Nicholas Hoult would rather be mocked for his movie roles than praised. The 'Jack the Giant Slayer' and 'Warm Bodies' star - who began acting at the age of just seven, finding fame in 'About A Boy' in 2002 - finds it funny when his friends watch his films and laugh at his acting, but he insists it is better than being told he has done an "amazing" job.He said: "No one at school really cared. I get more stick from my mates now. They love it! "They'll sit there in the cinema, watching me, and p**s themselves. But I'd much rather have that than people going, 'Wow, that was amazing.'"The 23-year-old actor often gets "fed up" with the demands of showbiz life, and prefers to spend time with his friends rather than go to glitzy events. He added to Radio Times magazine: "I get fed up being told where to go, what to wear, what to say, how to say it, where to look, what time I'm waking up, what time I'm leaving, what time I'll be home."I presented an award at the BAFTAs but avoided the dinner and the after-party. I went out with some mates in London - we went to Bodean's BBQ, had some drinks, had some pork. It was great."The star, who recently split from Jennifer Lawrence after two years together - admitted he isn't the most observant person when it comes to realising someone is giving him signals.Asked if love at first sight has happened for him, he said: "Hmmm, maybe. I'm not always the fastest person at picking up on things."It probably has happened but it took me a little while to register it."While he may not be spot-on romantically, the 'Jack the Giant Slayer' actor knows the importance of family and revealed Colin Firth gave him the best advice for his career.Nicholas explained: "[He] told me that the most important thing in a career is to have a good family around you."When your career's on the up, there'll be lots of people who want to be your friend, but when times get tough your family will be there."The star also told The Mail on Sunday newspaper's You magazine his mother would be both a dream and nightmare companion if he was ever trapped in a lift.He continued: "I'm going to say my mum for both answers, because it would be so comforting for me to have her there, but she's terrified of lifts and very claustrophobic so it would also be awful."