Early this month, Netflix released a film about a high school student being forced to choose between her best friend and secret crush. Titled The Kissing Booth, Joey Lynn King stars as the outgoing Elle Evans, who is fairly popular among her peers but has never gone out on a date, let alone been kissed. However, things take a turn when she ended up at a kissing booth, facing her best friend’s brother. Although the storyline may not appeal to the older crowd, this romantic comedy has managed to beautifully capture the ups and downs of infatuation.
The optimistic, upbeat Joey is exactly the kind of California girl that people instantly fall in love with, hands down! Born and raised in Los Angeles, you may know the American actress from her role as the well-meaning troublemaker Romona Quimby in Romona and Beezus, the 2010 adaptation of Beverly Cleary’s book series. Thriller enthusiasts may recognize her as Christine Perron, the first Perron in The Conjuring who noticed malevolent spirits in the house. And chances are, some may have identified her voice in animated films such as Horton Hears a Who! And Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.
Now, Joey is branching out into other films, with a role in James Franco’s upcoming comedy-drama Zeroville and a star turn in Slenderman, where she plays a high school girl who sets out to find her mysteriously missing friend.
Being in this industry from a young age, do you sometimes believe you’re missing out on life?
This is a question that I get frequently, and I can honestly say no. I don't feel like I'm missing out. I feel like I’m the luckiest fricken girl alive. I really love what I do, and I also love the snacks on set. If anything, everyone else is missing out on those snacks.
Summer 03 is a fun, nutty film! Tell us how you got involved in it and your initial idea of its storyline. Do you have a specific favourite scene or quote in the movie?
Summer 03 certainly is a nutty film. When I first read the script, I immediately fell in love with it. It is funny, shocking, raunchy, and relatable. I mean the list goes on. I think one of my favorite scenes filmed was my big speech at my grandmother’s funeral in the end. It's WILD.
How does it feel to be in a book-to-film adaption whereby the book is written by someone of your age?
I love bringing books to life on screen. I think what Beth Reekles did with The Kissing Booth was incredible. This teenage girl starts a story on Wattpad, and then gets herself a book deal and THEN it gets made into a feature film for Netflix!? It’s truly inspiring. I love the story and the way the movie came out so much.
You met your boyfriend Jacob Elordi at The Kissing Booth. Tell us about your first impression of him and how did it develop into something more? Would you like to work on another film together with Jacob in the near future?
Tis true!! Jacob and I met while filming on the set of The Kissing Booth and we honestly hit it off the minute we met, but just as friends. The shoot was about two months long. For the first month, I would say he became one of my best friends and I felt so comfortable around him to a point where we were both like "Hey, this person makes me feel happy and warm. Maybe there's something there." The best part is, we're still best friends and we would love to work together again someday.
You starred in the Warner Bros’ remake of the 1979 comedy Going in Style alongside Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine. That’s a cool milestone to be working on an iconic film! Share with us your experience working with them on set.
Oh my gosh working on Going in Style is an experience that will always have such a special place in my heart. To say getting to laugh, act and joke around on set with Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin were surreal… would be a massive understatement. It was also directed by Zach Braff, who is someone I've been close with for 7 years, was just so special.
In Slenderman, what are the horror elements used in this film and how are they different from The Conjuring?
Slenderman is going to be epic. It's different from The Conjuring in many, many ways. The Conjuring was based on a true story while our film Slenderman is a fictional take on the infamous mythical character. There’s a lot of psychological aspects to the movie which I think the audiences will find extra creepy. I'm really looking forward to people’s reactions to Slenderman.
Were there any supernatural incidents during filming that you’d like to share with us?
I’m not too sure about everybody else on set, but I personally didn't have any supernatural incidents other than nightmares about Slenderman after filming. [laughs]
What scares you the most in this industry?
Probably people who don't like Benedict Cumberbatch.
What’s the last thing you watched on TV and why did you choose to watch it?
The last thing I watched on TV was this baking show on Netflix called Nailed It. It’s about people who suck at baking and it makes me laugh.
What do you think about when you’re alone.
I think about, and act on borrowing my sisters’ clothes.
What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your films and interviews?
Something interesting about me... hmmmmm… That my favorite Disney movie is a film called Brother Bear.
Shark diving, bungee jumping, or skydiving?
I think shark diving, then skydiving. I don't think I could ever bungee jump. Nah, not me.
If you were to star in a music video, for whom would it be?
I would want to star in Lil Dicky’s next video. That man is hilarious.
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