it wasn’t easy working with her former flame
on the Netflix film.
Joey King is opening up about working with her ex. In Netflix’s The Kissing Booth 2, the 21-year-old actress reprises her role of Elle Evans, while her real-life ex, Jacob Elordi, returns as Noah Flynn. King covers the September issue of Cosmopolitan and explains why she wasn’t going to let her personal life get in the way of her job.
“No one’s thinking to themselves, ‘That was easy,’ because it wasn’t,” King says of filming the sequel with Elordi. “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.”
“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.
When ET spoke to King and Elordi, they both lamented the pressures of dating in the public eye.
“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.”
Since her split from Elordi, dating rumors have swirled between her and her Kissing Booth 2 co-star Taylor Zakhar Perez. While the Cosmo article notes that the actress seems to be dating someone new — and King admits her last text was to the actor — when ET spoke to Zakhar Perez he denied that he and King are an item.
“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.”