Jacob Elordi has been open about being called “gay” at school when he first started acting in plays.
In a recent interview, the 25-year-old actor, who stars in HBO’s dark teen drama as high school star Nate Jacobs euphoria – spoke about his entry into the world of acting at the age of 12.
While Elordi’s growing interest in acting coincided with his time playing for the school’s rugby team in his native Australia, he said he soon began to feel the disconnect between those worlds.
“From the moment I did a play, I was labeled gay at school,” Elordi said GQ.
“But I had this abundance of confidence. Because I could do both: I was pretty good at sports and I think I was pretty good at theater.”
He added: “I felt like I was above it, or I felt older. It made me smarter. I’ve never worried that my peers would think I was less than a man.”
When Elordi played Oberon in Shakespeare’s The Fairies A Midsummer Night’s Dream At school, he found acting transformative.
“When they said I was gay, I remember leaning into the makeup,” he said. “I thought if I become the fairy king, I’m going to be the sexiest freakin’ fairy king you’ve ever seen.”
“I started welcoming those types of characters. I started to embrace femininity,” explained Elordi.
Last month, stranger things David Harbor announced that he would like Elordi to play young Jim Hopper in a prospective prequel.
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https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/jacob-elordi-euphoria-sexuality-gay-b2141181.html Jacob Elordi says schoolmates called him “gay” when he started acting