Robert Pattinson Talks Weddings, Music and Boo Boos
Kidzworld asks the Breaking Dawn star about future wedding plans, his music and more!
We’re with Rob in Beverly Hills and he’s very candid about his end-of-saga feelings, including what a bummer it has been for Edward to be stuck as a teen for over a century (and you thought you had it bad as a tween or young teen!). Check it out!
Kidzworld: How did you feel about being immortalized with your hand/foot prints at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre the other day? And can you remember you first experience here in Hollywood and what it was like for you?
- Rob: The first few times I came to LA, I stayed at the Magic Castle [magic club and hotel] when I was like, 17. I used to walk down there all the time and I had no idea that Hollywood Blvd. would look the way that it does. I was totally unemployable. [Putting my footprints in cement there] wasn’t even in the realm of anything or any understanding. And it still isn’t. I don’t really feel like I’ve even done it [he laughs]. There’s just this wave that happened and I’m just on it.
- It’s difficult. I feel like I’m going to feel the personal connection like twenty years from now. I was kind of embarrassed when I did it [placed his hand and footprints at the Chinese Theater] because I messed it up and I stood on my own handprints! The one hand print which I messed up. It’s incredible, it represents something amazing. It’s totally ridiculous. I don’t even know how to feel about it. It’s mind blowing.
Kidzworld: Let’s talk your own personal journey. What has playing Edward all these years done for you?
- Rob: I guess just presented a whole variety of obstacles in terms of growing and figuring out who you want to be. It’s like having a very complicated maze to go through and you’re also being propelled by some kind of jet as well... [Laughs] while trying to think about how to go through a maze at the same time. And I still feel like it hasn’t really slowed down. I’m still trying to figure out where I’m at. But it’s been fun! It’s totally bizarre to me. I didn’t even know if I was going to continue acting before this happened. I have a much more of a drive and passion for it than I ever did before.
Kidzworld: And Edward’s journey? How did you approach playing a young man stuck as a teen for eternity?
- Rob: I think, in the broadest terms of Edward’s journey, right from the beginning, I just ignored that he was a vampire; basically I ignored the fact that he was 108 except for metaphorical purposes, and you’re left with a kind of troubled teenager which is a really simple story of him getting content with himself. And he gets content by finding a woman and having a child which is like, I guess is how a lot of troubled guys kind of balance themselves out. At least that’s the hope anyway.
Kidzworld: Bill Condon [director] mentioned this idea of the self-loathing that you told him you’ve been playing for the first three movies and that it is now presented more as an element in the plot in this film with a bit of backstory.
- Rob: Yeah, I always thought that would be the key ingredient to Edward’s character. He’s a 108 year old guy who’s never achieved anything he’s wanted to achieve. He’s been stuck in adolescence. When you’re in adolescence, nothing is given to you. You think everything is unfair and he’s been living like that for a hundred years. You’d eventually get to the point of desperation. It’s very difficult to portray that and portray a love story at the same time unless you want to make a very different movie.\
So I was trying to push for that angle at the same time. And it’s funny because Bill was the first person to say that I want to put this at the forefront because Breaking Dawn is the happiest Edward’s been in the whole series [he laughs]. We did a couple of flashback scenes which kind of reflects his anger when he first turns into a vampire. (Edward leaves the Cullens to try to live on human blood for a time and hates himself for it.)
Kidzworld: The music is so important to these movies. What’s on your iPod right now?
- Rob: There’s this band called El Pato, like this 70’s band which I really like and a pianist called Ahmad Jamal and Katy Perry.
Kidzworld: What’s going on with your music? Are you recording anything?
- Rob: I record stuff a lot. There is something about making movies, I can handle the criticism because you can always blame it on someone else, there’s hundreds of people to blame it on but with music, as soon as you put something out there, you’re only putting an album out there for people to judge it. And I don’t necessarily want people to judge it. I don’t care what they say, but I also know if I put an album out, the day it comes out, I will probably be on the internet looking at what people are saying and I’ll probably shoot myself! So I don’t know if it’s worth shooting myself over [laughs].
Kidzworld: Why not bring it out under an alias?
- Rob: I kind of like the idea of that, but it’s also very embarrassing if you get caught.
Kidzworld: True. Can you talk about the scene where Kristen made a great joke running into the woods after the wedding… and the scene where the baby is born?
- Rob: She made a great joke in the woods [laughs]?
Kidzworld: Running after Taylor saying “I made a mistake, wait”.
- Rob: Oh she’s does that throughout the whole series [he laughs]. The birth scene. I read the script before I read the book which is the first time I’d done that and so I read that scene being kind of astonished. I knew [the story] was kind of crazy but I couldn’t believe it that it was actually written down. It was terrifying going into it. It was one of the most incredible scenes to do in this movie. There’s definitely an NC17 rated version of a few scenes in this movie. But it was just incredible to shoot.
- Because of the violence in it gave you freedom in the scene and having every character so desperate. Suddenly it became something very different especially for Edward who has always held back and is a pacifist, and is very objective and logical about everything to do this scene where he’s stuck between emaciated dummies’ legs chewing through a placenta and getting cream cheese all over your face and strawberry jam and pulling out a three week old baby… with a wig on. [Laughs].
Kidzworld: What was playing your last moment as Edward like for you?
- Rob: At the very last moment I was in St. Thomas in the Caribbean on the beach. I think the last scene with everyone was kind of horrible, because it was freezing cold, it was after two weeks of night shoots and everyone just kind of scarpered off afterwards.. “Alright, that’s the end of Twilight.”
It was five in the morning, it was freezing cold and pouring with rain. At least it was kind of symbolic of how a lot of the movies are shot. It’s freezing cold and pouring with rain all the time. It doesn’t really feel like the end of it yet. Also because the press tour has become so huge, it really feels like part of the process of making the movies. And so until the last one is released I don’t really feel like I finalized anything.
Kidzworld: In the wedding scene, Edward had mixed feelings; he was super nervous and super happy. Have you had similar experiences in real life?
- Rob: Yeah. A lot. I think whenever you are genuinely happy you’re also out of control, so you’re always a little bit nervous. I think that’s the perfect level of happiness is when you’re kind of terrified at the same time. I have felt that many, many times. I had it walking around in Paris the other day.
Kidzworld: Edward has the elaborate wedding. Would want to have an elaborate wedding in your own life?
- Rob: It does seem like a bit of a hassle. I was in an interview with Kristen and she got all annoyed with me for saying the groom’s role in a wedding is basically just as a prop. Even playing the part, it’s such a clear indication of whose day it is when you’re standing at one end of the aisle and the entire congregation is looking at the girl walking up the aisle and you’re in the same suit as every other guy just waiting there, and she’s in her princess dress. Any guy who tries to get involved in organizing a wedding, or even has an opinion of what the wedding should be, they’re kind of ridiculous. It’s whatever your wife decides to do with it.
Kidzworld: If your wife-to-be wanted it, would you do a fancy one?
- Rob: I really don’t mind. I just don’t want to have to wear a silly outfit. That’s the only thing you have to think about.
By: Lynn Barker