"[My dad] saw a bunch of pretty girls who were going to it," Robert said of getting his start in amateur productions at the Barnes Theatre Company. "[He] said: 'Hey Rob, you've got to go to that.' That's the reason I still do it!"
And though he's been linked to a number of Hollywood stars – including "Twilight" co-star Kristen Stewart, who he was reportedly spotted holding hands with last week – he told the newspaper the rumors are just that.
"Every single person who they sort of romantically link me to… I just don't even really know anyone. So it doesn't really affect me that much," he said, adding about Kristen, "I don't understand where that even comes from."
Instead, it's adoring fans who have been falling for him and his "Twilight" character, the vampire Edward Cullen.
"It's a weird experience," he said. "You do tend to start getting a little bit paranoid about stuff. Looking around when you're walking down the street, in case you get mobbed by teenage girls!"
He's now filming the next chapter in the "Twilight" series, "New Moon," and he said he's noticed a change since "Twilight" launched him into stardom.
"So many people have watched 'Twilight' or heard about it, you can be sitting anywhere and the chances are someone will come up and recognize you," he said.
And as for his latest role, as Salvador Dali in "Little Ashes," he found one thing in common between the surrealist painter and Edward's centuries-old vampire.
"I think both of them were terrified," he said, noting the complicated relationship between Edward and Bella, the human girl he falls for. "Especially Dali. He had so many sexual hang-ups. He was crippled by so many different things."
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