Why Noah From The Kissing Booth Looks So Familiar

The Kissing Booth is one of those films that, despite not receiving any critical acclaim and wallowing in the lower ranks of film rating sites, defied all expectations and became one of the most popular movies in the world in 2018, as noted by the Los Angeles Times. The film, starring Jacob Elordi as Noah and Joey King as Elle, somehow found a way to charm global audiences from all kinds of backgrounds.

While King had been working in Hollywood since she was a kid, the film was a big break for Jacob Elordi, an Australian-born actor who was just starting to climb the ranks. His Instagram following went from 15,000 to four million practically overnight, the publication reported, showing just how powerful the film's impact was on his profile. What a dream come true that had to be for him.

Even though Elordi was relatively new to the scene when The Kissing Booth debuted on Netflix, he still had some significant bullet points on his résumé — and he only went on to add even more. If he looked familiar to you, here's why.

After playing Noah in The Kissing Booth, Jacob Elordi took a role in this film

If you were around in the '80s, there's a good chance you watched Crocodile Dundee or one of its sequels, starring Australian hunk Paul Hogan in the titular role. If you weren't yet a denizen of planet Earth back then, this may ease your FOMO: In July of 2020, The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee dropped on Amazon Prime in Australia and New Zealand. And yes, Hogan is cast in a major role, this time playing himself in a meta take on the franchise.

So what does all of this have to do with Jacob Elordi? Well, he's the Australian hunk who stars as Chase in the newest Dundee film, alongside heavyweights like John Cleese, Chevy Chase, and Olivia Newton John, according to IMDb. You may have spotted Elordi in the trailer or, if you were lucky enough to access the film, in the movie itself. We have to give kudos to Elordi for being able to hold his own among so many Hollywood luminaries.

From Noah in The Kissing Booth to Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice

In spring and summer 2020, with live theater not being an option, thespians became more innovative, often utilizing digital platforms in order to replicate the theater experience. That's exactly how Acting for a Cause, an organization that does virtual dramatic readings to raise money for communities in need, kept acting alive.

Jacob Elordi put his acting chops to the test when he joined up with fellow celebs Lexi Underwood, Auliʻi Cravalho, and Melissa Berrara for an Acting for a Cause presentation of the Jane Austen classic Pride and Prejudice. In it, he played the handsome and wealthy Mr. Darcy, who ultimately wins the heart of the witty and pretty Elizabeth Bennett.

The reading took place in May 2020, so if you happened to attend it and are wondering why your recognized Mr. Darcy, there's your answer. He sure was a lot more refined than Noah was in The Kissing Booth!

Jacob Elordi shed his Noah persona in Euphoria

In The Kissing Booth, Jacob Elordi plays Noah, the heart-throb love interest of Joey King's Elle. On the heels of the global success of that film, Elordi could've easily elected to play a hunk in every project that he subsequently accepted. But rather than pigeonhole himself as a default Romeo, Elordi instead took on the stormy role of Nate Jacobs in Euphoria – a prospect that excited him. "I was kind of hoping that some people would start to dislike me," he admitted to GQ. "I was so excited to shed the skin of what everyone thought about me."

Although Elordi, by all accounts, loved playing Noah in The Kissing Booth (and the sequel, The Kissing Booth 2), he'd been hungering for meatier parts for a long time. "I wanted to make things like Euphoria before I even came to Hollywood, when I was still in high school," he continued. Hopefully he'll get the chance to flex those dramatic muscles more in the future.

Jacob Elordi gave modeling a go after playing Noah in The Kissing Booth

Let's face it: Jacob Elordi is a total stud. With his imposing height, chiseled body, and super strong jawline, it's no wonder that his Instagram exploded after starring as Noah in The Kissing Booth. Who wouldn't want to take a selfie with such a handsome hunk?

Well, if you're not lucky enough to have a framed picture of the two of you on your desk, you can settle for ogling Elordi in all his glory in a Calvin Klein underwear campaign. He appeared in the spread alongside some serious modeling royalty, such as Bella Hadid and famed supermodel Naomi Campbell, showing that he has what it takes to run with the big dogs in the fashion industry.

While there's certainly plenty of fan service in the video, Elordi is also seen relaxing in some athleisure in front of the television, helping himself to a bowl of popcorn. Our boy has some versatility, clearly!

Yes, that was Jacob Elordi in the video for "Bad Dream"

In addition to modeling and acting in film and television, Jacob Elordi can check another item off of his bucket list. That's because in 2019, he starred in the music video for "Bad Dream" by Emma Zander, a haunting and dreamy homage to the '70s complete with sepia lighting. It even has a choreographed scene featuring women at a Tupperware party. You know, the good ol' days.

In addition to being a throwback, the video for is super sensual. Throughout the video, Elordi and Zander get quite hot and heavy, alternating between a couple who's clearly lost their spark and Zander's sexy, vivid daydreams. It culminates in the pair inviting a third person into their bedroom.

If the comments section is any evidence, plenty of viewers are big fans of the video, especially because of Elordi's sex appeal. But fans also had plenty of praise for the song as well.

The Kissing Booth's Jacob Elordi took on a creepy role

Plenty of actors and actresses appear in horror films before they catch their truly big break, like Jamie Lee Curtis and Michelle Williams. Those scream queens went on to have illustrious careers in Hollywood, proving that starting out in slasher flicks can really pay off down the road.

While Jacob Elordi didn't start out in horror movies, he certainly had his turn on a spooky set when he starred in The Mortuary Collection, as noted by Entertainment Weekly. Set in — you guessed it — a mortuary, the film centers on a young girl named Sam (played by Caitlin Custer) who takes a job assisting a mortician (played by Clancy Brown), who shows her a series of brutal murders. Elordi plays the role of Jake, an utterly spooky fraternity brother. It's definitely not the film for you if you have a tender heart, but if you dig blood and gore, it may be right up your alley.

The director of Swinging Safari praised Jacob Elordi's "comic timing"

Before Jacob Elordi found fame playing Noah in The Kissing Booth, and certainly before he worked in horror films or dramatic television, he had a small role in the raunchy Australian comedy Swinging Safari. Seriously, is there any genre that Elordi won't try?

Our boy is apparently quite good at being a comedic actor, too, according to the film's director Stephan Elliott. "Jacob [Elordi] who played the lifesaver ... what a gifted comedian that boy is," he gushed in an interview with The AU Review. "He's over in L.A. now, and he's getting phone calls on how he's not just tall and good looking and all the things you want, he's got an impeccable sense of comic timing." That's quite the compliment coming from the famed Australian director!

As to whether or not Elordi will work in comedy again, that remains to be seen. As of this writing, it looks like he's a bit more focused on dramatic roles, such as those in 2 Hearts and Deep Water.

Long before Jacob Elordi starred as Noah in The Kissing Booth, he was an extra in this blockbuster film

While Swinging Safari was Jacob Elordi's first feature film, that didn't mark the first time he stepped foot on a movie set. No, his very first experience in front of the cameras was in a super high-profile Hollywood blockbuster. "My first film gig was as an extra in Pirates of The Caribbean when I was 17," he revealed to Just Jared. "True story, look for a tall guy in a red coat."

Although publications have previously identified Elordi as the man asking for a basket in the execution scene in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Talesthat's likely not him. The actor told GQ he was simply an extra. "People are always trying to find me in the movie and there's screenshots of me in the movie — no," he explained. "I was in the background of the movie." The actor added, "And you'll never find me." Well, now that just sounds like a challenge.

Even before starring in Pirates of the Caribbean, Elordi took a role on on stage in Seussical: The Musical, in which he played The Cat in the Hat. He's certainly come a long way since those days.