Robert Pattinson became an actor for "the pretty girls"
The screen heartthrob - who has been dating actress Kristen Stewart since meeting her on the `Twilight` set - admits his initial interest in drama was fuelled by the possibility of meeting women as well as a love of the art form.
He said: "I suppose it was a variety of things - the pretty girls? There was a theatre around the corner from my house. I guess it was something I always wanted to do, but I thought it was pretty pretentious; I didn`t mind the kids that were acting at school but I wanted to do it secretly outside the school.
"I just liked the environment; I worked backstage for about three years and just watched everything and then I did a couple of plays and I got an agent from one of the plays, totally randomly."
The 24-year-old actor can currently be seen starring opposite Reese Witherspoon in new romantic movie `Water For Elephants` and he has admitted his favourite thing about the shoot was working with all the animals on set.
Robert - who plays a vet, Jacob Jankowski, who falls in love with Reese`s character, circus performer Marlena Rosenbluth, in the movie - told The Independent newspaper: "In a lot of ways, I prefer working with animals and kids more than grown up actors. If someone else isn`t acting in the scene, it`s easier to not act. It seems like actors become almost competitive which works sometimes, but a lot of times my brain doesn`t want to do that. If I feel like I can`t beat the other actor, I just don`t do anything."