Robert Pattinson may have become a household name thanks to his role in the Twilight movies, but his career neither started nor ended with Edward Cullen. The actor had been a part of other projects prior to stepping into the glittery skin of Edward, the largest of which was Cedric Diggory in the Harry Potter franchise. Since the Twilight movies concluded, Pattinson has done plenty of indies and is currently gearing up for his next huge role in The Batman.
But even though Pattinson has a solid career outside of the Twilight Saga, it’s hard to forget about the years he spent starring in Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn – Part 1, and Breaking Dawn – Part 2. For four years, Pattinson dedicated much of his time to portraying the world’s broodiest vampire. And while fans may be divided on which of the five films is their favorite, for Pattinson one clearly stands out as his favorite experience.
Robert Pattinson played Edward Cullen for four years
In an interview with The Washington Post, Pattinson opened up about his experience shooting the popular Twilight films. The actor shared that filming the first movie in the franchise was a special experience for him. Because most of the cast of Twilight was unknown up until that point, the experience of shooting the film together was truly unique and exciting. Pattinson shared that the collective excitement made it feel really special.
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“Definitely the first one,” Pattinson revealed about the film in the Twilight franchise that he found to be most meaningful. “By a huge margin. It was just an entirely different world. For one thing, it was just a really, really fun movie to shoot. It was difficult and it was crazy, but the experience was so different. Just having a really big, young cast as well — I have never done anything like it since. Everyone was kind of unknown and had a feeling about the movie. There was definitely some excitement there, that it could either be a total miss or something could happen with it.”
Pattinson continued on to share that everyone involved, but especially himself and Kristen Stewart were determined to make Twilight something more than what it was on paper. The actors were committed to not allowing the movie to become just another cheesy teen romance.
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“Me and Kristen were kind of really, really fighting to try and — we didn’t want it to be a teen movie,” Pattinson shared. “We were kind of ridiculous about it. It was fun fighting against the studio executives and the producers and stuff and butting heads with then all of them all the time. But then once it gets so huge and once you’ve already dived in, basically, you can’t — it’s a strange thing. You don’t really know where you should focus your energy afterwards. On the first one, it was really easy to know.”
It seems that the fighting that Pattinson and Stewart did paid off. Though Twilight is a love story at its core, everything else about the film goes against the trope of what a teen romance movie should be. From the lighting to the direction, to the acting performances, the film stands out in the franchise as one of the most memorable. Whether people love it or hate it, they can’t deny that it’s impactful.