March 1st, 2010
12:29 PM ET

My eight minutes with Robert Pattinson

I just recently became a tweeter on Twitter. After walking out of a screening of the new Robert Pattinson film "Remember Me," I tweeted just that. Suddenly my blackberry went into overdrive, and all incoming messages were from new Twitter followers. But really, they were all Robert Pattinson followers. I had no idea just how strong the power of Pattinson was until I witnessed it first hand.

Yesterday I interviewed R. Patz (as his fans affectionately call him) at the Regency Hotel here in New York. He was wearing an army-green jacket, a plain white-T and jeans. What really stood out was his hair. It was sticking straight up on top. It seemed to me that he was unlike most actors with preening stylists in tow. I liked that.

They held me right before it was my turn to go into his room. I could overhear one of the girls on headset saying, "Where are Robert’s lattes? It’s been a while." Soon a tray came up to the room with two metal pitchers.

When I walked into to the room they announced my name and that I was with CNN. Pattinson stood up to shake my hand. This rarely happens at press junkets. Journalists are ushered in and out interview rooms like a revolving door - no one gets up.

I thought Robert looked a little pale, perhaps that’s what was making his green eyes seem so green. He was easy to talk to and relaxed, although through most of the interview his hands were moving. At times they were in his hair - now I understood why it was standing up seemingly on its own. He might have seemed a little sloppy, with his unruly hair and his slouchy T-shirt, but perhaps that is what made him more endearing.

I asked him how he was doing. He didn’t complain; he motioned to the small table nearby which now had his coffee.

He asked me if I was based in New York. I told him that I was.

"That’s cool," he said. "How have you been finding the snow?" he asked in his soft-spoken English accent.

“It’s been okay, manageable.” I answered. I think he started to say "Can’t deal with it," when suddenly we heard someone yell “SPEED."

We both laughed - it was time to start the interview. No time for small talk, there was a cattle drive outside of journalists waiting for their handful of minutes with him.

I asked Pattinson about the film and if he thought it was about love and the fragility of life.

“Sometimes people come into your life like at the right time and you know they achieve, there’s like a purpose they're destined to achieve something. But I don’t know if it’s necessarily about love but it does fix something in either one of them."

"Remember Me" doesn’t have a typical Hollywood ending, and what happens has been leaked on the Internet. I asked him about the way the film ends.

"It’s strange as well as being a sort of tragedy cause also it’s very weirdly uplifting movie as well for a kind of tragic thing."

"What do you do now to have a private life?" I asked. "There is such a spotlight on you now, where do you go to get away from it?"

Pattinson leaned over to take a sip of his coffee. “There are so many places, I mean you have to be asking for it to cause problems for yourself."

He said, "I’ve been shooting in London and it’s the absolute opposite of this. There’s no one around, I mean ever. There’s huge demographics of people who’ve never seen or heard of 'Twilight’ and it’s quite easy to find little pockets where you can like disappear."

"Do you feel like you’re handling it well?" I asked.

"I don’t know yet," Pattinson said with a light laugh. "I’m kind of just working the whole time, so hopefully I’ll just side-step around everything."

It may be difficult for Pattinson to side-step around everything, when he’s at the center of it all.


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  1. Kathy

    I'm not easily imsprseed. . . but that's impressing me! :)

    August 2, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
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    April 12, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Str8 Outta Tx

    i'm a 19 year old male from Texas, and as strange as it may seem, i like the twilight saga. the books were among my all time favorite, but i find myself wanting more from the movies. if the script is anywhere near the books for either eclipse or breaking dawn, they are going to be off the chain.as far as robert pattinson or w/e his name is goes,i think he has talent, and obviously his female audience likes him.i'm trying really hard not to hate on him for taking all the good women.
    lol:D

    March 4, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. Ashley Walker

    cute

    March 4, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ashley Walker

    I think Robert is very low key on everything. Right now his just getting used to his adoring fans. His not a materialistic guy. If i had a chance he would be my next boyfriend or husband! LOL But i hope he make it through "dirty" Hollywood.

    March 4, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  6. renee

    Nice interview. Thank You. I think this young man is doing a great job of keeping it real. I would have to say he is a refreshing human being in the Hollywood line up. He has done a fantastic job with the character Edward and giving him life on the big screen. I look forward to this new movie character and future projects. I hope he doesn't get too burnt out with all this interview stuff but I guess it comes with the job and the money. Good luck to him and his family.

    March 2, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kace

    THANK YOU to all the people who posted these comments they are HILAROUS and i cannot stop laughing it's amazing what tecnology can do.

