How Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart Overcame Their Very Public Breakups: 'It Was Incredibly Painful'

by Jackie Willis 7:42 AM PDT, September 18, 2015
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Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart credit their real-life heartbreak in helping them get into the characters they play in their new movie Equals.

Not long after Hoult had called it quits from his X-Men co-star Jennifer Lawrence and Stewart had broken up with her Twilight love interest Robert Pattinson, the actors jetted off to begin filming their dramatic sci-fi movie in Japan. The two portray a couple, Silas (Hoult) and Nia (Stewart), who are trying to get along in a world where emotions have been eradicated. Those that express feelings are killed.

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Both Stewart and Hoult admit that being so far away from home during filming was good for them. "It was nice to feel so isolated from everything, from our lives," Hoult, 25, told The Daily Beast. "It's often the way we are on location, but particularly in this movie it was very intimate, and a nice environment to be in."

"It was incredibly painful," Stewart, 25, added. "It was a really good time for both of us to make this movie. We all felt akin by how much we've been through, and to utilize that is so scary."

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In a prior interview with Hoult following his split from Lawrence in 2013, he admitted to the website that it was his schedule that caused him to break up with the Oscar winner. 


"It's tricky, because you’re all over the place," he said. "We were shooting Mad Max: Fury Road for seven months in Namibia, so you're never really in one place, and when you are, they’re strange places that are difficult to get to. I wouldn't change it, because you're very fortunate to travel, meet new people, and embark on these new experiences, but it's not great for that side of things."

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Both Hoult and Stewart have since moved on following their very public breakups. Hoult was seen out with Glee star Dianna Agron earlier this year, while Stewart has been spotted holding hands with Alicia Cargile.

Equals hits theaters Dec. 31.