'Euphoria' Star Jacob Elordi Reveals He Was Called Gay for Wanting to Act

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Monday August 8, 2022

Jacob Elordi in "The Kissing Booth"
Jacob Elordi in "The Kissing Booth"  (Source:Netflix)

"Euphoria" star Jacob Elordi is opening up about his leading man status and how he went from rugby athlete to actor in a new GQ interview.

Elordi's passion for the stage reportedly began at 12 years old, and he balanced two lives as an athlete and an actor, despite what other kids thought about his decision to take up an art.

"From the moment I did a play I was called 'gay' at school," the actor says. "But I had this abundance of confidence in myself. Because I could do both: I was quite good at sport and I think I was quite good at theatre."

This made him feel less focused on what his peers thought and more focused on the craft, he says.

"I felt like I was above it, or it made me feel older. It made me feel wiser," Elordi explains. "And also, there's the classic thing of, I was doing plays with girl schools. I'm spending my weekends with the most beautiful women from the school next door, reading the most romantic words ever written."

Now, as one of "Euphoria's" breakout stars, Elordi is on TV with some of the most beautiful women in the acting business reading the raunchiest words ever written.

"For me, working on that set is an absolute treat," he says. "When I'm working with Sam, I'm in the trenches with him, and I trust him, and I work myself to the bone for him."

When claims about his sexuality come up, like when he starred as the Fairy King Oberon in a production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Elordi says he leans into it.

"When they said I was gay, I remember leaning into the makeup," Elordi says. "I was like, if I'm going to be the King of the Fairies, I'm going to be the f**king hottest King of the Fairies you've ever seen. ... I started welcoming those kinds of characters. I started welcoming the femininity. I started speaking with my hands. I started really playing the thespian."

He adds, "I enjoyed playing the actor. I stepped away from beer culture and from sport culture, and I was like, 'Well, if you think this is gay, I'm going to be who I am when I was your friend, which is this hetero guy, but I'm going to play the arts. I'm going to do it, and I'm going to show you that's bulls**t.'"

Indeed, read the complete interview here.