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Nicholas Hoult talks zombies in 'Warm Bodies'

Still of Nicholas Hoult in the 2013 film 'Warm Bodies.' (Photo by Jonathan Wenk, courtesy of Summit Entertainment)

January 30, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
Nicholas Hoult takes on his first leading role in the new romantic zombie-themed movie "Warm Bodies."

The 23 year old has been a supporting actor since he was a child. We first met him back in 2002 while he was promoting the movie "About a Boy," which also starred Hugh Grant.

Hoult said he has met some challenges in his transition to adulthood as an actor.

"There are definitely challenges," he said. "I've been really lucky. I've managed to work with good people and do some good work and play interesting characters. I enjoy acting."

He also enjoyed his physical transformation into "R," his zombie character in "Warm Bodies."

"The make-up was only an hour and a half, and I'd sit there and my make-up artist was really nice," he said. "We watched zombie films and just hung out. it's kind of nice that you'd get to work and have a coffee and sit down and have a little chat for a little while."

Zombies are more popular than ever in Hollywood right now. The twist with this film is that it's a love story between a zombie and the human daughter of a zombie killer.

"It's exciting, you never know if it's going to work out," Hoult said. "It's good to try something new and for me that was part of the appeal of this film, was playing a character which wasn't conventional in any way."

Hoult is keeping busy. He has another film, "Jack the Giant Slayer," out in March. He plays the title role in the modern day family tale of "Jack and the Beanstalk."

"Warm Bodies" premiered in Hollywood on Tuesday night. It's rated PG-13 and is in theaters Friday.