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.'”
The star of Love, Simon—a film about a closeted gay high schooler—identifies as straight. But with nuance, poise, and the direction of Greg Berlanti, the 22-year-old Robinson’s portrayal of Simon Spier is everything we need it to be.
GQ – There’s a more-than-certain chance you don’t know Nick Robinson. That’s going to change. You’re about to know Nick Robinson the way you knew Ansel Elgort after The Fault in Our Stars became event viewing for teens everywhere. That’s all because Robinson’s turn in Love, Simon feels like a long-overdue moment. The movie follows Simon Spier (Robinson), a closeted gay high schooler who falls in love with an anonymous classmate he’s been chatting to via e-mail. He’s also being blackmailed by another classmate who threatens to out him to the whole school—typical high school stuff, then.
Based on the must-read book Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, and directed by the current king of teen TV Greg Berlanti (Riverdale might ring a bell), the film is notable not only because there’s a lead gay character, but because it’s the first gay teen romance ever to be released by a major movie studio. Unlike another queer movie that deservedly found itself swept up in hype and awards-season chatter, Love, Simon isn’t chasing after an art-house crowd searching for picturesque cinematography. No, this is a movie made (quite literally) with teen audiences and their parents in mind.
“One of the things that I think Simon does is that he’s extremely self-aware, basically to a fault, to the point where he is suppressing his own personality out of fear of anyone finding a little tick or inclination that might be perceived as gay,” Robinson explains. “He’s very polite, he’s very nice, but he’s also editing himself constantly, and that, I think, can leave you cold.”
It’s tapping into this that elevates Robinson’s performance. Despite being an actor who identifies as straight, he harnesses that interior sorrow, loneliness, and emotional turmoil that hiding your identity entails, while never overplaying it for melodrama or dramatic effect. And it’s clear when you speak to him that he carries some of this seriousness with him always. Still, his turn as Simon is what transforms this fairly standard teen romance into emotive and essential viewing.
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.
Director Greg Berlanti, actors Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, and music producer Jack Antonoff sit down and discuss their movie Love, Simon, the story of a closeted gay teen who falls for an anonymous online classmate.
Talking love at first sight, crushes, Tinder, social media and their new movie “Everything Everything” with the adorable Nick Robinson and Amandla Stenberg. For more interview like this, please subscribe to my channel. And don’t forget to watch my behind the scenes interview vlogs here on my channel.
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.”
COLLIDER.COM – With Jurassic World, writer-director Colin Trevorrow had a challenging task; make a film that satisfied the OG Jurassic Park fans — who were decidedly unsatisfied by the Jurassic sequels to date — while roping in a new generation of movie goers at the same time. The folks who related to Tim and Lex back in 1993 now have a lot more in common with Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard), but Jurassic World needed a pair of wide-eyed youngsters for that new generation. Enter Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson, who play Jurassic World’s new duo of disparate siblings caught up in prehistoric chaos.
In anticipation of Jurassic World‘s home video release, I recently visited the sets in Oahu, Hawaii, where many of the movie’s key sequences were filmed. While there, I spoke with Robinson and Simpkins about stepping into the legacy of Jurassic Park. We also discussed their favorite on-set memories, re-creating an iconic scene from the original film, working with the special effects, and more.