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.
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Nick attended the Los Angeles premiere of Love, Simon on Tuesday (March 13) at Westfield Century City in California.
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.
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On Thursday, Nick attended the Love, Simon screening hosted by 20th Century Fox & Wingman held at Landmark at 57 West in New York City (March 8).