How did it feel when you found out you had been cast in Captain Fantastic?
I felt elated! Mum had said she would come to school to tell me if I got the part so when I saw her coming across the school oval I couldn't believe it! This script is so amazing and I really wanted the part.
Can you tell me a bit about the role you'll be playing?
I play one of Viggo Mortensen's children. There are six of us. My character doesn't fit in as well as the other kids. He is a bit of a loner. The movie is about a dad and his six kids who have been living out in the forest for six years coming back into civilisation.
Is this the biggest role you've had?
This is my first American role. But I just finished a great Australian film where I played the son of Nicole Kidman and Joseph Fiennes. It also starred Hugo Weaving and Maddison Brown. Both such great movies. I feel really lucky to have got these roles so close to one another.
Have you always wanted to be an actor?
I did a play at my school Summerland Christian College three years ago where I played Elvis! I loved the feeling of being on stage. When it finished I asked Mum, "What do I need to do to get on television?" She signed me with an agent and got some headshots done, but she secretly thought she was wasting her money! But about six months later I got a role in Mako Mermaids which is a TV series and then a great short film role which won me Best Male Actor at Tropfest 2013. So she wasn't wasting her money after all! Then my uncle died who I was very close to so I always think I need to do this for him too. He would have been so proud. I wouldn't have been able to shut him up!
How much work goes into preparing for a role like this?
This is a really physical role so before I came over I was doing an exercise regime every day. I also had to learn to play the guitar. All roles require something different.
What do your friends and family think?
My mum is very supportive; she has always taught my brother and I to follow our dreams. She travels with me and I couldn't do this without her. My dad can't believe it, he gets goosebumps every time he tells someone; he is very proud. My big brother is into cars and trucks; definitely not acting, but he hopes to be my driver one day! My dad and brother are coming over here to visit me on set which will be great. My stepdad and nan and aunties and uncles and whole extended family are heaps proud, too! My friends are really cool about it. I go to a great little school, Summerland Christian College, and I have known my friends since I was five so they knew me before I was an actor. They just know me as Nic. I like that. It's good to come home and know my mates will still be there.
What actors do you look up to and why?
Hugo Weaving. When I worked with him he was such a humble guy who never complained.