Why The Cast of Romeo + Juliet Has Us Lovestruck

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The 123,098,098th remake of “Romeo & Juliet” comes out this Friday, and we’re actually super-excited for it. Not just because the classic Shakespearean tale never gets old, but because Hailee Steinfeld, Douglas Booth and Ed Westwick live up to their characters’ most positive qualities in real life.

 + Hailee Steinfeld as Juliet

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16-year-old Hailee Steinfeld plays Juliet in the new flick. “I think what’s so incredible about ["Romeo and Juliet"], and what I love so much, is that so many themes in the movie are so relevant today, and no matter how it’s told or who tells the story, it’s still relevant. It’s so relatable.” The most prominent theme in the classic book and all of its film adaptations is love. Love is Louder promotes the use of love to overcome all tragedy. Romeo and Juliet knew that their love was “louder” than their families’ differences, and stopped at nothing to prove it. Luckily, you don’t have to drink poison to fight for love in the 21st century. Join the Love Is Louder movement by writing “Love is Louder” on your hands, taking a sweet selfie (I know you know how), and posting it on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #LoveIsLouder.

+ Douglass Booth as Romeo

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Romeo was often discriminated against for coming from a disadvantaged family, and that may be why Douglas Booth is such a big supporter of Kibera In Need, an organization that helps the 800,000 people living in one of Kenya’s poorest areas. 20 percent of children in Kibera die before their fifth birthday, and close to 60 percent of people living there have HIV/AIDS. Booth and friends recently took second place in The Artemis Challenge, a 50-mile sailing race to raise money for the charity of his choice. “The race was also a good opportunity for me to help raise awareness of such a great cause, Kibera in Need,” he said of the event. “The organization offers support to adults and children living in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, and the work done really does change lives. Being a part of the race today has, I hope, introduced more people to what is such a fantastic cause.”

+ Ed Westwick as Tybalt

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Finally, we get to hear “Gossip Girl” star Ed Westwick’s real accent! That’s right, ladies (and gents who like gents). He’s got a British accent. If you loved him before, you’re probably drooling all over your computer screen at this point. Ed, who plays the rebelious Tybalt in “Romeo and Juliet,” isn’t afraid to rebel for charity. He once ditched his pants for a kilt at the Dressed To Kilt fashion show, an annual event that celebrates Scottish culture and raises funds for various Scottish charities.

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