Euphoria’s Jacob Elordi says first celebrity crushes were Brad Pitt and Orlando Bloom

On the left, Jacob Elordi. On the right, Brad Pitt. Both men are wearing black blazer suits and white shirts.

Euphoria star Jacob Elordi has revealed that his first childhood crushes were on two of the world’s most famously attractive men – actors Brad Pitt and Orlando Bloom.

Speaking during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon earlier this week, the 26-year-old Australian actor told host Fallon that he had a thing for Brad Pitt because he is a “beautiful man”.

Asked by Fallon to name his first celebrity crush, Elordi responded: “Brad Pitt. I think in [2004 drama] Troy. That’s a beautiful man. There’s no denying it.”

The actor was speaking to Fallon to promote his new film Priscilla, in which he stars as Elvis Presley alongside Cailee Spaeny in the titular role. 

It’s not the first time Elordi has openly declared that his first celebrity crush was a man, either: In 2021, while speaking to W Magazine, he revealed that he used to be infatuated with the “perfect” Orlando Bloom.

“It would have probably been Orlando Bloom, who played Legolas from The Lord of the Rings,” Elordi responded when asked who his first cinematic crush was. “I was like, ‘Wow, this guy is perfect.’ He was so pure and fine.”

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While Elordi’s current role in Priscilla is an undeniably straight one, he’s perhaps best known for playing the abusive jock Nate Jacobs in Max’s Euphoria.

Throughout the two seasons, there have been several suggestions that Nate is queer – such as the dick pics on his phone, and the portrayal of him as a homoerotic jock in Lexi Howard’s (Maude Apatow) play.

However, Elordi has previously explained that he has “never really approached” Nate’s struggles “in terms of sexuality”.

His next project, the twisted thriller film Saltburn, in which he stars as Felix Catton alongside Barry Keoghan, has been confirmed by its director Emerald Fennell to be queer.

“This is a film entirely about desire, and that desire takes every conceivable manifestation, and it’s so important. Yeah, of course, [queerness is] part of the very fabric of the film,” she exclusively told PinkNews.

Jacob Elordi as Felix in the teaser trailer for Emerald Fennell's 'Saltburn'
Euphoria’s Jacob Elordi stars in Emerald Fennell’s upcoming thriller Saltburn. (MGM)

Early on his career, Elordi was open about experiencing homophobia at school for enjoying acting, particularly after taking on a role in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

“When they said I was gay, I remember leaning into the makeup. I was like, if I’m going to be the King of the Fairies, I’m going to be the f**king hottest King of the Fairies you’ve ever seen,” he explained.

“I started welcoming those kinds of characters. I started welcoming the femininity. I started speaking with my hands. I started really playing the thespian.”

He added: “I was like, well, if you think this is gay, I’m going to be who I am when I was your friend, which is this hetero guy, but I’m going to play the arts.”

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