Euphoria character when he was in high school. Phew!In a new GQ profile—in which he’s dubbed “Gen Z’s leading man”—Elordi opened up about his overnight fame thanks to the success of Netflix‘s teen rom-com series, The Kissing Booth, and how the phenomenon that is Euphoria is shaping the future of his career.
A post shared by Jacob Elordi (@jacobelordi)It’s that latter role that might give the impression that Elordi’s some sort of brooding bruiser not to be crossed.
His Nate Jacobs is a physically and mentally abusive alpha-jock, a reprehensible rager made only slightly sympathetic by the fact that his strict father is harboring more than a few dark secrets of his own.As we come to find out over the course of this series, much of Nate’s behavior is a result of internalized homophobia—a macho mask to ensure no one even suspects he might be gay.
Nate is toxic masculinity personified.At 6’5″ tall, the chiseled Elordi might look the part. But, as the GQ feature makes clear, he’s much more thoughtful and secure in himself than his Euphoria role—and he takes his acting very seriously.Related: Where the boys are: 5 shows to stream that feature full-frontal male nudityIn the piece, the Australian star reflects on his high school experience.