Nicholas Galitzine Compares Hollywood to 'Meat Market' Feeling Like 'Cut of Beef'

Nicholas Galitzine opens up on career challenges, role choices

by Zain ul Abedin
Nicholas Galitzine Compares Hollywood to 'Meat Market' Feeling Like 'Cut of Beef'
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In the glossy world of Hollywood, where appearances often overshadow talents, British actor Nicholas Galitzine’s recent candid discussion sheds light on a less talked-about aspect of the entertainment industry. At 29 years old, Galitzine, starring opposite Anne Hathaway in the romantic comedy The Idea of You, opened up about the uncomfortable attention his looks have garnered, likening it to feeling like a "cut of beef at a meat market." During an insightful interview with GQ magazine, Galitzine expressed his desire to be recognized for his skills rather than his appearance.

"The most important thing to me is that I’m taken seriously as a performer," he remarked. This sentiment came in response to a question about his role as a conventionally attractive character, highlighting the often superficial focus of casting discussions and public reactions.

Galitzine's Role Reflections

Galitzine's apprehension about being primarily defined by his looks is a recurring fear, as he shared, "Being my defining feature is something I’m constantly terrified of." This reflection came amidst his growing portfolio of significant roles, including his performances in "Mary & George" alongside Julianne Moore and in the popular 2022 film "Red, White and Royal Blue." In "The Idea of You," Galitzine portrays Hayes Campbell, the charismatic lead singer of the fictional boy band "August Moon." The character’s profile led to inevitable comparisons with real-life pop icon Harry Styles, fueling speculation about the inspirations behind the role.

Galitzine acknowledged the similarities to Styles but emphasized the importance of distinguishing his character from real individuals. "It’s very important that we don’t draw too much of a comparison to him because [Styles] is a real person, within both the music industry and the film industry," he stated, advocating for a separation between real-life figures and fictional characters.

The casting process for the film was unique, as Anne Hathaway revealed in a V Magazine interview. Actors auditioning for Galitzine's role were asked to select a song that would make her character dance. Galitzine’s choice led to a spontaneous and genuine connection during the audition, which Hathaway described vividly, "I heard [the lead singer of Alabama Shakes] Brittany’s voice and I just started smiling. And he [Galitzine] saw me smile, so he relaxed, and we just started dancing."