“The Great” star Nicholas Hoult covers the latest issue of British GQ Hype magazine photographed by Shane McCauley and styled by Luke Day.
Nicholas Hoult doesn’t want to say the wrong thing. When we speak to him in early June, the world is still in the midst of a global pandemic, during which we’ve seen the facade of celebrity crumble somewhat, as the gaping chasm between “regular” people and the stars they admire has become more evident than ever before. Hoult, who is charming and self-aware over the phone from his home in Los Angeles, is reticent to preach from a position of privilege.
“I was reading this article a while ago, about how celebrities are telling people to stay home,” he says, “and then complaining about doing so in their $50 million houses and that wasn’t flying well with people because they’re not living in the same environment. And then to preach their viewpoint… I want to send the right message and do the right thing.”
In line with that, his message about the Black Lives Matter movement – which is in full flight as we speak, six days after the killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis – is clear: he knows he is not who people need to hear from right now and is looking inward and donating money to causes he hopes will help instead. “We [as white people] never fully understand. You can listen and educate yourself and then try to make a positive change from that.”
Cover: Jumper and Trousers by Emporio Armani | Watch by Jaeger-LeCoultre
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[Photo Credit: Shane McCauley/British GQ Hype Magazine]