Roundtable With Robert
Star of "Twilight"
Dallas , Texas , November 11, 2008
How did this role come about for you?
Pretty much in the conventional way: I auditioned, I liked the people
involved, I got the part.
I didn't have
any idea at the time what a phenomenon this was. If I did, I wouldn't
have been able to do it.
Within a week
after it was announced, there was a petition to the production company,
signed by 75,000 people on the Internet, asking that I not be given the role
of Edward Cullen.
I'd played in a Viking movie when I was 17 (four years before), and some of
these people were apparently basing their judgment of me on that
performance. But the whole thing was crazy. 75,000 people!
So that was the start of it.
Some of your public appearances seem to have gotten out of hand. Has
that felt weird to you?
Yeah, Mexico City was the craziest one. There was literally, like, a
riot. We couldn't get out. There were people on top of the car
and stuff. And we had like 1,000 people running after us, and then we
had to stop and pay for the parking! (laughs) And it's also
embarrassing with all the security, considering most of it is teenage girls.
Well, I guess they are kind of unpredictable.....but, it keeps you kind of
grounded to know that you're being idolized for the part, and it's not
really about me. It's not annoying right now---next year it may be.
But I know I can't play 17 forever, either.
How do you not get pigeonholed as a teen idol?
not doing everything the production companies tell you to do about
publicity. I'm not worried about being politically correct, and I
didn't take the part for the money. And I had no idea I'd be famous
afterwards. I guess the key is staying honest. Anyway, I'm aging
so rapidly now I don't think I'll have to worry about being a teen idol for
much longer. Last year at this time I didn't have a job at all.
The last movie you did was about Salvadore Dali. How much of a change
of pace was this?
Yeah, well, that was such a low-budget operation. It was the first
time I'd really obsessed over a part. It taught me to build a
character differently than just with the script. A lot of the cast and
crew were Spanish-speaking, and I don't speak Spanish, so I just turned into
my acting, and I brought that work ethic with me to this film. I was
in Oregon for 2 1/2 months by myself before the crew even arrived, just
working on the part. With the Dali movie, there was no money, so it
was hectic that way, because you had to get stuff done. For this film,
it was hectic because they knew they were setting up a franchise.
How does it feel to have your picture on posters and t-shirts and lunch
look at those pictures, and I don't feel like it's me. I don't connect
What was it like working with (Director) Catherine
Yeah, I thought at first it was going to be like her other films:
gritty, real, you know, hand-held (camera), independent-type movie. I
was surprised when it wasn't that. It was a lot of stunts and stuff.
It's a lot more smooth and glossy than her other films. But I think
she was good for me and Kristen (Stewart) finding our absolute darkest side
for this. And Catherine has such an un-cynical, un-ironic view of
perfect love. It was good. She'd say, "It does exist.
It does exist." And we'd go, "All right."
Have you been able to see the whole film with an audience?
never watch my own films. Ever. The last one was "Harry
Potter", and that was because I was trapped in the theater, there
wasn't an exit door.
What about a sequel?
guess they'd have to shoot it in the same time period, because of the
weather (cloudy all the time, no sunlight). February. So they
have to decide if they're going to do it like the day after this one's
Dr. Ronald P. Salfen,
Pastor, Grace Presbyterian
Church, Greenville ,