Robert Pattinson: ‘I’ve started moisturizing, it’s been a quite profound change’

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Here is a new promotional image from Robert Pattinson’s Dior Homme gig. I’m not sure what I think. I’m glad they didn’t do some too-precious, too-delicate black-and-white image where Sparkles looks like he’s about to cry about a poem. But they cut off the top of his head and he looks sort of like a serial killer. A serial killer who killed his pretty. This image was given to the Wall Street Journal, and Rob spoke to the WSJ about Dior and other things:

Since premiering in Europe last September, Robert Pattinson’s steamy Romain Gavras–directed fragrance commercial for Dior Homme has generated more than 15 million views on YouTube. When the black-and-white short, starring the 27-year-old Twilight-saga heartthrob makes its American television debut in February, during the Olympics, that number should increase exponentially.

Pattinson’s steely glances are being repurposed to promote Dior Homme Eau for Men, a fresh new grapefruit and coriander-spiked riff on the heady, iris-laden original scent that hits shelves exclusively in the U.S. in February.

“I like trying to do ambitious things,” says Pattinson. Pairing the Parisian luxury brand with Gavras’s “violent and visceral” approach was his idea. (The director’s infamous 2010 video for M.I.A’s “Born Free” was pulled from YouTube for its graphic content.)

“That’s what got me really enthusiastic about the campaign, that [Dior] wasn’t shying away from anything.”

Pattinson’s beauty contract has afforded him a few other perks.

“I was a brush-your-teeth-and-have-a-shower kind of guy. I can’t tell if it’s because of my association with Dior or because I’m older, but I’ve started moisturizing,” he says, calling out the brand’s Dermo System Repairing Moisturizing Emulsion as his current skin salve of choice. With a tinge of sarcasm, he adds, “It’s been a quite profound change in my life.”

As for the fragrance he fronts, Pattinson likes it best in shower-gel form. Other musts include Nudie jeans and “old Hanes T-shirts,” he says. “There are stores that sell these sweat-stained T-shirts for like $80. It’s a weird cult!”

Up next for the British-born star is director David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars—a “darkly comedic Hollywood satire ghost story,” according to Pattinson. He also has projects with Werner Herzog and Anton Corbijn in the works. “This year, I’m trying to see what my niche is.”

[From The Wall Street Journal]

I remember when I was in my 20s and began using night cream on the reg and it was like, “OMG, why didn’t anyone tell me about this before?!” I think that’s probably what Rob’s reaction was to Dior moisturizer. We all grow up some time and learning proper skincare is part of the process. Still, Rob is trying to maintain his dirty-hipster cred by buying old Hanes t-shirts? Gross. Just buy some new t-shirts and wear them in.

Incidentally, Rob recently sold his Twihard love-nest in Los Feliz for a nice profit. Rob bought the mansion in September 2011 for $6.275 million and he just sold it to Jim Parsons for $6.75 million. Not a crazy profit by LA real estate standards, but at least Rob didn’t take a loss. And I hope Jim Parsons and his boyfriend are fine with the place smelling like armpit funk, weed and Twihard tears.

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Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet and Eric Nehr for Christian Dior Parfums.

 

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  1. treefingers says:

    Meh, he’s a likeable funny dude, I’ll give him that.

  2. Happyhat says:

    Stars talking about their involvement in fashion, perfume or whatever both make me feel ill and want to slip into a coma.

  3. Maya Dragunova says:

    This sounds actually funny! Also sweet! Ha I said it..Somebody please kill me now!!

  4. Megs283 says:

    I got the impression that he’s calling those people who buy the $80 t-shirts weirdos, and that he just seasons his own…but who knows.

  5. Splinter says:

    I LOLed at the “serial killer”. This is not his best look by far and I am not buying the perfume. :D

  6. Ice Maiden says:

    Translation: I’ve just got a lucrative contract shilling for Dior, so obviously I need people to believe that I use their products.

  7. Kali says:

    The styling/haircut/general “vibe” of the pictures makes him look like he’s lying down in his prison cell. This is a dude who can pull off a suit something wicked, why do they not do that?

  8. Lindy79 says:

    Its so true, you reach a point where you say, ok no more sleeping in my make up and using baby wipes with no moisturiser.

    • Lucrezia says:

      I certainly reached a point where I SAID that. Probably around age 16. But I’m in my mid 30′s and still can’t be bothered to actually DO it on a regular basis.

