Get to Know Riley Keough and Nicholas Hoult, Stars of the Highly Anticipated Mad Max: Fury Road
There’s a reason these faces are familiar: Riley Keough, 25, is rock royalty (she’s Elvis Presley’s granddaughter); Nicholas Hoult, 25, was the boy opposite Hugh Grant in About a Boy and has made headlines dating Kristen Stewart and Jennifer Lawrence. Now they’re in George Miller’s highly anticipated, postapocalyptic Mad Max: Fury Road. (Expect lots of things to blow up.) We caught up with them as the trailer hit theaters—and right before Riley got married!—to talk fashion and film.
On Growing Up Famous
RILEY KEOUGH: No one in my family ever talked to me about it, so I didn’t really know any different. It just was.
NICHOLAS HOULT: I actually tried to be more normal, because if you stand out, then you’re a target. I think it made me more shy. But Hugh [Grant] was a good role model to have [at age 12] because he was always the most charming person. You are very influenced at that age; if it had been someone else who’s a bit iffy, I could have ended up a monster. Fame is weird, but I see it for what it is: fun, exciting but also fleeting. You have to keep faith [that the work will come].
On the Tabloids
NH: Whenever something happens [in the media], it feels like a huge thing. But then you realize no one cares: Today’s news is the wrapping for tomorrow’s fish and chips.
RK: I don’t go to places where people get photographed—
NH: I am a bit of a hermit.
RK: Right, some people try to get [paparazzi’s attention]. I don’t care if people know I’m getting married, but I also wouldn’t post a photo on Instagram in bed with my husband.
Their Glam Routine
NH: Mine took two hours each day [on set] for the tattoos, the brandings—George called it “scarification.”
RK: We [costars Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Zoe Kravitz, Abbey Lee, and Courtney Eaton] had only one tattoo. After we wrapped, we all got real matching dot tattoos. I miss being there!