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Robert Pattinson, best known for his role as sexy vampire Edward Cullen in the Twilight films, is terrified of auditions. But he's found a way to combat his fear—faking it.
The 28-year-old British star, who appears in the new post-apocalyptic movie The Rover, recently spoke to the U.K. newspaper The Guardian about the phobia.
"I'm quite good at doing meetings," the outlet quoted him as saying in an interview published Thursday. "If I'm just meeting someone about a job, I'm like a dog, especially if my agent's said to me: 'A lot of people want this job.' Then I'm like, 'Oh yeah? Then I will do anything to get it!'"
When asked about his technique, he told The Guardian, "I don't know, I just become a bulls--t artist! That's when I start acting! I'm really much better at doing it when the cameras aren't rolling..."
Pattinson auditioned for four hours for director David Michôd before he landed the role of Rey, the brother of a car thief, in The Rover, the U.K. newspaper The Telegraph reported in June.
"For the first 45 minutes, I had to deal with my own neuroses before I'd do any kind of acting and I think David recognized this and when I let myself calm down I was fine," he said.
"We would do a take and Robert would go, ‘Oh I was so terrible,'" the director added. "But he wasn't terrible, he's just very English and very self-deprecating. I knew within five minutes of our four hour audition I'd found the actor to play Ray."
Pattinson became an international heartthrob thanks to his role in the Twilight films, which have made more than $7.7 billion worldwide. He told The Guardian that Edward was "probably the hardest part" he's ever played.
The Rover was released in the United Kingdom on Friday and hit theaters in the United States in June. There, it received mixed reviews and flopped at the box office.
Pattinson has also appeared in other fan-favorite movies, such as Remember Me and Water for Elephants, but they have not been as successful as the Twilight movies. Many viewers have speculated that he has been typecast as a result.
"It's kind of fun," he told The Guardian. "Because people have preconceived ideas about you, and sometimes it affords you the opportunity to shock people more."