Also, at the bottom of this post, updated news about some of Rob's projects from interviews and tweets from cast and crew.
“Robert’s looks belie who he is inside. He has this formidable, very beautiful face. He’s such a gorgeous guy. He looks like he would be remote, but the minute I met him, he was very chatty. He’s very funny. He’s knowledgeable about film. He loves acting, actors and movies."
“Robert talked the entire time. I have to say I was shocked because I didn’t expect it. I mean, he’s so friendly, truly delightful, smart and talented. I loved him right away!”
Interview Magazine Germany (scan from where she talks about Rob and translation thanks to Verena via email)
Interview: Are you not scared that your music could set beside your new boyfriend?
Twigs: Not as long as the music sets the tone (laughs).
Interview: I was allowed to interview your new friend one year ago. He was the first star my daughter met.
Twigs: Oh? Where? Now I already love your daughter.
Interview: In Los Angeles. She was six weeks old.
Twigs: Was he nice to her? Has he picked her up?
Interview: No, then he could have bitten her.
Twigs: (laughs) But you have interviewed him?
Interview: He was winning as it can only do Englishmen.
Twigs: He is so sweet.
Interview: And unexpectedly funny. Still he looked sad in a certain kind. I hope you can take this from him.
Twigs: I try
Interview: Are you afraid to lead a so known long distance relationship?
Twigs: Why should I have to?
Interview: Because everybody watches and you find no time for itself?
Twigs: You must simply take the (time), then this will work. If two people really want to see each other, then this is going to work. And with us it works up quite well.
Despite the critical acclaim that met LP1, Twigs has also encountered an uglier side of fame since stepping out with reported boyfriend Robert Pattinson, of Twilight fame, in September. Faced with floods of racist remarks and death threats on Twitter, and swarmed by paparazzi, she has since taken a step back from social media — after all, she says, she has no control over the online venom of "14-year-old kids that should be in bed" — but she still finds the constant attention difficult.
"I really enjoy the fun of putting something out and people liking it or hating it or talking about it, but vacuous attention, it feels disgusting. It's like a hangover," she says. "It's weird, I know that's not really because of me or what I'm doing," but nevertheless, "the positivity that I get from (my relationship) makes the more challenging aspects ... very worth it."
This might be a subject on her mind because she’s been wrestling, of late, with a fairly major collision between the worlds of the niche and the mainstream. When her relationship with Robert Pattinson became public, a couple of months ago, it narcotised her public profile – a profile that had until then been pretty subtle and quiet and under Twigs’s direct control. Pattinson retains a lot of manic fans from his days as a young-adult idol in the Twilight film franchise. Twigs is mixed-race, her mother part Spanish and her father Jamaican, and when the relationship with Pattinson came to light she received a lot of crude online abuse from his fans. “I am genuinely shocked and disgusted at the amount of racism that has been infecting my [Twitter] account the past week,” she tweeted in September.
Twigs tells me: “Obviously I know if you’re putting yourself out there, saying, ‘Hey! Listen to my music!’, with pictures of yourself in the magazines, then people are going to judge you. ‘I hate her music. I hate her hair. I hate her production. I hate her videos.’ Fine: don’t care. That’s the great thing about art, it’s not for everyone. But when it comes to racism, really? In this day and age? Pick that?”
Pattinson has joined her in these early stages of her US tour, a sweet gesture that has unfortunately launched a grim game of cat and mouse around the city, the pair trailed everywhere by a school of paparazzi. There were especially awkward photographs taken the night before our lunch, Twigs pictured getting out of a cab with one hand in Pattinson’s and the other trying to shield her face from flashbulbs. I tell her how uncomfortable the images were to look at, her distress plain. She doesn’t want to go in to specifics of her romantic life (who would, after two months of gossip-page commentary?) but she says something rather lovely about the compromises required of this new relationship. I think it’s worth quoting in full.
“That side of my life [the paparazzi] is nothing to do with me. That’s, like… That is the… side of life of the man that I love. And… when that started happening I had to… Because that is the opposite of who I am as a person, and it was weird… Then I had to sit back and have a conversation with myself and I had to say: that is something really horrible. No, not horrible, I don’t find it horrible, it’s something that’s very challenging. I look uncomfortable because I am uncomfortable. But then it’s, like, is this person in my life worth that? And he is, without question. Do you know what I mean? In comparison to how happy I am. And how I feel with him. It’s 100% worth it. Does that make sense?”
“Good,” she says. We eat our trendy food.
The Hollywood Reporter
David Cronenberg’s Hollywood-centered family melodrama Maps to the Stars marks the veteran director’s second straight film with Twilight alum Robert Pattinson after 2012′s Cosmopolis.
Although many still see Pattinson as vampire heartthrob Edward Cullen, Cronenberg told The Hollywood Reporter he could easily look past that.
“I have no problem ignoring that,” the director said of Pattinson’s Twilight past. “Of course I watched the first Twilight movie just to see what he was like and get a feel for his screen presence and so on and so on…by the time you’re on the set, it’s just the two of you making movies. You forget your own movies too.”
Speaking to THR ahead of Saturday night’s New York Film Festival screening of Maps, Cronenberg explained that he wanted to work with Pattinson (who wasn’t in attendance at the New York event) on this movie not only because the director thinks of him as “a wonderful actor” and they “had a good time on Cosmopolis” but also because it provided the opportunity for Pattinson to participate in the sort of ensemble film he’d told Cronenberg he wanted to do.
