Robert Pattinson Talks New Haircut And Ballet On 'Ellen'

'Twilight' star reveals that new 'do is for his role in the movie 'Water for Elephants.'

If you've grown attached to Robert Pattinson's signature hairstyle, you're in for a bit of a surprise. When the 24-year-old "Twilight" star appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Wednesday (May 19), he showed off his brand-new look: a trimmed-down, shorter haircut.

Asked by Ellen why he decided to cut his hair, Pattinson jokingly replied: "I got a terrible infestation of nits, and I had to shave it all off." After Ellen informed the actor that "nits" are actually called "head lice" in the United States, she gently advised him not to "start that rumor."

"No, I'm doing a film," he revealed of the real reason behind his haircut. Pattinson will star in "Water for Elephants," a movie based on the novel by Sara Gruen about a college dropout and his experience as an animal caretaker for a traveling circus in the 1930s. Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz co-star, and shooting begins this week.

After he discussed the movie, Ellen asked Pattinson if he feels more comfortable actually acting than discussing the craft of acting in interviews, suggesting that the "Twilight" star is shy in real life. "I just like doing things where you have a little time to think about what you're saying," he confessed. "I've always had a problem actually thinking [in real time] before I open my mouth."

But Pattinson wasn't bashful when asked about his experience as a dancer earlier in his life. "I did ballet when I was 10," he revealed to cheers from the audience.

"Then I realized that I was a guy, and I was the only guy in the class," he laughed. "When you're the only guy in your black leotard and your black jeans dancing to the 'Batman' theme tune, when everyone else is doing proper ballet, it only lasts so long. You can't really go past 10!"

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