updated 08/02/2014 AT 1:00 PM ET
•originally published 08/02/2014 AT 3:40 PM ET
What happens when two young, hot, single stars get together to make a movie halfway around the world?
The day after sources confirmed Hoult has split with longtime girlfriend Jennifer Lawrence, he and Stewart took to the stage in Tokyo at a press conference to announce the start of production of their sci-fi movie, Equals.
“I can’t stand him,” Stewart joked of Hoult, according to the Boston Herald. The two, both 24, were spotted earlier this week sharing a meal at a sushi restaurant.
“It’s always a weird position to be put in any film where the director chooses two people and is saying, ‘Hey, potentially in this world I’m creating you two could fall in love,’ ” Hoult told reporters. (Not that either star is unfamiliar with on-set romances: Hoult and Lawrence met on the set of X-Men: First Class, and Stewart and her Twilight leading man, Robert Pattinson, dated for three years before splitting in 2013.)
“Sometimes [this kind of situation] feels forced and tricky and awkward, but the kind of environment [director Drake Doremus] created was straightforward and easy,” Hoult added. “Kristen is a great actress, and that just makes it very relaxed and my job very easy.”
Stewart also talked about the movie’s setting, in a future in which humans can no longer experience emotions – until a few regain the ability to feel.
“I’m definitely not afraid of “feels,” she said. “My life revolves around it, actually. Finding the balance between the head and the heart is important – but I’ve always been very driven by the gut.”