Nicholas Hoult: I prefer hanging out with women to men

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Nicholas Hoult has opened up about life with girlfriend Bryana Holly — and says he prefers hanging out with women to men.

The former child actor, who had his breakout role in 2002’s About A Boy, has been dating the US-based Playboy model since March. He previously dated Jennifer Lawrence, his co-star in the X-Men films, for five years.

Hoult lives at his flat in north-west London and said he was relaxed about Holly, 24, moving her things in. He told The Journal magazine: “I don’t feel as though I’m that possessive over things. She can put her stuff wherever she likes.

“My dad was an air pilot so he was flying a lot, and I grew up with my two sisters and my mum so I was used to ‘girl things’ being around and a ‘girl environment’ in the household.”

Loved up: Nicholas Hoult's girlfriend Bryana Holly (Alexander Tamargo/Getty)

Hoult, 27, who found wider fame in E4’s teen drama Skins, said some of his closest friends were women and that his relationships with them have a “different balance” to those with his male friends. He added: “I’m probably more likely to — I mean it’s such a big generalisation — but sit around and have a conversation in more depth. My female mates will ask questions I hadn’t thought of.”

Throwback: A young Nicholas Hoult with Hugh Grant in About A Boy

Hoult is no stranger to altering his physique for roles and had to lose weight to play a gaunt Nikola Tesla, the electrical engineer, in forthcoming film The Current War. He is now in the middle of a hot yoga routine which will allow him to bulk back up to reprise his role as Beast in X-Men: Dark Phoenix.

“When you’re playing a character called the Beast in X-Men you kind of have to,” he said. “For The Current War they asked me to lose some weight, so I just didn’t eat as much, which is miserable.”

In The Current War, he stars opposite Benedict Cumberbatch — who plays the inventor Thomas Edison — and took science lessons with the Sherlock actor, 41, to prepare for the role. Hoult said: “We were both pretty lost. [He] said that I did better than him [at one lesson] but I don’t think I did... I was trying to understand electromagnets and dynamos and all those sorts of things.”

On the sexual harassment scandal, Hoult said: “I feel, more and more with everything that’s going on in the news at the moment, a responsibility to pay more attention, to be aware of those things and to change them because that’s not how I want the world to be. And when I read about those things, I’m like, ‘That’s horrendous’.

“You’ve got to be able to put yourself in other people’s shoes and see things from different perspectives, otherwise you could have a very different view of the world.”

Read the full interview in The Journal at mrporter.com.