Robert Pattinson, the English actor best known for his role as the hunky vampire Edward Cullen in "The Twilight Saga" film franchise, opened up about how achieving a high level of fame affected him, People reported. The heartthrob dished about how he handled his overnight stardom in an interview for his cover story in British music magazine, NME.
Pattinson explained that while the hype has now died down in the nearly seven years since the first film, 2008's "Twilight," he was still was unable to do normal, every day things like grocery shopping until recently.
"I had people sitting outside my house every single day, and it drove me crazy," Pattinson told NME, as reported by People. "I didn't go into a supermarket for about six years. But now I can go in and chat to the guy who's working there about his kids, or where he's going on holiday, and not be thinking, 'Is he gonna sell me out?' I just don't have to think about that stuff anymore."
Although the fan frenzy has subsided, the Hollywood hunk said that he still is followed by paparazzi, which can be bothersome as he attempts to maintain a low profile in the public eye.
"I find the most embarrassing photo that can ever be taken of you is when you're in a bookshop and everyone can see what book you're buying," Pattinson said, according to the Daily Mail. "They might as well just take a picture of me having a w--k."
But Pattinson is still working to build his career beyond the "Twilight" franchise. The actor is currently on set in Northern Ireland filming "The Lost City of Z," which is produced by Brad Pitt. His latest film, "Life," is a drama based on the friendship between famed photographer Dennis Stock and old Hollywood heartthrob James Dean. "Life" is scheduled for a Dec. 4 release.