Robert Pattinson has a dream of abandoning his life & living in a van

Robert Pattinson poses in front of his dedicated beach locker room during the 43rd Deauville American Film Festival

Robert Pattinson has a lengthy cover interview with Esquire UK to promote his indie film, Good Time. Now that we’re in the middle of film festival season, I can see clearly that Sparkles isn’t going to end up with any awards nominations for Good Time, even though the reviews of his performance were pretty great. Still, as always, the Best Actor awards-nominations slots are filling up fast and Sparkles isn’t going to get a lot of attention. Sad! Still, he’s doing what he loves: working with quirky, experimental directors and not giving a sh-t. This Esquire piece was a great read, by the way – Rob gives great interviews. Some highlights:

No one paid attention to him when he was in character on ‘Good Time’: “It was amazing. Invisibility cloak. I’ve always wondered what can you do, just a simple thing to your face so you can just… exist in the world. And now I know. Darken your beard and put on these acne scar things and people will look directly into your face, and not even a glimmer. It’s fascinating. Also earrings, there’s something about fake diamond earrings.”

His Lacoste jacket: “Is anyone not a hipster now? I think it’s just normal culture. Anyway, I found this on eBay so, you know… I’d be cool if I had it from school, like, ‘I’ve had this for aaages. I still dress exactly like I did when I was 12.’ Ha ha ha!”

His post-Twilight life in 2014, living in an empty LA mansion: “Probably my fondest memory from that house is watching the first three seasons of Game of Thrones over four days. So lame that’s my fondest memory!”

His dream was to live the #VanLife: “I nearly did it. I was 100 per cent going to live in a van, but not just any van — a stealth van! It’s a special niche, not like living in a trailer. Stealth vans looks like a normal Transit van, so you can park on the street, put signs on saying you’re a plumber or whatever and no one would notice. It’s that thing, where you can just leave in the middle of the night and, like, drive to Nebraska. And with solar power, you’re totally off the grid. I’d love that so much. And I was like, I’m still young, this is my chance…”

He was a middle-class kid pretending to be tough: “Everyone wants to say, ‘I’ve gone through hardships’ or whatever. And some kids at school got so obsessed with looking tough that eventually they just were. They were mugging people. It’s like, ‘Why are you mugging people? You live in Wimbledon!’ But you could see the progression. It was born out of desire, not necessity. It’s fascinating. I decided the best way to be real is to fake it! I used to lie all the time when I was younger. Like even though I had a London accent, I’d tell people I grew up on a farm in Yorkshire. That was about as gritty as I could pull off.”

He likes playing characters who are unashamed: “I’m the opposite. Shame is the most crippling thing. I don’t even know what it is, it’s not connected to any other emotion. So I choose work to directly combat elements of my own personality.”

He doesn’t drink during his interviews anymore: “If I drink I’ll sound like a c-ck. Actually, I probably sound like a c-ck already!”

[From Esquire]

His #VanLife obsession is so relatable. I’m not even joking – there’s a reason why those “Tiny Living” shows are so popular these days. It’s the national – perhaps international – zeitgeist in 2017. As a society, we’re currently focused and fascinated by the idea of downsizing, of leaving our big houses and our current stuff and just going smaller, going off the grid, going away, going where no one knows us. Movie stars/sparkly vamps: they’re just like us! They too think about dropping everything and buying a van and just, like, living, man.

As for Rob’s attempt to be anything other than a middle class kid from London… it’s really funny that his idea of gritty was “growing up on a farm in Yorkshire,” right? I’m from the mean streets of… a Yorkshire farm!

Robert Pattinson poses in front of his dedicated beach locker room during the 43rd Deauville American Film Festival

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Just be sure the van’s not down by the river…

  2. Aiobhan Targaryen says:

    “Is anyone not a hipster now?”

    Uhh… Me. Hipsters suck. They ruin everything and make things more expensive than they should be when they enter into a neighborhood. They are a plague that needs to be stopped.

    Also, he seems sweet. He and Daniel Radcliffe have an interesting filmography post the end of both series. Neither can really act but they try their best to do something different and lend their names to projects that would have probably never been made without them. I have a little of respect for that alone.

    I was going to go after him for romanticizing living in a van, but he makes it sound no different than older people who travel around the country in a mini van once they retire, so I will retract my claws. I am too much of a city girl to do anything like he described.

  3. Tig says:

    Good Time was a good film and he carried it. The pacing in that movie was unreal. It would be a real shame if it got overlooked for something like the Independent Filmmakers awards.

  4. Alleycat says:

    God, I love him. He’s just so self deprecating, which I find so oddly attractive. I just want good things for him (mainly me).

    • Whoopsy Daisy says:

      He is. I thought this was goin to be another typical boho millionaire dreaming of living like us peasants, but he sounds self aware. I like him.

  5. Another Anne says:

    I find his interviews really entertaining. He has such a quirky sense of humor. In fact, I may need to look up his hot dog video, I feel in need of a good giggle today.

  6. V4Real says:

    That dream is not far from reality by the way his career is going.

    Just kidding, I like Sparkles, his career is just fine. He’s an actor, not a movie star.

  7. Leslie says:

    He can afford it so go for it

    • lucy2 says:

      Right? He can afford to not work, probably for the rest of his life, and doesn’t haven kids or a full time job or other obligations. He has freedom most of us never do, why not go?

  8. Serene Wolf says:

  9. Whoopsy Daisy says:

    I watch these tiny space tv shows, and those houses are so great … if you live alone. I would go insane if I didn’t have a space that is just my own.

  10. Lucy says:

    I always enjoy Rob!! And while we’re talking about nominations, I saw IT last Saturday. Is there any chance for SkarsBoy to get any nods at all? I feel like he deserves at least one (also, I wouldn’t mind seeing him in public more often)

  11. Scout says:

    He should follow his instincts and disappear forever.

  12. Alice says:

    I love Rob, but no one expected an Oscar nom for a former vampire for a small indie from marginal directors. I think he’s campaigning for smaller awards like Indie Spirit.

    • TotallyOld says:

      Well The Hollywood Reporter listed Rob as one of five actors possible for an oscar nomination. He’s moving up everyone’s list. Do I think he will be nominated – no but he is getting a lot of accolades and deserves them all. He doesn’t need an oscar nom, he’s happy going under the radar.

  13. starkiller says:

    What’s stopping him?

  14. April says:

    i have the same dream rob:)

    … but i have to wait till my kids are adults.

    for now i just take the middle seats out of my mini van, put my bike in there, cooler in the back, supply drawers in back with snacks, plastic cutlery, bungee cord,etc. and i have my flashlight, pepper spray, pocket knife, sunscreen, first aid. and i drive to the woods to ride on the trails. but someday, i want to take all the seats out and have a air mattress, read my book with a book light till i fall asleep in my van anywhere i happen to be. i just have to give it a go, that’s the only way ill get it out of my system. :/

  15. agent orange says:

    He can do it anytime. I will happily relieve him of his millions.

  16. ... says:

    Better to invest in acting classes instead. Not everybody is a hipster, just he and his irritating girlfriend.

  17. What's Inside says:

    He is still going on about being invisible….and the van idea has already been done by John Mayer. I guess Katy told him.