Blast releases a special TWILIGHT EXTRA issue of the magazine on Monday with photos and video from the event, a longer interview with Robert Pattinson, our movie review, and more!

SAUGUS, Mass. — The teenage girl came out of the Hot Topic store, eyes glazed with a silly smile on her face. Her mother ran up to meet her, just as the words started tumbling out of the daughter’s lips.

“He talked to me,” she gasped, as her mother smiled along but tried to calm the teen down.

“She has epilepsy,” the mother explained, “and I don’t want her to seize.”

Then she scooped up her daughter and hurried away, without giving her name, to make room for the next giggling girl.

Fan dedication: defined.

She was just one of hundreds who flocked to the Square One Mall north of Boston on Friday. The object of their fanaticism wasn’t one of the Jonas Brothers or Miley Cyrus, but rather a soft-spoken, spiky-haired Brit named Robert Pattinson.

In the words of one indignant passerby who was turned away from shopping at the barricaded Hot Topic: “He isn’t even famous.”

Though Pattinson, 22, may not be a household name yet, to the fan community of Stephenie Meyer’s vampire “Twilight” series, (and hardcore Harry Potter fans who remember he played Cedric Diggory) he is second to none. Playing the lead male character Edward in the upcoming vampire film “Twilight,” the fan hysteria has reached peak heights.

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“At first I thought maybe he wasn’t as good for Edward, but now I think he’s perfect,” said Selys Rivera, 14, of Worcester. “He’s completely perfect for Edward. He’s amazing.”

Pattinson, along with co-stars Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Edi Gathegi and Rachelle Lefavre, is headlining the Hot Topic-sponsored movie tour to promote “Twilight” in the final days before the film’s release on November 21. The Saugus event was Pattinson’s third and final stop on the tour after the event scheduled in San Francisco was canceled after fans mobbed the mall.

Pattinson, Stewart, and the trio of Lautner, Gathegi and Lefavre toured to 13 cities across the U.S. from November 10 through November 15.

“[The hysteria] hasn’t died down at all,” Pattinson told Blast in a brief interview at the Saugus Hot Topic. “It happened in [Italy], it happened in Mexico. It’s completely ridiculous.”

Here in Saugus, the crowd was much tamer than the events in San Francisco and Chicago. Wristbands were given, starting at 9 p.m. Thursday, to the first 500 people who bought the Hot Topic official “Twilight” tour T-shirt. The Saugus police were no-nonsense about the event and were a steady presence around the mall throughout the night.

“We got here at about 9 p.m. yesterday and we were there like all night long,” said Attleboro resident Amanda Pease, 20. “We only left to go to Starbucks.”

At 5 p.m. Friday, a crowd of a couple hundred girls had gathered around a stage that was set up for Pattinson to speak to the fans for the question and answer portion of the event. Some had camped out for more than 20 hours just for the chance to meet their beloved “Edward,” while others had arrived only moments before to wait around until Pattinson spoke at on the stage.

A security presence was felt. A barricade was set up like a moat around the stage to protect Pattinson from the overzealousness of any rabid fan-girls.

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About The Author

Terri Schwartz was a Blast Contributing Editor from 2008-2009.

24 Responses

  1. Kaitlyn

    He already filmed “How To Be” and “Little Ashes” supposedly he will be filming a movie titled “Parts Per Billion” next.

    I like that he is going back to doing Indie Films…. those are the films with the real raw and organic story lines… Not many people continue with Indie once they’ve had the break through that Rob has experienced… says a lot about him 🙂

  2. Jess Swan

    OMG!! I’m crying !! I can not belaive it, this isn’t real!!!!! He’s so gorgeous.. breath! I’m speechless i just know i want to marry him he’s perfect he’s my love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ahh love RPattz forver hes woooow

  3. MrsSpunkRansom513

    Very nice, accurate interview. Rob is an amazing actor as well as musician and I fully appreciated you featuring him. He just happens to be the hottest person on the planet as well.

  4. Jen-In-TN

    Rob Pattinson is most llikely the MOST LOVED male in the world right now!! Of course, I’m crazy about him in too, okay IN LOVE. He is GORGEOUS & seems to be such a normal down to earth guy. Which makes him even greater. His singing leaves all hot & …well you know. His voice is hypnotic and beautiful. I just wish the radios and MTV & VH1 would start playing “never think” or “Let me sign”. How do get a copy of “Let me sign” anyway? It’s not on the soundtrack. I just can’t seem to get enough info or see enough pictures of him. I love his live TV interviews. He is so funny. Hope he always stays real!!!

  5. Emily

    I think it’s really dumb how she’s like, “Bella’s not supposed to be sexy”. Obviously she is, because all the guys at Forks school were lustin’ after her! The only reason we are left with the impression that Bella isn’t sexy is because she’s too modest to admit it.

