Imagine a life without Noah Centineo — it’s hard isn’t it? The actor has stolen all of our hearts ever since he played Peter Kavinsky in To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, but we just found out he that he almost gave up acting before he was cast! *GASP*

The actor explained to The Hollywood Reporter that he moved to Los Angeles at the age of 16 to pursue acting and was doing tons of auditions — until he shot a pilot that forced him to take a break.

“I had this six-month contract that didn’t allow me to audition for anything [else],” he recalled. “My purpose was just to act, and you take away someone’s purpose and you kind of deteriorate them.”

He even admitted that it was so upsetting, he almost quit acting all together after that. We are so thankful he didn’t!

The 22-year-old also gave a little more insight into his rise to fame. After he first relocated to California, he explained how he enrolled in public school — can you imagine going to high school with Noah Centineo?! A girl can dream.

“I moved across the country to become an actor, not an academic type,” he said. “I know myself, I’m not gonna be a mathematician or a professor.”

After getting in trouble for skipping class for auditions, he decided to complete his junior and senior years in an independent study program. The TATBILB star also went on to explain that although he’s had tons of success since then, he’s still got a long way to go.

“Everything that I’m doing right now, everything that I have done or everything I have lined up are stepping stones,” he continued. “I’m not anywhere near where I want to be.”

And he’s certainly got a lot lined up lately. The actor’s currently filming Sony’s reboot of Charlie’s Angels and just got cast for another new movie called Valet, where he’ll be playing a driver that gets dragged into a government mission. A movie he filmed two years ago, called Swiped, was also just released on Nov. 6, and let’s not forget his surprise cameo on KUWTK last month.

Thank God Noah didn’t give up acting… That was a close call folks.

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