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Watch Out, Hollywood: Lana Condor Is Here to Stay!

Lana Condor is as busy as it gets these days. And honestly? Go Lana, go! We love to see blazing success happen to genuinely good people! Because what’s not to love about this beautiful and empowered Hollywood starlet?

Lana Condor in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before franchise

For those of you who are (somehow still) unfamiliar with Lana Condor, the 24-year-old actress shot to fame in 2018 upon the release of Netflix’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, a romantic comedy for young adults adapted from author Jenny Han’s trilogy with the same title.

While Lana Condor played a small role in 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse, it was To All the Boys… that made her a household name and an immediate icon, predominantly for (but certainly not limited to) young audiences and adolescent women. Lana plays protagonist Lara Jean Covey, a hopelessly romantic high schooler whose love letters accidentally get leaked to all of her former crushes. 

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Upon the film’s release, Lana’s Lara Jean quickly became equal parts style icon and role model for fans, with her picture-perfect, Pinterest-worthy pastel wardrobe, her adorable array of writing instruments, and her deep affinity for classic romance novels, all while portraying adolescence with aplomb.

When it comes to the film’s gobsmacking success, the viewership speaks for itself. The heart-warming rom-com captivated viewers across the globe who quickly made the film one of the most widely viewed Netflix original films OF ALL TIME, with “strong repeat viewership.”

Following the film’s massive acclaim, Netflix released the sequel, To All The Boys: PS I Love You, in February of 2020, just in the nick of time to become a televisual source of soothing for fans during the early months of Covid lockdowns across the globe.

The franchise’s third and (“supposedly”) final installment, To All The Boys: Always and Forever, premiered on Netflix in February of 2021. Described by The New York Times as “cinematic sweetmeat” that was “earnest, bright-eyed, and without a hint of cynicism,” the film trilogy’s final installment brought Lana Condor the opportunity to bid farewell to her beloved character and to further diversify her cinematic resume. 

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But don’t be mistaken, Lana will always have an incredibly special place in her heart for the character that changed her life. In an interview with Backstage magazine published in 2020, she discusses her adoration for Lara Jean. “I love her,” Lana said emphatically. “I believe in her story. I believe in her heart and her goodness.”

So, now that Lara Jean Covey rests comfortably in the Netflix vault of “girls next door who you can’t help falling in love with” what’s our girl Lana Condor so busy with? Glad you asked! Here are some things you should know about the rising star actress. 

Shoot for the moon, Lana Condor!

Currently, Lana Condor is spending summer 2021 in Atlanta while she shoots the highly-anticipated HBO Max feature Moonshot alongside Riverdale’s Cole Sprouse. (And she’s hungry for some local Atlanta cuisine and is seeking local restaurant recs!

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Moonshot is a sci-fi rom-com in which Lana plays Sophie, “a focused and buttoned-up college student” who decides to follow her boyfriend to a colony on Mars. While the film began production in June of 2021, a release date has yet to be announced. Though that hasn’t stopped the internet from being SUPER pumped about it. 

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But that’s not all! In addition to Moonshot, Lana is set to star in AND executive produce (get it, girl!) the upcoming Netflix 8-part live action comedy series Boo, Bitch! Created by Erin Ehrlich and Lauren Iungerich, Lana will play a high school teen “who’s lived her life safely under the radar, seizes the opportunity to change her narrative and start living an epic life, only to find out the next morning… she’s a motherf*%king ghost.” (Yes, that synopsis is DEFINITELY worth reading twice!) 

Not only is it a female-led production team, but it is the first chance that Lana will have to flex her production muscles. “[Boo, Bitch!] is a very, very diverse, female-led show, which is exciting for me in front and behind the camera,” Lana told Elite Daily. “I know what it’s like to be in a room where your voice doesn’t feel valued, or you feel like you aren’t really in control of the way you’re being portrayed. Being an entertainer in Hollywood, you see men abusing their power in the workplace, and I don’t like it! Not my vibe!”

And there’s more! Currently, Lana Condor is “being eyed” by Dreamworks for Meet the Gillmans with Laura Dern, Michael Sheen, and Schitt’s Creek’s Annie Murphy. (I mean, that cast! Can you even IMAGINE that lineup?)

Admittedly, while this is still just industry chatter, let us pray to the Hollywood gods above that this Dreamworks feature can come to fruition! (What a Dreamworks dream team that would be!)

But have you seen Lana Condor’s action roles?

Following the release of To All the Boys: PS I Love You, Lana took a break before shooting To All the Boys: Always and Forever, trading Lara Jean’s cardigan sweaters and fluffy pens for tattoos and a samurai sword in SyFy’s Deadly Class. In the series, Lana plays Saya Kuroki, a badass assassin-in-training who rides a motorcycle and raises hell. “I couldn’t have gone further from Lara Jean than Saya,” Lana said in a Q&A with Collider. “So, I guess, in a sense it’s kinda cool to have that really intense foil of these characters… Saya is so angry and different and intense.”

Deadly Class was also the first opportunity that Lana had to dip her toe into the world of stunt work. The Deadly Class cast did the majority of their own stunts while filming and Lana’s costar María Gabriela de Faría divulged to SyFy Wire that Lana even sustained a concussion from the on-screen combat. 

Also in 2019, Lana starred in another sci-fi project Alita: Battle Angel. The film was produced by James Cameron and directed by Robert Rodriguez. Working with big names like Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, and Mahershala Ali, Lana flexed her action movie muscles even further in this cyborg action flick. 

Regarding the bold pivot from romantic comedy to dark action sci-fi, Lana had this to say to E! News: “…That’s something that I really wanted to do, to be able to crossover all genres and to be able to pick different roles so that people can see me in a different light.”

Get those brand deals, Lana Condor!

Lana’s infectious positivity, eloquence, and enthusiasm have drawn not just the attention of casting directors. She has also become a piping hot commodity in the world of brand ambassadorship. Even when Lana isn’t on set, she’s still leveraging her fame to represent brands that she believes in. Given Lana’s enormous social media following (more on that later), she’s managed to snag a slew of #sponcon and ambassador deals from brands including Old Navy, OLLY wellness, Neutrogena, and Aerie (where she was an “AerieREAL role model” alongside fellow actors Beanie Feldstein and Hari Nef).

Additionally, our lady Lana has recently launched her biggest brand collab yet with a brand near and dear to her upbringing: Vera Bradley