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Does Nicholas Galitzine Really Sing In The Idea Of You?


  • Nicholas Galitzine sings in
    The Idea of You
    , enhancing the movie’s musical authenticity.
  • Galitzine’s character Hayes Campbell performs several original songs produced by renowned songwriters.
  • Galitzine’s singing history predates the movie, as he has showcased his talent and experience in various musical roles.



There is some question as to whether The Idea Of You star Nicholas Galitzine was really singing in the movie. The Prime Video outing is an adaptation of the 2017 age-gap romance novel of the same name by Robinne Lee. Directed by The Big Sick‘s Michael Showalter from a screenplay he co-wrote with Kissing Jessica Stein co-writer and star Jennifer Westfeldt, it stars The Devil Wears Prada and The Princess Diaries actor Anne Hathaway as single mother Solène Marchand.

Galitzine, who is perhaps best known for his role as Prince Henry in the previous Prime Video romance novel adaptation Red, White, & Royal Blue, stars opposite Hathaway in the Idea of You cast as Hayes Campbell, the lead singer of the fictional boy band August Moon. The character is inspired by the real-life pop superstar Harry Styles, who is a former member of the boy band One Direction. As the two characters meet while at a music festival, the scene is set by August Moon performing onstage, though there are multiple other instances of Hayes singing throughout the movie.


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Yes, Nicholas Galitzine Sings In The Idea Of You

Hayes Campbell’s Voice Is As Authentic As Possible

Nicholas Galitzine really sings during his performance as Hayes Campbell in The Idea of You, as confirmed in a recent article in Rolling Stone. This is in keeping with the modern trend for movie musicals. In the classic era of musicals, it wasn’t uncommon for acting and singing to be considered separate disciplines and for major stars to have their singing voices dubbed. This process is depicted humorously in the iconic 1952 musical Singin’ in the Rain, with one of the more famous real-life examples being Marni Nixon dubbing Natalie Wood in 1961’s West Side Story.

Nixon was a consummate singing dubber, having provided voices for characters in titles including
The King and I
My Fair Lady
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
, and
An Affair to Remember

However, in the modern era, it is much more common for stars to provide their own singing voices. This reflects a general trend toward onscreen authenticity, which is sometimes even pushed further by having the actors sing live on set. While non-dubbing has led to critics and audiences panning certain singing voices such as Pierce Brosnan as Sam Carmichael in Mamma Mia! and Russell Crowe as Javert in Les Misérables, it has also earned favorable notices for other actors, including Anne Hathaway herself, Crowe’s co-star who won an Oscar for her raw Les Misérables performance as Fantine.

Every Song Nicholas Galitzine Sings In The Idea Of You

August Moon Has A Number Of Hit Singles

August Moon Performing Onstage in The Idea of You

The Anne Hathaway age-gap romance movie is chock-full of original music. Most of the August Moon songs were written by real-life songwriters and music producers Savan Kotecha (who has worked with Lizzo, Katy Perry, and Ariana Grande) and Carl Falk (5 Seconds of Summer, Charlie Puth, and Madonna), who previously collaborated on the One Direction smash hit “What Makes You Beautiful.” Additional songwriting contributions were made by recording artists Becca Stevens and Babyface, as well as the songwriters ILYA and Albin Nedler. Below, see a full list of the songs that Galitzine’s Hayes Campbell performs in The Idea of You:


Artist (Writers)


August Moon (Albin Nedler, Carl Falk & Savan Kotecha)

“Dance Before We Walk”

August Moon (Carl Falk & Savan Kotecha)

“The Idea Of You”

Nicholas Galitzine and Anne-Marie (Albin Nedler, Carl Falk & Savan Kotecha)


August Moon (Carl Falk & Savan Kotecha)

“Guard Down”

August Moon (Albin Nedler, Carl Falk & Savan Kotecha)

“Go Rogue”

August Moon (Becca Stevens)

“I Got You”

Nicholas Galitzine (Babyface, ILYA, & Savan Kotecha)

“Taste (R3HAB Remix)”

August Moon (Albin Nedler, Carl Falk and Savan Kotecha)

Nicholas Galitzine’s Singing History Pre-Dates The Idea Of You

Galitzine Is No Stranger To Movie Musicals

It makes sense that Nicholas Galitzine would be approached to play the role of Hayes Campbell. In addition to cutting his teeth on a variety of romance movies including the Netflix hit Purple Hearts, he has already sung onscreen in quite a few different titles. The most prominent example of this is his performance as the Prince in the Camila Cabello jukebox musical Cinderella, another Prime Video venture which premiered on the streaming service in 2021. In that movie, which was directed by Kay Cannon, he performed songs including Queen’s “Somebody to Love” and The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army.”

Galitzine has made a habit of performing covers of songs…

The The Idea of You star also played musically inclined characters in his debut feature The Beat Beneath My Feet and the 2016 LGBTQ+ indie movie Handsome Devil. He was later able to show off his singing chops in Red, White & Royal Blue when his character performed another Queen track – “Don’t Stop Me Now” – at a karaoke bar. Additionally, as himself, Galitzine has made a habit of performing covers of songs such as Joji’s “Glimpse of Us” and Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness” on his Instagram page in addition to writing and performing the 2022 single “Comfort.”

Source: Rolling Stone

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The Idea of You (2024)

Based on the acclaimed, contemporary love story of the same name, The Idea of You centers on Solène (Anne Hathaway), a 40-year-old single mom who begins an unexpected romance with 24-year-old Hayes Campbell (Nicholas Galitzine), the lead singer of August Moon, the hottest boy band on the planet. When Solène must step in to chaperone her teenage daughter’s trip to the Coachella Music Festival after her ex bails at the last minute, she has a chance encounter with Hayes and there is an instant, undeniable spark. As they begin a whirlwind romance, it isn’t long before Hayes’ superstar status poses unavoidable challenges to their relationship, and Solène soon discovers that life in the glare of his spotlight might be more than she bargained for.

Michael Showalter

Release Date
May 2, 2024

Robinne Lee , Michael Showalter , Jennifer Westfeldt

Anne Hathaway Nicholas Galitzine , Ella Rubin , Annie Mumolo , Reid Scott , Perry Mattfeld , Jordan Aaron Hall , Mathilda Gianopoulos

115 Minutes

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