Robert Pattinson Honors Actress Uma Thurman

The actor gushed about his Bel Ami costar at Elle's Women in Hollywood event

Robert Pattinson is waxing poetic about a leading lady -- and it's not Kristen Stewart.

The Twilight heartthrob was the surprise guest at Elle's Women in Hollywood event Monday night in Beverly Hills, where he was on hand to fete honoree Uma Thurman. Pattinson, 26, paid tribute to his beautiful Bel Ami costar.

"I'm learning how to read tonight," a nervous-looking Pattinson said when he reached the stage, E! News reports. "I find this terrifying."

The British actor laughed, saying it was "so annoying" to have to follow other presenters and honorees (which included actresses Cate Blanchett, Elle Fanning, Emma Watson, Kristen Wiig, Octavia Spencer, Sarah Jessica Parker, Shirley MacLaine and Susan Sarandon)  "who were so funny...[and] so smart."

Dressed in a gray suit and sporting more than a day's worth of stubble, Pattinson recalled how working opposite Thurman was a "pretty crazy experience," and described her Bel Ami role as his (older) wife as naturally "someone more intelligent, more charming, wittier and better in bed than me."

Then he added with a smirk, "Which was obviously very difficult to cast."

Apparently Pattinson wasn't the only one a bit nervous to work with the Oscar-nominated actress. He told the audience that the codirectors "s--t their pants" when Thurman first walked on set. "And I did a little bit, as well," he added with a laugh.

Thurman, 42, was grateful for the introduction.  "Rob, you're a real gentleman on and off the screen," she told him.

Pattinson's attendance was not publicized, and he skipped the red-carpet entrance to head straight to Thurman's table, where he sat with her and Smash creator Neil Meron. At one point, Pattinson was spotted (and photographed) talking to Twilight supporting actress Anna Kendrick.

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