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Lana Condor, Noah Centineo On How Past Heartbreak Helped Them Film 'TATB: P.S. I Still Love You'

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You've proabably seen To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You on Netflix  by now (perhaps more than once). If not, we suggest you bookmark this article and save it once you’ve seen the movie because – spoilers ahead! Whether you’re #TeamPeter or #TeamJohn, we’re sure you loved every scene, cried at some parts, and rooted for Lara Jean as she dealt with the ups and downs of being in an official relationship.

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From the kilig interactions between the film’s leads to the soundtrack which featured Blackpink’s "Kill This Love," there are so many things to love about P.S. I Still Love You. With the addition of Jordan Fisher, Ross Butler, and veteran actress Holland Taylor to the cast, we’re sure lead stars Lana Condor and Noah Centineo had a blast filming the movie. In fact, Noah said they’re all friends and they were hanging out on the set. While we’re all heartbroken with the cancellation of Lana and Noah’s fan meet in Manila (health and safety first!), we got a few fun facts about the movie – from LJ & PK themselves – that will surely make you schedule a re-watch, stat!

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There are unscripted moments in the movie.

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We all fell in love with *that* unscripted back pocket spin in the first movie, but in the second one, the unscripted bit is far from romantic. In the scene where Lara Jean and Peter are fighting in the treehouse, throwing down the pillows was not in the script. “She’s throwing down things at him, I was just frustrated. That was fun for me,” Lana shares. Here’s another trivia: Most of Trevor’s (played by Ross Butler) lines were improvised.

Lana underwent hundreds of hours of fittings for Lara Jean’s wardrobe.

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Lara Jean’s outfits are always #winning and somehow easy to cop. For the second movie, Lana admits she had to go through hours of fittings to make sure LJ’s style is on point. “When we did the sequel, we were super conscious of Lara Jean’s style and her wardrobe. I literally would fit every single day to make it perfect,” she recalls.

Ross Butler likes to tell riddles!

Who knew cutie Ross loves riddles? Lana and Noah shared that they passed the time playing riddle games. In fact, in the scene where Lara Jean and Lucas are talking at a party, they were all trying to figure out Ross’s riddles. Lana was even thinking about one riddle during a take! How adorable is that?

Lana enjoyed working with Holland Taylor.

In P.S. I Still Love You, LJ volunteers at Belleview, the retirement villa where her sister Margot also volunteered before graduating. There she meets Stormy, one of the residents played by Holland Taylor. While they made changes from the book, Stormy still played a huge part in PSISLY. “Working with her was fantastic, I learned so much from her. She’s a living legend. She would give so much to me…she taught me a lot about set etiquette and it was inspiring to work with an actress who is so seasoned. She’s amazing,” shares Lana.

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Lana loves BLACKPINK, and Noah can sing "Kill This Love" NBD!

We all had LAUV’s "I Like Me Better" on loop when TATB came out, and in true TATB fashion, the second movie also has a killer soundtrack. In the scene before the couple’s big confrontation scene, BLACKPINK’s Kill This Love played in the background. Lana and Noah both agreed that it’s the perfect song choice. “I love BLACKPINK so much so I’m so excited when they put it and it’s perfect! I’m a huge BLACKPINK fan,” Lana exclaims. She was recently in Korea and she shared that Jennie of BLACKPINK even DMed her!

“All the songs just kinda fit perfectly together… I think the two songs that stick out are different from the overall tone of the film and these are BLACKPINK’s song, then you have Purple Hat by Sofi Tukker at Belleview, which is absolutely one of my favorite songs,” adds Noah. You’ll be glad to know that Noah can sing Kill This Love with aplomb – including the drum parts!

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Being brokenhearted before helped Lana and Noah worked on their breakup scene.

“It wasn’t that difficult because I think we both know what it feels like to not be wanted or miscommunicate things,” says Lana. Noah adds that they also bonded in Vancouver where they shot the film to talk about their pasts and certain heartbreaks they’ve been through. “When it came time to break each other’s hearts, we knew how to do it, I guess,” he laughs.

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Remember that heartbreaking scene in the first movie between Josh, Margot, Lara Jean, and Peter? In the second film, there’s another heartbreaker.

“They’re completely different arguments. I’d say at the bus stop, Lara Jean is finding out a lot of things and putting a lot of points together in her head and its really just between Peter and Lara Jean,” he says. We won’t break down the scene further as we’re sure this is the part where you shed a tear, too!

Lana can’t imagine doing the To All The Boys films with someone else.

You might be wondering how Lana and Noah keep their chemistry throughout filming. Lana says it’s very easy because Noah is such a good actor and a good listener. “It’s just been easy I think from the start, and I couldn’t imagine doing these movies with anyone else. We got lucky. The casting director did a good job,” she says.

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Personally, Lana also got confused between #TeamPeter and #TeamJohn!

