He then proceeded to tell me a story about a wild rumour that once circulated on the Internet, purporting that he had died. “It was the craziest story,” he giggles. “I was pretty proud because it wasn’t like a simple death. It was out at a club late at night in LA and these exotic dancers drugged me and brought me back to their hotel and ended up killing me at the end of the night. It was something insane and people believed it.” It turned out to be an April Fool’s thing, but it didn’t stop the deluge of frantic calls from family and friends, who were concerned for his well-being.
“I am just a simple guy,” he says shyly. “I like to relax at home and have quiet days or go to the ranch wherever.”
The 21-year-old actor became a teen idol following his starring role in the vampire franchise Twilight, which has completely changed his life. “The privacy and just the normal life that I live is different but I don’t let it affect me much and you really just treat life the same.”
To eschew the suffocating attention from the millions of fans, the Michigan-born actor lives outside of LA with his family. “But whenever we travel anywhere, everybody knows where we’re going to show up somehow and there’s certainly people camping out everywhere,” he laughs. Soon, however, he will be moving out of his parents’ house to his own.