Jacob Elordi Is Young and Restless and Longing for Home

30 Nov 2021

The Brisbane-born actor takes a break from filming season two of HBO’s Euphoria (premiering in early 2022) to head into nature and reflect on his rising fame—its annoying trappings, sure, but also the many unexpected opportunities it affords.
“I’m just burning sage,” says Jacob Elordi as he takes a lighter to the business end of a smudge stick. His voice, transmitted over Zoom from his home in Los Angeles, is so deep that the words tend to blur together, as if this six-foot-five Aussie, in a baseball cap and a banana-yellow T-shirt, has been possessed by the spirit of Eeyore. Or it might just be how he’s feeling today. “A little down in the dumps,” he says. He dearly misses his family back in Australia: his brother and sister, both older, and “my best friends”—his parents. He’s in production on season two of Euphoria, HBO’s acid trip of a series that gives Gen Z the prestige treatment. “Work is the North Star. As long as I’m doing that, I’m good. I can be anyone, anywhere, from any family,” he says. “But it’s the in-between moments. There are days when you just sit at home, and those days are tough. Because it’s like, ‘I have a swimming pool and a television and a couch and a tree, and I can’t have Sunday lunch with my mum.’ ”

Above him hangs a painting done by a friend of a boxing match, two blurs forever throwing jabs at each other. When talking, Elordi pulls on the hem of his shirt; when listening, he pinches the flesh of his cheek. You get the sense that there’s a separate conversation racing through his head. But that goes away when talk turns—inevitably—to the man’s eyebrows. They’re thick Basque brows, paternally inherited. “I used to be so self-conscious of having a unibrow,” he says. “I would make my mum tweeze out the middle. I was fifteen and terrified of all body hair.” He finally cracks a smile. “Since I’ve become vain, I do brush them from time to time before leaving the house. Which really kills me, when I reach for that little brush.”

On Euphoria, Elordi, twenty-four, plays Nate Jacobs, a high school quarterback who struggles with an abusive father—in addition to his own multitude of demons. On set, the actor has the heavy task of living in the head of a jock who, in season one, nearly pummels a guy to death, blackmails a classmate with her nude selfies, and projects his confused sexuality in every direction but inward. Elordi reveals that in season two, “there’s a lot more time in his house, with his family.”

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Jacob Elordi Covers Man About Town

30 Mar 2021

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After some much needed downtime at home in Australia, the Euphoria and Kissing Booth star is back – hungry, with a better idea of who he is.

You can find out a surprising amount about someone from observing them eat dinner – be it table manners or just general eating etiquette.

I discover this when catching up with Jacob Elordi for the second time; because he is hungry. Like, really hungry. Ravenous even, and apologetically so. By sheer coincidence, the last time I saw Elordi eating was also involved, at an awards ceremony dinner in Sydney where we were sat opposite one another. For the record, so as to not embarrass Elordi, I’ll say this much: he’s a pretty graceful eater, both in person and over Zoom. At times in between forkfuls there were a few stray elbows on the table but for someone who’s 6ft 5 tall that’s understandable. Indeed, he’s certainly well-mannered enough for his mother to be happy.

For the past month or so, the 23 year old has been living up in Byron Bay’s Hinterland enjoying some quality family time, reading lots of books and surfing. “It’s been unbelievable,” he beams, having just returned from a long evening surf session. “We’ve got five acres up here on the top of the mountain, so I can see over the bay. I get the country and the beach and it’s just been the most relaxing time ever,” he continues, washing down the last of his Vietnamese takeout with a sip of Stone & Wood beer.

Over the course of our conversation, we discuss all manner of topics that are close to Elordi, from the importance of spending time with family and friends to his acting and what he’s looking for from his work in the future. Most imminently, he’s returning to his most complex role yet – reunited with Nate Jacobs as filming for season two ofEuphoria finally gets underway.

“What I like about Euphoria is we don’t need to spell everything out all the time. If people are feeling a kind of way, it’s human. If they are that, it’s human. The show throws you in there and lets you know, hey, these are the people, this is who they are. Now, watch them play,” he says of the award-winning show that quickly made him a household Hollywood name.

“The first season was unknown territory, I didn’t know what I was stepping into, what I was becoming, I guess. But going in the second season, I won’t say it’s like greeting an old friend but there is a comfort in going back into a space that I know.”

Written by Emily

Why ‘Kissing Booth’ Star Jacob Elordi Wants to Play the Bad Guy

08 Aug 2020

Jacob Elordi isn’t just another heartthrob. The 23-year-old actor has the grit to travel to dark places on the HBO TV series “Euphoria,” where he plays Nate, a high school jock with anger management issues. More recently, Elordi switched courses to reprise his role as Noah in the Netflix rom-com “The Kissing Booth 2,” a sequel to the hit 2018 movie (a third installment has already been shot). Up next he stars in the indie drama “2 Hearts” (in theaters on Oct. 16) and in “Deep Water,” a thriller with Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas, scheduled for release later this year.

For Variety’s Power of Young Hollywood issue, Elordi talked over Zoom from his home in Brisbane, Australia, about preferring to play the bad guy.

“Euphoria” is set in high school. What shows about high school did you watch growing up?
I watched “High School Musical.” I was actually a big fan of that. I watched “Gossip Girl” start to finish. It’s intense. The soundtrack on that is crazy, by the way, if you go back and watch it. Also, Chuck Bass. What an irredeemable character. I believe he rapes two girls in the first episode, and then by the last season, you love him. How do you do that? What kind of arc is that?

What’s it like playing a morally questionable character?
When I was younger, I didn’t question it so much. I just wanted to work and make movies. If the script is acknowledging them — and they’re meant to be there, and not just an outcome of bad writing — then I think it’s much more interesting to play it. I’d hate to play someone who’s morally correct all the time. We do shitty things all the time to each other.

Did you have to audition for “Euphoria”?
It was super simple. It was really just like a conventional audition process. I went down to the casting office, fumbled through my lines and ended up getting called back. And yeah, it was just like that. Sorry, I have a cough. I think I have this asthma thing going on. It’s not the virus. Please don’t jump to any conclusions.

What can you tell us about “Euphoria” Season 2?
Sam [Levinson] changes scripts like a madman. I could tell you something now, and it would not be at all relevant to what I’m going to read when we go back. It’s ever changing, even up until the day that we’re shooting.

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Written by Emily