‘The Idea of ​​You’ star Nicholas Galitzine didn’t use Harry Styles as inspiration

One Direction fans, stop crying, while The idea of ​​you was partially inspired by Harry Styles, star Nicholas Galitzine didn’t base his performance as a member of a British boy band on the “Sign of the Times” singer.

In The idea of ​​you, Galitzine plays August Moon’s fictional leader Hayes Campbell, but his profession, world fame, posh accent, tattoos, and a similar name are all that connect him to Styles. The actor tells Entertainment Weekly that “there was no one in particular” who he tried to emulate with his performance, although author Robinne Lee previously revealed that Styles was one of her main inspirations for the character.

“I think it’s important to say that Hayes is his own person,” Galitzine says. “He has his own style, his own sensibility, his own musical taste, and I want Hayes to exist within his own world. As far as playing style goes, we use a lot of different types of references. But I was much more interested on Hayes as a person; That’s what I wanted to focus on.”

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The idea of ​​you centers on Solène (Anne Hathaway), a 40-year-old single mother who embarks on a second chance at love after an unlikely encounter at Coachella with 24-year-old Hayes Campbell (Galitzine), the lead singer of August Moon. , the most popular boy band on the planet. Although sparks fly immediately, Solène is initially cautious about starting something with a much younger boy who is constantly followed by paparazzi and screaming fans. But she finally leans in and enjoys a secret, whirlwind romance with Hayes until her relationship is exposed, the fantasy collapses, and Solène is forced to face the reality that not all love stories have a happy ending. .

“I was fascinated by the idea of ​​fame’s effect on love and relationships,” Galitzine says of why she wanted to play the character. “But also in Hayes, I saw this incredibly structured young man who really needed to connect and felt this tension with his own personal life and his family, but he found this kindred spirit in an unusual circumstance.”

The sizzling chemistry and genuine love between Solène and Hayes drive the film. Still, Hayes’ identity as one of the world’s most famous pop stars is no small detail either, so Galitzine needed a lot of research to prepare to become him.

“We saw a lot of BTS, but we also went back to that golden age of boy bands, the Backstreet Boys and everything,” he reveals. “There were different references for different parts or facets of Hayes as a performer, but I simply imagined someone who would have grown up under this incredibly claustrophobic lens, who was a deeply sentimental and sensitive young man. And I imagined his ever-changing sense of identity. examined by the public. “I think that’s very true for a lot of people in the music industry and in the film industry, and I think that’s actually all a little superfluous.”

He continues: “I’m really interested in who Hayes is as a person and how he relates to Solène, and that was my vehicle. I think when it comes to a character like that, there wasn’t necessarily a need to reference anyone in particular.”

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When it came time to film all of August Moon’s performances in the film, including the Coachella main set, world tour, and music videos, Galitzine began to feel the pressure.

“I stayed awake at night, terrified, thinking about all the things that could go wrong,” he admits, laughing. “We had a great choreographer in Dani Vitale and Savan Kotecha, this incredible composer who is in many ways the godfather of pop music of the last 20 years. With his direction, I was able to try to hone enough skills to convince people that I would be being a pop star for a few years was incredibly discouraging.”

Galitzine also feels immense gratitude toward her August Moon colleagues: professional dancers Viktor White, Dakota Adan, Raymond Cham, Jr. and Jaiden Anthony. “I should mention that the wonderful guys in my band really conveyed their experience and energy as dancers,” she says. “I really felt very accepted and supported every time we had to do these super vulnerable scenes at Coachella and things like that. I’m also very grateful for them.”

In a bit of art imitating life, when they were filming August Moon scenes, they actually started behaving like a real boy band and getting into mischief on set (sounds like another super famous British boy band… but hey, One Direction references end here).

“We had Nerf wars,” Galitzine says. “We had a Nerf gun war at the Loews Atlanta (hotel). I was actually recovering from a serious illness and they placed a Nerf gun outside my door. I knew at that moment I had to defend myself. They challenged me. But it was one of the many bonding experiences we had.”

While Galitzine isn’t quite ready to become a pop star in real life, he loved pretending to be one, especially while filming the scene in which August Moon performs “Guard Down” on the main stage at Coachella.

“I really remember watching documentaries of Freddie Mercury running down that catwalk coming toward the audience, and there was a moment where I jumped into the audience,” Galitzine says. “And our support artists were incredible in the sense that they were groping and grabbing t-shirts, and I was like, ‘Wow, this is not something I’ve ever experienced as Nick.'”

The idea of ​​you now streaming on Prime Video.

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