Twilight star Robert Pattinson has been relaxing and laying low in his hometown of London since the Christmas holidays, but he'll soon start working at a furious pace.
In March, Rob, 22, will begin shooting New Moon, the sequel to Twilight. New Moon will be shot back-to-back with Eclipse, the third installment in the best-selling Twilight book series.
While Pattinson enjoys playing music and hanging out with friends, work dominates his life right now. "I have very little life outside of my job," says Rob, whose self-professed first love is music. But despite his astonishing popularity as a Hollywood It Guy now, the handsome 6'1" Brit says he kind of fell into acting.
Before he landed the part of the alluring vampire Edward Cullen, Rob was bumming around in England. "I was living in London and I was a bit jaded with acting," he says. "I was doing music; I wasn’t even really thinking about acting."
But Pattinson's American agent called him and insisted he fly to L.A. to attend a casting call for Twilight. "I really didn’t expect to get it," he recalls. "I didn’t know how big it was, either. Now it has ended up being this huge thing, so it was just a complete fluke, I guess."
Interestingly, the modest Brit says his early ambitions didn't involve acting at all. But that changed when he became infatuated with a girl who was into drama classes.
"I wasn’t an 'actor-y' kid or anything," he recounts. "I didn’t do drama in school. I went this drama club when I was about 15 or 16 specifically because a girl, who I really liked, went there. I worked backstage. I never had any intention to do it, and then they did [the musical] Guys and Dolls."
Rob inexplicably became obsessed with landing the lead part in Guys and Dolls. "I really wanted to play the Nathan Detroit part so much – just completely out of the blue," says Rob. "I had never sung in public. I just suddenly got obsessed with it. I did the audition and didn’t get it. I played the Cuban dancer instead."
Then, the 6'1" heartthrob was handed a lead part on the next play. "The next production was Thornton Wilder’s Our Town," he recalls. "I was the only one tall enough to play the lead. There was an agent in the audience. I got this agent, and started getting jobs."
But as more job offers came in, Pattinson says he was torn between continuing his education and acting. "I was always intending to go to university," he says. "But Harry Potter [came along in 2005]. I just fell into acting, and then after I’d finished that movie, I was like, 'Oh well, I guess I’m an actor now.' "
Rob can be seen next on the big screen in the indie flick Little Ashes, where he plays the eccentric Spanish painter Salvador Dali. Little Ashes opens March 27, while New Moon comes out in theaters Nov. 20.