Publication date January 25, 2024
Top Moments From Jacob Elordi‘s SNL Takeover
Remember Nate Jacobs from Euphoria? The brooding bad boy with a heart of gold (well, maybe)? Forget that brooding persona, because on January 20th, Jacob Elordi unleashed his comedic side as the first-time host of Saturday Night Live.
The Australian actor, who played his breakout role in Netflix’s romantic comedy The Kissing Booth before appearing in HBO’s TV series Euphoria, had leading performances this year in Sofia Coppola’s biopic Priscilla and psychological thriller Saltburn.
In true SNL form, Elordi joined cast members to mock recent news events, well-known figures, and the latest trends. Multiple sketches played up Elordi’s height—the actor is 6 ft. 5 in.—and his attractive looks that caused his fanbase across the internet to swoon.
But wait, there's more! The episode was packed with star power, featuring musical performances from Mean Girls royalty (Reneé Rapp and the original Regina George, Rachel McAdams) and rap queen Megan Thee Stallion.
Here are the top moments from Elordi’s hosting debut.
1. Jacob Elordi mocks Alaska Airlines' Ad
Source: Alaska Airlines Ad - SNL
Elordi and cast members hilariously roasted Alaska Airlines after the company's recent mid-air mishap (remember the door-popping, emergency landing, federal investigation incident?).
The fake team of Alaska Airlines in the ad made light of the disaster by introducing their new slogan “You didn’t die and you got a cool story” and featuring an interview with a “real passenger” who said that on the flight, she was terrified, but now “I’m the coolest person at the office.”
The actors joked that since the incident, they’ve made some “small changes,” with Elordi saying the airline was going to tighten some bolts “that hold the plane together.”
On a serious note, the chair of the National Transportation Safety Board, while investigating the incident, stated it was fortunate everyone on the plane survived and passengers, who said they thought they were going to die, have sued Alaska Airlines and Boeing.
2. Elordi and SNL cast member Chloe Fineman pretend to make out
In another skit, a fake reality TV dating show, “Crown Your Short King,” SNL regular Fineman was on the edge of choosing between two bachelors under 5 ft. 8 in. Then Euphoria star appeared as a last-minute entry and right away turned the bachelorette’s head, despite saying he has a girlfriend and needs to borrow $200,000. The final clip of the sketch presented Fineman and Elordi faking to make out, prompting lively responses from social media.
3. Jacob Elordi jokes about the steamy Saltburn scene
Source: Business Insider
In his opening speech, Elordi joked saying “You might know me from Saltburn, not from seeing the film, just from seeing the TikToks of a sex scene in a grave”. The 26-year-old star apologized if people saw the movie with their parents and said “You’re welcome” to those who saw it with their girlfriends, instead.
4. Jacob Elordi lip-reads celebrities including Timothée Chalamet and Kylie Jenner
On a mock TV entertainment news show, two hosts brought on Elordi and other SNL cast member Bowen Yang as professional lip-readers with hilariously bad interpretations of celebrity moments. In one clip of singer Taylor Swift and her boyfriend, football player Travis Kelce, Jacob faked Kelce saying “It’s crazy we both work at football stadiums.”
They talked over another video of actor Timothée Chalamet and his girlfriend, reality TV show star Kylie Jenner, faking that Chalamet was saying he thought Jenner’s sister Kim Kardashian was her mom.
Moving forward, in another recording featuring an appearance from Renee Rapp, Elordi and their pretended that actor Gwyneth Paltrow admitted to murder while on the stand during the famous trial where she was accused of intentionally crashing into another skier.
5. Jacob Elordi doesn't know the word “rejection”
Source: USA Today
In one sketch, Saturday Night Live’s first-time host appeared as a non-descript famous actor in an acting class with struggling performers. When they asked how he made it big, Elordi responded that he walked off a plane on his first trip to Hollywood and Selena Gomez walked up, said he was gorgeous, and asked him to play her boyfriend in a music video. When asked how he manages rejection, he pretended like he was genuinely not familiar with the word.
6. Elordi’s wedding gets interrupted by fianceé’s former Hinge date
In a clip joking about bad dating app experiences, Yang interrupted the wedding of a past Hinge date as she was about to get married to Elordi. Elordi and Yang ultimately bonded over their common interest in cartoons and ran off together.
7. Jacob Elordi takes uncomfortable questions from the audience
Source: The Atlantic
In his opening monologue, Elordi said he’s not very good at public speaking and instead took uncomfortable questions from staged audience members, including from one woman who said she just wanted to look at him.
8. Rachel McAdams makes a surprise appearance during Elordi’s hosting
McAdams, who played the role in the 2004 hit movie, makes a surprise appearance to introduce Rapp, 24, who stars as Regina George in this year's musical remake of the iconic film, Mean Girls.
Undoubtedly fans loved seeing Elordi and McAdams enjoying a scene together in the acting class skit. The two then shared a sweet hug at the show's end, with McAdams also blowing kisses to Rapp before the credits started to roll. Mean Girls cast McAdams, Rapp, and Megan Thee Stallion, also took a picture staging the famous meme of three Spidermans standing in a circle pointing at each other.