Mockery, gender and self

In an interview with the magazine QG, actor Jacob Elordi returned to his first as an actor, while he was still on the school benches. Beginnings which earned him several mockeries, in particular on his sexuality.

Rbrought to the general public thanks to the romantic saga The Kissing Boothon Netflix, and to the series Euphoriaon OCS, Jacob Elordi has become in just a few years one of the favorite actors of his generation. However, it did not have a very easy start. On the cover of the September issue of QGthe actor revealed in a long interview with the magazine that he had been victim of many criticisms and mockery when he fell in love with comedy while he was still on school benches. The one who was at the time a member of the rugby team of his college was notably targeted by his comrades when he joined the theater troupe of the establishment.

As soon as I performed in a play, I was called a homosexual at school“, he confides. “But I had this abundance of confidence in me. Because I could do both: I was pretty good at sports and I think I was pretty good at acting. I felt like I was above that, maybe feeling older and wiser,” Zendaya’s playmate continues, before assuring that he actually never had afraid of what his comrades thought of him.

“How can you say that your sexuality influences your prowess as an athlete or as an artist?”

Jacob Elordi notably remembered a play by Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s dream, in which he interpreted the role of Oberon, the king of the fairies. “When they said I was gay, I remember being interested in makeup. I figured if I was gonna be the king of the fairies, I had to be the sexiest king of the fairies they’d ever seen.” The experience was eye-opening for him. “I began to embrace femininity. I started talking with my hands. I started to really play the actors”, proudly indicates the comedian of 25 years.

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Critics and mockery from his comrades ultimately only strengthen his desire to be an actor. “I enjoyed playing more and more. I got away from beer culture and sports, and I thought, ‘If you think it’s gay, I’m going to be who I am. when I was your friend, that is to say a straight guy, but I’m going to be an artist, and I’m going to show you that it’s bullshit”, recalls Jacob Elordi. “I could never figure out how you could label anything, ever. How can we qualify sport as masculine? How can it be said that your sexuality influences your prowess as an athlete or as an artist?“We also wonder…

Mockery, gender and self-confidence: Euphoria star Jacob Elordi looks back on his first steps as an actor