Kristen Stewart on Working With Nicholas Hoult in ‘Equals’: ‘It Was About Breaking Down Barriers’

Kristen Stewart Nicholas Hoult Equals premiere

Drake Doremus’ sci-fi romance “Equals,” which follows two forbidden lovers on their journey to find freedom in a futuristic society that prides itself on having eradicated emotions, had its emotional L.A. premiere at ArcLight Hollywood on Thursday night.

The film, which stars Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult, along with Jacki Weaver, Aurora Perrineau and Tom Stokes, bowed at the Venice International Film Festival last year.

“I was never really a sci-fi nerd, but I was always fascinated with the genre,” Doremus said. “I thought it was an interesting landscape to set a love story and try to doing something warm. Most sci-fi films to me are very cold and very distant and I wanted to make something that was the opposite of that.”


Kristen Stewart, Nicholas Hoult on On-Screen Intimacy in ‘Equals’

Stewart and Hoult complimented Doremus on his unique approach to helping spark chemistry between the onscreen lovers during rehearsals. “It wasn’t about learning lines,” Stewart said. “It was about breaking down barriers and getting to know each other.”

Hoult still found many complexities in playing a character that “isn’t meant to feel” and “understanding how that changes throughout the movie.” “It’s kind of like these characters have been alive and know how to do everything a human knows how to do, but they don’t feel,” he said. “So, it’s like a baby feeling emotions for the first time, but not knowing how to process them.”

A24 and DirecTV acquired U.S. rights to “Equals,” which is set for a July 15 theatrical release.

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  2. Nivea rajan says:

    Kristen U R amazing! Way to go girl! Both of ur chemistry awesome

  3. rain says:

    amazing sci-fi movie and Kristen & Nic are mesmerizing in their performances as Nia and Silas. you know it’s a good movie when you can’t stop thinking about it days later. while I agree the ending is a bit painful, there’s a ton of hope mixed in too. really hope they do another movie together because they have great chemistry.

  4. Rose says:

    They were very natural. Everything in this movie is just sincere and alive that you can feel the feelings. I loved it. The moments were very touching and the ending is just painful. Equals is really simple very relatable in fact and that makes it so appealing to the heart. After watching it for several times now I’m still digesting everything that Good job guys.

  5. Alex says:

    I really enjoyed this movie. These two actors really complemented each other well.

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