He starred in other prominent movies such as Remember Me (2010), Water For Elephants (2011), and Cosmopolis (2012). Then, he further honed his acting talents as he took on the dystopian Western drama film The Rover (2014), opposite Guy Pearce. For this film, Pattinson was nominated as Best Supporting Actor by AACTA Awards.

 

Maps to the Stars (2014)

In 2014, the actor joined the cast of satirical drama film Maps to the Stars. He starred alongside well-known celebrities such as Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, and John Cusack. Both the public and movie critics gave great praise for the film. Thanks to his performance in the film, Robert Pattinson was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in the Canadian Screen Awards.

 

The Lost City of Z (2017)

In 2017, the English actor delved into another supporting role as Corporal Henry Costin in The Lost City of Z. This adventure and drama film later acquired the number seven spot on the Box Office Chart when it first released.

In an interview with Collider, Robert Pattinson shared that he always wanted to work with The Lost City of Z director-writer James Gray. Pattinson mentioned that Gray is one of the top five people he wishes to work with someday. In said Collider interview, Pattinson shared, “Even when I just started acting that was the guy I wanted to work with. I’ve been attached to a bunch of different things with him.”

 

Good Time (2017)

This crime thriller film further showed Pattinson’s acting talents as Constantine Nikas. Robert Pattinson continued to leave his comfort zone and led the film with his excellent performance. Indeed, this role helped transform the public’s view of him as more than just a pretty face. 

Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post praised the English actor on his performance in Good Time. Hornaday commented that Pattinson’s character helped him acquire the public’s acclaim. She wrote that this was due to his “serious-acting chops, checking every box from aggressively antisocial tendencies to a startling physical transformation.”

 

Damsel (2018)

After multiple drama and thriller films, Pattinson also starred in a comedy movie alongside former co-star Mia Wasikowska. With his role as Samuel Alabaster in Western comedy Damsel, Robert Pattinson strayed even further from his initial dreamy heartthrob reputation. In the film, Pattinson excellently depicted a crazy psychopath. He further shocked the public with his portrayal of suicide on-screen. 

 

The Lighthouse (2019)

Known for his artistic drive to take on different roles and explore various genres of acting, Robert Pattinson set out to show another facet of himself with The Lighthouse. The psychological-thriller showed Pattinson in a whole new light. For his stellar performance in The Lighthouse, Pattinson eventually won the Best Actor Award for the CinEuphoria Awards, Fangoria Chainsaw Awards, and the Faro Island Film Festival—among other nominations.

 

The King (2019)

Inspired by the craft of William Shakespeare, The King was another notable film that Robert Pattinson starred in. This Netflix movie showed Pattinson’s hilarious yet still commendable performance as he plays The Dauphin of France. The English actor’s convincing French accent with accidental pronunciation slips added up to Pattinson’s excellent portrayal of the role.

 

Robert Pattinson Girlfriend Guide

Many of us adored the Edward Cullen and Cedric Diggory actor, and admired him for his succeeding roles. Pattinson captured the hearts of not just fans, but a few celebrities as well. “Who is Robert Pattinson dating?” would become a popular inquiry due to the actor’s ever rising popularity.

If you are wondering about his off-screen romance, we’ve got you covered with this Robert Pattinson girlfriend guide.

 

Kristen Stewart 

Robert Pattinson’s first celebrity girlfriend was none other than his Twilight co-star, Kristen Stewart. While Pattinson himself possesses charm and striking looks, Kristen Stewart is also recognized as one of the most beautiful women in the world. It was undeniable that the pair looked great together — both onscreen and off.

Eventually, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart were hardly seen without each other. They made fans swoon over their real-life romance. However, their honeymoon phase and fairytale story did not last. Later down the road, Stewart cheated on Pattinson while shooting for Snow White and the Huntsman in 2012. Stewart was later exposed for having an affair with the film’s director. This, ultimately, led to Pattinson and Stewart’s eventual and inevitable falling out. 

 

FKA Twigs

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In 2014, Robert Pattinson started a new romance with FKA Twigs. The pair met each through Pattinson’s longtime friends, Sienna Miller and Tom Sturridge. Initially, rumors about their romantic involvement circled the news. The public later confirmed the rumors in September 2014. During that time, the pair was spotted holding hands in Venice Beach.

Robert Pattinson dating the British musician led to their engagement after a year. However, their busy schedules and demanding work became a thorn on their side. With Pattinson’s initiation, they eventually called off the engagement in 2017.

 

Suki Waterhouse

Sorry girls and boys, Suki Waterhouse has already captured Pattinson’s heart. The public first romantically linked Robert Pattinson and Suki Waterhouse in 2018. Since then, they were spotted various places together, with the chemistry between them being quite evident.

Although Pattinson liked to keep things private, a May 2020 GQ interview revealed that “he’s in London with his girlfriend, in the apartment the Batman folks rented for him.” Although Waterhouse was not explicitly mentioned, it was later confirmed that she was the girlfriend in question when the couple was spotted on an outing trip.

 

Robert Pattinson: The New Face of Batman

The highly-acclaimed English actor continues to surprise us with his talents and new projects. From being every teenage girl’s heartthrob crush, it seems that Pattinson will now be every Batman fan’s new idol. In May 2019, Warner Brothers confirmed that Robert Pattinson was chosen to be the new face of Batman — and rightfully so, given what he has shown fans and critics over the years.

Fans are excited for a fresh take on the Gotham hero as Pattinson plays a younger Batman. Compared to the conventional takes on previous Batman films, a fresh spin on a more inexperienced version of the hero is something to look forward to.

With the possibilities of Batman’s more dominant and brooding attitude in the film, Pattinson definitely fits the character. His previous acting experiences in various film genres have only prepared him for such a role. Indeed, Pattinson’s dedication to his character and work will surely reach expectations.

Robert Pattinson as Batman is truly a thrilling project that has all of us at the edge of our seats. Whether he will live up to his role or not, we just know that we can’t wait to have him awe us with his acting talents and his inevitable charm.