The Euphoria cast just keeps getting more and more attractive. The second season’s third episode introduces Elias Kacavas as a young Cal Jacobs, and as much as we despise the villain Cal grows up to be, it’s hard to ignore Kacavas’s good looks and talent as he portrays the character’s complex backstory. There isn’t too much information floating around about the up-and-coming actor, but we’ve gathered the basics for any fans who said, “Hold up, who is this heartthrob?!” when he first came on screen.
Born in Manchester, NH, Kacavas has two siblings — an identical twin and a younger brother — and is of Greek descent, according to his IMDb page. He attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts for drama starting in 2017 and trained as a method actor through the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute for two years before dropping out to film his role in Euphoria. Back in 2019, he starred in two short productions titled The Death of a Matriarch and House of Fluff, and he’s set to recur in another teen drama series, Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin. Slated to premiere sometime this year on HBO Max, the show follows a new crop of high schoolers in the Pretty Little Liars universe, and Kacavas plays Greg, Karen’s (Mallory Bechtel) seemingly “picture-perfect boyfriend” with a dark side.
Kacavas isn’t super active on Instagram, but a quick browse of his page reveals that he’s musically talented, able to play both the piano and guitar. He mostly shares photo dumps with friends and professional headshots, but we’re hoping he ramps up his posting frequency and shares some behind-the-scenes snaps from the Euphoria set.
On Euphoria, Kacavas sheds light on Cal’s upbringing, including the deep romantic feelings he has for his high school best friend, Derek (Henry Eikenberry). Although he and Derek share a kiss after graduation, they ultimately don’t get to explore how their relationship could’ve panned out because Cal’s girlfriend, Marsha (Rebecca Louise), winds up getting pregnant. It’s unclear if young Cal will be popping back up again in season two, but we’ll certainly be tuning into the Pretty Little Liars reboot when it debuts to see Kacavas and his charming smile in action again.