“He told me that he was scared about Cosmopolis because he had not really wanted to do a movie where he was the lead and had the whole movie on his shoulders,” the director explained. “And of course in that movie he’s in almost every scene. He said, ‘One day I’d love to do an ensemble piece where there are a lot of good actors and [he's] just one of them.’”
[Julianne] Moore said that despite working with Pattinson and the Hunger Games cast, with her role in the upcoming Mockingjay installments, she doesn’t have any advice for her younger co-stars.
'I don’t think any of those actors need my advice," she told THR. "They all have wonderful careers and are magnificent actors and they’ve made really interesting creative choices."
.@KatushkaCatty Yes. #AskCronenberg #MapsToTheStars @TwitterCanada
— eOne Films (@eOnefilms) October 22, 2014
.@RPenEspanol By being mature and grounded. Which he is. #AskCronenberg #MapsToTheStars
— eOne Films (@eOnefilms) October 22, 2014
.@ZofiaSvarna Probably not, but it would be nice. #AskCronenberg #MapsToTheStars @TwitterCanada
— eOne Films (@eOnefilms) October 22, 2014
On her leading men co-stars:
“I love what Rob (Pattinson) did in Cosmopolis…on the outside he’s all ‘I don’t know what I’m doing’, but he’s very smart….I get along really well with all my leading men.
She will also be hanging out with friends, including her Twilight co-stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. But don’t call him "R Patz" as I did.
“He is a friend but I don’t call him that! I think it’s kind of rude!,” she laughs. Does he not like it? “I have never asked but when I do hear it for some reason it’s kind of weird to me”.
Lorraine - at 2:28
Whats Up Hollywoowd
Q: You have the privilege of meeting famous people. Have you had an exciting moment or have your friends gotten jealous of you?
Sometimes they definitely are like, ‘Oh my God!’ And I remember during Twilight when my sister was doing that, they were freaking out like, ‘Robert Pattinson!’ So you definitely get like that sometimes.
Q: How about Justin Bieber?
I’ve never met him, but yeah, I guess… I think Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, those are the two guys who girls in high school that I’ve met have liked. So those are the only two they’ve freaked out about.
Queen of the Desert
We are currently mixing queen of the desert will screen it in the first quarter of next year for distributors when it's totally done
— cassian elwes (@cassianelwes) November 25, 2014
The Childhood of a Leader
Brady Corbet and Mona Fastvold
Brady, you're making your directorial debut with your next project, "The Childhood of a Leader" starring Robert Pattinson. What inspired you to want to direct? Were you inspired by Mona?
BC: Mona's nodding her head like, "Yes, that's right Brady. It was me. It was me."
BC: No, what's actually stranger is that I didn't attempt to do it sooner. And it's strange that I kept acting as long as I did because for years I kept threatening to walk away and do something else. But the reason I never did walk away and do something else was I kept having opportunities to work with people I really liked and really loved. I was like, "Ok, I love your work. Absolutely I can spare a week, I can spare a month." I've worked for some people that I would have been happy to come wash their floors on set for a week just to see how they work, much less to have the relationship that an actor and a director get to have with one another, which is very special and sometimes very intimate, very unique. I've found every filmmaker I've worked with inspiring, Mona included.
One of the big problems with this project is that it summarized all the things I've really been interested in in my personal and creative life. And yet for so many years I just thought it was too grand and too ambitious to ever get made.
MF: And it almost did.
BC: And it almost did [laughs]. The film takes place in 1919, it stars a child, it's in French and English. Luckily it's not going to be four-and-a-half hours long and it's not going to be black-and-white. But that's it. It's not a very easy pitch. It's sort of about the birth of a megalomaniac and with a maniacal sort of ego at the turn of the century. It's about the birth of fascism that occurred during the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.
Has the identity of this character been revealed?
BC: I have intentionally not revealed the identity of the character. And it's a funny thing because it's not for the reasons that people think. One thing I will happily tell everybody is that the character is not Hitler [laughs]. And the character is not Mussolini. It's someone else. And there's the dramatic event where you learn who this person is and that's something I want to save for people. Robert Pattinson is not playing Hitler as you now know [laughs]. I'll go on the record saying that.
Tous Cinéma - At 4:47 | (Translation)
You're going to work with Robert Pattinson, I saw this somewhere. It's going to happen?
Bérénice: Yeah, yeah, in January.
What is it?
B: And Tim Roth as well.
How is it called?
B: It's a movie called The Childhood of a Leader, and this is about the relationship between a mother and her son, and the son is a little violent, extremely weird, it is like relate the childhood of a dictator.
It will be in English?
B: Yes English.
Inquirer - talks about the movie, no Rob mention
“I don’t suffer from being a workaholic,” he emphasized. Laughing, he said, “At heart, I am incredibly lazy. I love nothing better than to kick back, see friends and family and just go on a few more holidays. I did actually have quite a lot of time at the beginning of this year. I was going to be doing a film, ‘The Lost City of Z’ with (director) James Gray. That was put on hold because of problems with the location. Hopefully, it will start in spring next year.”
“The Lost…” is James’ adaptation of David Grann’s bestseller. He will portray Lt. Colonel Percival “Percy” Fawcett, a British artillery officer, archaeologist and explorer who supposedly discovered a mythical city in Brazil’s Amazon jungles in 1925.