    But back to Pattinson…. I want his laugh. So bad. And I love his combo of humble modesty, sweetness, and sexiness. It’s a winner every time.

  6. shimaris eason A.K.A Mrs.Robert Pattinson

    i love him, he is such an amazing actress and im not going to go crazy over him like all those other fans do………… no im lying yes i am i love him so much he is such an amazing down to earth person he does not let the money or the crazed fans change who is and thats what i think counts most that he stays true to who he really is and does not let hollywood change who is……………… oh yeah and he is sooooooooooooooooooooo soooooooooooooooooooooooo sexy i love you Robert Pattinson

  7. Sabrina

    I LOVE robert he is the cutest, hottest ,actor to ever live! im going to marry him and OMG i gust LOVE HIM SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much! I didnt get to go to the mall but i knew i should have and now………………………………… I dont know im just soooooooooooooooooooooooo mad and i think he is soooooooooooooo sexy!!!!!!!! WHO WOULDNT LOVE HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?

  8. briana

    Robert pattinson is just a normal guy like everyone else sure he has good looks and hes a good actor but hes still normal and down to earth

    Dont get me wrong im a huge twilight fan and yea i wish edward really did exist but he doesnt

    i bet that if robert read these comments he would start to get pretty annoyed of all these ramdom girls saying that they want to marry him and love him when they have never really met him, just seen a charracter that he played and mabe a few interviews but thats it

  9. Danielle

    Hey i would like to get to know you an love to have a convo so logged on to my addie, i am one of your biggest fan and love u in harry potter and twilight . much love

  10. Miaesha

    Personly…I think briana is right but he is so cute and i think that he is a good actor.I would see that every girl would want him because he is fine…lol…but any ways i would like to meet him in person and get his autogragh one day and run into him somewhere!

  11. Bella

    I missed him! How could I be so stupid as to miss this?
    I am probably the most obsessed with twilight person in all of south east Massachusetts, and I missed him! I could sit and stare at a wall all day if it meant hearing his voice close to my ears the next. No doubt, that I of all 14 year old girls, can just research more itresting facts on Robert Pattinson. He’s 6″1′, 22 (turning 23 on May 13), he was born in London, England, where else did he get his beautiful accent from? I mean I could go on and on and on. I love, with every piece of my heart, a man I never even met!

  12. vane

    lo esperamos pronto en argentina que se acuerde aqui tambien lo amamos besos para el

  13. camila

    yooo tengo que admitir que adore el libro y la peli tb! y creo que lo que esta ocurriendo es una obsecion colectiva en todas nosotras!! pq? bueno primero pq la escritora logro personificar tan bien la perfeccion de un hombre que es imposible que alguna no lo adore o suspire mientras lee lo que pasa, luego al ver la pelicula y ver que esta en carne y hueso el inconciente reconoce que “existe” de alguna manera pero el conciente sabe que no es asi, entonces uno entra enun dilema en done le encantariaaaaaaaa que fuera realidad pero la verdad es que no lo es, y por eso aveces algunas dicen q sienten pena y otras cosas y esto tb nos lleva a que no encante el actor robert pattinson pq de alguna u otra manera es lo mas cercano que hay a la “realidad” de que existiera edward, aunqqq no se conpara con el personaje de la autora del librooo! pero algo es aslgooo =P

    esoooo es lo q creoooo! =)

  14. camila

    yooo ame la peli y ellibro mas aun! y creo que todass o la mayoria estamos callendo en un aobsecion colectiva! pq? buenoo primero que todoo la autora logro personificar de tal manera la perfeccion de un hombre y ademas de un amor que nadie puede decir que no suspiro mientras leia el libroo o sintio cosas en el estomago de lo romantico que era todo,luego al ver la pelicula nuestro inconciente cree en alguma medida que “existe” aunque el conciente sabe que no es asi entonces se vuelve un dilema internooo! , por esoo aveces hay algunas que dicen que sienten tristeza de que edward no sea real, y por esooo tb se adora de cierto modo a robert ya que en cierta medida es lo mas concreto a la realidad que hay con respecto al personaje! por mucho que no llegue a los talones al descrito por la utoraa en el libro.

  15. Margot

    J’ai 13 ans et je m’appelle margot
    J’aime trop Robert je suis sa plus grande fan
    je suis malheureuse et amoureuse
    on peut-etre dix ans de difference
    et je suis peut-etre française et lui americain
    mais je n’ais qu’un seul desir c’est qu’il soit la à mon dernier soupir

  16. jenny

    I love you. You are so fascinating. I have seen the Twilight for many times, but still not enough. I will support you forever.


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