By Grant Rollings
It is a revelation that will shock his millions of female admirers.
Twilight sex symbol Robert Pattinson admits he often sits in on his own waiting for someone – anyone – to call.
In an exclusive interview with The Sun the 24-year-old star said: “I was thinking the other day that no one ever rings me up or anything.
“No one ever asks me to do anything. It’s just so easy. When I’m not working I’m still one of those people who calls up their entire phone book to say, ‘Hey, what you doing? Are you doing anything tonight? Can I come with you?’ ”
In fact, things get so bad sometimes he just stays in his hotel room – and drinks.
He said: “I just hang there and get drunk. It’s terrible.”
It must take some getting used to for the actor, whose new movie Water For Elephants is out in UK cinemas today.
R-Patz – who is dating Twilight co-star Kristen Stewart, 21 – is normally trying to avoid hordes of screaming women.
He joked: “That’s one thing if I have some time off. I want to get really really good at fighting because then I can just walk down the street.
“There is something about it. Or just get a gun. I would feel a little bit more comfortable walking around with a Taser.”
Then, coming back to reality, Robert added: “But no, I mean, I just try to avoid as much hassle as possible.”
The movie of the final book in The Twilight Saga – Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer – will be released in two parts. The first comes out in November.
And, at least until the final vampire movie comes out a year later, Robert can expect the fans to continue their pursuit.
In the meantime he can be seen alongside two Oscar winners, Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz, in Water For Elephants.
The adaptation of Sara Gruen’s novel is set in a circus in Thirties America. The actor plays vet Jacob, who joins the circus and falls in love with the owner’s wife, played by Witherspoon.
He was her son in his first ever movie, Vanity Fair, when he was 17. Robert said: “I’d never really done any acting and was completely freaking out.
“She came to my trailer before we shot anything and was like, ‘Hey, you want to go through the lines or something, wanna talk about the scene?’.
“She was incredibly famous then and didn’t need to do that at all. I was sitting there going, ‘Oh yeah, OK’. I had absolutely no idea what to say about it.”
Reese confessed to screaming when she first met Tai, the elephant who is the other star of the new film. Robert’s reaction was completely different. The animal lover had a great time working with the creatures.
Robert, who has a pet dog, said: “I went there and the elephant was doing handstands and stuff.
“The trainer did all the tricks. The elephant laid on top of me, carried me around in his mouth, played catch with his trunk – he can catch and throw a ball.
“I was like, ‘This is ridiculous’. He sniffed my foot so hard he lifted it off the floor. I thought that even if it was the worst movie ever made, I want to work with this creature for three months.”
The actor was like Dr Dolittle when he also worked with a giraffe.
But not all the animals he had to deal with were of the cute and cuddly variety.
He said: “The tigers and lions in the film were raised in a park. They’ve never killed anything.
“During one scene they all moved forward to the front of their cage, staring at a giraffe and freaking it out so much that no one could make the giraffe calm down for the shot.
“I went up, gave her a little twig and the giraffe for, some reason, calmed down and started licking my head. I was like, ‘Wow, I’m like Mr Animal Man’. ”
In another scene he was even bitten by a lion – though it had no teeth. Robert said: “The lion was biting my arm. They had to really wild him up before, shake chickens at him.”
Robert is amazed to have come so far from working behind the scenes for a theatre company in Barnes, south-west London.
He said: “I worked backstage for about three years and just watched everything. Then I did a couple of plays. I just got an agent from one of the plays, totally randomly.”
He revealed how thrilled he was just to get an audition for a chance to play a small part alongside Brad Pitt in Troy.
He said: “It was my first audition. I was hoping to play Brad Pitt’s cousin. I didn’t really understand how far you are from the part at that point. I was ‘What? I’m gonna play Brad Pitt’s cousin?’.
“That was my first time. I’d never done anything so that excitement kind of held for something like six months.”
Now Robert insists that he does not care whether he is famous like Brad or not. But wouldn’t he miss all the attention?
He said: “Not at all. I’m definite about that. Specially about the fame of it. If I could never get a job again, I would probably miss it a bit but I would find something outside acting.”
In fact, he boasts he could lose it all tomorrow and return to Hollywood for a second chance.
He said “I had to see how the industry works and I’m pretty sure I can bull**** my way back into it, even if I totally failed.”
He could always turn his hand to politics. The Londoner, who went to public school before getting into acting, said: “I guess when I was going to go to university I was going to study international relations, something like that, because I wanted to be in politics.
“It sounds so ridiculous for me to say I’m curious about politics and might be a politician one day. I’d love to but I wouldn’t want to be held accountable.”
The actor spends most of his time in the US these days, so does he miss being in Britain?
He said: “I miss the light… The light in London is different to anywhere – and also the smell of it. I miss getting pints.”
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