Joey King spoke about working with her ex in Netflix’s The Kissing Booth 2. The 21-year-old actress portrayed the character of Elle Evans while her ex, Jacob Elordi who played Noah Flynn.
King opened up in the Cosmopolitan’s September issue and explained why she doesn’t want to let her personal life disturb her professional life.
“No one’s thinking to themselves, ‘That was easy,’ because it wasn’t. I’m sure people will analyze every movement and every detail. And you know what? Let them. But at the end of the day, I was just thrilled to be Elle Evans again,” King said about working with Elordi on the sequel.
“Elle Evans needs her Noah Flynn, and whatever that means for my personal life, I’ll do anything to make sure the story of my character who I care about so much is complete,” she adds. The couple mentioned in an interview about the pressure of dating being the on-screen love interest.
“In this world, everyone wants to know your business and what you’re doing. And I think it’s very interesting when you go through things and people kind of feel like they’re owed an explanation, but I understand,” King told ET. “For me, I’ve publicly gone through some things, privately gone through some things, it’s all about finding your balance, finding what makes you comfortable. And it can be brutal, but you know happy endings do come to those who are patient.”
“Just even the fact that somebody you don’t know knows your name could be quite disembodying. But then eventually, for me personally, it’s got nothing to do with me, you know,” Elordi explained to ET. “It literally has nothing to do with me. It just doesn’t affect the trajectory of my life. So I just kind of ignore it.”
While Elordi and King split, rumors of her dating with another Kissing Booth 2 co-star Taylor Zakhar Perez are on peak. In the latest interview, King told that her last message was sent to the actor. On the other hand, Zakhar Perez denied the rumors of him and King dating.
“We just kind of hit it off. When we were in South Africa, we had dinner together,” he said. “I cooked for her, she cooked for me. We just became kind of like the best of friends.”
“I love her. I love her dearly. I’d do anything for her,” he added, before stating, “We’re not dating. I’ll end it with that.” Apart from King’s love life and career, she has been focusing on the global issues throughout her quarantine.
“I preach a lot about being proactive about your mental health and not feeling selfish for feeling depressed or upset, but then when I sink into these weird moods, I immediately feel super selfish, which makes me feel worse,” she tells Cosmo.
“When it comes to taking care of yourself, there is a certain level of selfishness you have to have, but it’s hard. I haven’t found that balance yet. Because I in no way, shape, or form want to make any conversation that I start right now about me,” King continued.
“I won’t cry for too long. 2020 is a piece of s**t,” she says. “And I know it’s silly to hope that everything’s beautiful by September because it won’t be. So I’m hoping that there’s hope. That’s more realistic.” For more updates, keep watching this space.