Noah Centineo talks about 'dark time' in his life before getting sober: 'I smoked a lot of things'

Raechal Shewfelt
Editor, Yahoo Entertainment

Noah Centineo, the heartthrob from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and its upcoming sequel, To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, is just 23, but he says he’s already done with partying.

In the new issue of Harper’s Bazaar, Centineo explained that he’s sober after experimenting with molly and other drugs — “everything” — in his teens.

“There wasn’t really much I wouldn’t do,” Centineo told the magazine. “I never, ever injected anything, which is good. I smoked a lot of things. I was really upset, man. It was a really dark time in my life.”

Centineo escalated to a new level of fame after the 2018 release of the Netflix rom-com, but he began acting when he was 13. He racked up roles in Freeform TV series The Fosters and Disney Channel shows including Jessie and Shake It Up, alongside Zendaya, in his early showbiz years. Around the same time, when he was 17, is when he was, as the author of the profile writes, “roving the party scene.” He became sober the day before he turned 21.

“There’s a syndicate of, like, 500 to 1,000 kids in the entertainment industry that are all trying to make it right now that all they do Monday to Monday is party every night,” Centineo said. He and friends would “take molly and talk for five hours and like get to the bottom of some really deeply philosophical existential questions.”

Today, Centineo, who’s been dating model Alexis Ren for the past 10 months, is somewhat less social, but in a healthy way.

“I like baths. I like meditation. I like journaling,” he said. “I talk to myself a lot if I’m mad at something that I did. I’ll scream at myself, really, like, looking in the mirror, right? Like, in my room. Like, ‘Dude, like, stop, this is f***ing unacceptable. You’re better than this!’ I hold myself very accountable, but I can talk myself off of ledges too. And that’s a strong thing.”

The star of the upcoming Masters of the Universe — he plays He-Man—noted that he doesn’t at all mind how his roles affect people’s perceptions of him.

“I don’t really care how people find me or why they like me. If I can maybe help them in some way through them discovering me, that makes it worth it,” Centineo explained. “I found that’s the only thing that really matters is how you make people feel.”

To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You premieres Feb. 12 on Netflix.

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