In 2008, Pattinson landed the role of Edward Cullen in the film Twilight, based on Stephenie Meyer's best-selling novel of the same name.
According to TV Guide, Pattinson was initially apprehensive about auditioning for the role of Edward Cullen, fearful that he would not be able to live up to the "perfection" expected from the character.
In 2013, Dior Homme signed him as the face of their Fragrances.
In 2016, he also became the first brand ambassador of their Menswear collection. He sang songs for the Twilight film series and the 2008 independent comedy-drama film How to Be.
Film critic Richard Corliss from Time praised Pattinson for being "shy and watchful" and said that he "radiates a slow magnetism that locks the viewer's eyes on him", ultimately calling him "star quality".
The film received mixed to negative reviews from critics.
Shot on the streets of New York, the film narrates Pattinson's journey to buy a hot dog while avoiding media and fans in the hustle of the city.
As of August 2017, Pattinson has several projects in various stages of production.This short film later re-released as a part of an anthology film titled Love & Distrust, comprising five short films following eight individuals from diverse backgrounds on their quest for true contentment.He reprised his role as Edward Cullen in the Twilight sequel The Twilight Saga: New Moon, which was released on 20 November 2009.He became involved in amateur theatre at the Barnes Theatre Company.He auditioned and was cast in a small role in Guys and Dolls.However in Remember Me, he pours it on thickly and self-consciously.