LA TIMES – “Have you been to Echo Park Lake? You wanna go down there?” Nick Robinson asks. He’s finished his cortado, a frothy espresso drink that became his go-to coffee order after a trip to Spain a few years ago, and says it’s nice outside — not too cold.
So we leave the Woodcat Coffee Bar, and I throw my bag into my car before we head to the lake. The actor checks out the stuff in the back seat, observing bulk-size quantities of Special K and Lysol wipes.
“Did you just go to Costco?” he says. “I love Costco. I just find it very calming, for some reason. The best time to go is, like, a Wednesday at 2 o’clock. You have the whole place to yourself. You don’t have to wait for the free samples. And you can buy a bunch of [crap] you don’t need, but you’re like, ‘Wow, this is a great deal.'”
Another young thinker for Hollywood’s line-up of conscientious heartthrobs.
WONDERLAND – If Nick Robinson hadn’t been cast opposite Sabrina the Teenage Witch in agreeable American sitcom Melissa & Joey circa 2010 — later as the protagonist in Rob Reiner’s addiction drama Being Charlie, then as the Olly to Amandla Stenberg’s Maddy in last year’s pastel-fronted Everything, Everything — there’s every chance his trajectory would have been anchored in history. “I think the turn of the 20th century is very interesting,” he tells me over the phone from the Dominican Republic. “The ideas, the technology — you still had a very antiquated world view and a lot of antiquated customs — yet they had airplanes.”
It’s present day 2018, and the actor and I have battled a dodgy connection to discuss his latest picture, Love, Simon; the big screen adaption of Becky Albertalli’s YA novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, which drops in the US today. Directed by Greg Berlanti (whose previous credits include the similarly teen-centric Dawson’s Creek and Riverdale), the film tells the story of Simon Spier, a closeted gay high schooler whose sexuality is unceremoniously revealed online.
“Initially what struck me was how different and potentially helpful this story could be,” Robinson says of the project’s draw. “That it was pulled from a young, gay man’s perspective, with him being the protagonist, was something I hadn’t seen before. It felt very timely, but also like something I had seen with a lot of John Hughes’ movies. Usually [though], in a film like this — if there is a gay character — it’s just a one-note thing. So that was exciting. Then, on a personal note, around the time that we started this my brother came out, so it sort of became a movie for him.”
Call Me by Your Name the film is not, neither is it a Moonlight or a Beach Rats: produced by 20th Century Fox and with the corresponding pre-packaged social accounts, it’s the product of a mainstream formula. “That’s the thing,” Robinson recognises, “usually if the movie is a ‘gay movie’, it’s about that relationship and it’s done in an art house kind of way — this was coming from a major studio, so I think that just shows the tonal and cultural shift. And for me in particular, I wanted to do something that would make this character the hero.”
A fan of old schoolers Gene Hackman and Gary Oldman, the 22-year-old elsewhere asserts inspiration in the “huge amount of young talent” filling Tinseltown currently, namedropping Timothée Chalamet — “killing it” — and the cast of Stranger Things. Of his own aptitude and Berlanti’s casting, the director reckons: “Nick has a wonderful, sly sense of comedy and you immediately root for and connect with him. It was hard for me to imagine anyone else.”
Off-screen, the actor’s “very liberal, middle class household” and Bush-era youth first awoke his politics, something that’s visible on his otherwise guerrilla social channels. “This year was just so backward in American politics, there’s no way you can’t have a say,” he offers of the posts and retweets illuminating each feed. “I usually try and not be [overly political], but I just think that as a citizen you have a responsibility to pay attention. After the next election, maybe things will quieten down, I can go back to posting pictures of mountains.”
Taken from the Spring 18 Issue; out now and available to buy here.
VULTURE – Nick Robinson grew up watching the classic high-school movies that inspired Love, Simon. Directed by Dawson’s Creek alum and DC handler Greg Berlanti, Love, Simon puts a gay lead at the center of a high-school coming-of-age story complete with awkward romance and friendship drama, where two closeted teens strike up a romance via email.
“Ferris Bueller was a major touchstone for me,” says Robinson, who plays the titular teenager Simon, over the phone. He and Berlanti also talked often about the directing style of The Breakfast Club, which Love, Simon updates with Gossip Girl-esque message boards and group texts. “[John Hughes] was prolific,” Robinson says. “I think it speaks to the power of his storytelling that both Greg and I could grow up on the same films, 20 years apart.” The result is a sweet and simple high-school romance that twists and turns as Simon figures out his online pen pal’s secret identity and navigates his own coming out. Robinson talked to Vulture about working with Berlanti, the movie’s Whitney Houston dance number, and being “popular-ish” in high school.
Nick and Amandla Stenberg sat down with Popsugar for an interview about their new movie Everything, Everything!
“If you’ve been searching for a movie to fill the void The Fault in Our Stars left in your heart, look no further than Everything, Everything. Based on Nicola Yoon’s bestselling novel, the story centers around The Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg as a young teenager named Maddy who is anything but normal. Diagnosed with a severe immune deficiency as a baby, she has never left her house . . . until a handsome boy (Nick Robinson) moves in next door and changes her whole outlook on life, adventure, and love. With a killer soundtrack, two incredible leading actors, and one bitter twist, the adaptation (out May 19) is sure to become your latest obsession. POPSUGAR had a chance to talk with the film’s stars and they discussed their instant connection, how they compare to their characters, and what everything, everything is to them.”
“It isn’t long until Warner Bros.’ #youngadult tearjerker Everything, Everything hits theaters, but that didn’t stop them from releasing both a brand new trailer and a poster to get us excited.
Based on the novel by Nicola Yoon, the film is directed by Stella Meghie and stars #HungerGames actress Amandla Stenberg and #JurassicWorld’s Nick Robinson. Stenberg portrays 18-year-old Maddie Whittier, who has severe combined immunodeficiency — and as a result is unable to leave her home. However, that all changes when she meets her new neighbor Olly Bright.”
I cannot wait to see this movie! I loved the book, the trailer looks amazing and both Nick and Amandla are perfect for the roles!