    March 2, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Emily

    These comments are a bit ridiculous. The interviewer seems to have had fun interviewing him and he answered thoughtfully like he always does. Bathing is a personal thing. Unfortunately, I don't get to smell him so it doesn't really matter. right now I smell like children's medicine and darjeeling tea, which I'm sure doesn't matter to HIM.

    March 2, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  9. Ebony

    Get a life and stop worrying about Edward i am sure that the MAJORITY of people who say he does'nt bathe don't bathe either. The guy is an adorable british guy who is making money so go make some yourself!!!!!!!!

    March 2, 2010 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. Betsy

    God sake, if he bothers you all that much don't watch him or read about him, all you're doing is making yourselves sound petty and childish. He's a good actor as far as I am concerned and his music is pretty damn good as well

    March 2, 2010 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. momfan

    Why knock someone because he is being himself? He is genuine and real...so down to earth and NOT PHONY! I look forward to his interviews because he is endearing. Alittle nervous and not sure what to say (because he has to answer the same boring questions a million times) but so sweet and friendly. GodBless RP.
    If you don't 'get' the movie-read the book, the character Edward makes you fall in love with him.

    March 2, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  12. citizenUSA

    I can't believe he was interviewed by someone with a vagina!

    March 2, 2010 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  13. Marie

    People are drawn to him because Hollywood has proved that if you stick someone in the movies and say they are beautiful all the sudden they are. Robert has said that he doesn't understand what the hype is and so yes he is laughing his stinky butt all the way to the bank.

    Not to mention they love "Edward" not Robert! And he isn't an "average Joe", he has is demands, and millions of dollars to prove other wise.

    March 2, 2010 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
  14. me.....

    Every one has a right to there own opinion. If you don't like hearing about Robert Pattinson then don't read about him change the channel when he comes on the tv and don't post comments on someone your tierd of hearing of problem solved. To people who talk crap it's because they have issuses of there own. I am a fan.... I don't fell like an idiot for buying things I like its my money. For me decent means t-shirt jeans and comfortable shoes as long as all that needs to be covered is. Then there's the type of person you are for me Robert is a desent guy. His an actor that puts him in the spot light. It's his job almost everyone has a job but there not all the same his comes with fame and other thing that some envy . But on a personal level no one wants there privite life all out there for every one to know . Even actors should be able to keep those kind of things to them selves if they choose to. Only because were fans doesn't mean we need to know every thing. Just enjoy the work they do and if you don't like it don't see it. Stop being so judgemental. The Twilight books are good thank you Stephanie Meyer for having that great dream of a medow. That dream gave us a human named Bella a vampire named Eward a wolf named Jacob mix them together and what do you have? A wonderful world of books that takes you to forks where it all begins. Read the books to know the rest and to top it off see the movies so you can put faces on your characters. Robert not only gives Edward a face and brings him to life. Also to Tyler in "Remember me" he is a young man that goes through a lot of grief. Meets a girl falls in love though plenty of heartships. Trys to live his life to the fullest. Because you never know what can happen tomorrow... I can't wait to see him in Bel Ami I admire his work. He sings very nice to "Let me sigh" is my personl favorite his voice is unique like him. Stop hating like it or leave it!!!!

    March 2, 2010 at 7:18 am | Report abuse |
  15. lchanford

    Why oh why do people think this guy is good looking? He looks like John Kerry, Mr. Frankenstein. Just to look at him I can smell him. What a duch bag.

    March 2, 2010 at 5:45 am | Report abuse |
  16. Tracy Cowan

    well-he is cute as all get out and a pretty good actor. Style is individual and what you create for yourself- even if you dont wanna style or think you have one – that is your style! haha ya gotta love that!

    March 2, 2010 at 5:39 am | Report abuse |
  17. Penny

    Robert, you are very talented and you are beautiful and you have the most amazing and beautiful eyes. I get sucked right in when I am watching Twilight and while I watched New Moon at the theatre. I am a huge fan of yours and I cannot wait to see Remember Me and I look forward to seeing you in many other films!!!!! Do not let anyone's negative remarks affect you. You are not only beautiful on the outside but on the inside as well and that is what counts! Those who are your true fans see it! Just so you know, all the girls at my work are Twilight fanatics including myself and we usually take up about 17 seats at the midnight premiere's! My boss and a friend of our's went to Forks! They had a blast and we were all jealous lol! I had them bring some stuff back and they got some great pics..... I hope somehow you get to read this!!!! Love ya bunches!!!!!! Twilight mom in Northwest Indiana

    March 2, 2010 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
  18. Jen

    I don't understand the big deal with this guy! I wish people would stop talking about him! The Twilight books were good, but the movies were horrible.

