Robert Pattinson has joked that he has “body dysmorphia”.
The British star shot into the limelight thanks to his role as Edward Cullen in vampire franchise Twilight. It has made him one of the most recognizable faces on the planet, something which has had a drastic effect on his confidence.
“I don’t know [if I'm a leading man]. Maybe I have body dysmorphia,” he told the October edition of UK magazine InStyle, which asked if he thinks he’s good looking. “It depends, sometimes. But I’m weird about my looks. Once you get photographed a lot it changes you. I remember when I did the first Twilight I didn’t care how I looked – there was less pressure. I was like, ‘I’m cool as sh*t!’”
Although he is now a seasoned professional at red carpet appearances, anxiety can still get the better of the 27-year-old actor. Those who know Robert well are firmly aware he has insecurities, as he joked his pals always have to wait for him to have his “panic attack” before he goes out.
“Every time I appear somewhere, I think, ‘I don’t know how many more times I can do this,’” he admitted. “Dressing up to go somewhere and be looked at, I get so nervous. Up until the second I have to leave, I’ll get changed a million times. Literally just before I go I look in the mirror and think, ‘You look like sh*t.’ I start to worry about wrinkles.”
The notoriously private actor admits the popularity aspect of being an actor is also new to him, as even in his school days he wasn’t part of the in group.
“In my school if you wanted to be in the cool crowd you had to go round and jack people’s phones, so I wasn’t part of that set,” he explained.
“My little group of friends – who are actually still my little group of friends – never got invited to the cool parties, and if we did, we just stood in the corner on our own.”
Maybe this has helped him stay grounded in an industry that can breed entitlement. Robert doesn’t want to be the star who is known for bossing about other people.
Acting is his profession, but he doesn’t laud his celebrity status over those around him.
“It’s so easy to go down that road and be a total d**khead,” he said. “I actually find it difficult to ask people to do things for me.
“I guess maybe I’m too sensitive, I don’t want people not to like me.”
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