NEW Interview: Robert Pattinson's Advice To Young Actors Starting Out ~ "Take Good Care Of Your Mental Health"
Another new interview with Rob. This time it's from Teleschau (Germany). It's similar to what we've heard before but some new parts as well. Enjoy!
Translation (Thanks to @Inthejungle83 )
Although the Twilight movies, that made him into a superstar, ended a
while ago, the Londoner, Robert Pattinson is still one of the hottest
British exports in Hollywood. In a smart move he, who played the vampire
Edward, also did more sophisticated movies like Remember Me & Water
For Elephants. Now in Anton Corbijn's LIFE he plays one of the lead roles.
The movie tells the story of the relationship between James Dean and
Dennis Stock. At the end of those intense days were the legendary LIFE
pictures that contributed to James Dean's status of an icon. In the
interview Robert Pattinson reflects on photographers and how he deals
with the hype around him, with a strong cup of coffee filled with huge
amounts of honey...
A strange mix you are drinking there....
I really like it! The spoon has to stand upright in the cup, then it's
just right. Until earlier I thought drinking coffee with honey is
healthier and then someone told me that honey is as harmful as white
sugar and you also kill bees with it. Now I have a guilty conscience.
You are often photographed by other people in your private life. Did you switch sides for your role in LIFE?
Dennis Stock hated being called a paparazzi. For him what he did was
art and he worked very hard for it to be seen as art. For me he was a
man that wanted to break through with his art and that art was
photography. It was only during the shoot that I realized this was a
movie about a photographer for Anton Corbijn, because he is a
Today it would be impossible to just walk up to a movie star like Stock did and ask him if he wants to be photographed...
Nobody asks you anymore, people just pull out their phones. In all
seriousness though: back then you had to be a total pro in order to get
good pictures and then you had to work to get them printed and
distributed. The general atmosphere was very different back then: the
people worshiped film stars and wanted to celebrate them. They loved
looking at nice pictures in magazines. Today there is such an
over-saturation of pictures and because of that the pictures have to
become more and more extreme in order for people to look at them. A
beautiful picture of a celebrity doesn't do it anymore, one has at least
look drunk in it.
How do you deal with that?
stressful for me, but it also depends on the overall mood. If you are in
a good mood you don't really mind, but if you are in a bad mood it
affects you more than it should. You run the risk of circling around
yourself. You start to think, "How will I look in the next picture?",
even when no one is taking a picture. It drives you crazy sometimes.
Fortunately it has gotten a lot calmer for me.
That might be because of your beard...
Definitely (laughs) as a disguise it works well. I sat next to a
hockey team on a flight, the beard didn't work so well then...
In the movie the Warner Studios try to create a certain image for James Dean. How about you?
It's still like that with the big movies.That's why I'm doing smaller
productions, because it's a lot less pressure on the director and
everyone who works on the movie. Everybody can be themselves and don't
have to change. The hierarchy is rather straight and you can be sure
that the final movie is the exact vision of the director.
Do you need to work or do you have enough money to retire?
Definitely not enough. But you don't become an actor to get rich.
Hmmm I'm not so sure about that myself (laughs). During the Twilight
movies I was doing other movies in between, because every time a new
Twilight movie came out, it was like someone pushed the reset button. If
you get famous as quickly as I did, your personal growth stops
suddenly.I stopped growing at 22 back then and I was in shock for four
years. It's different now. My personal and professional development path
is slowly emerging. That makes me happy.
Would you wish your career start on younger colleagues?
Yes of course, it was amazing, but a little demanding psychologically.
It only becomes clear much later though.My advice would probably be:
take good care of your mental health.