15 Facts About "The Kissing Booth" We Bet You Never Even Knew
28 June 2018, 19:44 | Updated: 3 June 2019, 12:44
Did you know? Although it was set in California, the film wasn't even shot in the US.
If you haven't yet seen the Netflix teen rom-com The Kissing Booth, you are TRULY missing out. While it's light-hearted, adorable and easy-going storyline isn't thrilling everyone, there is one thing that we can ALL agree on: it's become an absolute phenomenon.
Since dropping on Netflix, the internet has gone mad for the film and its cast. The Kissing Booth stars Joey King and Jacob Elordi (who are in a real life relationship) alongside Joel Courtney and it has catapulted them to another level of stardom.
If you're a fan of the film, you've probably watched it at least 3 times by now but we bet you didn't know some of these facts about the cast and the production. Here's a bunch of juicy little nuggets of trivia that you need to know about your favourite Netflix movie:
1) The film was shot in South Africa.
If you thought The Kissing Booth was filmed on location in LA, you would be wrong. While the film is set in a Southern California neighbourhood, the entire movie was actually shot in South Africa! Yep, Cape Town, SA doubled as the backdrop for LA.
2) But there were a few scenes in the movie that were actually shot in LA.
Author Beth Reekles confirmed on Twitter that several scenes were shot in LA at places like the Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach. The scene where Elle and Noah visit the iconic Hollywood sign was also shot on location in LA.
3) The guy who does that insane jump from the roof to the pool isn’t actually Joel Courtney… it’s a stunt double.
Apparently, the Flynn house was so high and the water in the pool was so shallow, production had to bring in a stunt double for Joel Courtney to film that scene.
4) Joel Courtney cracked his chin open on the first day of filming.
Just as well Joel didn't do that swimming pool stunt because he actually split his chin on the very first day of filming. Joel apparently whacked his chin on the door of the Mustang and had to leave the scene he was shooting and head to the hospital.
5) Joey King threw up after burger scene.
Remember that scene where Elle and Lee are sitting on the field sharing a burger? Joey King had to film a scene where she plays soccer afterwards and she apparently ate so many burgers that she threw up. She also left her phone recording on the ground while shooting the scene:
.@JoeyKing secretly filmed part of our burger eating scene with her phone on the ground.— Joel Courtney (@Joel_Courtney) May 28, 2018
Joey says: "I also mayyyy have eaten sooo many burgers while filming this, that I threw up during the next scene I had to film which was of me playing soccer 😂🤢" #TheKissingBooth Netflix pic.twitter.com/cFVUbFc583
6) Jacob Elordi actually learned how to ride a motorcycle for the film.
Unlike Joel Courtney, Jacob Elordi did his own stunts, including riding that motorbike, which he learned to ride on set! Speaking to Just Jared, he said: “On the set of The Kissing Booth, I learned how to ride a motorbike and have been obsessed since. Mum, if you’re reading this… I’m buying a motorbike.” Noah Flynn's impact, huh?!
7) The film was originally an original story written on Wattpad by then 15-year-old Beth Reekles.
The Kissing Booth won the Most Popular Teen Fiction award on Wattpad and garnered 19 million reads on the site alone. Soon after, Beth was given a three book deal with Random House, eventually leading to news of a Netflix adaptation of the story in early 2017.
8) There’s no sequel (yet) - but there is a companion novella.
While there's no official sequel on the horizon, there is, however, a companion novella that is available to read on Wattpad right now. But it isn't quite considered a sequel. The Beach House follows Elle, Lee and Noah over the course of a summer and takes place during The Kissing Booth timeline.
FYI, no plans currently to publish my companion novella* to The Kissing Booth (*but it's NOT A SEQUEL!) but you can read The Beach House for free on Wattpad now if you want more Elle, Lee and Noah! - https://t.co/1xxU1TnpAm— Beth Reekles (@Reekles) June 5, 2018
9) Beth even had a cheeky cameo in the movie too.
Beth makes a very small on screen appearance in the movie during the costume scene. She's dressed as a flapper in a champagne colour dress and blue feather boa.
10) Elle, Lee and Beth have the same birthday.
Just like JK Rowling, Beth gave her two main characters the same birthday as her.
https://t.co/w90hI0VOYq happiest of birthdays to my OTP of BFFs, Lee and Elle! 🎈🍿 This is one of my fave things about the movie: that Elle and Lee have the same birthday as me! Such an amazing coincidence that I genuinely had no part in! 😂🎂 #TKBmovie #kissquad pic.twitter.com/JZ3p4fMsNf— Beth Reekles (@Reekles) June 7, 2018
11) Oh and Noah’s birthday is in October, in case you were wondering.
You know... so you can put it in your diary.
His bday’s October! I can’t remember which date I picked but I wanna say October 5th? Don’t quote me on that though lol https://t.co/VJpUjDEDPy— Beth Reekles (@Reekles) June 6, 2018
12) Joey King and Joel Courtney practised their dancing skills for three hours a day.
Joey and Joel had to practice every damn day to learn how to convincingly pull off two best friends who know their way around the Dance Dance Revolution dance floor.
13) Joey King's favourite Flynn brother is actually Lee!
When asked by Seventeen who the better Flynn brother was, Joey said: "Omg, you can’t do this to me! They’re both going to kill me. Ok, I’m going to say the better Flynn brother is probably Lee because Elle and Lee have been friends since birth and Lee has always, always been there for her. Noah is amazing, too. He’s more of a new thing because now he’s just realizing how awesome Elle is, when Lee already knew all along how awesome she was."
14) Joey King and Jacob Elordi are actually dating in real life.
But you already know that, right? The pair met on set in South Africa and the rest, they say, was history. Speaking to Seventeen, Joey revealed how their relationship grew from an on-set friendship into an adorable blossoming romance:
"There wasn’t one moment. When we first met, me, him, and Joel went out to dinner and we had the best, most fun night ever. By the end of dinner, we had like six inside jokes. We were so close and throughout filming, I was just best friends with Jacob... We were open books with each other. There was nothing we wouldn’t talk about. He’s just so great. After the first month, I was like, “Hmm, I think I like him.”
15) The film is one of the most watched movies on Netflix!
According to reports, during an appearance at The Paley Center for Media, Netflix's chief content officer Ted Sarandos, revealed that he believed The Kissing Booth was "one of the most-watched movies in the country, and maybe in the world right now". Netflix still haven't released the viewing figures for the actual film but judging by the popularity it's got online, he's probably not lying!