Nicholas Hoult is ‘on the market’ girls!By Anna Roberts
January 18, 2010
Nicholas Hoult admitted he felt a “fraud” having received a nomination in the prestigious ‘Orange Rising Star’ category of the BAFTAs.
The Sindlesham actor – who shot to fame in About A Boy starring Hugh Grant – found out he was nominated a month ago but the shortlist has only just been made public.
The 20-year-old, who still lives in Sindlesham, will go head-to-head with the likes of Twilight beauty Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg from the critically acclaimed Adventureland.
However, Nick’s money is on Carey Mulligan, who starred in An Education, winning the award. Nick told getreading: “I feel like a total fraud. I cannot believe I’ve been nominated against all these great people.
“My money is on Carey Mulligan because she is British too. She was fantastic in An Education – I think she will be nominated for an Oscar too.
“If I was voting I would vote for Carey. Kristen Stewart is good too. I did not expect to like Twilight, it is not really marketed at me, but I did.”
Nick, who also featured in gritty Channel 4 drama Skins, was nominated for his performance in A Single Man which is due to be released in February.
He stars alongside ‘Mr Darcy’ Colin Firth – an actor he had a lot of time for. He said: “I enjoyed working with Colin.
“I’ve managed to work with great people and I have learnt a lot from them. Hopefully a bit of their talent sticks to me.”
Wearing geeky jumpers and singing Killing Me Softly – something he refused to do for getreading – young Nick was very lovable in About A Boy.
But now he has grown up and is a bit of a babe. Discussing his sex symbol status, getreading pushed Nick for his views.
“I am not getting a lot of attention from the girls – unfortunately,” he said.
“I still hang around with my mates from home and visit them at uni. I’m trying to get a student experience.
“But, yes Reading girls, I am on the market.”
Previous winners of the Rising Star award include Atonement actor James McAvoy, Hollywood hunk Shia LeBeouf and Bond girl Eva Green.
Previous nominees include Sienna Miller, Emily Blunt, Gael García Bernal and Ellen Page.
Nick added: “There are people in this year’s category who have done way more than me.
“I doubt I will win. I am not constantly turning down work. Things have gone well but it can be tough.”
And a final message to Reading folk? “Happy New Year Reading – hope it is a great one,” he said.
You can vote for Nick by visiting www.bafta.org. The winner will be announced at the Orange British Academy Film Awards on Sunday, February 21.