December 7, 2023

Starring in a film about Priscilla Presley after which watching it together with her was a fairly distinctive expertise for Jacob Elordi.

Elordi performs Elvis Presley in “Priscilla,” the upcoming biopic based mostly on Priscilla Presley’s memoir, “Elvis & Me.”

“Watching the movie with Priscilla in Venice (on the Venice Movie Competition) was simply totally surreal and watching her watch her life via her eyes performed again to her,” he instructed Hoda Kotb Oct. 24 on TODAY.

He stated portraying the rock and roll icon after which sitting via the film along with his ex-wife was a bit awkward.

Cailee Spaeny, Priscilla Presley, Sofia Coppola and Jacob Elordi on the Venice Worldwide Movie Competition on Sept. 4, 2023.Daniele Venturelli / WireImage

“It felt form of invasive, so I simply type of sat there like somewhat stiff,” he stated.

Elordi, 26, is greatest recognized for his roles in “The Kissing Sales space” and “Euphoria,” however he now provides one other excessive profile credit score to his résumé.

The Australian actor says he bought the position as Elvis Presley after he acquired an e-mail that director Sofia Coppola wished to fulfill with him. He met together with her, bought an audition after which landed the half.

After all, enjoying Presley means you need to grasp a really specific American accent.

Jacob Elordi as Elvis
Elordi and Cailee Spaeny in “Priscilla.”A24

Austin Butler famously tackled the voice in his Oscar-nominated flip within the title position in final yr’s “Elvis.” Elordi stated nailing the accent wasn’t an excessive amount of of a stretch for him.

“I feel I’m fortunate sufficient that the voice form of sits on this register for me, anyway,” he stated. “I’ve a deep voice. I feel I’ve heard each recorded phrase that Elvis Presley has ever stated and I form of simply have it on my mind.”

Whereas the voice fell into place for Elordi, he says the mannerism was a special story.

“Yeah, while you watch him transfer and converse, there’s an power that form of comes from type of deep, deep inside him, so I used to be simply attempting to continuously — as a result of I’m somewhat bit extra gawky and awkward than he’s, so I used to be looking for that charisma in your hips,” he stated.

“Priscilla,” which options Cailee Spaeny within the title position, will likely be launched Oct. 27.

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