Jennifer Lopez called Rob Pattinson ‘Bobby’ in their Variety interview & it was amazing

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Variety does an Actor-on-Actor interview series ahead of the big awards season every year. Usually, there’s some kind of rhyme or reason to which two actors get put together, like they’ve worked together before or they’ve circled the same films, or maybe they’re simply the same age. This year’s Variety series is absolutely bonkers though. I don’t get why Brad Pitt was put with Adam Sandler, nor do I understand Laura Dern with Sterling K. Brown, or Richard Madden with Amy Adams. But this one takes the cake: Jennifer Lopez and Robert Pattinson. Two people who have been in the manic fame machine and come out of it wiser. But my lord, they have zero in common. At one point, J.Lo called him “Bobby” and I sat here and laughed for five full minutes. Some good sections:

Robert Pattinson: OK, “Hustlers.” Very much liked it. I saw it in the theater, and it was packed. Do you think if “Hustlers” was directed by a man it would be different?

Jennifer Lopez: I think it would be so different if it was directed by a man. I think what “Hustlers” exposes is that men have a very secret life, and they have a way that they think about and look at women that is very objectified a lot of the time. Lorene Scafaria, the director, was really great. It was a nonjudgmental lens. Whereas I think from a man, these women would have been judged, because men put women in categories.

Pattinson: Sweeping statements. Jesus!


Lopez: You have to love the [bad characters]. When I first saw [Hustlers], I was sick to my stomach. I was like, “Oh, my God, what are they doing!” Then I had to remove myself from it, because when you watch a movie like “Goodfellas” or “Boogie Nights,” you delve into these dangerous, enticing worlds, where you get caught up in doing bad things and it’s a slippery slope.

Pattinson: It always looks way sexier in movies. Whenever you’re in a seedy kind of [club], it always smells weird. It’s like, “This wasn’t what I thought it was going to be.”


Pattinson: Something I was trying to find for years was to do a ballet movie. And then my agent was like, “Why? Do you know how to ballet?” I’m like, “No.”

Lopez: But why? Why, Bobby, tell us?! Is there something fascinating to you about the world of being a male ballet dancer?

Pattinson: I think there’s a ballerina inside me.

Lopez: Yeah, there’s a ballerina in there. It’s the dance.

Pattinson: I really wanted to do it.


Lopez: I feel like some younger actors, they feel like they need to stay in it all the time. And as I’ve done movies for many years now, I can’t wait for the end of the day to let it go, and go home and wash — literally get in the shower and wash it all off.

Pattinson: I always say about people doing Method acting, you only ever see people doing Method when they’re playing an a–hole. You never see someone just being lovely to everyone going, “I’m really deep in character.”

Lopez: You’re right. Oh, my God, that’s so funny.


Lopez: You thought it was going to be a “Lost Boys” type of thing?

Pattinson: Exactly. I mean it’s a weird story, “Twilight.” It’s strange how people responded. I guess the books, they are very romantic, but at the same time, it’s not like “The Notebook” romantic. “Twilight” is about this guy who finds the one girl he wants to be with, and also wants to eat her. Well, not eat — drink her blood or whatever. I thought it was a strange story. Even the way I promoted it, I was very open about how strange I thought it was when I was doing it. Then afterward, I didn’t make a conscious decision at all to do smaller things. I’ve just kept doing what I wanted to do in the first place.

[From Variety]

BOBBY. His name is Bobby Sparkles now, sorry I do not make the rules. Bobby Sparkles has always been rather charming in interviews, and I feel like he sort of charmed Jennifer in a weird way. He makes her laugh a few times but she’s super-earnest. I also think he might be slightly in love with her too? He was trying to talk to her about The Cell, and she changed the subject to vampires and the line about “this guy who finds the one girl he wants to be with, and also wants to eat her” is hilarious.

Cover courtesy of Variety.

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  1. Marie says:

    It’s pretty obvious he is smitten with her. It’s cute. And who wouldn’t be!

    • Anname says:

      Variety tweeted that Rob requested to be paired with her because he loved Hustlers. So you may be right!

    • jenner says:

      They look good together, their interacting is really sweet! And Rob, sorry Bobby, looks hot, gotta say.

      • Cali says:

        This is the hottest he has ever looked and he showed so much personality, I’m now in love with Bobby Sparkles😍

    • Carmen says:

      They have excellent rapport with each other. I’d like to see them do a movie together.

    • hudson girl says:

      So interesting how different people view things. While I can’t stand anything with vampires (or zombies) I have always thought he was funny/quirky and have seen a lot of his interviews.

      To me, he wasn’t acting at all smitten with her. This is him being typically polite and making an effort to engage. I have seen examples of him flirting or attracted- it’s not when he’s acting like a sweet puppy.

  2. Tiffany says:

    I think the change up is nice because if you put people together that really know each other, you are not really learning anything new and it can be kind of boring.

