Hoult at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival
|Born||Nicholas Caradoc Hoult
7 December 1989
Wokingham, Berkshire, England
|Other names||Nick Hoult|
I don't really have disappointments, because I build myself up for rejection.
My mum always says work goes in waves: you have a good spell and then it dips.
I've realized why I don't tell the truth in interviews. It's because they're printed months later, and you change so quickly – you have new thoughts, new everything – so people are reading an old version of you.
I'll eat anything. I ate antelope once in Swaziland. I didn't know what it was until I'd started chewing it. Everything tastes like chicken though doesn't it? It wasn't bad.
I remember doing my SATs on a film set; you had to complete the tests in a certain time and, obviously, you couldn't be interrupted. I think I did pretty well; it wasn't too difficult.
When you're on TV and in people's houses – it's great that anybody watches anything you've done, but you feel as though you're being watched by Big Brother sometimes. Even if people have no idea who you are, you get the feeling you're being watched.
Occasionally people will look at me and do a double take and they'll look at me like they're trying to think where they know me from.
I don't think parents always know where their children are going or what they are doing, what they are up to.
By the time I was 14, I was about six foot. I remember going into auditions, and they'd look at how tall I was and say, 'Well, you're taller than the lead actor, so there's no way we can cast you.'
I've got a really great family round me, two sisters and an older brother and my mum and dad. Everybody's equal.
The action stuff is only good if you get the character stuff in there as well. Sometimes that get lost in amongst all the trying to make stuff blow up.
I'm happy with my career and I'm not going to have the trouble of being typecast.
The lead actor, along with the director, plays a big role in what the vibe will be on set, and that's a huge responsibility.
If you're out, and starving, and need a bite to eat, then you need fast food.
As a kid, when you're in a film with somebody, you look up to them, you know?
Supposedly I'm impossible to talk to. But it's honestly not me being difficult. Sometimes you just don't have a lot to say.
I'm kind of feeling ashamed now that I never get bullied. Everyone keeps asking me, but I don't, and it's kind of annoying. I wish I could say I did get bullied, because then everyone would feel sorry for me.
After 'Skins' I became mildly famous, which was a bit of a disaster.
Nowadays we have so many things that take our attention – phones, Internet – and perhaps we need to disconnect from those and focus on the immediate world around us and the people that are actually present.
I don't mind my eyebrows. They add… something to me. I wouldn't say they were my best feature, though. People tell me they like my eyes. They distract from the eyebrows.
I think interviews can be fine. It's just there's this terrible fear of coming off wrongly or saying something that gets taken out of context.
Anybody who has a problem with 'Skins' obviously doesn't understand teenage life.
I think all teenagers feel alone, and that nobody else knows what they are going through and all that sort of stuff.
As you're growing up, it's odd, because directors don't expect you to grow up. They think you'll be young forever, but as an actor, there is an awkward period when you're too young for old or too old for young, and it can be an odd time.
I'm not one of those people who sits around knowing all bands and going to gigs all the time.
It's awkward going to parties with people you don't know, especially when they think they know you.
I think if you set yourself specific goals, that's quite a lot of pressure.
I won't eat veal, and my mum won't eat lamb, because she thinks it's a bit harsh to eat cute things.
I try not to be too optimistic or pessimistic. If you're a pessimist then that's depressing all the time; if you're an optimist and things don't work out then that's depressing, too.