Robert Pattinson Facts
Robert Pattinson has been tough to miss ever since breaking out in 2008's "Twilight" as a hunky vampire.

The film catapulted Pattinson to international success seemingly overnight, and after four more "Twilight" films and millions of dollars in the bank, the actor is looking to shake that role. Pattinson has, however, proved his acting chops in indies like "Cosmopolis" and can be seen in the critically-acclaimed thriller "The Rover" opposite Guy Pearce this summer.

From his surprising karaoke partner to his connection with an asteroid, here are 23 things you probably don't know about Robert Pattinson.

1. Pattinson was born May 13, 1986 in London, England to Clare and Richard Pattinson.

2. His father imported vintage cars from the US, while his mother worked for a modeling agency.

3. The actor was raised Roman Catholic.

4. Growing up in the Barnes suburb of London, Pattinson became involved with the Barnes Theatre Company at a young age and appeared in productions of "Guys and Dolls," "Anything Goes," and "Macbeth," to name a few.

5. When he was 12, he began modeling. Pattinson worked steadily at first, saying "I was quite tall and looked like a girl, so I got lots of jobs, because it was during that period where the androgynous look was cool."

6. He actually admits that his modeling jobs quickly decreased as a result of him filling out and looking too much like a man! I don't think "Twilight" fans are complaining.

7. He lent his modeling talents to the advertising campaign for Hackett's fall 2007 collection. (Click here to see a pre-Hollywood Pattinson.)

8. After breaking out in the "Twilight" franchise, Pattinson became the new face of Dior Homme fragrance in 2013.

9. Yes, in case you didn't know, Pattinson's breakthrough came in "Twilight," the 2008 film based on Stephenie Meyer's best-selling novel.

10. The actor was originally hesitant to audition for the lead role of Edward Cullen, afraid that he wouldn't live up to the expectations of the character.

11. Is it possible Pattinson blew all expectations out of the water? Roger Ebert not only confirmed that he was "well-chosen" for the role, but also the film ultimately grossed nearly $400 million worldwide and kickstarted the highly lucrative film series.

12. The subsequent "Twilight" movies went on to each gross nearly $700 million or more worldwide!

13. The actor became an international phenomenon, almost overshadowing the films at times. In 2009, a documentary titled "Robsessed" was made, chronicling Pattinson's life and sudden popularity.

14. Pattinson surely profited from the success, earning $18 million in 2009 alone.

15. In 2009, he was also named the Most Handsome Man in the World by Vanity Fair (opposite Angelina Jolie) and the Sexiest Man Alive by Glamour UK.

16. Even Moviefone named him the Hottest Young Star Under 25 in 2009!

17. Around this time, Pattinson also began dating his "Twilight" co-star and love interest, Kristen Stewart. After a highly publicized relationship, the two actors are no longer an item.

18. The actor is one of three children, and has two older sisters. The middle sister, Lizzy, is an English singer-songwriter and has performed and recorded with Aurora and Milk & Sugar, including on the latter's hit dance song "Let the Sun Shine."

19. She is also connected to Pattinson's "Twilight" franchise. Lizzy provided backing vocals for tracks in the first film and "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1."

20. Prior to their respective fame, Katy Perry and Pattinson were friends. (Here they are singing karaoke together at a friend's 2008 birthday party.) They really know how to sing some Boyz II Men!

21. There have been rumors of a budding Perry-Pattinson romance between the two stars, but whether they're actually an item is anyone's guess.

22. His small role in "Vanity Fair" (2004) as Reese Witherspoon's son was cut from the film. Pattinson played Witherspoon's lover in "Water for Elephants" (2011) several years later.

Bonus fact: A Russian astronomer, Timur Kryachko, named an asteroid after him in 2014 -- "246789 Pattinson."

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