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Fame And Real Life For Noah Centineo

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By Melissa Weirick

Noah Centineo is 23 years old, and has already starred in four Netflix productions. To All the Boys I've Loved Before, Sierra Burgess is a Loser, To All the Boys: P.S I Still Love You, and The Perfect Date. His stardom began with the Freeform show, The Fosters, though, where he played Jesus Adams Foster. Between Freeform and Netflix, he played Camila Cabello's love interest in her music video for Havana. Noah has been busy over the last handful of years; how has all of this changed his life?

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The young star claims he can still go out and about and not get recognized. Fame hasn't hit him extremely hard... at least, not quite yet. "I can go out in public. I can go to Starbucks. I go to coffee places. I don’t think it quite has translated to the point of like if Michael B. Jordan goes out in public; I think he would cause a riot. It’s not quite there yet with me, which I’m thankful for.”

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Noah can still go on coffee runs unnoticed, yet he has over 18 million followers on Instagram. Just 18 months ago, when the first installment of To All the Boys was released, he had a sliver of that amount. About 17 million less, in fact. When he agreed to play Peter Kavinsky, he had no idea how big of a phenomena the movie would turn out to be. “I had just signed with CAA because they had gotten a link to the film, and they were very excited,” he recalls. “And they told me that Netflix was going to put a big marketing budget behind it as a part of the Summer of Love campaign … my mentality has always been, I’m not going to count my chickens before they hatch. And even when they hatch, some of them will die. So I try to be prepared for everything and expect moderation.”

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But it isn't just Noah's on-screen charisma that has him getting all of these roles. Netflix film boss, Scott Stuber, had a glowing review to give the actor when he spoke to Variety. “Noah’s joy and charm may be what initially draws audiences in, but what you don’t see on screen is that his charismatic side is coupled with a strong work ethic, gratitude and deep generosity for others. It’s this rare combination that has made Noah just as popular within the halls of Netflix as he is with our audience around the world."

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Not only is Noah a great actor and a caring person, he's also an activist. With his 18 million followers on Instagram, he's using his voice to better the world. He founded a nonprofit organization called Favored Nations that uses his wide-reaching social media to raise money for charity. The motto for this charity is: "We found a new way to help the world for those who give a s***.” Noah was inspired after teaming up with Omaze and giving fans a chance to win a hike and dinner with him. They raised over $280,000, and more than 60% of that came from his social media.

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About Favored Nations, Noah says, “It’s not just with me. We want to partner with many different celebrities and artists to help create a new wave, man. We just want people to give a s***. It’s really simple.” He founded the organization at the perfect time; with his face in so many corners of Netflix, a lot of people "give a s***" about him right now. So, what's next for Noah Centineo besides a drug-free, alcohol-light life, and a fourth book if Jenny Han ever writes one? Well, it turns out the young actor would love to play a superhero. "I’d put on a leotard,” he said. “Come on, I’ll do it. Of course, I would do it.”

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