updated 07/31/2014 AT 12:55 AM ET
•originally published 07/31/2014 AT 1:00 PM ET
It wasn’t the cheating. As painful as that was, it happens all the time in relationships between young people.
“S––– happens, you know?” Pattinson tells British Esquire in its September issue about Stewart’s fling with director Rupert Sanders. “It’s just young people it’s normal! And honestly, who gives a s–––?”
Well, lots of people did. And that, says Pattinson, was indeed difficult.
It’s been two years since that scandal, and more than a year since the couple split for good after a brief reconciliation. And Pattinson continues to move beyond his Twilight days – personally and professionally.
For one thing, though still “a relatively solitary person,” he’s learned to deal with fame better, and isn’t as bothered by the paparazzi.
“There was a time, three years ago, when I didn’t know where to live where I wouldn’t be trapped in my home, you know?” he says. “But I worked it out. It’s not that big a deal in the end. Half of it is in your head.”
He’s also been taking challenging roles in movies from auteurs David Cronenberg, Werner Herzog and Anton Corbijn. That’s been fulfilling, though not without its moments of anxiety – like when he had to film a sex scene with Julianne Moore for Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars and things got strange.
“I noticed I was sweating. Like really heavy sweat,” Pattinson says. “I remember trying to catch the drops as they fell onto her back. It was weird. Huge splashing drops. At one point she turned around and said, ‘Are you all right?’ ”
Pattinson is indeed all right. “I know what makes me happy, if I’m feeling down: doing things that make your friends jealous,” he says of life these days. “It really works! I just say, ‘I’m working with David Cronenberg,’ and they go, ‘Oh really?’ I love that.”