Jacob Elordi only had a few hundred in the bank before ‘Euphoria’
Euphoria star Jacob Elordi admitted QG that before booking the role of Nate Jacobs, he was surfing on his couch, packing all his things in his car and watching the small savings in his bank account quickly deplete. In 2017, Australian-born Elordi had just wrapped filming Netflix’s teenage sensation The kissing booth and moved to Los Angeles. He slept in a friend’s living room in the San Fernando Valley and sometimes in his Mitsubishi.
“I wasn’t booking jobs,” Elordi explained. “I think I had – I don’t know, $400 or $800 left in my bank account – and Euphoria was my last audition before heading home for some time to earn some money and recuperate.
It’s a story that mirrors that of her co-star Sydney Sweeney, who recently revealed she still couldn’t live comfortably in Los Angeles on her acting earnings alone.
For Elordi, it was great news that he was cast as the HBO hit, but the money didn’t hit his account right away. He was still juggling his living situation.
“My car was like a hoarder’s, full of boxes, hangers and stuff,” he said, adding that a producer noticed his situation and found him a hotel room. “I was really lucky … Which is just an LA thing, you know?
It wasn’t long before Elordi’s life as a struggling actor was officially over. The kissing booth came out in 2018 and it got four million new Instagram followers overnight.
“I had to go through and delete my high school photos because that was the Instagram I used for my life,” he said. “I would like people to understand how drastic this change has been.”
It was so intense that Elordi said he wanted to quit acting, adding that “it can sound quite sensitive and dramatic, but I’m sensitive and I’m very dramatic. I hated being a character for the public. I felt so far from myself.
“It was like, all of a sudden, I was a poster boy,” he continued. “Like I was a billboard. It was like it was for sale. Then my brain went through the fucking wringer. Like, I wasn’t sure if I was genuine. This skews really your point of view. It creates a very paranoid lifestyle.
Elordi says he was able to overcome some of those feelings after talking to his deep waters co-starring Ben Affleck. Affleck is definitely a guy who knows something about the spotlight.