Cursed Reason Why Robert Pattinson Almost Went Broke After Twilight
Robert Pattinson earned a fortune for his breakthrough performance in Twilight — but immediately after its finale, the actor had all the reasons to believe he’d go broke soon.
Every aspiring actor dreams about bagging a breakthrough role that would open all of Hollywood’s doors before them and bring international fame their way. What most fail to realize is that at times, it might as well work the other way around, and after starring in a globally popular franchise, they would fail to get any more decent offers.
Robert Pattinson is the perfect example of this.
When the young actor booked the lead part in the iconic live-action adaptation of Twilight, his portrayal of Edward Cullen immediately launched Pattinson into international stardom — but at the same time, he turned into “that vampire boy” for the entire industry and even for the vast majority of the audience. That was rough.
Robert Pattinson’s Twilight fame closed more doors for him than it opened. Everyone wanted to typecast him and no one wanted to recognize his acting skills behind the facade of Edward Cullen. This led the actor to a dark place: he was struggling with his mental health thinking his career was essentially over and he’d never make it.
“I went through a big time of depression between 23 and 25; I couldn't go where I wanted to go. I was in the tabloids every day, and I didn't have access to the roles I really wanted. I wanted more on every level,” Pattinson shared with Premiere.
Since most doors were closed to him due to typecasting, the actor resorted to indie movies and found out he loved working on them. However, as time passed, he realized he would soon go broke if nothing changed: the big Hollywood didn’t want the “vampire boy,” and indie movies barely paid anything.
"The problem which I was finding was, however much I loved the (indie) movies I was doing, no one sees them. <...> I don't know, I feel like you're specifically at a maximum most of the time you're doing a job, and you're employed for three months. That's the most stressful thing in the world,” Pattinson explained to Insider.
Against all odds, Robert Pattinson managed to get out of the typecast pit he was pushed into, and with a couple of new breakthrough roles — like Tenet and The Batman — he made an impressive comeback to the big screens. In some way, he defeated both his depression and the curse of a popular franchise at the same time.