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Why Noah Centineo Replaced Jake T. Austin on The Fosters

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Noah Centineo became a heartthrob with the 2018 release of Netflix’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and plays a starring role in DC’s Black Adam, but his acting career began long before that. One of his earlier roles was that of Jesus Adams Foster on the family drama The Fosters. However, he only took over that role after original actor Jake T. Austin left after the second season of the ABC Family (now Freeform) series.

Jake T. Austin started his acting career in childhood, voicing the title role in the animated children’s series Go, Diego, Go! and playing Max Russo on Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place alongside Only Murders in the Building‘s Selena Gomez. In 2013, he appeared in a more mature role on The Fosters as 15-year-old Jesus Adams Foster, but left after Season 2. Jesus’ new appearance was blatantly obvious in Season 3, considering Centineo doesn’t look like Austin. Let’s break down why Jake T. Austin left The Fosters, and how Noah Centineo was cast in the role.

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Who Was Jesus Adams Foster On The Fosters?

the fosters Jake t Austin as Jesus Adams foster

Jesus was introduced as one of Stef and Lena Adams Foster’s adoptive children when Callie and Jude joined the family in the pilot episode of The Fosters. He and his twin sister Mariana Adams Foster had a rough childhood bouncing around the foster system until being adopted by Lena and Stef.

In the Season 2 finale cliffhanger, Jesus was involved in a bad car accident, leaving the audience to wonder whether he survived. When Austin revealed on Twitter that he was leaving the show, fans immediately assumed his character died in the crash. However, that wasn’t the case, as revealed when The Fosters recast Jesus with Noah Centineo. The crash was used as a way to bring in the new actor. At the beginning of Season 3, Jesus’ new appearance was attributed to the surgery he underwent because of his injuries.

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Why Did Jake T. Austin Leave The Fosters?

the fosters Noah centineo as Jesus Adams foster

When Jake T. Austin announced he was leaving The Fosters on Twitter, he didn’t provide an explanation. That led many to believe he disliked being on the show and didn’t want to do “teen roles” any longer. However, he contested that claim, again on Twitter, saying the reason he left was that he wanted a more substantial part. Apparently, his role as Jesus was going to be greatly reduced in Season 3, leading him to depart The Fosters. Following his 2015 exit, Austin voiced Jaime Reyes/Blue Beetle in a trio of DC animated projects, co-starred in The Emoji Movie and appeared on Dancing With the Stars.

Enter Noah Centineo. At the time, the actor was best known for his role as Dallas on Disney Channel’s Austin & Ally. He portrayed Jesus on The Fosters from Season 3 until the series wrapped in 2018 with Season 5. Afterward, Centineo landed roles in the To All the Boys I Loved Before film series, Sierra Burgess Is a Loser and Charlie’s Angels, among other projects. He even reprised his role as Jesus in an episode of The Fosters spinoff, Good Trouble. More recently, Centineo played DC superhero Atom Smasher opposite Dwayne Johnson in Black Adam and will star in Netflix’s upcoming spy-adventure series The Recruit.

The Fosters is available to stream on Hulu.

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