Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult’s new movie, ‘Equals,’ is showing at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). It’s a sci-fi movie about people who live in a community where they have stripped themselves of their ability to feel emotion. Then a disease called “Switched-on-Syndrome” started spreading that enabled people to feel emotion, leading to Kristen and Nicholas’s characters falling in love.
You go through something a little bit too hard, and the first instinct is always like, I hate this, I don’t want this, if I could just not feel this. So it’s a movie about these people living in a collective, and we’re very concerned about the progressive nature of our ‘culture,’ even though we lack culture completely. We have stifled every emotion, anything to do with anger, fear. We’re completely neutralized. So it definitely begs the question: Would you even get out of bed? Would you exist anymore? Probably not. I think the only way to be truly progressive and to truly move forward is to not ignore your heart and your feelings.”
I do wonder how people without emotion would function! I guess you’d do what was necessary for survival, huh?
Kristen said she drew on her experience of falling in love for the first time for her role in ‘Equals.’
It’s first love. It’s such a grand look at awakening. You take every first you ever had and you bottle it up in a moment and the devastating effect is something like anyone who has fallen in love at a young age has felt.”
She admitted that “Of course” it wasn’t necessarily easy.
But that’s the whole deal, man…The work that I’m most interested in, it always comes from a real place.
“Unless my heart is not in it, I don’t understand why we’re there. Every day that’s led up to this day has made me who I am…Everything I have, I have put into this movie.
“Read into that what you will!”
That makes sense to me! I’m still keeping an eye out for the first full trailer for ‘Equals.’ Can’t wait!
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