I lied to get work: Robert Pattinson

Updated: Apr 18, 2011, 14:47 PM IST

London: Hollywood heartthrob Robert Pattinson lied about his work experience to impress casting directors.

The 24-year-old actor, who shot to fame as Edward Cullen in the `Twilight` series, admits struggling to get roles in Los Angeles after being jobless for two years, reported the Daily Mirror.

Pattinson, who was desparate for a job, says he lied about attending London`s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (Rada) and Oxford University to impress potential employers.

"I`d been unemployed for ages, and when I came to Los Angeles all the casting directors would ask what I`d been doing for the past few years. I`d say, `Oh, I was at Rada` - if you`ve got an English accent you can get away with it. I`d say I went to Oxford, too. I did it for years.

"But it didn`t work when loads of English people started moving to Los Angeles. So then I pretended to be American for a bit. When `Twilight` came out I still tried to pretend to be American but people thought I was insane, so I stopped," said Pattinson.

The British actor got his first big break in 2005 portraying Cedric Diggory in `Harry Potter And The Goblet of Fire` and subsequently got famous playing the romantic vampire opposite his girl-friend Kirsten Stewart in the `Twilight` franchise.