Pattinson Owes Twilight Success To Anti-anxiety Pills

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June 14, 2010 | 6:34pm EST

Robert Pattinson has anti-anxiety medication Valium to thank for his Twilight success – he would never have landed the lead as brooding Edward Cullen if he hadn’t popped a pill before his first audition.
The British actor admits he was really anxious on his way to director Catherine Hardwicke’s house for a screen test before he was a definite for the role – and he needed a little extra help calming his nerves.

In an exclusive interview with news show Nightline, which airs on Monday night, Pattinson recalls, “I knew it was going to be a long audition because I was doing a screen test for it, and it was at the director’s house. Twenty minutes before I had to leave (for it), I just suddenly started panicking.”

He took “a few” Valium from the friend he was staying with.

Pattinson adds, “(It was) probably one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I remember thinking that even when I was in the cab on the way over there. I was thinking, ‘I want to get a prescription for these.'”