In this episode of Broadly Hotline, actors Joey King and Jacob Elordi, stars of the Netflix film ‘The Kissing Booth,’ sit down with host Bunny Michael to discuss what it means to be a young professional and the challenges that accompany it.
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IT’S 3am and a 16-year-old Jacob Elordi is wide awake at his Wavell Heights home.
The St Joseph’s Nudgee College student and aspiring actor is gripped with anxiety as the same dreaded question wreaks havoc on his sleep — “What if I never make a movie?”
The stage is Jacob’s second home and he has read hundreds of plays. Hollywood is his “plan A” and he refuses to distract himself with a “plan B”.
Fast forward to today and Jacob, now 21, shares a manager with Hollywood heavyweight Chris Hemsworth and played the lead in one of Netflix’s most-watched summer releases, teen drama The Kissing Booth.
He was back in Australia last month filming another top-secret project, but has since returned to his base in Los Angeles to film HBO teen drama Euphoria alongside Zendaya (The Greatest Showman) and Maude Apatow (This Is 40, Knocked Up), produced by rap megastar Drake.
“Euphoria is my dream role in terms of something meaty and real,” Jacob says.
“That’s the biggest thing happening in my life right now.”
But family remains his rock and Jacob was sure to fit in quality time while home, though visiting his old haunts is no longer so easy. Teenage girls flock for a piece of Noah Flynn — the bad boy heart-throb Jacob plays in The Kissing Booth.
The 195cm actor, who had parts in Swinging Safari (2018) and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017), now has more than six million Instagram followers, multiple fan-pages and a girlfriend — Hollywood actor Joey King, 19, who plays his love interest Elle Evans in The Kissing Booth.
During their first Australian Christmas together in 2017 and prior to the Netflix release, fans would stop more-famous Joey for photos and Jacob would take them.
How the tables have turned.
“In all honestly, it’s been a little bit difficult for me,” Jacob says.
“I’m pretty private … so to me it’s a little unnerving to see my face and my name everywhere.
“I’m so stoked that people enjoyed (The Kissing Booth), and I have a lot of love for people sending letters and writing appreciation posts, but it’s a bit of a shock. I don’t think I’ll get used to it.”
He’s just wrapped filming on his next film, 2 Hearts, in Vancouver, where screaming fans gathered outside his hotel. It’s all been cause for good-natured ribbing from Jacob’s former Nudgee classmates.
“On Instagram people make a lot of compilation videos of me shirtless and smiling and dripping in sexy sweat. I get sent a lot of those by my friends,” he says.
The Kissing Booth was Jacob’s 103rd audition, filmed against a blue sheet on the garage wall at home.
“I’ll never forget the day I got the call saying I got the part. It was a Saturday and I was walking through Westfield Chermside. I could see it was a conference call with about five managers. They always told me that meant either really good or really bad news. When they told me I’d got the part, I collapsed and just started crying. It meant a whole lot.”
When the time came to leave Brisbane, Jacob was ready.
His mum Melissa, the Nudgee College tuckshop co-ordinator, says his American accent has been perfect since he was 10 years old.
“He was in grade four, and for show and tell he rapped an Eminem song. He just loved that American accent,” she says, adding he was 12 when she knew he had serious talent.
“His school did a production of Seussical and Jacob was The Cat in the Hat. He was so confident and so funny, and even then he had such a strong self-belief.”
It was that conviction that Jacob’s LA manager, Christopher Burbidge, saw when the pair met at the Park Hyatt Sydney about three years ago.
Jacob was in town for an audition.
“He basically sat me down and was like, ‘Look, you clearly love acting’, but he said I should ‘win a Logie or something’ before moving to Los Angeles,” Jacob recalls.
But Jacob would much prefer an Academy Award, according to his dad, John. “He told me once that he wanted to win one and I said something like, ‘You know that’s a one-in-a-million chance?’ Jacob looked me dead in the eye and said, ‘Someone has to be that one’.”
Jacob is not the only star in the family.
Sister and “best friend” Isabella, 23, studied at The Australian Ballet School in Melbourne. The Elordi family moved to the Victorian capital for four years after she won her place and Isabella says her next move will be to LA, to help Jacob navigate his new life.
“My family (including brother Michael, 31) are my best friends on the entire planet,” Jacob says.
“There was never a moment when they didn’t support me. They put me through every class and bought me every book. They let me watch any movie (and) let me take days off school to work on auditions. They helped me survive in LA last year.”
Now writing a screenplay, Jacob says his ultimate goal is to return to Brisbane and bring it to life.
“I’m so arrogant about Brisbane when I’m in LA,” he says.
“I tell everyone I’m from Brissy and it’s the best place on earth. I got to Hollywood and realised I wanted all my friends (with me).”
But home will have to wait.
ET Canada sits down with “The Kissing Booth” star Jacob Elordi, who opens up about filming his latest movie “2 Hearts” in Vancouver, mastering the American accent and dating his on-screen co-star Joey King in real-life. (Extended interview)
This needs to happen…
It’s only been out one month but it’s safe to say that The Kissing Booth is one of the biggest movies of the year so far. Not only has the teen drama gained a legion of loyal fans thanks to its relatable script and on-screen/irl romance but it’s also “one of the most watched” films on Netflix right now. Viewers can’t get enough of Elle (Joey King) and Noah (Jacob Elordi).
The film follows Elle as she is caught in a dilemma. She and Lee (Joel Courtney) have been best friends since birth BUT they have one rule to protect their relationship: relatives are off limits. This is all fine until Elle falls in love with Lee’s older brother Noah and a whole lot of drama unfolds. Obviously it is amazing and people are completely obsessed with it.
In fact, fans love it so much that they are already campaigning for the movie to be turned into a series.
The Jacob Elordi thirst is real.
And the gag is that it would actually makes sense for Netflix to make a series of The Kissing Booth. It would be an incredible way to explore want happens to Elle and Noah when Noah goes off to college. Not to mention the fact that, Beth Reekles, the writer of the novel that The Kissing Booth is based on, has even written a companion novella to the original. The Beach House takes place during the summer of The Kissing Booth and it could easily be adapted into a series of its own.
As it stands, it is currently unknown if Netflix have any plans to turn the romantic comedy into its own series but it’s a definite possibility. Not only are Jacob and Joey actually boyfriend and girlfriend but the whole cast are really close to each other. Just this week The Kissing Booth team reunited.
Could a series or sequel already be in the works? Fingers crossed.
Joey King, Jacob Elordi, and Joel Courtney of The Kissing Booth kiss random objects like a hairless cat, a salt lamp, sushi and each other. This is such a cute and fun video, enjoy!