Jacob Elordi is getting real about the double standards men and women face in Hollywood.
In a new interview with Men’s Health, the Euphoria star opened up about feeling objectified by Hollywood’s body standards and why his views on health and vitality have little to do with the physical.
The Australian actor, whose ripped body became a viral discussion after the release of The Kissing Booth — a result of training twice a day, seven days a week — said that he learned pretty quickly after moving to Hollywood that the primary “takeaway” from audiences and producers alike, at least in his case, was always related to the body.
“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,” he says, adding that it’s “a slippery slope to put all your value into the vanity of what your body looks like.”
Elordi also points out the double standards actors face in Hollywood. While objectification towards women on film sets and photoshoots is becoming more sensitive, for men it is often met with a “Must be nice!”
“I don’t think it’s really a conversation that people have in regards to men,” he elaborated. “It doesn’t keep me up at night, but it’s definitely frustrating. You’ll go to a shoot and you’ll be getting changed or something, and someone’s like, ‘Oooaaah, would you look?’ Can you imagine if I said to a woman, ‘Daaaaamn, look at your waist!’? Like, see you later. I would never do that, but I think people see it on their screens, so they think it’s OK.”
Elordi, who “grew up in a house of women,” recognized this kind of language from an early age while playing sports at an all-boys school in Australia. “Seeing the way they spoke about things at the school,” he explained, “I was like, This doesn’t make any sense. How could you speak like that?”
Physicality aside, however, he admits the reason why he chooses to exercise so regularly is not because he dreams of being a centerfold, but rather because he wants to be healthy and feel good at old age — a mindset he credits to one simple fact of life: Eventually, “Your body is going to deteriorate,” so you might as well focus on living well.
“I just want to be a part of the world,” he said. “I want to have a life. I want to have the same 80-, 85-year — more or less — experience that everyone has.”
Elordi, who recently split from Kaia Gerber after one year of dating, has spoken previously about being turned off to conversations about his body.
“I was super young and got thrown into a world where everyone wanted to talk about my body," he told Men's Health last year about that time. "It really f*****g bothered me. ... I don’t identify with that whatsoever. I was trying to prove myself and be known as an actor. It was so much working out and I hated every second of it.”
“[The Kissing Booth] was all about sculpting and making sure I had this figure that I thought the character needed,” he said of his evolution. “Now, it’s more functional. I wanted to be a blank canvas and be more concerned with my health."
“Let’s be honest," he added. "I have no interest in going to the beach and looking like the Rock."