Taylor Zakhar Perez has addressed fan theories that he and his “The Kissing Booth 2” love interest, Joey King, are dating.
“We were quarantine buddies so I would see [King] all the time because we lived five minutes away from each other,” the 28-year-old actor recently said on Barstool Sports’ “Chicks In The Office” podcast. “We know what our relationship is, we love each other dearly.”
But Perez says that he would “love” to actually be dating the 21-year-old actress.
“It’s been interesting how everyone has been trying to make something out of it but it’s fine,” he said, adding, “I mean, hey, I would love to be dating Joey King, she’s dope.”
And dating a good friend is not out of the question for Perez.
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“I’m a huge fan of dating your friend, someone that you know and you trust because that’s where it all starts right,” he said. “For me, non-sexual intimacy is so much more important to me at first. I’m all about the sensitive stuff.”
For Perez, time is money and he doesn’t want to be wasting his energy on things that won’t turn into something bigger.
“I’m all about the ROI, what’s the return on investment,” he said. “If I’m investing this much time into someone I’m gonna be dating, I’m gonna make sure this is more than a three-month thing. I’m more into long-term goal wise when it comes to work and relationships and everything.”
He continued, “Life’s short and you want to make sure you are spending it with the best people. I’m so much more turned on by emotional intimacy than sexual intimacy at first. I love that.”
And it’s not totally out of the question that King would date Perez, as she has a history of dating co-stars.
The actress previously dated on-screen boyfriend Jacob Elordi while shooting the first “Kissing Booth” flick, though they ended things before filming the sequel.
Elordi has since been linked to his “Euphoria” co-star Zendaya.