Everyone is thirsting over this actor in a new Netflix film

10 December 2018, 16:49 | Updated: 10 December 2018, 16:52

Jazmin Duribe

By Jazmin Duribe

See you later, Centineo – we've got a new Netflix heartthrob now.

Dumplin' cast member Luke Benward has snatched the crown from reigning Netflix hottie, Noah Centineo. Yeah, we didn't think it would ever happen either, but the To All The Boys I Loved Before actor is actually old news now, after Netflix dropped Dumplin' this weekend (Dec 7).

If you haven't had a chance to catch up on Dumplin' yet, where have you been!? Put that on your to-do list, NOW. The movie – which has been adapted from Julie Murphy's book of the same name – follows the story of Willowdean Dickson, who decides to protest against conventional beauty standards by entering her local pageant. Will, or Dumplin' as her mother affectionately calls her, is also coming to terms with the death of her aunt Lucy Dickson (Hilliary Begley), who practically raised her. Will's mother Rosie Dickson (Jennifer Aniston) is a legend in their small Texas town and a former beauty queen herself, who was always too busy for her.

Luke Benward as Bo Larson in Dumplin/Kermit heart meme.
Everyone wants a Bo. Picture: Netflix/Pinterest

Lucy instilled a love of Dolly Parton in Will, which she carries through her teens. She also taught her to be confident in her own skin. Will is in her final year of high school when she decides to enter a beauty pageant as a sign of protest after discovering her seemingly fearless aunt once wanted to apply, but she soon learns that beauty pageants aren't what she thought.

Will also works at the local diner with Marcus and Bo Larson – the dishy chef. Bo is Willowdean's love interest and a whole snaaaack. Bo insisted he didn't care about Will's size, only her character, even if she refused to believe it. With his brooding expressions and loveable demeanour it's clear to see how viewers quickly fell for Bo's southern charm.

People even declared this could be the end of Noah.

Now you might recognise Luke from Life of the Party, which saw him play Jack, the love interest of Deanna (Melissa McCarthy). Or maybe Disney's Good Luck Charlie and How To Eat Fried Worms? Well, he's definitely all grown up now...


Dumplin didn't just give us Luke to swoon over (we really appreciate that, though). It's a new take on a romantic film with an amazing plus-size lead. Not only does Bo fall in head-over-heels for Will for who she is, Dumplin is never forced to lose weight. Something that is sadly the common theme of a lot of films and programmes.

Thanks Netflix, we needed this.