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Joey King: The “Kissing Booth” actress often feels underappreciated in Hollywood because of her looks

Joey King has acted in major film and series productions for over 15 years. Still, she says, "I'm often underestimated or overlooked."

Actress Joey King is often overlooked in Hollywood

Joey King is a Hollywood veteran who landed her first starring role at the age of nine and has starred in major blockbuster films ever since. From the Kissing Booth films to her Emmy-nominated role on the acclaimed series The Act, the 23-year-old has established herself as the "girl next door" — which, unfortunately, has led to her finding herself in Hollywood a lot feels underestimated.

Joey King faces prejudice about her looks

Los Angeles native Joey King explained that people have a preconceived notion of who they are based on their looks and demeanor (like Natalie Portman!). "Because that's what I look like. Because I'm a young woman. Because I'm very polite to people. I think I'm often underestimated or overlooked that I have to say, 'Guys? Don't fucking do that! I'm bloody right here!'" the star said in an interview with British newspaper The Independent.

Joey King in "Bullet Train"

Not that Joey King has to prove herself, she's one of Hollywood's most talented young stars. She's excited to show her wild side on screen, though, in the action film Bullet Train.

In the action-comedy, based on the novel by Kōtarō Isaka, Joey King plays the ruthless Prince, one of the hired assassins who clash aboard a train traveling across Japan.

Discussing her "only connection to Prince," Joey King explains, "Prince is really underrated just because of her looks – and I think that's how I personally feel. Otherwise, she's just a sociopath and a bitch."

Joey King stars in “Bullet Train” alongside stars like Brad Pitt, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Sandra Bullock.

Joey King private: happily engaged to Steven Piet

Meanwhile, Joey King is in a private relationship with her fiancé Steven Piet. On July 2, 2022, the "Kissing Booth" actress shared a rare glimpse into her relationship with the filmmaker, whom she met on the set of her 2019 miniseries "The Act": "This is my fiancé Steven. Love him with all my heart and wanted to show him off a little bit," she wrote in the caption of a TikTok video that shows multiple clips of the couple driving, laughing and dancing.

"I just felt like making a video that shows just a fraction of how wonderful life is with you," she wrote directly above the first clip. Before dating her fiancé, Joey King dated her former co-star Jacob Elordi ("Euphoria") for about a year in 2017.


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