Getting to know Nick Robinson from Love, Simon
1. He was nervous to play Simon
Adapted from the young adult (YA) novel, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, this may be Robinson's best movie yet. However, the 23-year-old American actor had second thoughts about whether he could portray the gay teenage high schooler because he is, in fact, straight. Director Greg Berlanti (who identifies as a gay man) reassured Robinson. "There were moments when we were making it when I would wake up some mornings and be like, 'I don't know if I can do this'. But Greg was always there to remind not just me but everyone why what we were making was different and, dare I say, important," said Robinson in an interview.
2. Starring in Love, Simon helped his brother come out of the closet
Robinson revealed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that just before the filming of the movie, his brother confessed to him that he is gay. "I think he had been dealing with this for a long time. The timing was sort of coincidental," he mentioned. "One of the best things that came out of this movie was just being able to talk to him and I think the strength of a film like this is it starts conversations. I hope it can do that for more people."
3. He started acting at a young age
Like most actors, Robinson got a kickstart into the acting industry by appearing in theatre plays at his community theatre in Seattle, called Broadway Bound. Realising his passion for it, he then starred in his first professional play, A Christmas Carol, at 11. He also auditioned for The Walt Disney Company's casting director Matt Casella, who got immediately drawn in by his talent, and recommended him to other talent agencies. Fast forward to 2009, Robinson scored his first television role in sitcom Melissa and Joey after only two auditions.
4. You may recognise him in Jurassic World
Co-star Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard may be the main stars of the movie, but all eyes were focused on Robinson as well, filling the role of Zach Mitchell who got lost with his younger brother in the dinosaur theme park. "You get free reign with your imagination and get to kind of connect the dots. It was challenging but at the same time it was also really fun to have free reign to do whatever you want, have this world come to life [in your head]. It was a double-edged sword, the most challenging and the most fun," he said in an interview about his character.
5. He's no stranger to film adaptations of books
Robinson's career path has been filled with films that have been adapted from novels, especially those of a YA genre. He previously appeared in The 5th Wave in 2016 alongside Chloë Grace Moretz and Ron Livingston, which is a book of the same name written by Rick Yancey. Last year, he starred as the male lead in Everything, Everything by author Nicola Yoon, together with Amandla Stenberg. In the coming months, his list of book-adapted movies include Native Son and noir-thriller Strange but True.