The Euphoria and Deep Water star talks dating in the public eye, playing opposite Ben Affleck, and his admiration for Zendaya.
Every generation has its heartthrobs; Gen Z has Jacob Elordi. The lothario of streaming, thanks to Netflix’s The Kissing Booth trilogy, shocked Hollywood as a demented jock in HBO’s Euphoria. Next, he’ll tangle with Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas in Adrian Lyne’s erotic adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s classic thriller Deep Water—this Australian-born movie buff is picking his roles to build a leading man that lasts.
Elordi was auditioning for Australian soaps in Sydney and studying Noah Baumbach films when he landed The Kissing Booth. “I’m a purist and love the movie theater, so I had this weird moral battle of ‘What am I aiding and abetting? Am I the face of this robotic, terrifying new age? Am I murdering this thing that I love?’ But there was this mentality of, ‘I’ll do whatever the fuck I’ve got to do to get to the United States and do what I love.’ ”
The movie spawned two sequels. “This is really the last kiss,” he says of the final installation.
He fumbled his Euphoria audition but “got a callback and met Sam [Levinson]; he will stop at nothing to get that goal. To be one of the soldiers out there for him…that’s the environment I love to work in.”
He wasn’t surprised when Zendaya made Emmy history as the youngest-ever best actress in a drama series. “She’s a power unto herself and so talented, such a sweetheart.”
Affleck, his colleague in Deep Water, is “a hero”—“I have a picture in my house of him and Matt Damon with the Oscars for Good Will Hunting”—and he was thrilled to work with Lyne following his nearly 20-year hiatus. Elordi plays Charlie, a classical pianist and lover to de Armas’s character. “She had me on my toes and was surprising every single take.”
His perfect date is “a night in Paris with wine, and you’re dressed to the nines,” but he’s still adjusting to dating in the public eye (and has been snapped jet-setting with model Kaia Gerber). “You want it to be genuine and real and have all the feelings of what you read in 1920s literature, but when people are watching and talking about it, it makes it a little bit difficult.”
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“Euphoria” fans will have to wait well into next year for season 2, but in the meantime, HBO has officially confirmed two special episodes of the popular teen drama.
The first is set to air Sunday, Dec. 6 on the premium cabler, before heading to stream on HBO Max. Both episodes were produced under COVID-19 guidelines, according to sources.
Titled “Trouble Don’t Last Always,” the first episode will find Rue (Zendaya) in the aftermath of being left by Jules (Hunter Schafer) at the train station and relapsing. The episode, written and helmed by series creator Sam Levinson, follows Rue as she celebrates Christmas. HBO will reveal the title, plot and date for the second episode at a later date.
News of the specials comes almost exactly a month after Zendaya wowed the TV world with her stunning Emmys win. She will be joined in the first special by Colman Domingo, reprising his role as recovering addict Ali from season 1.
Zendaya confirmed the news via social media, tweeting, “We really missed them. Two special ‘Euphoria episodes coming soon.”
Alongside Levinson, “Euphoria” is executive produced by Ravi Nandan, Kevin Turen, Drake, Future the Prince, Hadas Mozes Lichtenstein, Ron Leshem, Daphna Levin, Tmira Yardeni, Mirit Toovi, Yoram Mokady and Gary Lennon. Will Greenfield serves as a co-executive producer.
The show is produced in partnership with A24 and based on the Israeli series of the same name, which was created by Ron Leshem and Daphna Levin, from Hot. It was nominated for six Emmys total, carrying home three statuettes during the virtual ceremony back in Sept. Other than Zendaya’s performance, “Euphoria” also won for contemporary makeup and original music and lyrics.
An important role. Jacob Elordi found a new challenge when he landed the leading part in the upcoming film 2 Hearts, which is based on the true story of college student Christopher Gregory.
“When I came on board, I met his family — they’re really wonderful family, and the movie was a real family affair,” the Euphoria star told Us Weekly exclusively. “It was a super personal story to them. I met Chris Gregory’s parents and we had some really wonderful experiences. It ended up being a bit of a journey in itself.”
The film is based on Gregory’s father Eric’s 2017 book, All My Tomorrows: A Story of Tragedy, Transplant and Hope. Chris tragically died at the age of 19 after suffering a brain aneurysm. He then donated his organs to five different people, including Jorge Bacardi of the Bacardi Rum dynasty. The film chronicles Chris’ love story with Sam (Tiera Skovbye) before detailing another love story happening in the same time frame — Jorge (Adan Canto) falling for Leslie (Radha Mitchell).
“I tried to do as much research as I could,” the Kissing Booth actor told Us. “We actually filmed quite a large portion of the film before I met his parents. I met them in Hawaii, and by that point, we had shot a bulk of the movie.”
Upon meeting, Eric told Elordi that his son “reminded him of Steve McQueen,” something that threw the actor off.
“I just thought, like, ‘F–k. I’ve f–ked the whole thing,’ because I did not nearly do Steve McQueen, whatsoever,” the Australia native said with a laugh. “But, I think he was happy with it. I hope so. I want to bring him pride and a lot of love to their family.”
Although this movie filmed years ago — it was the first role Elordi landed after 2018’s The Kissing Booth — the actor shared with Us that he’s not picky about what types of scripts he’s drawn to.
“I don’t think too much in that regard. Because, you know, I could make any movie anytime if I found that script appealing,” he said. “I just want to be part of real human stories — conversational kind of pieces with real characters with real flaws who have real conversations.”