Yesterday we watched video of actor Robert Pattinson chatting charmingly with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show about his break-up with Kristen Stewart in such a way that he didn’t really have to say a thing and, yet, still convey to the audience that he is doing OK. Today, Pattinson was interviewed on Good Morning America and as you can see above, the interview was not really charming … it was kind of uncomfortable to watch. Jon Stewart gave R. Pattz some ice cream in order to break the ice and ease into the discussion. George Stephanopoulos, on GMA earlier today, awkwardly gave Rob a box of his favorite cereal (Cinnamon Toast Crunch) and then awkwardly launched into questions about his personal life. Rob responded in fine Rob fashion making it clear that he is not interested in “selling his private life” … which, of course, inspired Stephanopoulos to ask more probing questions about his private life. If you cannot watch the video above, click below to read how the GMA interview went down.
Robert Pattinson today adhered to his pact of staying mum on the cheating scandal that resulted in his breakup with his longtime love and “Twilight” co-star Kristen Stewart, preferring instead to take on the culture of stardom and the public’s fascination with celebrities. “If you get used to it I think you start going crazy,” Pattinson said on “Good Morning America” of the fame that has followed him since he first starred in the “Twilight” franchise. “It’s like being on the craziest theme park ride. It’s totally exciting but, eventually, at some point you have to have a break.” Pattinson, 26, has taken a break and kept a low profile, reportedly retreating to the home of former co-star Reese Witherspoon, since learning last month that Stewart, 22, had had an affair with her married “Snow White and the Huntsman” director, Rupert Sanders. The British actor has emerged this week for the first time only to make a round of media appearances to promote his new film, “Cosmopolis,” but has made no direct mention of Stewart or how he is coping with the breakup. “I’ve never been interested in trying to sell my personal life and that’s really the only reason people bring it up,” Pattinson said today on “GMA.” “The reason you go on to TV is to promote movies. That’s the only way to do it.” Pattinson and Stewart were known for keeping their real-life romance low-key for the three years they dated, never publicly confirming that they were a couple and only recently letting themselves be photographed while on dates. After Us Weekly broke the news of the Stewart and Sanders’ affair with a photo of them kissing on its cover, Stewart issued a rare public apology … Pattinson spoke more seriously about the impact of what he calls the “spin culture” in society today. “If you took away publicists and things and people spoke for themselves, then they’d be responsible for their words,” he said. “I do have a manager who’s a de-facto publicist. He gives great advice so I can disregard it” … As for those screaming fans, Pattinson said he can’t understand what draws their attention to him, as opposed to people like the fictional Packer who hold real power through their wealth. “I can’t really tell what is interesting about actors, either,” he said. “People don’t find the personal lives of people with much, much more power than any celebrity would have, they don’t find their personal lives interesting. I think if you put the lives of people who control billions of dollars on the front page of every single paper, I think the world would be a better place.”
While I understand that GMA really wanted to ask Rob about his personal life, it’s clear that they just don’t know how to do that sort of thing tactfully. Jon Stewart handled the situation perfectly, George Stephanopoulos (bless his heart) did not. Unfortunately for Rob, these sorts of questions won’t stop anytime soon but as long as he sticks to his tactic of giving non answers, interviewers will eventually get the hint and stop asking. One can only hope that Rob will face more interviewers like Jon Stewart and less interviewers like George Stephanopoulos.