No wonder Robert Pattinson has millions of fans following his every move — the handsome Brit admits in a new interview that he took his heartthrob cue from swoonworthy acting legend, James Dean. “Rebel Without a Cause was a big influence on the first [Twilight film] — it influenced the hairdo and stuff,” R-Pattz tells USAWeekend.com.

“In lots of ways, it has a very similar character arc: An everyday girl brings this relatively strange individual out of his slump,” he adds of the Edward Cullen/Bella Swan dynamic.

New Moon director Chris Weitz definitely agrees that Rob has that same ability to attract teenage girls in flocks.

“It’s like The Birds, with teenage girls,” he jokes. “You turn around, and there would be a line of girls standing there.”

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As fanatic as his fans are, the 23-year-old star is still humble about all the attention he gets these days.

“I’m not entirely sure what it is,” he says. “I’ll probably realize afterward how I could have controlled it a little bit more. But I am still like a deer in headlights.”

And if fans get him confused with his vampire alter ego, that’s no big deal — Rob doesn’t mind!

“Right at the beginning, everyone just called me Edward,” he admits.  “I don’t really mind either way. There’s something about that character that, for some reason, has sparked an interest in massive degrees in so many different people.

“If you want to compete with your own character, you have to really fight. I don’t know if I could be bothered to fight,” he says. “I just let it go by.”

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