Award-winning actor Jacob Elordi revealed that he almost threw in the towel early on in his career.
Before Elordi joined the cast of HBO drama Euphoria as Nate Jacobs, he starred in the teen rom-com The Kissing Booth (2018) where he played the role of the protagonist's (Rochelle "Elle" Evans/Joey King) boyfriend, Noah Flynn, according to IMDB.
In a recent interview with GQ Magazine, Elordi opened up about his quick rise to stardom following Netflix's release of the film, and what he said during the conversation, may come as a surprise.
The exchange began when the interviewer noticed Elordi kept a copy of Peter Guralnick’s biography Last Train to Memphis on his coffee table—a book Elordi claimed to pick up after watching the trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s new Elvis biopic.
“I was just like, d*mn, Elvis Presley wanted to be James Dean,” Elordi said. “He wanted to be Marlon Brando. I’ve researched almost every actor from that time period, and I passed [Elvis] off as an entertainer and singer. But then he was an actor.”
“I guess, in a way, I’m trying to learn from these people," the actor confessed, before he went on to describe a particular moment—relating to both Elvis and Hollywood fame—that stood out to him.
“He was talking, and he was so charming to the press, but you could see in his eyes that he was just tired,” the actor recalled.
"He’s like, 'I’m tired, man. I only get four, five hours of sleep, I’m so tired.' That’s really sad to me, because it’s a different period of time and it’s someone who’s gone through 10 billion times anything I’ve experienced, but the same kind of feeling.”
The feeling Elordi was referring to, was his quick and fast journey to fame after The Kissing Booth.
He told interviewers that the sudden rush of attention and public scrutiny of his personal life was enough to make him want to quit acting.
"Which might sound quite sensitive and dramatic, but I am sensitive and I’m very dramatic. I hated being a character to the public. I felt so far from myself,” Elordi admitted.
“It felt like, all of a sudden, I was a poster,” the actor continued: “Like I was a billboard."
"It felt like it was for sale. Then my brain went through the f***ing wringer. Like, I wasn’t sure if I was genuine. It really skews your view. It creates a very paranoid way of living.”