The actor, who shot to fame as Edward Cullen in the film adaptation, didn’t realise what he was signing himself up for when he auditioned for his role.
“It’s strange because even though the figures show that the books were successful and sold millions of copies, you couldn’t even buy them in London.
“I tried a couple of bookshops and they weren’t available. Hardly anyone I knew had read them apart from one girl, a friend of my sister. I had no idea at all.
“I’d seen Kristen Stewart in Into the Wild and some of the director Catherine Hardwicke’s other films, and that’s all I thought it was, something really small.”
And despite becoming a global superstar almost overnight, Robert says he’s anything but an “attention-seeker”.
He told AnOther Man
“I don’t want to be an actor for the sake of it. I don’t find any particular pleasure in being an attention-seeker.”