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Robert Pattinson’s career-saver; Zac Efron’s dating tips
How Dalí saved Pattinson from twilight of his career
If it wasn’t for the old Spanish guy with the weird moustache, we might never have seen Robert Pattinson’s forever young vampire with the dreamy messed-up hair.
Pattinson was about to give up acting a few years ago and become a professional musician, something he’d wanted to do since his London childhood. But what he expected would be his last movie job, the independent film Little Ashes about the relationship among Spanish artist Salvador Dalí, playwright Federico García Lorca and filmmaker Luis Buñuel, taught him that acting wasn’t just a job, but a great way to express himself.
His creative faith renewed, Pattinson went on from Little Ashes, which is finally getting a limited release in Toronto on May 8th, to steal millions of hearts as Twilight’s Edward Cullen.
“All the movies I’d wanted to do either didn’t get made or, if they did get made, wouldn’t get released,” says Pattinson, whose biggest pre-Twilight gig was playing Cedric Diggory in a couple of Harry Potter movies. “So I’d lost interest in getting other stuff — and I wasn’t getting it, either, so I needed money somehow.
“But then I got the Dalí role and my whole brain changed! Until that time, I’d just turned up and messed about at acting jobs, not taking them very seriously. But the whole time I was shooting Little Ashes, I couldn’t socialize with anyone — the whole crew spoke Spanish and I didn’t — and so I really researched the character and analyzed the script differently. That’s when I realized how far you can go.
“It’s so satisfying when you completely commit to something,” Pattinson says. “I’d never done it before! It was one of the most stressful and hard things that I’d ever done, but one of the only jobs I actually had an element of satisfaction after because I really felt I’d changed myself. And I went into Twilight thinking the same thing. I put something like three months of prep into it.”
As anyone who’s swooned over Pattinson’s intense, conflicted Edward can tell you, it shows.
How She Spent Her Summer Vacation
Three guesses how 16-year-old starlet AnnaSophia Robb spent last
summer. Nope, not on the beach. Not at the mall. And not on some movie
set. In fact, her latest flick, this month’s sci-fi Race to Witch Mountain, had already finished filming by then.
Robb spent last summer visiting India’s poorest and most neglected
people, the Dalit. You can read all about it on her official website
Annasophiarobb.com where she posted a 4,000-word essay called “How I
Spent My Summer Vacation” (annasophiarobb.com).
Robb writes, “I said goodbye to a skinny boy I had made friendship
bracelets with [that] morning and asked how old he was. I was shocked
when he said he was almost fourteen. We were practically the same age,
but he was so malnourished that he was barely the size of my
Zac Efron’s Dating Tips.
Zac Efron may be all cuddly-cuddly with Vanessa Hudgens, but that doesn’t mean the star of the High School Musical movies, and next month’s time-travel comedy 17 Again, is barred from talking about what he finds attractive in a woman. While chatting about the upcoming 17 Again, the 21-year-old star explained how a girl could catch his eye.
“Don’t ever try to impress,” he told Famous. “Remember first and foremost, always, always be yourself, and never try and put on a show. I’ve always enjoyed a girl who is genuine about her personality.” There ya go, good advice from the planet’s hottest dude.