Michael Sheen is impressed by how Robert Pattinson handles himself in the public eye

Actor Michael Sheen has publicly praised his “New Moon” co-star Robert Pattinson for how the heartthrob has handled being in the media spotlight.

Sheen, a 40-year-old Welsh actor with Irish roots, recently was quoted as saying: “I don’t know how he copes with it all. I certainly wouldn’t have been able to deal with it when I was his age.”

The critically acclaimed star of films like “The Queen” and “Frost/Nixon” is impressed by both Pattinson and fellow “Twilight” sensation Kristen Stewart. “He and Kristen are really amazing,” Sheen said. “They’re fully committed to what they’re doing and I wish them the best.”

Sheen also spilled some details on his character in the latest installment of the “Twilight” film phenomenon.

“I play Aro. For people who aren’t fans of the books, I play one of the Volture-somebody described it as being like the royal family of vampires, which I guess is a good description,” he said.

“He’s very calming on the surface, very gentle and soft on the surface. But beneath, he is a psychopathic killer…He’s a great character, and I had a great time doing it.”

The highly anticipated film “New Moon” is set for a November 20th release.