Joey King Celebrates ‘Amazing’ Friend Sabrina Carpenter’s Success



Joey King is more than just happy about her friend Sabrina Carpenter’s recent success as a pop star — she’s also pretty obsessed with her songs!

Speaking exclusively with PEOPLE at the Despicable Me 4 premiere at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City on Sunday, June 9, The Act star, 24, says its difficult to describe how happy she feels for the “Espresso” singer, 25.

“Yesterday is the first time I’ve seen her perform in a few years because every time that I wanted to go to one of her big shows, our just schedules kind of miss each other,” King says, referring to seeing Carpenter perform at the Governors Ball music festival on Saturday, June 8.

Joey King attends the ‘Despicable Me 4’ premiere in New York City on June 9, 2024.

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“I literally was sobbing after the show. I was so proud of her. She’s just amazing,” King adds, reflecting on her friend’s performance.

Plus, King is obsessed with Carpenter’s new song, “Please Please Please,” which was produced by Taylor Swift’s longtime collaborator Jack Antonoff.

“I’m so happy for her and I just can’t stop singing ‘Please Please Please’ … get out of my head,” the Bullet Train star admits to PEOPLE.

“It’s so rude of her to make a hit like that. It’s also so rude to make such an addicting music video,” she continues, referring to the music video that stars Carpenter’s boyfriend, Barry Keoghan. ”It’s really rude to make me watch it six times at 2:00 a.m. when I want to go to bed.”

King and Carpenter, who both have backgrounds with Disney, met many years ago at an industry charity event, but weren’t instantly the best friends they are today, King told Wired.

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They’re both reaching new highs in their respective careers lately — Carpenter opened up for Swift, 34 on recent legs of her wildly successful Eras Tour and found massive success with her hit song “Espresso.”

Joey King (L) and Sabrina Carpenter attend the after party for the Los Angeles premiere of Hulu’s ‘We Were The Lucky Ones’ in March 2024.

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As for King, aside for starring alongside Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 4, she’ll appear alongside Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron in the upcoming Netflix rom-com A Family Affair.

Despicable Me 4 hits theaters on July 3.





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