Robert in Mexico’s Seventeen Mag

Here’s an interview Robert did for the March issue of Mexico’s Seventeen Magazine:

Where you intrigued by vampires?
Not really. I think it’s weird the obsession some people have with them. I only read Dracula when I was filming the movie.

How do you feel about having so many girls following you around?
It’s scary because it’s something that it hadn’t happened to me before. Twilight fans are very loyal to the book and to Stephenie Meyer. I had a 100% negative reaction from fans when I got the role of Edward.

Why?
For everything. Edward is some sort of perfect creature, the ideal guy. And fans wanted a guy like Leonardo DiCaprio, but Edward is supposed to be 17. When I met Stephenie Meyer, she approved me for the character and literally the next day all the fans changed their minds and accepted me.

It must be hard trying to be so perfect.
It is. First I read the book and I thought there was no way that I could play and create all those perfect descriptions of Edward. Nobody in the world could have brought to life someone so awesome. Then I read the script and auditioned with Kristen, and she acted in a very unexpected way. She gave strength to Bella so that made Edward’s character a little bit more weak, and I took it from there. He, being some kind of demon, is completely taken with her. She dominates him. How do you feel about being in such a blockbuster hit like Harry Potter and now in Twilight?
To be honest, I never thought of this when I got the role. Harry Potter was my first chance of reaching an audience and now this movie has become very successful too. It was very unexpected.

Have you been harder on yourself, since you’re playing such a perfect character?
Not really. I didn’ try to be perfect, I based him off on celebrities like James Dean, people with an endless charm. In this movie he’s very chivalrous, but I tried to make him sexier in the movie. I used the fact that I’m a vampire, I want people to think I’m mysterious and dangerous at the same time.

Do you think you’ve become a paparazzi target?
Yes, literally. It’s so weird.

So they recognize you more now?
Yes, I don’t know if it’s because I have this annoying hair. Actually I need to cut my hair, everybody knows who I am based on my hair, but they don’t even know my name.

Do you have your hair that long for a reason?
We’re shooting New Moon soon. I’d love to get a buzz cut but I’m not sure. Plus, if I audition for something there will be people wanting to see some longer hair.

How did you get into acting?
I’ve never went to acting school. One day my dad was at a restaurant and he saw a bunch of pretty girls, so he asked them where were they going to and they said Theater club, so my dad told me I had to go there. It was so embarrassing.

How did you get to Hollywood?
I looked for a manager after Harry Potter. Last year I was in a movie in which I played Salvador Dalí and I took it very seriously. When I came back to London I wanted to do something else, I auditioned and three days later I was hired for Twilight.

What were your dreams before you got into acting?
I wanted to be a pianist and play in London pubs.

There’s a song by you in the soundtrack, are you planning on releasing an album?
I’m not releasing an album, that would be too much!

Is there an actor that you look up to?
I’ve always been obsessed with Jack Nicholson. But I prefer 70’s movies and I like James Dean’s style, he’s amazing.

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