      • Lindy79 says:

        I’m really trying but I still get those nights where I’m already in bed and think “feck it”.

        I’m also too cheap to invest in really good creams.

      • Algernon says:

        Lindy, I have problem skin and have tried dozens of different products/systems over the years, and finally someone recommended Burt’s Bees, and I’m having one of those, “Why didn’t anyone tell me about this sooner?!” moments. It’s on the high end of drugstore cosmetics (face wash runs me about $10 and lasts about 5-6 weeks, and moisturizer/night cream is about $20 and lasts about a month), but it is widely available and having tried the really expensive stuff from the department store/Sephora, I can honestly say this is the best my skin has ever looked, thanks to one of the more inexpensive brands I’ve tried. Not everything works for every person, but if you want a decent moisturizer that won’t leave you destitute, I’d recommend Burt’s Bees.

        Also you can totally get away with using their makeup removing wipes and not moisturizing your face, for the lazy nights.

      • Lex says:

        I had bad skin as a young kid so I got into the habit very early and I am so happy I did… washing face, toning, moisturising twice a day. Hopefully I see the results one day!

  9. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Have never found him attractive, though he seems nice enough.

  10. blue marie says:

    Let’s be honest, he wasn’t really a “have a shower” kind of guy..

  11. don't kill me i'm french says:

    His eyes are as expressive as Sam Worthington

  12. smee says:

    So that’s what they’re calling it these days………..

    That’s not a particularly flattering photograph of him, imo.

  13. LAK says:

    I’m always surprised by people who discover moisturiser in adulthood. I don’t know anyone who didn’t use moisturiser, and sunscreen if need be, since they were babies.

    I am honestly surprised that this isn’t a normal thing to do. Then you read about all the things people do to rescue their already damaged skin….eeeekkk.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I didn’t use sunscreen as a child because there was no sunscreen when I was a child, unless you count Coppertone, SPF 2. Sun products were for enhancing your tan, not preventing sun damage.

      • Brown says:

        When my dad was young, everyone thought getting a tan and extended exposure to the sun was good for you…… vitamin D and all. When he was a baby, his mom used to take him out in the driveway every day and hold him face up for 30 minutes and then rotate him and put him on his back for 30 minutes in the sun. Every. Single. Day.

        Needless to say, he has all sorts of skin damage now (he’s 62) and has had multiple spots removed from his face and neck… also can’t be out in the sun without serious protection (hat, Bullfrog heavy duty sunscreen, etc) or else his face gets red and splotchy and itchy and burns. It’s almost like he’s allergic now.

      • Lee says:

        Yeah, and for wee fair-skinned redheads like me, there was gloppy zinc oxide for our nose. ‘Cause blistered shoulders shouldn’t be upstaged by a blistered nose. Oh, those were the days.

      • LAK says:

        I don’t think my parents or their friends were initially aware of the damage the sun could do. They were more in the ‘vitamin D from sun exposure’ awareness, but they also thought it was the height of foolishness to sit in the sun since we mostly lived in hot countries were one could be burnt in hours.

        The only people who sat in the sun were day one tourists ie they sat in the sun on the first day of their holidays, were burnt within hours and didn’t do it again for rest of their holidays.

    • MonicaQ says:

      When you’re black, you are using lotion from Day 1. I have lotion in the car, at my desk at work, my locker, my gym bag, every bathroom–it’s not a suggestion. I am not walking around looking like Casper.

  14. salma says:

    i can see why kristen cheated on him

  15. Olivia says:

    I wonder If Dior is pleased with their choices in Jennifer and Rob. Neither of them seem terribly enthusiastic about Dior. I do wonder what he smells like, Dior body gel and used sweaty t shirts.

  16. Tig says:

    Liked the article, and glad to see his sense of humor is intact. Re the use of “product”- teenage boys with acne come to terms with it quick. As much as folks dislike Adam L, I am glad he’s on TV talking about his acne probs.
    So many kids suffer in silence.

    Skin is an organ, and the sooner it gets tended to, the better.

  17. GIRLFACE says:

    I think he’s a babe, no shame.

  18. Reece says:

    What’s weirding me out about this picture is he’s lit and photoshopped to the point where his hair almost looks ginger. He ain’t ginger!

    Also I hope this means he’s moving back to London so he can get away from those LA clingers.

  19. Kimberly says:

    that quote made me smile
    moisturizing is the sh….

  20. Jane says:

    I cracked up at that headline, it´s just so Rob.