Before Noah Centineo became the internet’s boyfriend thanks to his role as the forever swoon-worthy Peter Kavinsky in Netflix’s hit rom-com, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, he got his start on Disney Channel. Yes, longtime fans of the 22-year-old know him best as Dallas from Austin & Ally, and from there, he appeared in other Disney shows, as well as playing the role of Jesus on the Freeform series, The Fosters. But it wasn’t until the summer of 2018 when he starred in TATBILB that his fanbase grew and he gained millions of Instagram and Twitter followers overnight. While this is something he doesn’t really seem think is all that important, Noah did say that when it comes to booking new roles, it sometimes plays a role, and he’s seen it happen to others too.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Noah explained that social media isn’t “an extension of performance,” adding that “Academy Award-winning actors would have millions of followers if it were.” But sometimes, the fact the actor now has more than 15 million Instagram followers who came in droves in a short time frame can influence which actor gets chosen for a part.
“It depends on the filmmaker. I don’t think Gaspar Noe gives a s–t. But did Disney care when they gave Jake Paul a show? Absolutely,” Noah said.
Woah, he totally just went there! Jake is one of YouTube’s most popular content creators and he also once had a lead role on the Disney series, Bizaardvark, before he and Disney parted ways as the 21-year-old’s antics online didn’t really align with the family-friendly vibe of the show. So it looks like Noah is basically saying Jake was partly chosen for the show based on his online popularity. He’s letting everyone know his true thoughts, that’s for sure! The actor went on to say that while he’s best known for playing the role of the “love interest” like in TATBILB and Sierra Burgess Is a Loser, and he almost wasn’t sure if he should’ve taken his role in the upcoming film, The Stand-In, although rom-coms will always have a special place in his heart because “I love love.”
“Yeah, I was hesitant, because that’s all I have played,” he said. “Everything that I’m doing right now, everything that I have done or everything I have lined up are stepping stones. I’m not anywhere near where I want to be.”
And with a role in the upcoming Charlie’s Angels movie, we have a feeling Noah’s Instagram followers might just keep going up, so that’s just something he’s going to have to deal with. Not too shabby, if you ask us.
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