    Also, why wouldn’t Laura and Sterling not be interesting together. They are two of the best character actors working today.

    • Eva says:

      I agree! I think it’s great these pairings weren’t ”obvious”. Much more fun & interesting this way.

    • Another Anne says:

      This is actually one of the better ones I’ve seen so far, some have been rather dull. Look forward to seeing the rest. I need to watch the Eddie Murphy and Antonio Banderas one next.

  3. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Variety definitely wanted these conversations.

  4. whatWHAT? says:

    sigh…he’s SO LOVELY. and charming. and funny. and talented.


  5. L84Tea says:

    I will definitely say that Bobby Sparkles (or otherwise known as Spunk Ransom back in the days of 2008) has always been charming in interviews. I’ve seen many of him over the years, all the way back to his Harry Potter days, and he always comes off very silly, very charming, and just very NOT full of himself at all. He’s always the first person to make fun of himself. That’s why I’ve always had a soft spot for him.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      re: making fun of himself…

      have you seen his “cameo” on “Bothered”, that recurring sketch that Jimmy Fallon did on his show, spoofing the Twilight character? I’m not a huge Fallon fan, but this bit was funny.

  6. ReginaGeorge says:

    I think Jlo was great as the interviewer. She know how to redirect focus back on him when he tried to throw it on her. Like when he told her she’d be a great Batman and she lol’d but then went right back to him. At one point he even seemed tongue-tied, like he was saying a whole lotta nothing cuz he seemed almost awkward around Jennifer. I’ve never really gotten the hype over “Bobby”. I don’t find him particularly attractive, but he seems like a nice, chill dude.

  7. Lucy says:

    This was adorable and hilarious.

  8. DiegoInSF says:

    I really enjoyed this, I watched the whole thing. One thing that bothered me is that Bobby is sitting as if he were at home and playing with his hair and Jennifer is the utmost professional, sitting as if at a job interview.

  9. Beth says:

    Wow, his hair is as crazy as it was ten years ago.

    • Originaltessa says:

      To me, he’s aging really well. He basically looks the same as he did at the end of Twilight. He looked young during the first movie or two. But he’s not falling to pieces. He’s still handsome.

      • Beth says:

        Oh he’s definitely handsome. I liked him back then with his weird hair and I still do. But it is unique hair, one must admit.

    • Anname says:

      He has had to keep his hair that length because he was filming with Nolan for the last 6 months, they just wrapped yesterday.

  10. Tiffany says:

    Even if you power wash and put on your best suit, you will still look like a bum standing next to Jennifer Lopez. Her whole look is fantastic. That woman is a straight up pro and that is why I like her.

  11. Lonnie tinks says:

    Ah, this is so interesting to watch! I do not think he is smitten with her, I think part of his charm is that he makes everyone feel like he is smitten with them. I know a guy like that in real life and it is such a weird thing to be around. She is obviously the dominant one in this interview. I actually don’t think their energies jive with each other. It is sort of off putting, how she is talking over him so much.

    • Esmom says:

      My friend’s husband is like that and for a while, some of the women in our group of friends all thought he was flirting with them. Then everyone compared notes and realized he’s just that way with everyone. It is kinda weird.

  12. Hmm says:

    Bobby fits him better tbh. He looks like a Bobby.

  13. ab says:

    That was a surprisingly interesting interview, they had a nice rapport. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Robert Pattinson interviewed. He has a nice voice but the continuous running his hands through his hair thing was distracting!

  14. jenner says:

    They may have zero in common but there is some kind of chemistry between them, can’t fake it!

  15. Abby says:

    OK, I laughed out loud. This is a good interview.

    It’s interesting what he said about method acting. I JUST read an article about Tom Hanks playing Fred Rogers, and how everyone thinks he’s just a nice guy playing a nice guy, but there’s really acting in there. It was a great article worth a read.

  16. Ramona Q. says:

    My friend who lives in LA went to an esthetician who is friends with the surgeon who did Jennifer’s “ponytail facelift”! Why the esthetician is telling her patients about Jennifer’s surgery is a good question. But she got a ponytail facelift apparently.

  17. Alyse says:

    He gives amazing interviews

    The ballerina bit… Centre Stage 2??? Just a frame for frame remake of the original, with him as the lead

  18. Snowslow says:

    She has an intuitive intelligence but the more she spoke the more I thought that the character was her – not the actions but the path of being in the limelight in a exposed profession or profession of exposure (a sort of dark what if). He seems to have more depth to him and able to go places she does not delve into at all.
    I love how you guys are saying that she’s professional, stands straight and is dressed to nines. I find that is the problem with us women – we overthink presentation when actually it’s the thinking, the exchange between colleagues that counts here I believe.
    It was enjoyable in the two worlds collide kind of way.