‘Twilight’: Robert Pattinson Confessed the Movies Made Him ‘More Insecure’; ‘My Ego Got Smaller’

When Robert Pattinson first auditioned to play Edward Cullen in the Twilight movies, he couldn’t have predicted how much his life would change. Following his involvement in the Harry Potter franchise, he decided to pursue a career in entertainment and he was looking for a film to help sharpen his acting skills. When he booked the role of the brooding vampire, he thought there was a strong possibility that nobody would even see Twilight, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Twilight star Robert Pattinson squats with a hand in his hair as he poses for cast portraits
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Of course, Pattinson wasn’t the only person who underestimated the major success that the Twilight movies would have. Pattinson’s on-screen love interest, Kristen Stewart, also wasn’t expecting the first film to be so popular. In fact, Stewart believed that the possibility of a Twilight sequel was completely preposterous until she was doing press for the film and realized what a large built-in audience the movie had.

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After Twilight shattered box office expectations in its very first weekend, and Summit Entertainment greenlit the first of four sequels, Pattinson’s life changed practically overnight. Suddenly, he had film offers pouring in and he and Stewart were constantly in the press. This fanfare only continued through the era of all five Twilight movies. But how did the fame affect Pattison?

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Back in 2012, the Remember Me star spoke with Total Film magazine about how the immense success of the Twilight movies affected him. Funnily enough, the actor revealed that it made him more self-conscious. While he enjoyed the success of the first movie, as the franchise got bigger, things got overwhelming for him.

Robert Pattinson reveals the movies made him more insecure

“I’m probably more insecure,” Pattinson revealed. “My ego got smaller. I thought I was pretty cool after the first one. I finished the movie and for the first time, I had some money. The Twilight trailer had come out and got eight million hits so I had all the best parts of being in a big movie. I had meetings were people were saying, ‘This is the new hot thing, eh?’ Everyone gave a sh*t about you, but no-one knew who you were outside of that. So I spent eight months getting wasted with everyone thinking I was great.”

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Continuing on, Pattinson shared that things started changing after the first Twilight movie. “It was really fun,” he revealed. “It was different at the start. TMZ and all that stuff was getting prevalent and now, it’s insane. Becoming big now, you became insanely conservative. Terrified about everything. Now I just stay at home.” It’s certainly understandable that Pattinson had trouble adjusting to such an intense level of fame and scrutiny. But perhaps his ego has repaired itself since the Twilight mania has calmed down a lot in recent years.