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Jacob Elordi Jokes About Height Difference with “Priscilla” Costar Cailee Spaeny: 'I'm Always Leaning'

The actor is six-foot-five while costar Cailee Spaeny is five-foot-one

<p>Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty</p> Cailee Spaeny and Jacob Elordi at the Venice International Film Festival on Sept. 4, 2023

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Cailee Spaeny and Jacob Elordi at the Venice International Film Festival on Sept. 4, 2023

Jacob Elordi found a workaround for the drastic height difference with costar Cailee Spaeny.

In Priscilla, the Euphoria alum, 26, plays Elvis Presley opposite Spaeny, 25, in the titular role. Elordi — who is six-foot-five — joked to W Magazine that he found ways to lean while sharing scenes with his costar, who is five-foot-one.

"I’m excellent at finding ways to lean. It’s a skill I’ve perfected throughout my career," said Elordi. "I’m always leaning."

Elordi previously told Men's Health in 2021 that he was relieved when a modeling career didn't work out since he was deemed too tall for the sample sizes at 15 years old.

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<p>Daniele Venturelli/WireImage</p> From left: Jacob Elordi, Sofia Coppola, Cailee Spaeny and Priscilla Presley at the Venice International Film Festival on Sept. 4, 2023

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From left: Jacob Elordi, Sofia Coppola, Cailee Spaeny and Priscilla Presley at the Venice International Film Festival on Sept. 4, 2023

Related: Sofia Coppola's 'Priscilla' Trailer: See Cailee Spaeny and Jacob Elordi Fall in Love as the Presleys

"I’m very grateful. I truly think I would’ve been miserable if I had to do that," said the actor, who also stars in the upcoming film Saltburn.

He added that he's often paired with much shorter costars. "The trick is they just always cast me with girls who are five-foot-two. Everyone’s like, 'You’re so big!' Yeah, but they’re also not big, not even average-sized women. They’re quite small."

Priscilla director Sofia Coppola told W that her friend and frequent collaborator Kirsten Dunst personally recommended Spaeny to her for the project, which is based on Priscilla Presley's memoir.

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"Kirsten is like a sister to me, and when she recommended Cailee, I paid attention," said Coppola, 52.

Spaeny recalled Coppola offering the role to her during a breakfast meeting: "Sofia pulled out her iPad and showed me some photos of Priscilla. She said, ‘I think you could do it!’ I felt like Kirsten had passed the torch to me."

"I’ve had an obsession with Sofia since The Virgin Suicides. That movie rocked me in a way that I had never felt before," added Spaeny, who won best actress at the Venice International Film Festival earlier this year.

Priscilla is in theaters Nov. 3.

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