Success of 'To All the Boys' puts stars on Hollywood's radar

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NEW YORK — The 2018 release of the Netflix teen rom-com "To All the Boys I've Loved Before," changed the lives of its stars, Lana Condor and Noah Centineo, by putting them on Hollywood's radar.

"People are taking me more seriously," said Condor, a 22-year-old Vietnamese American. "I feel like I can take up way more space, and I really, really appreciate being part of the conversation of representation. That's something that I feel so passionate about."

And Centineo, 23, has become a leading man. He will star as He-Man in "Masters of the Universe," due out in 2021.

A sequel, "To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You," is now playing on Netflix. In it, Condor and Centineo reprise their roles as Lara Jean and Peter, who are embarking on a real romance after falling in love in the first film.

The first movie introduced Lara Jean, a Korean American teen whose younger sister mails out a stash of hidden love letters to former crushes that were never intended to be read. To mask her embarrassment, Lara Jean fakes a romance with one of those recipients, Peter, who is looking to make his ex-girlfriend jealous. Things grow complicated when the pair falls in love. In the sequel, another love letter recipient (Jordan Fisher) surfaces. "To All the Boys" is adapted from a young adult book trilogy by Jenny Han.

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"When we made the first movie, we didn't even know if anyone would see it,'' Condor said. "Netflix hadn't bought it yet and it was just kind of like, 'Oh, I love the movie. I love the story, but I hope people will even see this.'"

Centineo is quick to admit that he's learned it's not all smooth-sailing when you become famous.

"It's hard to not be grateful when you've done something that's given you so much access to so many amazing creators and professionals," he said.

"There are days where I think I'm a fraud and I suck and I'm (expletive) shallow and I get anxiety attacks,'' Centineo said. "But, I like to think that ... bravery is despite being afraid to do something, you still have the courage to do it anyway."

The cast has already completed filming the third chapter in the franchise.


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