Just saying the name "Robert Pattinson" is enough to make girls around the world swoon, but before the first "Twilight" premiered in 2008, Pattinson, then 22, was relatively new to the film industry. He had a few small film credits until 2005, when he starred as Cedric Diggory in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." Pattinson didn't think he had a chance at scoring the role of Edward Cullen in "Twilight."
"I was literally embarrassed walking into the audition," he told Vanity Fair in 2008. "I had no idea how to play Edward at all. I thought that even going into the audition was completely pointless, because they were just going to cast a model or something. I felt it was kind of arrogant of me to even go in."
But Pattinson became Cullen and the rest is history, though he has broken out of the Twi-hard bubble for leading roles in more serious films including "Cosmopolis," "Water for Elephants" and "Remember Me."
And he's gotten involved in his fair share of controversies. After his onscreen love and offscreen girlfriend admitted to having an affair with her married "Snow White and the Huntsman" director Rupert Sanders, Pattinson went into hiding. But the actor, who has admitted that he doesn't have a publicist because he's "cheap," has rarely discussed his relationship with Stewart.
"I've never been interested in trying to sell my personal life and that's really the only reason people bring it up," Pattinson told Good Morning America one month after the affair. "The reason you go on to TV is to promote movies. That's the only way to do it."