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“Now, I put my hand here,” Noah Centineo instructs as he slides his hand in the back pocket of my jeans. “And then we walk a little, like this.” He leads me around the Coney Island Aquarium like that: hip to hip, smiling at each other, his hand, to reiterate, in the back pocket of my jeans. I’ve just shamelessly asked him to re-create his signature move from Netflix’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, an adaptation of Jenny Han’s YA novel, in which he plays Peter Kavinsky, the high-school jock at the center of the film’s romantic plotline. I watched the movie and mentally flagged this scene — where he’s trying to convince a cafeteria full of students he’s dating the protagonist, Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor) — as the one that made me wonder, Who is that guy? It’s a moment that belongs in a clip reel of classic, chemistry-laden movie moments, and I, a journalist, wondered if it could inspire the same feelings when executed in real life.
Centineo tells me how he totally improvised the move during filming. It was a thing he used to do with his ex-girlfriend. They’d be walking around, like we are now, and he’d realized he could sort of dance her around by the pocket and turn her, “just like this,” and boom, propelled by just a tug on my pocket, I’m suddenly facing him. We’re pelvis to pelvis. He’s smiling, comfortably, and I’m confronted with his hazel eyes, the scent of clean laundry, and pure pheromones. I sort of squeal, I think? Who can say, because I definitely black out for a second.
The first thing Noah Centineo does is take off his shirt. When he visits the Bustle greenroom in September, it’s quite warm — though we’ve set up a small fan to face us — so Centineo is changing out of his jacket and back into his street clothes. It’d only been a few weeks since the world saw him in his standout role as Peter Kavinsky in To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. And just two days after his Bustle visit, Netflix would go on to release its second summer rom-com, Sierra Burgess Is A Loser, starring Centineo alongside Stranger Things star Shannon Purser. But in just the last month, a lot has changed for the young actor, who has been promptly named the internet’s boyfriend and already gained 9 million Instagram followers. And despite it being unbearably hot outside (and in this small room), Centineo is actually pretty chill.
It takes about two minutes of hanging out with him for me to realize that Centineo is the Evolved Male Lead™ come to life. He’s got edge, but is incredibly introspective. He talks about religious texts, but sings along to Nicki Minaj’s “The Night Is Still Young” on set of his photoshoot. He thanks his parents, dark times, and heartbreak for teaching him to respect others. (“You learn from these experiences that can be traumatic,” he tells me.) And now he’s playing characters like Jamey (in Sierra Burgess) and Peter (in To All The Boys), who are not “aggressive” or “hyper-masculine” like rom-com leads from the past (i.e., John Bender in The Breakfast Club), marking a change in what we have come to expect from leading men. “I think what culture deems to be appropriate, acceptable, and attractive in a mate is shifting,” he says when we sit down to talk.
Noah Centineo first started landing film and TV parts in his early teens, and for the past four years, the Miami native has seen his profile and his fan base steadily grow, thanks to his role as the easygoing Jesus Foster on Freeform’s The Fosters and as pop star Camila Cabello’s love interest in her “Havana” music video. The Fosters ended its five-season run this June, but Centineo will reprise his role with cameo appearances in its upcoming spinoff Good Trouble. He’s also forging ahead into film: the 22-year-old actor stars in two Netflix rom-coms, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, out now, and Sierra Burgess is a Loser, out this Friday. In both movies, he plays the romantic interest of the female leads, an opportunity he relishes. “I’m a hopeless romantic,” he says. “I think I have a lot more to give in that space.”
Centineo talked to PAPER about his love for romantic comedies, working with Camila Cabello and the advice from the late Garry Marshall that has stuck with him.
How did you get into acting?
It wasn’t really my choice. My sister had an opportunity to audition for an agency in West Palm Beach, Florida. I was seven or eight at the time, so my mom dragged me because we couldn’t find a babysitter. When I got there they were like, “Are you going to audition, too?” I was like, “No.” I did it [anyway] and we both ended up signing with the agency. My sister booked a modeling gig in Philadelphia and never wanted to be in front of the camera again. I fell in love with it.
What do you consider your big break?
I don’t know because that sets a milestone and I like to think my big break is always ahead of me. I remember the first show that came out where people started to recognize me and I could be identified as who I am — Austin & Ally on Disney.
Noah is featured on The Wrap with an amazing new black & white photoshoot and an article. In it, he talks about his character in To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. You can view all of the photos in the gallery and watch the video below!
Peter Kavinsky — err, Noah Centineo, — stopped by TheWrap last week to talk the phenomenon that is his new Netflix film “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.” The actor, who is also starring in the streamer’s upcoming flick “Sierra Burgess Is a Loser,” told us all about his adorable on-screen relationship with co-star Lana Condor. Including the moment he thinks Peter first falls in love with Lara Jean Covey.
“From the beginning, Peter is interested, like from that first remark about her shoes,” Centineo told us in the interview above. “In his first scene, we meet Peter, I think he’s interested. But I think he really, really realizes this is the girl for him in the kitchen scene when they’re at Peter’s house and they’re kind of just opening up their family history to each other.”
Centineo also told us he was “absolutely” a Peter and Lara Jean shipper from the very beginning.
Although we already knew that Noah would appear in the upcoming The Fosters spinoff Good Trouble, I guess it’s official now that Noah will be on the show. It was also announced that Good Trouble will premiere on Freeform in January 2019!
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