Jacob Elordi is on the brink. The 24-year-old Euphoria actor has a hot show, a new film, and a reputation as a Gen-Z sex symbol. He’s on the rise, and he’s glad. Kind of. Maybe. Elordi spoke with writer Lauren Larson for the January/February issue of Men’s Health about being young and talented and still figuring it all out.
On training––in preparation the second season of HBO’s Euphoria––at an exclusive gym in LA alongside You-Tubers, TikTok teens, and others who train shirtless: “I would never train shirtless, but from day dot, I would just rip my shirt off and have, like, headphones on, playing Rage Against the Machine. I was trying to understand this mentality of what it is to be in the gym and look at yourself in the mirror and be like, Faaaack, I look good.”
On being told he was too tall (six-foot-five) to pursue a modeling career: “I’m very grateful. I truly think I would’ve been miserable if I had to do that.”
On how attention on his body—which was full-on after The Kissing Booth—has unsettled him. “You learn quickly that what people take away from those movies is your stature and your figure. You have all sorts of aged people around the world only talking about what you look like.”
On concern for how the focus on his body might affect his self-perception: “It’s a slippery slope to put all your value into the vanity of what your body looks like. Your body is going to deteriorate.”
On how a high school rugby injury relieved enabled him to pursue an acting career: “I was at a point where I wasn’t enjoying playing sports anymore and it let me just be like”—he shrugs—“and just fade away, onto the stage. Which was really, really rewarding.”
On what he learned from Kaia Gerber about being in the public eye: “She handles herself wonderfully publicly, and I’ve learned so much from her about how to handle it, how to deal with it and just kind of be whatever about it, you know?”
On being suspicious of his fandom in part because Australia is a country that fosters humility in its citizens; a “tall-poppy syndrome”: “The principle of it is nice. It helps me check myself a lot of the time and make sure that my head is not, you know, the size of an air balloon. But at the same time, sometimes it can be quite crippling, because you don’t want to accept any of the praise or good things that come from the work.”
On appreciating his good fortune: “Some people work for decades trying to crack it, so I’m definitely aware, definitely gracious, for the luck that I’ve had.”
The January/February issue of Men’s Health featuring Jacob Elordi hits newsstands nationwide on December 28.
[Photo Credit: Beau Grealy for Men’s Health Magazine]