A fixture of popular culture for seemingly an age now, Robert Pattinson has tried his hand at many different genres, and most of the time, he’s found success. Things couldn’t have started better for the actor, either. In 2005, he introduced himself to the world as Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Firea franchise that went on to dominate Hollywood.
Yet, unlike most of those who starred in the Harry Potter movies, Pattinson would quickly move away from JK Rowling’s creation and gradually carve out a space for himself that is much more revered than anyone could have foreseen when he broke out as the fresh-faced and well-spoken Diggory all those years ago.
Since then, Pattinson has worked with the celebrated filmmaking duo the Safdie brothers on their acclaimed thriller Good Timestarred opposite Willem Dafoe in Robert Eggers’ A24 modern classic, The Lighthouseand featured in Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending blockbuster Tenet. The best indicator of how far Pattinson has come is that he is now the latest iteration of Batman, starring in Matt Reeves’ edgy offering of the superhero in 2022.
For all of Robert Pattinson’s recent brilliance, he can’t escape the fact that the franchise that played a significant role in him becoming a pop culture heavyweight is Tea Twilight Saga. The films are based on Stephenie Meyer’s four fantasy novels about the late teenager Bella Swan, who falls in love with the 104-year-old vampire Edward Cullen, who Pattinson plays in the films. According to Meyer, the idea for the plot came to her in 2003 when she dreamed about a human girl and a vampire who loved her but still wanted her blood.
As is well-known, the movies are unashamedly over the top, which Pattinson is acutely aware of. When speaking to E! after the first movie, Twilightwas released in 2008, the actor commented that it was almost as if the book wasn’t supposed to be published and liked it to reading Stephenie Meyer’s personal “sexual fantasy”.
He said: “When I read it, I was convinced that Stephenie was convinced that she was Bella. It was like it was a book that wasn’t supposed to be published, like reading her — her sort of sexual fantasy.”
He then asserted that reading the book convinced him that Meyer was “completely mad” and entirely in love with her work of fiction. “Especially when she says that it was based on a dream, and it’s like, ‘Oh, then I had a dream about this really sexy guy’ and she just wrote this book about it,” he continued. “I was just convinced that this woman is mad, she’s completely mad, and she’s in love with her own fictional creation.”
Later, when speaking to Variety in 2020, some eight years after the franchise concluded, Pattinson reflected and conveyed another hint of uneasiness at being a part of it. He said: “It’s a weird story, Twilight. It’s not just like – it’s strange how people responded a lot to it. I guess the books are very romantic, but at the same time, it’s not like The Notebook romantic.”
Watch the trailer for Twilight below.