Last Friday, after we waited for *literally* years, Netflix finally premiered the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before film that we’d been not-so-patiently waiting for, and with it, tied up in a neat little bow, they gifted us Peter Kavinsky, a.k.a. our new fake boyfriend, Noah Centineo.
Noah had done a handful of roles before TATBILB, but unless you were a fan of The Fosters, you probably had no idea who he was.
It only took the world about 24 hours to fall head over heels – Noah gained a MILLION Instagram followers in a single day. It became very clear, very quickly, that his milkshake brings all the girls to the yard. So let’s get to know our new BF, shall we? L E G G O !
Fake Boyfriend Name: Noah Gregory Centineo
Name says: Flows right off the tongue, doesn’t it?
Date of Birth: May 9, 1996
Birthdate says: Taurus, bless his sweet, affectionate soul. Birthdate also says he’s probably too young for you.
JUST KIDDING HE IS NOT TOO YOUNG FOR YOU. I mean, Noah and I share an age gap with Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra who are happily engaged, so this is fine. Wipe that bead of sweat from your brows ladies, we’ve got some swooning to do.
Birthplace: Boynton Beach, Florida
Birthplace says: Boynton is right outside of Miami. Listen guys, I’ve been to Miami only once and it was hell on earth. I have no plans to go back anytime soon, but that’s cool, because our new fake boyfriend moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting at the age of 16.
Education Background: BAK Middle School of the Arts, followed by two years at Boca Raton Community High School
Education says: Some people aren’t meant for a life of academia! When Noah moved to LA at 16, he did a semester to finish his sophomore year before dropping out to pursue acting full time, which is clearly working out for him.
Where You’ve Seen Him:
We may collectively be too old to be familiar with Noah’s earlier work, since he started out with a guest appearance on Disney’s Austin & Ally (2009) and in the Disney made-for-TV movie How to Build a Better Boy (2014), both of which are definitely past the point in my life when I watched the Disney Channel with any regularity. Luckily, Noah’s next big break was when he took over the role of Jesus on Freeform’s The Fosters. Everyone knows taking over a role previously held by another actor is about as awkward as it gets, so the fact that Noah was beloved enough to garner a Teen Choice Awards nomination for his portrayal of Jesus means that people were already starting to realize how charming he is.
HOW FREAKING CUTE IS THIS, FREEFORM?
And that brings us to the year of our Lord 2018, in which we were blessed by the angels above when Noah was cast as Peter Kavinsky in Netflix’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.
He completely, totally nails the hot-yet-vulnerable, lovable jock-bro-ness of Peter Kavinsky from Jenny Han’s books. He’s affectionate, funny, thoughtful, and has perfected the art of the selfie face. His dark hair is deliciously bouncy and he does this charming squished up smile when he finds Lara Jean adorkable.
Here’s just a tiny sampling of the internet losing its collective mind over Noah-as-Peter this week:
I can practically hear him “aw shucks”-ing now.
And as if Noah wasn’t already having the best week ever, he also stars as the dreamy, dancing heartthrob in Camila Cabello’s Havana video, which won Video of the Year at the VMA’s this week! Skip to the 4:30 mark and he’s the broad-shouldered, six-foot-tall angel silhouetted in the doorway….oh Noah, ooh na na.
Where You’ll See Him Next:
Netflix felt pretty confident that the internet would fall in love with Noah, because they cast him as the romantic lead in not one but TWO movies this summer. We’re counting the days until we can watch Sierra Burgess is a Loser, out September 7, in which Shannon Purser (aka everyone’s favorite Stranger Things cast member, Barb) essentially catfishes Noah’s character but, like, in a charming way? Maybe?
He’ll also be reprising his role of Jesus Adams Foster in The Fosters spin-off, Good Trouble, in 2019. Hopefully his newfound stardom will have execs clamoring over themselves to cast him IN ALL THE THINGS. We’re still waiting on word from Netflix on a TATBILB sequel…
Why You’ll Adore Him:
1. It took approximately one hour for Netflix’s viewing audiences to make it halfway through TATBILB and realize that Noah is the young Mark Ruffalo we didn’t know we needed. It’s not just the looks, either! His voice is eerily Ruffalo-esque, and he has the same manneurisms and affable shyness as our fave Hulkster. It’s as if the universe was like, “Sorry you didn’t get to experience Mark Ruffalo in his twenties. Here’s a present.”
2. He told Buzzfeed that his perfect first date was….READING TOGETHER. LIKE WHAT? IS THIS EVEN ALLOWED? Someone bring me my smelling salts. We stan one (1) man in this house. You can watch the video where he explains that oh-so-perfect first date over at Buzzfeed.
3. He’s a hopeless romantic who loves rom-coms.
I like rom-coms, I think they’re adorable and endearing. Some people may be jaded, maybe people have been through really terrible relationships and haven’t really recovered from them, so they don’t want to be reminded of it. Or maybe they don’t think it’s possible — who knows? All I know is I like them. I’m really into love. I’m a hopeless romantic some days and a hopeful one on other days, so I hope to do more [rom-coms] moving forward. But I also hope to branch out and show different dimensions of my work.
4. That cute little “whoa whoa whoa whoa” has already been supercut into its own video that you can just watch on repeat if you want.
5. He’s down for a good game of Truth or Dare!
So this is my case for Noah Centineo. I’ve presented the evidence to you, do with it as you wish. But me? I’ll be in the comments, preaching the gospel to anyone who will listen.