"Something I was trying to find for years was to do a ballet movie... And then my agent was like, 'Why? Do you know how to (do) ballet?' I'm like, 'No'," Pattinson told singer-actress Jennifer Lopez in Variety's Actors on Actors series.
Pressed for more details about his dance desire, Pattinson said "I think there's a ballerina inside me... I really wanted to do it."
The 33-year-old said part of the attraction is tackling a role no one would expect from him, just like his latest release, psychological horror movie "The Lighthouse".
"I'm like, 'Get to have sex with a mermaid, and constantly naked. I have a cool moustache'," he shares of how he decided to sign on for the project.
"I love finding something where I have absolutely no idea how to do it. I don't approach parts if there's something relatable. If I was going after parts which seem somehow relatable to my real self, I would be consistently playing chronically insecure losers."
Agreeing with Pattinson, Lopez said "I think that's what people don't understand about actors and their choices. It's about finding something you haven't done."