The actress speaks of being one of the few Americans in Asia who uses a rom-com as a headline and urges Lara Jean to be made more independent

Lana Condor said she wanted to show her character – stepping into the world as a young self-choosing woman, credit Ricardo Nagaoka for the New York Times

The first two movies in the Netflix “To All the Boys I Loved Before” trilogy I ticked pretty much every box on the bingo card for teen rom-com boy drama: Boy Next Door, a boy doomed to be at the end of a love triangle, and especially the boy who helps develop a fake dating conspiracy, inevitably becomes not so wrong

When it was time to shoot the last episode, Lana Condor, who plays Lara Jean, the girl at the center of it all, was just ready for a change: “It’s” means “???? To All the Boys “???? â ???? The 23-year-old actress said in a Zoom interview on Monday â € œIt was about the boys From day 1 we understand itâ €

“To all boys: Always and forever” The team starts streaming on Friday and puts Team Josh and Team John Ambrose and Team Peter aside in favor of Team Lara Jean as she is about to make some important life decisions and is about to Graduation is approaching She is far from the hopeless romantic who wrote down her feelings in blanket love letters instead of reacting to them This habit sparked the antics of the first film when the letters accidentally found their way to their recipients

A lot has changed for Condor too. She became a star overnight with the first episode in 2018 and after “All the Boys” She will be producing a new comedy series for Netflix

But first, after a few years of hurricane work, she’s focused on settling into her new Seattle home with her boyfriend, actor Anthony De La Torre, and her dog Emmy as she prepares to say goodbye to the character, who has defined her career so far, Condor discussed what it means to be one of the few Asian-American actresses to direct a romantic comedy and why the Lara Jean of “Immer und” Forever, E ???? is her favorite These are edited excerpts from the conversation

Around this time last year, you surprised fans at the Paris Theater in New York for a screening of the second film in the trilogy an experience that seems pretty strange now. How does it feel in retrospect?

That was very emotional and just overwhelmed me with joy. I put so much of myself into these films because I love them. And they also changed my life. But in retrospect, I ran with smoke at that point because it was the films turned in a row and then went on the big press tour. I wish I had recorded everything and had really been there

I remember thinking, “How did I get here?” All I wanted was to end it in such a way that I would be super proud of Lara Jean So I was just bent as hell; I’ve talked to the director and producers and writers all the time and they all like, “You guys, we need to show her how she comes into the world as a young woman choosing herself for the first time”â ????

It was a crazy emotional experience because the last few years have been the biggest ups and downs of my life [she said she felt burned out after the first movie] I love the movies, the friends I made in the movies got the story â ???? I love the color scheme of our movies, the pinks and the teals. So knowing that this is the last time I’ll be in the bedroom, the last time I’ll be in school, all of these things that I’ve spent so much Time in the past three years is emotional I’ll miss it very much

We were during typhoon season so I thought who thought of that? But it was amazing, we just shot tourist things so we had to shoot in all the places we would have gone as normal tourists, we would meet people on the street and people would go into the setting while we were filming and just say, ” Oh hi! I love your film! And we would say: “You’re in”â ????

Something I’m most proud of is that she never really loses her weird little -isms and quirks, and never loses or changes her personality, which is really hard not to do when you’re in high school, yes , the Lara Jean we see in the third film is an adult Lara Jean, and she differs in that she now has life experience, but ultimately she never lets go of the things that make her her

Did I keep clothes? No did I steal the clothes? Yes we spent hours and hours making every outfit perfect because in the first film we saw girls actually going out to buy the outfits

In the third film you have this bowling jersey that we imitated from “The Big Lebowski” so I have that I have the hatbox which is not a garment, but I didn’t want to leave the set without it. I have this blue silk jacket that she wears during a scene with Peter [in part 1] when she talks about people who â ???? The more people you let into your life, the more can go straight out ???? I love that I took a pair of jeans, which isn’t exciting, but it’s very hard to find a good pair of jeans

The films are based on Jenny Hans books, and it’s fun to spot their cameos in each film How has your relationship with her been over the past few years?

She’s like my sister We always talk on the phone for hours When we first talked years ago, she said, “I just want you as Lana and a young Asian-American girl to have the same opportunities that Jennifer Lawrence did Katniss or Kristen Stewart as Bella”??? Twilight” – And that was before we even knew we were going to have three films. I’ve never had anyone tell me that, especially as an Asian-American actress Almost to the point where I thought is that even possible?

Was this aspect of presentation of the greatest importance to you when creating the films? Did it add extra pressure?

I read the book just before the audition, and then I thought, OK, I have to have this because this is an Asian-American girl who is falling in love and that’s something we have to see

But when we were making the movies it was almost like I was just Lana because ultimately it’s about a young girl falling in love and showing that anyone can fall in love So I guess it was on my head but it wasn’t ???? t Because I don’t walk around in life like Asian Lana goes to the store, Asian Lana picks up food, Asian Lana walks my dog ​​

We have reached the end of what Jenny Han wrote for Lara Jean but do you see a scenario where more of this story could possibly unfold, or where you could play this character again?

I guess never say never [But] the third is all I know For me this is the end But I would love to see Lara Jean and Peter in their mid to late 20s As if they had gone through college and I want to see how they are in the field of work I have this dream that Lara Jean is working in a field of literature, I don’t know, in New York, write, live her life Because personally I have a feeling that they will try to make it work in college to bring, but they must grow separately in order to be fully ready to come together

But I know they are going to get married; They will live happily ever after I just think that they may need to grow as individuals first and then I would love to see them meet again Like going to a coffee shop, she’s writing an article for a newspaper she works for He’s there by chance and they meet in a new way where they’re older and developed that would be so cool If it happens you heard it here first

Lana Condor, to all the boys I have loved before, to all the boys

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