In the upcoming sci-fi romance Equals, Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart star as members of a futuristic “collective” who have stamped out the genetic ability to feel emotions. But when an epidemic of “Switched-On-Syndrome” begins to spread, some of the collective’s inhabitants slowly start to experience love, fear, depression, and more.
Stewart, Hoult, and director Drake Doremus sat down with JD Heyman to discuss why a world without emotions may not be one worth living in at all.
“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,” Stewart said at the PEOPLE, InStyle and Entertainment Weekly photo studio at the Toronto International Film Festival. “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.”
Check out Stewart, Hoult, and Doremus’ thoughts on the film in the clip above.
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