Robert Pattinson Suffered From Depression For Two Years After Twilight Fame Hit

Robert Pattinson attends the LACMA Art + Film Gala on October 27, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Donato Sardella/Getty

Adjusting to the overnight fame brought on by the Twilight phenomenon was not easy for Robert Pattinson.

With the fifth and final film of the franchise hitting theaters Nov. 16, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 actor, 26, admits to French magazine Premiere that he struggled after superstardom hit in 2008. 

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"I went through a big time of depression between 23 and 25, I couldn't go where I wanted to go," the actor told the magazine via Daily Mail. "I was in the tabloids every day and I didn't have access to the roles I really wanted. I wanted more, on every level."

The first Twilight film opened in theaters in November 2008, and made instant superstars of Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner. But Pattinson, who plays vampire Edward Cullen, worried he wouldn't be able to land roles that he really wanted.

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"I thought everything was going to be served on a plate but that's not how it works," he said. "I finally realized that you needed to earn this change I so desperately wanted. That one way or another, you had to suffer to be able to make it."

Fortunately, Pattinson's mood brightened when director David Cronenberg offered him the role of Eric Packer in Cosmopolis.

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"I saw Kristen leave to film Snow White and the Huntsman, Taylor was also doing his thing on the side, and I was just going in circles, asking myself if I was going to take a break and go back to music . . . Then one day David called and I went crazy."

After promotions for Breaking Dawn – Part 2 wrap up, Pattinson is set to star shoot The Rover in Australia with Guy Pearce. He will also portray Army interrogator Eric Maddox in Mission: Blacklist.

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