Robert Pattinson was born on May 13, 1986, in London, England. His mother worked for a modelling agency, and his father imported vintage1 cars from the U.S.
As a child, the Hollywood heartthrob2 was quite the troublemaker3, getting expelled4 from school at the age of 12, stating once in an interview that he was “quite bad.” At that time, he began his modelling career, but it wound down only four years later. At the age of 15, he discovered his talent for acting after joining the Barnes Theatre Company in London, where he landed5 roles in amateur plays.
A passion for theatre is not what led Robert to take up acting as a hobby. R Pattz, as his fans call him, explained in an interview, “I started doing plays when I was about 15 or 16. I only did it because my dad saw a bunch6 of pretty girls in a restaurant and he asked them where they came from and they said drama group7. He said ‘Son, that is where you need to go.’”
From that point on, Robert focused most of his energy into his new found passion8, taking on9 a few small movie roles. He had supporting roles in the made for television film Ring of the Nibelungs in 2004 and in Vanity Fair, although his scenes in the latter10 were deleted11, and only appear on the DVD version.
But it wasn’t until he met Mike Newell, the director of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) that he really caught his big break12. A week after their introduction13, Robert was offered the role of Cedric Diggory, which he reprised14 in the next instalment15 of Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007). Consequently16, he was named British Star of Tomorrow by Times Online. He also has more than once been touted17 as the next Jude Law.
Robert basked18 for a bit in the glow19 of the fame that came from his role in the two Harry Potter films, explaining his initial reaction in an interview: “Someone asked for my autograph the other day which is quite cool. But, I don’t know. I hope Pottermania doesn’t make me not come out of my house, because I barely20 come out of my house as it is21!”
Little did he know22 he was about to land the role of Edward Cullen in the highly anticipated23 flick24, Twilight (2008), based on Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling novel of the same name. The role has launched25 him from small-scale26 celebrity to full-blown27 Hollywood A-lister28 before the film has even hit theatres! He is set to reprise his role as Edward Cullen in the Twilight sequel, New Moon. He also had a lead role in a British comedy How To Be.
Robert Pattinson, who now has a massive female (and male) following29, has no where to go but up. His other upcoming30 film, Little Ashes, in which he’ll be playing artist Salvador Dali, is scheduled to be released in the UK in 2009. It has already been receiving rave31 reviews from those who have been lucky enough to take in32 a screening33.
Now Robert is just living his life, trying to stay true to the person he was before being slapped34 with the label of Hollywood heartthrob. Always the music enthusiast and skilled pianist/guitarist, Robert is continuing to perform his music, and has even contributed35 an original track to Twilight’s musical score36.
Sources: http://www.celebuzz.com; http://en.wikipedia.org
1 vintage – старинный
2 heartthrob – сердцеед
3 troublemaker – нарушитель порядка
4 to expel – исключать
5 to land – (зд.) получать (роль)
6 bunch – (разг.) группа, компания
7 drama group – театральная студия
8 passion – страсть
9 to take on – браться за
10 the latter – последний (из двух)
11 to delete – удалять
12 break – (зд.) прорыв
13 introduction – первое знакомство
14 to reprise – повторять
15 installment – часть
16 consequently – вследствие
17 to tout – расхваливать
18 to bask – греться, наслаждаться
19 glow – сияние, блеск
20 barely – едва
21 as it is – и так
22 Little did he know – он и не подозревал
23 anticipated – предвкушаемый
24 flick – (разг.) кино
25 to launch – запускать
26 small-scale – мелкомасштабный
27 full-blown – полноценный
28 A-lister – звезда первой величины
29 following – поклонники
30 upcoming – вскоре выходящий
31 rave – восторженный
32 to take in – (зд.) смотреть
33 screening – показ фильма
34 to slap – шлёпать
35 to contribute – вносить вклад
36 score – саундтрек
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