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Joey King Reacts to Jacob Elordi's “Kissing Booth” Criticisms: 'It's Unfortunate Anyone Would Feel That Way'

Jacob Elordi recently told 'GQ' that he feels Netflix's 'Kissing Booth' romantic comedy trilogy is "ridiculous"

<p>Pascal Le Segretain/Getty; Arturo Holmes/Getty</p> Joey King; Jacob Elordi

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Joey King; Jacob Elordi

Joey King is weighing in on Jacob Elordi's recent comments about The Kissing Booth movie trilogy.

At a Balenciaga fashion show in Los Angeles on Saturday, King, 24, responded to a question from Variety regarding 26-year-old Elordi's recent comments that the Netflix romantic comedy movies "are ridiculous."

“I think it’s unfortunate anyone would feel that way,” she said. “I had a great time making those movies no matter what anyone says.”

King and Elordi costarred as Elle Evans and Noah Flynn in the three Kissing Booth movies, released between 2018 and 2021. The pair also dated for over a year leading up to the first film's release, which made for one of Elordi's first roles in the movie industry.

The Saltburn and Priscilla actor recently revealed to GQ that he "didn’t want to make those movies before I made those movies.”

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Marcos Cruz/NETFLIX The Kissing Booth 3
Marcos Cruz/NETFLIX The Kissing Booth 3

“Those movies are ridiculous. They’re not universal. They’re an escape,” he opined of the series.

In that interview, Elordi said that signing on to make The Kissing Booth's sequels almost felt like “a trap” because “it can become 15 for them, none for you. You have no original ideas and you’re dead inside. So it’s a fine dance."

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The actor also reflected on the notion that he is "pretentious" about the movies that helped pave a path toward his own stardom at the time. “How is caring about your output pretentious?” he said. “But not caring, and knowingly feeding people s---, knowing that you’re making money off of people’s time, which is literally the most valuable thing that they have. How is that the cool thing?” 

King is not the only Kissing Booth actor who appears disappointed by Elordi's public comments on the films. Taylor Zakhar Perez, who appeared in the two sequels, spoke highly of his time working on The Kissing Booth movies at GQ’s Men of the Year party on Nov. 16.

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<p>Marcos Cruz/Netflix/Kobal/Shutterstock</p> The Kissing Booth 2

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The Kissing Booth 2

“I thought it was a shame because, to my knowledge, everybody else had such a wonderful experience,” he told Variety of Elordi's comments. “It’s a shame that was his experience on the set. Especially when those movies came out, it was a time when we really needed something like that.”

"I guess the silver lining is he still made people laugh and feel good," he added at the time, noting that fans of the series have expressed to its cast how fond they are of the films.

While speaking with Variety over the weekend, King also shared some interest at revisiting the world of The Kissing Booth down the line. "If there were to be a fourth installment it would be picking up where Elle and the gang are in their fifties or something, just to drop back in with them and see where they’re at," she said.

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