Robert Pattinson: 'Twilight's' Rising Star

Anyone familiar with the "Twilight" film series has most certainly heard of its smoldering male lead, actor Robert Pattinson. The last few years, audiences have witnessed the transformation of Pattinson from little-known British actor into an A-list teen heartthrob and emerging force to be reckoned with in Hollywood.

"I mean, it's crazy. It's not what people tell you when people warn you of being an actor," he said recently in an interview with "Nightline." "If and when I have children, [and] they ask if they want to be actors, I'm like 'Yeah, it's great. You don't have to do anything. Everything goes right.'"

That would appear to be true for the 24-year-old Pattinson, who has catapulted to Hollywood fame thanks to his lead role in the "Twilight" film series, based on the popular books by Stephenie Meyer. Pattinson plays vampire Edward Cullen, who is eternally devoted to mere mortal and high schooler Bella, played by actress Kristen Stewart.

Robert Pattinson: Total Eclipse
Robert Pattinson: Total Eclipse

The major difference in the series' third film, "Eclipse," which hits theaters at the end of the month, was his interaction with a lot of different characters, Pattinson said.

Whereas the series' first two films, "Twilight" and "New Moon," used the relationship between Pattinson's and Stewart's characters to show the sensitive side of the undead ("They were just me and Bella kind of bonding basically," he said), Eclipse affords Pattinson's character the chance to combine his wooing with a little whoop-ass.

"There are a lot of fight scenes, and the love triangle between me, Bella -- Kristen's character -- and Jacob kind of comes to a head," he said.

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Despite the more physical nature of the third film, Pattinson's and Stewart's characters mostly refrain from getting physical themselves. Although Bella pines for release, old-fashioned Edward insists on marriage before he's willing to go all the way.

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"If there was a hard and fast decision by both of them saying, 'Yeah, we're going to remain virgins our entire lives, it's never going to happen,' I don't think it would be as popular a series," Pattinson said.

He added that the success of the "Twilight" series seemed to lie in its ability to be sexy, without being all about sex.

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"[Fans] like that moment before ... the kind of tipping point before it goes over," he said. "I mean, everybody likes that. That's the best part, for a relationship."

Pattinson appears to have a good idea what appeals to the largely female fanbase dubbed "Twi-hards." They appear at premieres and "Twilight" conventions screaming their undying devotion for the cast. It's a reaction that, for Pattinson and Stewart, took some getting used to. In the past, both stars had commented that the high-pitched outpouring of devotion was upsetting to them.

"I guess me and Kristen sort of panicked," he said. "If you're getting applauded for something then you should be giving something back."

But Pattinson said he is adjusting to the attention, trying to be more accommodating to his fans.

"If you sort of let a little window open into your reality, that always seems to go down well, I think," he said.

He joked that it was helpful to look as if he was enjoying himself, "rather than looking like it's freaking you out and you want to leave."

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