I mean it wasn't that funny in the first place and now I've got to perform this unfunny story which Jimmy's going to fake laugh at it, and… And yet today he seems relaxed, quite happy to just chill and natter as I get the food going. The goal is cedar plank salmon, grilled vegetables and no explosions. I got a bit carried away at the Wholefoods deli this morning. "Sorry, I'd help but I'm useless with all that," he says, pointing at the grill. "I know, but my ideal of manliness is to be incapable of doing anything," he grins. He likes driving in LA, even with the traffic jams.
co-star—earning them the nickname "Robsten"—taught her a lesson in what happens when her personal and professional identities merged. "It's not that I want to hide who I am or hide anything I'm doing in my life. But at the same time, I want so badly to expose myself," the 26-year-old actress says."People wanted me and Rob to be together so badly that our relationship was made into a product. It's that I don't want to become a part of a story for entertainment value."Stewart understands that as an actress in high-profile films, audiences will be interested in her love life. "I want to be understood and I want to be seen, and I want to do that in the rawest, purest, most naked way I can."It wasn't until recently, in fact, that Stewart confirmed she was dating visual-effects producer Alicia Cargile."I would never talk about any of my relationships before, but once I started dating girls it seemed like there was an opportunity to represent something really positive," the Though she didn't hide her affections for Cargile in public, Stewart shied away from discussing their coupling for some time.It's understandable, given that she suffered from "debilitating physical anxiety" during her teens and early 20s.He doesn't seem the nervous type, Robert Pattinson. Yes, Robert Pattinson is in my house, having a beer while I putz around with the grill, a scenario that probably ought to feel weirder than it does. It was some cattle call press junket for the last Twilight movie. I brought it up about 50 times in the interviews, too." This time, I suggested we try something a bit more congenial. After all, he's a bloke from Barnes, south-west London, at the end of the day, 28 years old. His people said it was too public: Barnes or not, he's still Robert Pattinson. Isn't that what celebrities do, wear ski masks to Starbucks and so on? These days, just making a phone call is exhausting." He's not the practical type, let's say.
He always looks so calm, in the face of all those screaming girls. "On all those talk shows you have to do a pre-interview with some producer the day before. I thought, 'Oh my God, I'm starting to drool.' So, I made up this stupid story about having heavy saliva, and Jimmy's face just went, 'What the fuck are you talking about? It's a mumbled kind of laugh, full of self-deprecation and restraint. He was holed up in a sterile hotel suite in Beverly Hills, and I was one of a trillion journalists he met that day. They baulked: Robert really doesn't go out much, and when he does, he just goes to other people's houses. I said, come to my house, I'll put the beers on ice and grill up some lunch. And now here he is, this tall and entirely affable Englishman in a white T-shirt and black jeans, petting my dogs and making pleasant remarks about the neighbourhood. The other day, he tried opening a bottle with his i Phone; now he can't turn off its speakerphone.But there are times when he gets very anxious indeed, and the heart quickens and the behaviour changes. Or at least that's what he told US late-night chat-show host Jimmy Kimmel recently, when he was a guest on the show to promote his latest movie, Given that he was clearly quite nervous for the interview itself, perhaps he was lying all along, which would mean he wasn't, which would mean he was and so on forever. As he squirmed and fidgeted in his seat, he told Kimmel, apropos of nothing, that he had "extraordinarily heavy saliva", which was why he couldn't spit very far, no more than a foot. And then a second before you go on, they tell you what you said in the pre-interview to prep you for it – and then you have to go and say it all again. I remember he showed up with a T-shirt that flapped open at the side and he hadn't noticed – it wasn't a fashion thing, the stitching had just gone. There's no publicist in tow, no minder at the gate. He loves , but he doesn't know how to record it on his TV, so he watches it live every Sunday.He also said that he quite enjoyed being spat on in an erotic way. So, I was sitting there with Jimmy, and that story I said the day before suddenly seemed not funny at all. He mentioned his nerves then, too, saying he got so jumpy before auditions that he took a Xanax before the final Twilight one, only he overdid it, and showed up all drowsy. You have to hand it to him: not a lot of movie stars would pitch up at a reporter's house like this, and subject themselves to questioning. There's something of the eccentric about him, the scatterbrained professor, away in his thoughts. The one thing he might have done himself was drive here.This morning, there were six cars outside his house."I don't understand why," he says, looking puzzled. " It's not scandal that has put him in the cross hairs. The only real gossip he's been involved in was his split with Twilight co-star Kristen Stewart in 2012, from which he came out smelling of roses – it was Stewart who cheated on him, and with a married man, too."I think it goes through periods where you're assigned 'this is the guy to follow'. No, the reason the paps are in pursuit is more prosaic: he's just busy, that's all.