In August of 2018, a little bit Netflix authentic rom-com got here out referred to as To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. Within a day or so, viewers turned obsessive about Lara Jean and her faux relationship with the web’s new boyfriend, Peter Kavinsky. Now, lower than two years later followers are lastly getting the sequel, P.S. I Still Love You, and it means loads to star Lana Condor and for Asian-American illustration.
Lana Condor’s Lara Jean lastly has a Cinderella second, “creating a space for Asian Americans”
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly for the film’s cowl story, Condor — who performs Lara Jean — talked a few second whereas filming the place she realized how a lot this meant to her. “There’s a scene the place Lara Jean is in this beautiful, virtually Cinderella robe and she or he walks down the steps to Johnny Ambrose,” she mentioned. “I was waiting on top of the stairs right before we started rolling and it hit me all at once how special that moment was because we don’t get Cinderella moments a lot.”
In the ebook, Lara Jean closely embraces her Korean heritage, dressing in conventional apparel for New Year’s and extra. From the appears to be like of the sequel’s trailer, she’ll do this as nicely which, in fact, is a giant deal for illustration. “As a young girl, I never got to see a Cinderella moment where the girl looked like me,” Condor continued. “This is the most important part of the story for me is being able to represent our community. It’s creating a space for Asian Americans to tell their story and have a moment.”
‘To All The Boys’ was the primary YA ebook to characteristic an Asian particular person on the duvet
The authentic books are written by Jenny Han, who’s a Korean-American identical to her character Lara-Jean. And Han has even mentioned that studio executives needed to white-wash this adaptation and forged a white actress within the function of Lara Jean. “To me, the more alarming part of it was that people didn’t understand why that was an issue,” Han instructed Teen Vogue in 2018.
Luckily Condor, a Vietnam-American, stepped into the function, which has all the time been on the forefront of illustration. “The first book came out in 2014 and was the first young adult book to have an Asian person on the cover on the New York Times Bestseller List” Han instructed Entertainment Weekly.
She then touched on how expansive the film has turn out to be, even inspiring quite a lot of Halloween costumes. “There’s a little something in the first book about how Lara Jean never has anything to dress up as for Halloween, and that’s something from my life. So it’s cool to see all these young Asian American women own the moment.”
This sequel is a brand new take a look at what occurs after a rom-com
There are three books within the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before collection, and now that they’re in movie-form, it’ll give a brand new take a look at the standard rom-com setup. “This film is the part of the story that you don’t often get to see in movies, which is what happens after the couple gets together,” Han mentioned. “P.S. I Still Love You is in regards to the actuality of actually loving someone and never simply falling in love with someone.”
The final film left off with Lara Jean and Kavinsky making amends after the misunderstanding surrounding Gen and the ski journey. They’re nonetheless within the honeymoon stage and experiencing their relationship on a actual stage. Even although their emotions have been true for some time, they’re formally actual to the world now.
However, John Ambrose Mclaren comes again onto the scene and he’s inflicting Lara Jean to second guess some issues about that relationship. “The first movie is very much the kick-off of this journey. The second one is Lara Jean and Peter’s first real test,” director Michael Fimognari instructed Entertainment Weekly.
Fans can see all of it come collectively when To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before: P.S. I Still Love You premiers on Netflix on Feb. 12.