Victoria Keane explores Noah Centineo’s sudden ascent to stardom.

The role of Noah Centineo as the ‘perfect boyfriend’ type in the recent Netflix films To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before and Sierra Burgess is a Loser has propelled the charming twenty-two year old to international fame in the past two months. A quick look at his Twitter account shows that even in real life Centineo seems to embody his onscreen persona, with ‘deep’ messages such as “Fallen tears that never dry, staining today’s canvas for tomorrow’s attention” sent out to his one million followers.

 

Yet his newfound position as a teen heartthrob shouldn’t distract from the fact that Centineo shines in each performance and has proved himself as deserving of greater Hollywood attention. He excels in his role as football player Peter Kavinsky, and defies typical two dimensional portrayals of the obnoxious ‘jock’ through his gentle, thoughtful approach to the role and convincing chemistry with co-star, Lana Condor.

“The sense of charm and wide-eyed innocence he brings with him to each role could win over even the most emotionally destitute of viewer”

Centineo himself is instantly likeable. The sense of charm and wide-eyed innocence he brings with him to each role could win over even the most emotionally destitute viewer, which Hollywood should take advantage of and place him in bigger, theatrical productions. Perhaps one might see his future as playing the role of boyfriend to a heroine who must reluctantly save the world in a dystopian teen franchise, or if given the opportunity, he could branch out and explore his acting range in other genres to avoid being typecast.

 

Centineo’s recent success didn’t manifest from nothing. Among a number of performances, he had established himself through a starring role on the television drama The Fosters from 2015-2018, appeared as Camila Cabello’s love interest in the music video for her chart-topping 2017 hit, ‘Havana’ and starred in the iTunes released film, SPF 18 (albeit to poor response).

For the moment however, Centineo appears set to become a champion of the rom-com as he plays the male lead in the upcoming film The Stand-In alongside Camila Mendes of Riverdale, yet his rapid success and rise to fame makes him one to keep an eye on in the future.