ICYDK, one of our favorite authors, Jenny Han of the To All the Boys I've Loved Before series, is in town to promote the third book of the trilogy, Always and Forever, Lara Jean, as well as the Burn for Burn series with her co-author and friend, Siobhan Vivian. And because we can't stop refreshing our socials for the latest updates about her book's upcoming movie, we went ahead and asked her for exclusive details about the film. Here's what we found out.
- On the actress playing Lara Jean.
"I had given them some ideas for Lara Jean but then ultimately, I don't get that final decision on who gets picked. I was really happy about Lana Condor because she's somebody who I had mentioned at our first meeting."
- On how involved she is in making the movie.
"I got to read the script and give feedback. I gave notes on the script. I got to visit the set a couple of times—they already wrapped filming, so it's over. I gave a lot of ideas about what the look of the movie I thought is important, like the look of her bedroom and her clothes...I made some Pinterest boards
- On what being on the set of the movie feels like.
"I really got to wander around and talk to people. It was very intimate and like a family."
- On Asian-American representation.
"To me, my priority was always to be able to show the life of an Asian-American girl. It's something that you don't really get to see very often in the media. With the book covers, I really wanted them to be photographic because I really wanted her to be Asian on the cover and for people to walk into a bookstore and to see that right away. I was really committed to that throughout. For me, when I watch a movie and I see an Asian person on screen, I'm really excited and I really want to see that. I think it's different if you live in the Philippines or Korea or China where you see people that look like you on TV all the time but in America, it's so rare. You don't get that representation. I was really committed to that...in wanting to show that there are many different ways to look like an American girl—it doesn't look like just one thing."
- On how close the movie is going to be to the book.
"The movie isn't going to be the exact same thing as the book. I think there are different formats and there are some things that work in a book that won't work in a movie."
- On the actors being fans of the book.
"They were wanting to be careful and not read ahead beyond the first book because they wanted to make sure that they don't want to know beyond what they know as their character."
- On the scope of the movie.
"The movie is pretty much just going to be about the first book. It depends on how the first one does. If it does well, they would love to do more."
- On what to look forward to the most about the movie.
"I think they should look forward to seeing Lara Jean and Peter's love story on screen. Because to me, it really became real when I saw Lana and Noah acting out one particular scene together and I think that the chemistry was really there and I really felt that heat between them. Maybe once they see it, they'll feel it too because it really brought it to life."
Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian will be in SM Megamall on September 16,