In a candid exchange with fellow actor Barry Keoghan for Wonderland magazine, renowned actor Robert Pattinson, known for his roles in "Twilight" and "The Batman," delved into the nuances of his acting process, emphasizing the vitality of maintaining a sense of novelty and spontaneity in each new role he undertakes.
At 37, Pattinson admits to feeling like a novice with every new project, a sentiment echoed by Keoghan, aged 31. Pattinson, whose career trajectory has seen him transition from a heartthrob vampire to a caped crusader, shared his insights into why "non-actors" often bring an unorthodox and uninhibited approach to their performances.
He stated, "I almost get more nervous when I don’t feel nervous. That’s why whenever I start a new job… I mean it doesn’t really help that I’m hardly doing any jobs at the moment, because I wish I was doing more."
Embracing Fresh Challenges
The actor further elaborated on the constant process of relearning and rediscovery that he undergoes with each role.
"I just feel like now I’m back to the start again. I know the next time I do something, I’ll be like, I can’t remember how to do any of this stuff," Pattinson explained. "It’s kind of nice to go into it as an amateur every time and be like, ‘This is a huge mountain to climb.’ It’s like being a total fake again." In resonating with Pattinson's sentiments, Keoghan highlighted the risks of becoming too comfortable or familiar with the craft.
"I feel being familiar with this stuff is dangerous because you lose spontaneity. You lose a lot of that automatic thing that we love and the directors love, obviously," he said. Pattinson also touched upon the pitfalls of trying to replicate past successes.
He noted, "If something worked in a previous movie and you’re like, ‘Oh, everyone said that was good,’ and instinctively you go, ‘Well, everyone liked that — I want to do that again,’" only to find that what was once celebrated may not be well-received in a new context.
This discussion between Pattinson and Keoghan offers a unique glimpse into the mindset of actors who continually strive to reinvent themselves, underscoring the ever-evolving nature of the craft and the importance of approaching each role with a fresh perspective.