While Joey may have long moved on from her role as Elle in Netflix’s The Kissing Booth and is busy making movies like the high-profile summer blockbuster Bullet Train, she has a forever fondness in her heart for the popular YA trilogy that helped shoot her into superstardom.
While some — particularly critics — may call the romance series corny or cringeworthy, Joey’s still proud of them, as she should be! “I couldn’t be prouder of those movies,” she told The Independent during Bullet Train‘s press run. “I loved them so much and playing that character made me happy. I’ll never regret those movies, and I love them so much no matter what anyone says.”
According to Joey, she’s gained a lot of confidence in herself since filming the first Kissing Booth movie in 2018 and has found strength in knowing who she is. “In the past couple of years I’ve really stepped into myself in a way where I feel much more comfortable with who I am,” she shared. “I feel good about who I am as a person. With that comes the ability to stand up for yourself and what you believe in, because you actually believe in yourself at that point.”
The Kissing Booth saga, which also starred Jacob Elordi as Elle’s love interest (and eventual boyfriend) Noah, ended in 2021. Jacob, in particular, has said some not-so-rosy things about the franchise in the past, though he did make sure to clarify that he was not miserable while filming and was simply channeling his moody character. (LOL.)
While Joey looks back at the three coming-of-age movies with love, she’s got a lot of exciting new projects on her plate, including a role in a forthcoming romcom with Zac Efron and an adaptation of Scott Westerfeld’s dystopian YA novel Uglies.
“I really do try to stop and realize how special this experience is,” Joey told The Independent. “If I play too much of the same thing too many times, I’m not gonna enjoy myself. I’m not going to feel challenged enough. So I’m just kind of doing whatever the hell I want.” And we love to see it!