13 May 2012

Happy Birthday, Robert Pattinson! Twilight Star Turns 26

If Robert Pattinson was in the midst of a quarter-life crisis, we sure couldn't tell.

The Twilight thesp, who celebrates his 26th birthday today, kind of ruled when it came to the young Hollywood scene during the last year (he was dubbed our own celeb of the year, after all), scooping up People's Choice Awards and heating up things off-screen with co-star Kristen Stewart to boot.

And let's just say Pattinson didn't kick off the year leading up to his big 2-6 as one of Time Magazine's most influential people for nothing.

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Before the handsome star, who turned millions into Twihards, wrapped up his last scene on the Breaking Dawn: Part 2 set, Pattinson was busy wooing Stewart, canoodling with the starlet around the globe, and more local stomping grounds like Indio, Calif. for the Coachella Music Festival. 

But, it wasn't all X's and O's for the ubiquitous actor.

Pattinson geared up for a post-Twilight transformation, moving on from the hypnotizing heartthrob role that made him famous, to darker characters like a billionaire who nearly loses everything (along with his sanity) in one day in Cosmopolis (set to be released this year).

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Along with Cosmopolis came Bel Ami, a romance flick in which he had quite the steamy scene with Christina Ricci.  

Pattinson also went on to nab the role of a military interrogator who hunts down Saddam Hussein in a psychological thriller flick called Mission: Blacklist due to hit theaters next year.

And being the do-gooder that he is, Pattinson helped build a school for teen girls in Cambodia. 

Needless to say, we can't wait to see what the next 12 months have in store for R.Pattz.

And we're hoping today's celebration involves Stewart (lest we forget, he helped her ring in her 22nd birthday this year).

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