On Oct. 10, yeahstub.com had the opportunity to interview “Young Ones” stars Nicholas Hoult and Kodi Smit-McPhee. The Screen Media release is set in a near future when water has become the most precious and dwindling resource on the planet. The film focuses on Ernest Holm (Michael Shannon) who lives on this harsh frontier with his children, Jerome (Kodi Smit McPhee) and Mary (Elle Fanning). He defends his farm from bandits, works the supply routes, and hopes to rejuvenate the soil. Read our exclusive interviews below:
How was it living with the cast? Did that make it harder or easier to work on the film?
I like that moment of being switched off in the evening, where you’ve done your day and you got through it and it was maybe tough at times but then you could all just sit there and eat and relax and reflect, but also plan for the next day. This is such a lovely cast, the director and everyone that it was just nice to spend time with them.
What attracted you the project?
The water crisis thing that’s obviously interesting and relevant. But at the same time for me it was about character, it was about this world that Jake created and then put these characters into who are dealing with it and not always making great decisions but were surviving.
What’s something you could not live without besides water?
Chicken wings, hot ones.
Tell us about your character.
I play a character named Jerome and I think he’s greatly molded by the pure love of his family. The deep love for his father and also, the environment that he’s in which is a futuristic kind of western world. He’s a very genuine person and he simply acts through the intuition of love for his family.
What attracted you to the project?
All the things I just stated, but mostly the environment and all the lessons that are naturally expressed through the whole movie. Kind of the political, natural and simple lessons and values through the family and things like that.
Speak about working with Jake.
Jake was amazing to work with. Ever since I read the script, it was extremely clear that he had a destination he had to go to, a goal, a dream a passion, and he was gonna pull it off no matter what. And as you see the attention to detail in this was all thanks to him. But he also within those boundaries let us be extremely free as artists and find our own things.
Elle plays your sister.
Yes, Elle plays my sister, and that was an awesome experience to kind of be with a younger cast. But even though it’s a younger cast all our characters are dealing with very mature things. So yeah very interesting aspect.
Speak about working with Nicholas Hoult.
Nick is an awesome guy. We bonded really well. It’s kind of cool me being a child actor, I definitely watched his stuff when I was younger. It was a cool little fulfillment to be working with him, for me because I had that kind of history behind me.
What was the most challenging scene for you to shoot?
I know this sounds ridiculous but definitely the first day because that’s when wather was at its harshest and I thought if it’s gonna be like this the whole time I don’t know how we’re doing. But eventually it got much easier and the weather forgave us a bit.
What’s next for you?
Next I have “Slow West” coming out which is a film set in the 1800’s. I play a royal Scottish boy who falls in love with someone who works on his land. She flees to Colorado thanks to a bounty put on her name for something she didn’t do, and I end up trying to find her and find her and find my true love. That’s also with Michael Fassbender, and his character kind of helps me find her.
Is “Slow West” finished?
It’s absolutely finished. I think they’re just finishing it up and that should be out soon.
How did you get your start in acting?
I got started in acting through my father. I’m from Australia and he’s been an actor my whole life and so is my sister, so it’s something I grew up with and I didn’t think was foreign, it was just natural to me. So eventually my dad asked me one day if I wanted to do a short film and from that moment it simply escalated pretty quickly and I found myself in America.
Have you been enjoying your time in New York?
Absolutely it’s awesome, I think I’ve been here 4 or 5 times, and it’s always been for little bursts. But it’s definitely a place I can see myself living.
The cast attended a special screening of the film this week at Landmark Sunshine and a party followed at Sons Of Essex. “Young Ones” opens in theaters Oct. 17.