Happy Birthday Robert Pattinson! How the 'Twilight' Star Shot to Fame

May 13, 2011 By:
Happy Birthday Robert Pattinson! How the 'Twilight' Star Shot to Fame
Robert Pattinson was born in London where he started his career modeling. At the age of twelve, Robert was pretty successful, lending his success to the fact that he looked feminine and “it was during that period where the androgynous look was cool.”

When he started to grow up, Pattison got less modeling gigs.

“I became too much of a guy, so I never got any more jobs. I had the most unsuccessful modeling career,” Pattison said.

Good thing he had a backup. Pattison was involved in the Barnes Theatre Company in London. He had a few theatre gigs: Guys and Dolls, Our Town, and Macbeth.

In May of 2005, Pattinson nabbed a role in The Woman Before at the Royal Court Theatre, but he was fired right before opening night.

But not long after, Robert landed a huge break: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. He played Cedric Diggory, and that role nabbed him “British Star of Tomorrow” by The Times.

Only a couple of years later, when he auditioned for the role of Edward Cullen, Pattison was nervous he wouldn’t get the part. So nervous, in fact, he claims to have popped a valium before the audition.

“A quarter. A quarter of a Valium. I tried to do it for another audition, and it just completely backfired — I was passing out,” Pattinson said. Not the best way to prepare for a job interview, but it seemed to work for him.

After reprising his role in the next Twilight films, the actor caught on. He signed on for a few more movies, including Water for Elephants with A-Lister Reese Witherspoon. He also presented at the 81st Academy Awards.

But he’s got more than acting chops, he’s also a musician. Pattinson plays guitar and piano, as well as composes his own music. He actually sings two songs on the Twilight soundtrack.

Pattinson has been named one of the “Sexiest Men Alive” a few times, by both People and Glamour.

He’s definitely hit Hollywood hard, and to celebrate his 25th birthday, we’re going to lay off the Twilight teasing. Just for today, though.