Mother of WFE Kids Shares Story About Meeting Rob

Here is an adorable story about Rob from the mother of the children who played Rob’s kids in Water For Elephants. He is SO father material .. it’s ridiculous! 😉

Usually Sonya Gonzalez is busy juggling all the activities that go with taking care of four young children, a house and home schooling her kids. But, for a couple of days in August, life went from being a circus to actually being in the circus. Last August (2010), the production company for the film, ‘Water for Elephants’ came to town. The whole town was suddenly ‘starstruck’ as people poured in from neighboring cities to get a glimpse of the film-making and its star, Robert Pattinson. For Sonya and her family, the visit came with a personal touch. Sonya’s husband works for the hotel where the cast and crew stayed and her two young sons filmed a scene for the movie.

“When my husband found out the production was coming to town, he heard they would be needing extras and children for the filming. We decided it would be fun to see if our kids could get a part” said Gonzalez. Her two boys, ages 5 and 7, were offered the part of playing the children of the film’s main character Jacob Jankowski (Pattinson). The scene would involve the boys playing in the background with other children, while the camera was focused on Jacob.

Sonya, her husband and the boys headed out to the site of the filming very early one morning. Her boys really had no idea who Robert Pattinson was, but her oldest was so excited to get a chance to meet the elephant, Tai. Her youngest son was pretty happy just to get to do whatever his older brother was doing. When the boys went to the trailer to get their hair cut, they ran into Robert Pattinson. As they were introduced, the actor smiled and joked about, ‘oh more kids’, because he’d already met the three little girls who would be playing his daughters in the film.

Shortly after the filming of her sons, Sonya and her husband had the opportunity to join the cast for the cast party. “I was struck by how ‘down to earth’ and approachable both Robert Pattinson and the director of the movie, Francis Lawrence, were.” She chatted with Francis first and she remembers him as being ‘super nice’. She said when she mentioned how nice it would be to see Robert in a different movie other than Twilight, he told her he was ‘proud’ of the job that Robert was doing in the film. Her memories of talking with Robert are blurry and she recalls the whole experience as being ‘surreal’. “He’s so much taller than I am and he was dressed like a regular guy with a ball cap on. I didn’t know he was from England until he spoke to me.” Once she heard him speak, she said she asked him about his impressions of the US, where he grew up in England and how often he gets to see his family. She also said he was ‘very sweet’ and he didn’t hesitate to let her husband take a picture of her with him.

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