Love, Simon’s Nick Robinson graduates to the big time in the season’s louche looks—a little bit ’70s, a little bit Elvis and entirely unforgettable
Nick Robinson was just 15 when he left his childhood home in Seattle to give the acting thing a try. “It was a tender time, I was a freshman in high school. It was a really big deal,” he remembers. His parents rented a small apartment in Burbank as the actor paid his dues with a supporting role on the Melissa & Joey show until his big break came along three years later with the soul-quenching, Sundance-tapped indie The Kings of Summer. “This movie reminded me why I wanted to be an actor,” he says.
Robinson, now 23, went on to land a string of coveted roles in Jurassic World, The 5th Wave, HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, Everything, Everything and this spring’s much anticipated Love, Simon, a John Hughes-tinged gay coming-of-age story with the backing of a mainstream studio (20th Century Fox).
“[Love, Simon] wasn’t an immediate, ‘Yes,’ ” admits Robinson. “But I’m so glad that I was convinced because it’s been a very personal journey and there have been a lot of very serendipitous things that have happened in my life that have sort of pointed me to the conclusion that this was a good decision.” While the film was in production, for example, his own brother came out as gay. “We were able to talk about it on a totally different level,” Robinson says.
Next, the actor stars in the noir thriller Strange But True and the William H. Macy-directed dramedy, Krystal. “On my short-term to-do list, I would like to spend more time in nature. I’m planning a backpacking trip either in [Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks] or Yosemite,” he says. Plus, one other thing: “I would like to keep making movies that speak to people.”
Photography by CHRISTIAN ANWANDER.
Styling by ALISON EDMOND.
Written by KELSEY McKINNON.