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Robert Pattinson: 'Saved by the Bell's Screech was my old roommate!'

Ryan Seacrest also used to live across the street from Mario Lopez, who played A.C. Slater in the much-loved teenage TV show.

Robert Pattinson lived with Saved by the Bell star Dustin Diamond when he first moved to Los Angeles.

The 31-year-old is now a famous Hollywood actor, with roles in movies such as the Twilight franchise, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and Water for Elephants under his belt. But when he first tried to make a name for himself in La La Land, Robert moved into the Oakwood apartments in Burbank, California - temporary housing for those trying to pursue showbiz careers.

Calling in to radio show On Air with Ryan Seacrest on Thursday (31Aug17), Robert told Ryan of their first meeting: "I met you when I literally had first moved there. So that was the first time I met you I think.

"When I met you I was still living in the Oakwood apartments. I was with Screech, Dustin Diamond. I loved it. I really miss it," he laughed.

"Dustin was the first person to introduce me to Hot Pockets!" the Good Time star added, revealing he fell in love with the microwaveable sandwiches there and then.

But Robert wasn't the only one to have had a random Saved by the Bell connection, as Ryan used to live across the street from Mario Lopez, who played A.C. Slater in the much-loved teenage TV show.

"We may have talked about it (before) but when I first moved here, I lived in the apartments just down the street from the Oakwoods and guess who lived across the street from me? Mario Lopez! Slater!" Ryan said. "So all of us start with the Saved by the Bell cast and we try and grow from there."

While Robert achieved his dream of making it in Hollywood, Dustin has had a more troubled time in the industry, with a sex tape scandal and prison stint under his belt.

In 2015, Dustin was sentenced to four months in prison for allegedly pulling out a switchblade knife during a bar altercation in which a man was stabbed in 2014. He served three months in jail and was then released on probation, but was arrested again weeks later for violating it.

Other stars to have lived in the Oakwood apartments at the beginning of their careers include Christina Ricci, Jessica Biel, Kirsten Dunst and Neil Patrick Harris.

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