It was “amazing luck, as well, to just have fallen into it with the group of people I worked with on it.”
Although Pattinson is still-best known as Edward Cullen, he is at peace with the role that made him a star even as he branches out to grittier projects.
“I think one of the best things, basically, about being a bit of a sellout, is if you’ve done five movies in a series, you’ve had to accept some responsibility for playing the same character,” he said.
Since the Twilight movies wrapped, the actor has worked on less commercial films. He cites 2012’s Cosmopolis, the first movie he made after Twilight ended, as “the first time I worked on something that was quite complex.”
“I especially love the fact that it came out really at the height of my popularity.” Pattison said.
It was “the big turning point for me,” he continued. “I just realised that was what I wanted to do.”
This article originally appeared on PEOPLE