Jacob Elordi made his highly anticipated debut as host of Saturday Night Live this weekend, drawing big laughs by poking fun at his steamy Saltburn scene and showcasing his charm and comedic talent.
Elordi Kicks Off Show With Humorous Monologue About Career and Saltburn Buzz
The 26-year-old Elordi won over audiences immediately with a humorous opening monologue reflecting on his career from The Kissing Booth films to his current starring role in Saltburn.
“I guess I did what every serious actor hopes to do – I parlayed my success from The Kissing Booth into an Oscar-hopeful drama where I have sex in a graveyard,” Elordi joked about his buzzed-about full frontal nude scene in Saltburn with co-star Barry Keoghan.
“I know my family is very proud,” he added cheekily.
Elordi also recounted sweet memories of his early days starting out and thanked fans for their support over the years.
SNL Cast Poke Fun at “So Babygirl” Status in Promos
In promos leading up to the show, cast members Bowen Yang and Renee Rapp highlighted fan obsession with Elordi’s good looks – with Rapp calling him “so babygirl” while Yang pretended to faint from his beauty.
Elordi bashfully played along in the funny bits, bringing his personality and willingness not to take himself too seriously.
Sketches Showcase Comedic Talent Behind the Brooding Looks
While often typecast as an intense heartthrob in roles like Saltburn’s Elio, this SNL episode let Elordi demonstrate his talent for comedy.
In one sketch parodying The Kissing Booth films, Elordi and Heidi Gardner played former couple Elle Evans and Noah Flynn meeting awkwardly at a high school reunion. The exaggerated rehashing of their teen romance and drama allowed Elordi to poke fun at the franchise that first made him famous.
Elordi also held his own alongside SNL vets in a Wayne’s World parody set at a dinner party, playing an dimwitted himbo character to laughs.
Elordi Reunites with Saltburn Co-Star Rachel McAdams in Surprise Cameo
In a surprise cameo, Elordi’s Saltburn co-star and on-screen love interest Rachel McAdams appeared during Weekend Update to defend the controversial scene and quip about the extensive preparation involved.
“Jacob did his best but let’s just say the takes were endless,” joked McAdams wryly about filming the much-discussed scene.
The unexpected reunion between the Saltburn stars was a hit with fans. McAdams even reprised her iconic Regina George role in a brief Mean Girls nod.
Musical Guest Renee Rapp Joins in Romance Speculation Fun
Alongside hosting, musical guest Renee Rapp used her SNL platform this week to stir up further speculation about a possible off-screen romance brewing with Elordi.
In between performances of her hit songs, Rapp popped up in several sketches alongside Elordi, including a cooking segment ripe with innuendo about heating things up together.
Rapp added to rumors by engaging with Instagram comments about their chemistry and being spotted out together in New York ahead of the show. But Elordi and Rapp have yet to confirm whether they are more than just friends and colleagues.
Elordi’s SNL Debut Deemed a Success by Critics
Reviews praised first-time host Elordi for both playing into his heartthrob appeal while also subverting it with humor. Critics highlighted his monologue and sketches like The Kissing Booth parody as standout funny moments.
Overall, Elordi won over audiences new and old with his SNL debut, proving his range extends beyond brooding intensity into charisma and wit off-screen as well. For the rising star, it marked a new high note in an already standout year with Saltburn generating awards season buzz.
Time will tell whether Elordi returns to host SNL again soon, but his first time out was a triumph by all accounts.
Table 1: Highlights from Jacob Elordi’s SNL Hosting Debut
|Humorous monologue poking fun at Saltburn buzz
|Cast calls Elordi “so babygirl”, plays into heartthrob appeal
|Kissing Booth reunion sketch, himbo character in Wayne’s World parody
|Rachel McAdams appears as Saltburn co-star in Weekend Update
|Renee Rapp joins romance speculation by appearing in segments with Elordi
|Reviews praise comedic range beyond brooding intensity
Table 2: Jacob Elordi’s Other Notable 2024 Projects
|Co-stars with Barry Keoghan and Rachel McAdams in Oscar-buzzy drama
|Recently released, Awards Season 2023-24
|Reprising Noah Flynn role from The Kissing Booth in spinoff pilot
|Currently filming pilot
|Aramana Films Thriller
|Lead role filming currently in Australia details undisclosed
|Expected late 2024 release
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