It can be difficult to choose between Peter and John Ambrose, and if we’re in Lara Jean’s shoes, we’ll surely be confused! First Love versus Last Letter – who would you pick? When asked about the experience of being in a love triangle, Lana said it was great. “Noah and Jordan Fisher, who plays John Ambrose, they’re both very great actors so it was really easy. I remember I would drive home at night, after I would wrap, and I would be just as confused as Lara Jean. I’ll be driving home and I’ll be like, ‘Wait, Who should Lara Jean be with? Who does Lara Jean love?’ I literally would go home and think that. I was genuinely confused, but the acting of it was easy because they ‘re really talented actors to work with,” the actress explains. Even after watching the movie, Lana admits that’s she’s still confused. As a huge fan of the movies and the books, she says she’s really invested in the story.

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At the end of P.S. I Still Love You, Lara Jean mentions that her love story is still at the beginning. While we did get a happy ending, fans of the book know that there are more hurdles to come for LJ & PK. We don’t know about you–but we already can’t wait for Always & Forever, Lara Jean. 

To All The Boys: P.S I Still Love You is now streaming on Netflix.

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Ivah Ely 17 hours ago

Forget Me Not: A forgotten entry in Tokyo

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Senior high school came with so much unnecessary pain and pressure that I didn't realize I was gasping for air. I always sat by the window to stare out during class as the voice of my teacher became background noise that faded into my daydreams. Before I knew it, I was packing a small backpack in the middle of the semester on a cold November evening to go on a trip to Tokyo. This time it wasn't a dream and it felt as if time stood still.

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My aunt who was far lovelier and even more vibrant than the colors on the delicately folded cranes was there to welcome me as well. The paper cranes weren't the only things she prepared for my one-week stay. On a little pink card, she had my name along with my Tokyo address handwritten in Japanese for our rides on the bus & bullet train; and in case I get lost. She also prepared a small pink pouch with cute yellow elephants on it. The pouch was filled with coins of different amounts. The coins were for me to spend freely on drinks and snacks in vending machines. It was all more than enough since beforehand she already prepared us 2 weeks' worth of snacks for my 1-week stay. On top of all that she prepared winter clothes since I traveled light and she insisted that I wear the pink parka that she brought before I came over. I find it funny that she still thinks I like pink but it's still just like the good old days. She's still one of the most thoughtful people I know. My aunt is a missionary in Japan and has always been like a mother and a friend to me. I sobbed like a baby in front of a thousand-member congregation on the day my family and I sent her off. A few years later, with my father being our Church's missions pastor, I was given the opportunity to travel to Tokyo and see her. Seeing her again was bittersweet. It's sweet since she raised me and is a big part of who I am and my interests today. But bitter because it hits you like a ton of bricks when you notice someone you love is has gotten older or weaker. Don't we all feel that at some point with our parents and guardians? On my father's side of the family, we have issues of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Dementia. It's hard to pretend that it doesn't hurt that after years of being with my grandma, she doesn't know who I am. As for my dad, on top of having Parkinson's he is starting to show early signs of dementia too. It's scary how quickly one can forget decades worth of memories. I wonder if I may go through that as well one day.

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We have been confined with the worldview about the idea of success; thus, the word “productivity” has been diverted into a different meaning. We labeled the level of our success by identifying the weight of the works we’ve done – believing that the busier you are, the more productive you’ll be. But little did we know that this kind of mindset is a pitfall, ending up in a trap and restricting us to do more of what we can.

Every person has their own way of planning on how to get productive. One of the tips mentioned by Prosalendis was the “2 Hour Hermit Mode” where you just need to stay quiet for two hours to learn and reflect. Within the 2-Hour Hermit Mode, you need to completely shut down outside distractions and try to do nothing, this will help you to have a peace of mind and a quiet time. Focus. This word may be cliché, having a shallow meaning, but the reality is, focusing on one thing is one of the hardest things to do. Some people may have mistakenly understood “doing nothing” as unproductive, but this is actually a form of taking a break. I usually do this 2-Hour Hermit every time I am loaded with tons of deadlines. Just try to sit in the corner of a coffee shop and try to discover new things or just go to a place where you find yourself comfort and peace.

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You are able to take a break and have a rest by doing outside the boundary of the tons of work you have. You will also be surprised that you have done so many things when you’re listing the things you’ve accomplished. This will not just give you the satisfaction but you will also be grateful for what you have done for the past twenty-four hours. You just need a minute to reminisce what you have done while enjoying the silence in the process. Small daily acts can be a solution to achieve our long-term goals. We’re always bombarded with distractions and piled up work, but nothing can beat the idea of staying on track and not feeling lost. By doing this, we will always be reminded why we started to commit on the things that we want to do. After all, what makes us love what we do is knowing why we started it in the first place. The problem with us is that we are too busy achieving, losing the time to see the colors of the ordinary. We are blinded with the idea that success comes with great productivity. We always think that we are defined by how much work we exerted, and not appreciating the effort we’ve given. The fact is you are already successful in acknowledging that you have done something, and nothing.

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