Style Turns Out, Jacob Elordi Almost Quit Acting For Good After Filming ‘The Kissing Booth’
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When The Kissing Booth hit Netflix in 2018, it was the perfect, cringe-worthy watch. But for the film franchise's main love interest (and Australian heartthrob) Jacob Elordi, while the movie was the start of his impressive rise to Hollywood fame, it was almost the final straw for his acting career.
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While The Kissing Booth franchise was what helped pave the way for his role as, the 25-year-old Brisbane native has always felt rather, well, apathetic about the movies, even taking digs in past interviews.
But, what the public didn't know was that the three-part franchise almost sawhang up his acting gloves for good—but thankfully, he had a change of heart.
In a cover interview for, Elordi shared that the response to the movies, as well as the increased attention on his private life and relationships, made him rethink whether fame was what he really wanted. At the time, he was dating his former co-star , with their relationship immediately becoming the focus of tabloids everywhere.
"[It] might sound quite sensitive and dramatic, but I am sensitive and I'm very dramatic," he said. "I hated being a character to the public. I felt so far from myself."
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Ultimately, Elordi chose to keep following his acting dreams, even making two morefilms. However, he still has a hard time dealing with the paparazzi.
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"It felt like, all of a sudden, I was a poster," he said, referring to the influx of attention his career was bringing him. "Like I was a billboard. It felt like it was for sale."
"Then my brain went through the f--king wringer. Like, I wasn't sure if I was genuine. It really skews your view. It creates a very paranoid way of living."
And while he went through moments of doubt with his career, the tide has changed and he's now extremely serious about his methods of getting into character. For example, when preparing himself to play Noah in the first Kissing Booth film, he read the novel it's based on and wanted his portrayal of Noah to do the book's depiction justice.
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"I remember saying, 'He smokes in the book. I need to smoke. He needs to have cigarettes. He's a bad boy,'" Jacob recalled telling the team behind the film. He explained how that part of Noah's personality wasn't permitted to be in the films, despite it being exactly how he was written.
"I remember going to war for it. I was like, Are we lying to the f--king millions of 14-year-olds out there?," she said, adding, "This guy smokes nicotine. It says here on page four—look!"
And when it came to Nate, he felt equally as passionate and explained the inspiration he found when forming the character in his mind. Heading to a popular gym in Los Angeles to watch TikTok stars train, he listened to the same music they liked, and even watched shark documentaries to get a better understanding of Nate's predatory and observant personality.
"Nate is always watching," Jacob said about his Euphoria character. "He'll bump into someone in the hallway, like a shark when they test someone's leg—and then he comes up from the deep and just f--king annihilates them."
Clearly, The Kissing Booth franchise was nothing but a stepping stone in his career, especially since he's earned even more fame from Euphoria. Here's hoping that he keeps bringing that intensity to his future projects.
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