When he first moved out to Los Angeles to make it as an actor, Robert Pattinson pretty much took his American peers for chumps. CHUMPS. Although Pattinson previously criticised Justin Bieber for pretending to be his friend, Pattinson himself isn’t above faking a friendship to get ahead. In order to win people over just after he moved to the States, he would lie and pretend to know British royalty. And it worked. Pattinson told the anecdote on the UK’s The Graham Norton Show and managed not to sound like an a** (video of the interview is below). ‘When I first came to [Los Angeles], it was very easy to convince people I was a member of the royal family,’ he told the host. ‘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,’ Pattinson continued. ‘People would think, ‘You’re English, I completely believe you.’ I actually don’t know how hard to laugh at that. It reminds me of my cousin, who also grew up in the UK, but she travelled to America for a year or two. In between being asked whether there were ‘really Black people in England’ (yes, she was asked that), she was asked whether she knew the Queen/ had met the Queen, or whether she knew random people who lived in the same country… ‘Do you know Bob? Bob, my friend, lives in England, do you know him?’ Yeah, I can totally see this entire exchange happening and people not questioning him.
Image credit INF Daily. Quotes Pop Eater.