If you're still alive and well and have a Netflix account but haven’t watched To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, you’re not making the most out of that monthly streaming service subscription and life as a whole. This fresh YA romantic comedy was released almost two weeks ago, August 17, and has propelled actors Noah Centineo and Lana Condor into bonafide superstardom.
It's a bit weird going from being semi-known to having almost three million followers on Instagram, but that’s exactly what happened to Lana. But recently, we’ve found that’s still not a lot of people, especially considering Noah Centineo (her costar and onscreen love interest) now has more than 6 million followers on IG. And we’ve got a theory as to why fans are clamoring for Noah, but aren’t talking that much about Lana.
We have nothing against Noah, he’s totally one of those cool jocks everyone got along with in high school. But Lana is the star of the film—it’s her story we follow. She’s the protagonist. In the film, her character, Lara Jean Covey, secretly crushes on different boys and writes letters to them that she doesn’t send out and instead keeps in a box in her closet. But one day, the letters are mysteriously mailed to each of the boys she wrote to. She deals with this dilemma throughout the film, and we’re with her through that whole process. We won’t tell you what happens so you really need to watch what she does about it, and how she deals with her sister’s ex-boyfriend being one of those guys. Yikes.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before was adapted from a YA novel by Jenny Han, the first book in a trilogy. Given that the subject matter is young romance, it's only natural that that the readers of the book and audience of the movie are mostly women. This might be the reason why Noah Centineo’s character Peter Kavinsky is garnering all the online love. He's every horny girl's new internet boyfriend.
But why aren't we talking more about Lana Condor? You’ve probably seen her in X-Men: Apocalypse, where she delightfully and accurately played the quirky and fun Jubilee. She’s also starred in movies like Patriots Day, Deadly Class, and High School Lover. But it's her role as LJ in To All The Boys that's catapulted her into the limelight. She's become somewhat of a vessel for Asian women, who are rarely represented in the teen rom-com department. And in the movie, she plays a young woman with choices who commands the direction of her romantic pursuits (albeit, with some inevitable tears and heartbreaks). She was simultaneously strong and vulnerable, and for a junior, she's one #BossBitch.
So we’d like to take this time to give Lana the admiration she deserves. We can't wait to see ya in the sequel!