To All The Boys star, Lana Condor, opens up about the necessity for diversity in rom-com films and how proud she is of her impact in representation.
To All The Boys actress Lana Condor has opened up about the necessity of bringing diversity to romantic comedies. Condor is an American actress, singer, and producer. She kicked off her acting career starring as the superhero Jubilee in X-Men: Apocalypse. Soon after that, she took on the lead role of Laura Jean Covey in Netflix’s To All The Boys film series. The film series was based on Jenny Han’s young adult romance trilogy of the same name.
To All The Boys follows Laura Jean, a teenager who wrote letters to five boys she had crushes on when she was younger. Laura Jean had never intended to send those letters, but the films explore what happens when they are accidentally sent and received by the five boys. The series was a surprisingly charming take on a typical teenage rom-com. In addition to the To All The Boys film series, Condor most recently starred in Moonshot alongside Cole Sprouse. The film is a sci-fi romantic comedy that follows two college students who sneak abroad a space shuttle headed to Mars to be reunited with their significant others.
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In an interview with NBC News, Condor opened up about bringing diversity to rom-coms. Condor, who is of Vietnamese descent, explained that the world is full of color. However, romantic comedies have an odd tendency to cast women that don’t look like Condor. Plenty of diverse individuals fall in love, yet most rom-coms only seem to depict the Kate Hudsons of the world falling in love. Condor is proud of how she has brought more representation to rom-coms, and hopes that someday it will be normal for her to see actors who look like her in such films. Check out her statement below:
Media in general influences — for good or for bad — the real world. And I don’t understand why in film and television, or particularly in this genre, why it’s been mostly reserved for women that do not look like me. I just don’t understand that, because the world is deeply and vastly colorful, and I’m like, well, don’t you want to watch something that accurately reflects the world as the way that it really is, and not just, like, the Kate Hudsons of the world getting to fall in love in a rom-com? Honestly, it just baffles me. It brings me much joy and much pride to be able to do what I do, and even if it just impacts one person, that’s what is enough for me. What we consume kind of becomes how we see the world, and the world is very colorful. And my hope — and I think I am seeing more of it — but I almost hope that we get to this point where it’s not even a question. I want to get to a point where it’s so normal to see someone that looks like us in a commercial or a rom-com.
Condor makes an excellent point about how strange it is for the film industry to not frequently feature actors who look like her. Many films attempt to depict real-life, and the reality is that the world is very diverse. While Hudson is certainly an incredible actress, every individual of every color should get the opportunity to see themselves represented in film and TV. Also, having diverse individuals adds another layer of complexity to film characters. As Laura Jean in To All The Boys, Condor gave a compelling and charming performance as a typical teenage girl experiencing her first romance. However, she also gave the character depth by exploring her Asian identity in order to honor the legacy of her late mother. Meanwhile, she showed that all individuals, regardless of color, still have the same romances, heartbreaks, and experiences as everyone else.
Condor is right to be proud of the work she has done in the field of representation. While strides are being made, Asian Americans are still very poorly represented in film. Meanwhile, when they are included, it is often in the form of negative stereotypes. Romantic comedies, especially, seem largely exclusive to Caucasian actresses. However, people do not exclusively fall in love with Caucasians, nor do they always fall in love with someone of the same ethnicity as them. While To All The Boys is only a small exploration of representation, it still manages to create an Asian American lead and centers on a biracial relationship. Hopefully, through her To All The Boys role and other works, Condor will set a precedent for diversity in the field of romantic comedies.
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Source: NBC News
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