Jacob Elordi Says He Almost Quit Acting After "The Kissing Booth," Following Rumors That He'd Called The Paparazzi On Himself

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At this point, a lot of people know Jacob Elordi from his star turn as Nate Jacobs in Euphoria.

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But many, many more were introduced to the actor through Netflix's The Kissing Booth movies.

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Jacob basically became famous overnight because of The Kissing Booth films — and, as it turns out, all the sudden attention almost caused him to quit acting.

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In a new interview with GQ, Jacob revealed how his sudden rise to fame made him feel like "my brain went through the fucking wringer."

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“It felt like, all of a sudden, I was a poster,” he said. “Like I was a billboard. It felt like it was for sale. ... Like, I wasn’t sure if I was genuine."

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Jacob said that the type of fame he experienced after the first Kissing Booth film "really skews your view" and "creates a very paranoid way of living” — and it led him to consider giving up acting entirely.

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"I hated being a character to the public," he said, citing rumors that he'd called the paparazzi on himself as affecting his emotional wellbeing. "I felt so far from myself."

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Jacob also said that Ben Affleck gave him advice about how to deal with fame while making the film Deep Water — but what he had to say "wasn't exactly reassuring."

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“In certain bleak moments you start feeling like a phony," Jacob recalled about what Ben told him. "You start wondering whether maybe you really did want the paparazzi to catch that snapshot of you.”

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Matt Winkelmeyer / WireImage for Vanity Fair

Jacob then talked about his fear of making himself emotionally numb to deal with fame. "Going on a walk in Byron Bay, at my home, maybe one day that won’t hold the same value to me," he said, "because I’ve sanded down all my edges. I have no taste anymore. I have no taste for life."

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"I only know this one way of being, which is smile, and wave, and being graceful all the time, and not feeling anything, and always being the graceful one in a situation, and always knowing what the right thing to do is, and always knowing how to handle myself."

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Mike Marsland / Getty Images / WireImage

"I got no idea. I’m 25 years old.”

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Read the entire interview here.