Robert Pattinson: Twilight hysteria is 'a little frightening'
As the release of the sequel, New Moon, approaches, the 23-year-old actor said his life has changed beyond recognition. He can no longer step outside without being trailed by teenage girls and hordes of paparazzi photographers.
"It's been a little frightening. In England no-one had heard of the series when I went for the audition, so it has been a total, utter surprise. The change to my everyday life is so extreme
"I tend to stay in the hotel because it's highly publicised where I'm staying all the time. There's always a bunch of people outside. I can't really be in LA now at all. It's not that the fans are threatening, but the paparazzi follow me all night," he said.
"It worries me, because the whole Twilight thing keeps getting bigger and bigger, and now it's so big that even my own ego can't cope with it.
"A certain amount of success you can mentally deal with, but there's a point where you think, 'Jesus Christ, what is this? I'm not that great!'"
The level of interest in the Twilight films, based on the books by Stephenie Meyer, baffles him. He told The Times: "I don't really know why the girls love the movie so much. The whole series has become a bit of a cult. People like being part of the club. They're obsessed."
The actor from Barnes, south-west London, got his breakthrough role as Cedric Diggory in the Harry Potter films, but playing vampre Edward Cullen in the Twilight saga has made him an international heart-throb.
He joked: "I have never pushed to do anything. As soon as you start going to the gym every day and try to look like a movie star, you're going down a worrisome track.
"Being an English guy you get a lot more breaks. You're allowed to look a little worse. It's that thing about English teeth."
Pattinson and co-star Kristen Stewart will attend a New Moon fan event in London on Wednesday, before the US premiere next Monday. The film is released in cinemas on November 20.
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