HUNK ROBERT RINGS MY BEL; CHRISTINA RICCI FELL FOR THE CHARMS OF CO-STAR ROBERT PATTINSON DURING THEIR NEW FILM. by JAMES HISCOCK

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HUNK ROBERT RINGS MY BEL; CHRISTINA RICCI FELL FOR THE CHARMS OF CO-STAR ROBERT PATTINSON DURING THEIR NEW FILM. by JAMES HISCOCK


Byline: JAMES HISCOCK

He is one of the most bankable, handsome film stars in the world, and a household name having starred most famously as hunky Edward Cullen in the box officestorming Twilight series, and as Cedric Diggory in the Harry Potter films.

Yet Christina Ricci knew almost nothing about Robert Pattinson, and had seen none of his movies, when they met on the set of the new erotic drama Bel Ami. However, they still hit it off like old friends and turned a sometimes difficult film shoot into a fun-filled frolic.

"We would just goof off and laugh while we were working," says Christina, 32. "He's a sweet guy and super funny... and a really good kisser."

It was therefore easy for her to understand why Rob's girlfriend, Twilight co-star Kristen Stewart, paid so many visits to the set.

"He's so charming and smart," Christina continues. "He's so organised and in charge of his career. He was actually giving me advice," adds Californian Ricci, who has been acting since she was nine years old.

Bel Ami, based on the 1885 French novel by Guy de Maupassant, has a stellar cast which also includes Kristin Scott Thomas and Uma Thurman, and is executive produced by the Beckhams' manager Simon Fuller.

Christina plays the married but naive Clotilde de Marelle, a Parisian society lady who is seduced by Pattinson's manipulative and immoral Georges Duroy. Her favourite parts of filming, she says, were "the costumes, the makeup and Rob". Yet it is another vastly different role for the tattooed actress who has portrayed more than her share of dark, brooding characters in offbeat films. By contrast, she recently played air hostess Maggie Ryan in the 1960s-set TV series Pan Am.

"I'd been looking to do something in television for a while," she explains, "and this came along. I thought it was a great concept for a show. There's no rhyme or reason to what I do. I just choose what I like and what I think would be fun to do."

Even though Christina has been in the public eye ever since portraying one of Cher's little daughters in Mermaids in 1990, and then attracting widespread attention the following year as the mischievous Wednesday in The Addams Family, she has managed to keep a low profile.

"I probably don't interact with the normal world as much as other people," she admits. "I'm sort of hermit-like. …

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