    March 1, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Christal Wiliiams

    People like him and are drawn to him because he is just a regular Joe...Hollywood hasn't gone to his head...As for Twight anyone who has read the books and or seen two of the four in the Saga know why people of all ages love the movies...It is the story of undying love and unselfless love...I commend the writer Stephanie Meyer for even though Bella and Edward are in love, sex never happens until the are married..Its a love story with morals..Imagine that people!!! So, next time you dish on someone who has a few quirks and on a movie that you don't understand why your child likes, perhaps you should take the time to see the movie,read the book, and think of someone's feelings before you comment on there hygeiene and them just being that average Joe....

    March 1, 2010 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Nameless Face

    The author of the piece kept commenting on Robert's appearance because of how genuinely raw he was during the interview – no smoke and mirrors glamour that most Hollywood A-Listers maintain. I think it is refreshing to see a young star comfortable with their-self and who did not focus on vanity and perfection but on their craft.

    March 1, 2010 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Simple girl

    Sometimes looks can be deceiving, we cannot judge the person based only on their appearance. What's more important is the persons' character and attitude. And I think Robert is the type of guy who doesnt care about what he looks on or off cam. Inspite of that, i think he's still the type of guy who's simple and very down-to-earth.
    (Just wondering... does the smell of Roberts' breath the same as Edward? Which is sweet smelling and addictive to Bella?) =)

    March 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Sevie Niccole

    I find Robert Pattison truly intoxicating. Need I say more....

    March 1, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  23. mushymushroom

    I think his laid back style is cool. If people thinks he smells, well, you can only prove that when you get near him; why not ask the one who did the interview? Anyway, I appreciate the fact that he's down to earth, and I can't wait to see his guesting on Late night with Jimmy Fallon... :)

    March 1, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Denia

    it's about staying true to who you are. the "unruly" hair, "army jacket", the t-shirt – who knows, he could be wearing briefs with the day of the week on them.... Who cares? Probably too many people. But at least, he's somewhat happy, right?

    March 1, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  25. quiroz

    It's good to see that he is normal. Being him could not be easy. I think he has a very good future ahead of him. Being your self is good...

    March 1, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Bella

    I think Robert is a nice, young man.. But I like him as "Edward", i don't know why.. Maybe because of Edward's character in the story (very understanding)...however, guys like him is very hard to find nowadays..
    I haven't seen his recent movie yet.

    March 1, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Meadowlark Lemon

    No one cares about his "professional" life. We want to know who he's humping.

    March 1, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  28. lol

    I met him once and he smelled like dirty feet.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Crystal

    He is bliss, he is chocolate...so yummy and this interview makes us all want more ;)
    From all the over 30's at the DIR!!

    March 1, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Andre

    Love the heroin chic look, it says "I can look like crap and my fans are sooo stupid that they will still fall for it and claim I look wonderful". This guy is laughing at all his idiotic fans all the way to the bank. Can you imagine showing up to an interview looking like that and still keep a job where you are paid millions of dollars a year? It least other celebrities take the time to look presentable if only out of respect for their interviewer. But this guy hates the press and it shows, what a douche bag. He better cash in while he still can before people move on to the next big thing who is too cool for school and shows up to interviews looking like a drug addict.

    March 1, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Marie

    There is a difference between casual and looking like you don't bath. He has mentioned before that he's not to big on personal hygiene ssooo!

    March 1, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  32. not-just-a-dumb-twilighter

    I don't know. This guy gives me the creeps, but he does have some VERY green eyes... I'm a sucker for green eyes. :)

    He's a great actor, but not in Twilight. I wanna see Remember Me soooooo bad.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Lizzy

    Seriously if you dont like a actor then why would you spend all this time talking and reading all about them. Get a life!! I think Robert is hot and a great actor. He can make you feel the mood of the movie in his eyes. Just as if you were a part of it all.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Vince

    While I do not expect a person to be glamorous all the time, he should have presented himself better for the interview. Where have the manners gone? At least wear a decent shirt, shave and style your hair somewhat. I do not think that is too much to ask of anyone let alone someone who is in the lime light such as he.

    March 1, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  35. clarissa

    Love him. I think he just has crazy hair but i don't think he smells. Anyway, he's talented and I think he'll go far.

