Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Robert Pattinson gets breakup advice, ice cream from Jon Stewart on 'Daily Show' - NBCNews.com

By Ree Hines, TODAY contributor

Everything is better with ice cream -- kid's parties, hot summer days and "awkward interview situations." That latter tidbit comes courtesy of "Twilight" star Robert Pattinson, who enjoyed some of the frosty stuff while chatting with "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart on Monday night.

Actually, it was Stewart who did most of the talking while the actor simply did his best to avoid directly addressing anything to do with longtime love Kristen Stewart or her headline-grabbing "momentary indiscretion" with "Snow White and the Huntsman" director Rupert Sanders.

"What have you been up to?" Stewart asked with a smile, breaking the ice right from the start.

But even that simple question seemed to throw Pattinson off a bit in his first television interview since the scandal went public.

"God, I thought we already prepared this. I had a joke prepared!" he insisted. "I was all set up and ready to go."

Robert Pattinson slideshow

That's when Stewart decided it was time to "just do this," and break out the Ben & Jerry's (one pint of Karamel Sutra for Pattinson and one pint of Cherry Garcia for himself).

"Now, we're just a couple of gals talking," said Stewart. "All right, tell me everything."

Instead of "everything," Pattinson offered up a joke about his waistline, as if he really worried the ice cream might make him "split (his) Spanx." But he wasn't off the hook, as Stewart's questions continued.

"So what are we doing here? Are you all right?" he asked. "Is everything OK? I'm worried about you, and you're all right?"

That earned one confession from the star.

"I'm going to sound like an idiot, but my biggest problem in my life is I'm cheap, and I didn't hire a publicist," Pattinson revealed. "And in every awkward interview, normally, actors get these things scripted. I'm going to hire a publicist."

"I think you should," Stewart agreed, "although, unless you have a time machine ..."

Good point. But even a publicist would have had a hard time getting Stewart to avoid the obvious topic.

"Listen, the last time I had a bad breakup, Ben and Jerry got me through some of the tougher times," the host shared. "So, I thought you and I could bond over this and talk about, 'Boy, you are better off. Kick her to the curb! Whatever!"

That earned a big smile from the actor who's yet to reveal whether or not he actually broke things off with his girlfriend. Then again, he certainly didn't correct Stewart's assumption.

Kristen Stewart slideshow

"When you are young and you break up, it's powerful and it feels like the world is ending," Stewart added. This is the first time I have seen the world actually react that way. It's insanity. ... Here is my wish for you: That you get to handle your business in private, in your personal life, and I wish you all the best."

That appeared to be Pattinson's wish for himself, too.

"I should've talked about (my new movie) "Cosmopolis!" he joked.

Speaking of "Cosmopolis," which Pattinson eventually had a couple of minutes to do during his talk with Stewart, the drama opens Aug. 17.

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