“I went to RADA with Prince William”: Robert Pattinson Was Born to Play Batman for What He Did to Get Into Hollywood Before Growing Fangs for Twilight

Robert Pattinson’s journey to becoming Batman, included fabricating stories about Prince William, while marking his transformation from Twilight to independent films.

robert pattinson in twilight and the batman


  • Robert Pattinson’s hilarious lies, including connections with Prince William, helped him break into Hollywood before Twilight.
  • After Twilight, he transformed his career by taking on challenging roles in independent films, showcasing his range as an actor.
  • His journey has come a long way from playing Edward Cullen in the Twilight Saga to becoming the new Batman in Matt Reeves’ film.
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One of Hollywood’s most prominent faces, Robert Pattinson, boasts a stellar career with the Twilight Saga and Matt Reeves’ The Batman standing out as the crowning jewels. However, like many other actors in the industry, he too had his share of struggles in the past before making it big. Born in London, the star faced a tough time in cracking his way into showbiz. Already possessing prowess with acting, he also resorted to the territory of extending his wit to make it through.

Robert Pattinson as Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter
Robert Pattinson as Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter

Hilariously enough, the 38-year-old has admitted to lying on his resume and fabricating stories to clinch roles before becoming a popular face alongside the Kristen Stewart starrer movies. Moreover, one of his stories also involved a working member of the British royal family, Prince William, into the mix, and outrageously enough, many fell for his story.

Prince William reference landed Twilight to Robert Pattinson

Robert Pattinson in Twilight
Robert Pattinson in Twilight

In 2005, Robert Pattinson appeared as Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, marking one of his first mainstream appearances, even if for a side role. Thereafter, however, he remained unemployed for three years. Itching to make his big break into the movie business, the actor found himself in pursuit of Hollywood and Los Angeles. Yet, without any potential connections and leads, he lied about studying drama with none other than Prince William, which he opened up about on The Graham Norton Show.


“I hadn’t worked for three years – I was unemployed in London – and when people asked what I’d been doing, I told people I went to RADA [Royal Academy of Dramatic Art] with Prince William.”

Remarkably, the story worked out in his favor. The British actor’s accent helped boost the credibility of his fabrication as he admitted that “People would think, ‘You’re English, I completely believe you!'” Soon after, he made his big breakthrough with the role of Edward Cullen in 2008’s Twilight.

Finally, he would go on to hold on to that role until 2012’s Breaking Dawn- Part 2 with the success of bringing him a fortune worth $100 million. Yet, he hardly shies away from this lesser-known skill of his even now.

Christopher Nolan once caught Robert Pattinson lying

Robert Pattinson in a still from The Batman
Robert Pattinson in a still from The Batman (via WB)

The famed actor found his way to big success, landing the character of Neil for Tenet, in his first and only collaboration with Oscar-winning director Christopher Nolan. Unfortunately, during the process of filming the flick, he also had an overlapping opportunity to audition for Matt ReevesThe Batman.


To manage this complexity, he faked a “family emergency” excuse to the director, as per his talks with The Irish Times. However, the latter immediately caught hold of him and remarked “You’re doing the Batman, aren’t you?” although without any hard feelings.

Similarly, after the first Twilight movie, he made up a story claiming that he was an American from Michigan or Denver. Surprisingly for him, this again backfired when the producers recognized him during the auditions for Transformers 2, landing him in hot soup. Furthermore, stories of him being homeless and a story about him witnessing a clown die in a circus car explosion also turned out to be interview lies, adding dynamics to his persona.

The Batman is available to stream on Hulu or Max and for rent and purchase on Apple TV, Google Play Movies, and Vudu.


Written by Imteshal Karim

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Bearing a penchant for writing in multiple forms, I love telling a good story and hope to tell impactful ones about the fandom's side of the Entertainment industry. I found the movie of my life in Christopher Nolan's 2014' s Interstellar, which fascinated me with the perfect blend of science and cinema, leaving me curious about Hollywood. In my leisure time, you will find me indulging in photography, gardening, and cycling.