    Thanks for the non intrusive into his personal life interview. LOVE it :D

    March 1, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  36. end

    Great article and couldn't love him more..
    He is a refreshing things in HW

    March 1, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Aimee

    I think Rob is fantastic. Just because he wears his hair wild doesnt mean he has bad hygene. He is a wonderful actor, and seems to be overly humble considering his sudden fame. Most actors would let it go to their head, and end up dressing differently to put on heirs. He has remained himself while obviously out of his normal element.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  38. grace

    he always looks amazing, btw

    March 1, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  39. grace

    Rob is Rob ...he's always like this...he's like a normal guy ...one of us....lovely, charming and adorable

    and at the red carpet he's not the same...always wears good suits and looks amazing

    March 1, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Head Diva In Charge

    While "Remember Me" may not be my type of flick, I think R-Patz is GREAT! I do love the Twilight books (and movies) and can't wait to see what he can do in the future. As for those slamming his style, why don't you say that about Brad Pitt? He looks the same but MUCH older – people, that IS style.

    March 1, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  41. J.Crobuzon

    He's so casual he seems brain-damaged. And CNN, block that spam that starts with [...], ok? It's a bot sending traffic to its blog, not a comment.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  42. wilyfem

    LOL – his "sloppy" look IS a style! He is as much a "Hollywood preener" as any of the other one-dimensional drones that call that place home.

    March 1, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Aly

    Okay...to those of you who are nit-picking at this kid, trust me i'm no fan of twilight or anything...but the "style" today is that of being disheveled. especially with men who want their hair on end. i'm sure he does bathe, etc. put yourself on a set, how do you think you'd look? all pretty and neat? i call bs. my hair would be wild too. think about it, how irritated would you be the fact that you can't remember your lines or you're not doing something right?! my boyfriend's best friend looks more homeless than this guy, and that's because he doesn't care what YOU PEOPLE think about him, yet he does bathe and take care of himself. get a grip, people.

    Without Wax,
    Aly from OKLAHOMA!

    March 1, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  44. pipilongstocking

    Maybe his hair stands up, because there ar al lot of stylists running after him ? Hmmm, I don´t really think so, but what do we know, he
    is an actor and he is just playing with his possibilitys. I think that
    man is trying to find out where his place is, but I am shure he will find it. I think he is great and sometimes I think he is much to grown up for his age. ( how old was he again, 100 aaaaand ?). O.K. I really like him.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Sam

    How tragic for those who feel the need to sit back and make such judgmental, venemous comments towards an unassuming young man. Great article, can't wait to see the interview and very much looking forward to the movie- thank you CNN and Andrea!

    March 1, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  46. chris10101

    This was an adorable read. Makes me fall in love with him all over again. He's a wonderful actor and celebrity.

    March 1, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  47. grace

    yes, Remember me reviews are great...and everybody says it's MUST SEE movie...

    March 1, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Lana

    I love the how this young man is so different than all the other actors in Hollywood he is refreshing and honest he is not a Disney kid who think the world should adore him because he is famous.
    He is down to earth, intelligent charming and a great actor. I can't wait to see Remember Me! IRob is a talented amazing human being. I am so glad to see interviews with someone so honest and charmingly beautiful!!

    March 1, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Rick

    Just because an actor doesn't have a dozen stylists waiting to gel each strand of hair on his head, or because he wears a t-shirt instead of a suit, does not mean he has 'bad hygiene'. Pattinson seems more down to earth and realistic than most celebrities these days.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Sabs

    He is such a refreshing change to the typical perfectly spruced formulaic Hollywooders late! All power to him.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Leanne

    I find the 'drug-abusing' comment disgusting. Robert is a charming, eloquent young man who is a refreshing change in the world of celebrity. That is why people love him. The reviews he is getting for Remember Me prove he is a talented actor who should be judged on his full body of work, not just a franchise that divides opinion.

    March 1, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Carolyn

    I love that he's not a cookie cutter type, not a scrubbed Disney purity ring wearer. He's interesting and different. Thanks for the article!

    March 1, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Bri

    i think Robert's new film will be the bomb!... i absolutely loved him in twilight and new moon. i think he'll do even better when everyone isn't expecting a certain character from a most loved book.... he can treat the part the way he feels.. i think he will do fantastic!

    March 1, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  54. grace

    Rob is the most charming and lovely person i've ever known....Remember me is amazing

    March 1, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  55. robert

    I know it's a slow entainment day but what happened to stars that could act. My daughter lovers Twilight but why?

    March 1, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  56. LBW

    I don't get it either. Bad hygiene seems to be the new trend in Hollywood. Half of these kids look like they just rolled out of bed right before they went on camera.

    March 1, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  57. who cares

    Does the man never bathe, wash or comb his hair? he looks like a drug abusing homeless person.. and I work in a shelter......

    March 1, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |

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