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Lana Condor Riding New Wave of Fame

To All Of The Boys I've Loved Before
 
Adopted in Vietnam as a baby to an American family, actress Lana Candor recalls the first time she knew she was different-when someone called her a racist name.

“I remember coming home one day from school and being like, ‘Mom, what does this mean?’” she recalled to Who What Wear. “She was so upset and frustrated. That was the first time I was fully aware that my brother and I didn’t look like my parents.”

Condor is riding a new wave of fame after her lead role in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before on Netflix. Her Instagram followers have gone from 100,000 to 5 million since the film debut in August.

She credits the believability of her on screen romance as Lara Jean Covey with Peter Kavinsky with her real off screen friendship with actor Noah Centineo.

“I have this beautiful relationship with Noah. He’s a great friend of mine in real life.” said the X-Men: Apocalypse actress, per E! News. “I would say that we probably did our job right if people like us together. I mean, when I watched the film back, I wanted Peter and Lara Jean to be together! So I completely understand that.”

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Hope for a sequel to the Netflix flick remains high among fans. For now, Condor is working on her next projects-her new SYFY series, Deadly Class. She’ll play a teen assassin, according to
Elle.
“Saya is a vicious fighter and lone wolf,” she said to Elle. “She rarely ever lets anyone in…and then all of a sudden, she finds herself in a love triangle.”

With her new found fame comes a responsibility to her community. She told Who, What, Wear she has one hope.

“I’m 100% Asian, and I’m also 100% American,” she declares. “That’s something that I’m really trying to let people understand. My Asian American experience is different from someone else’s Asian American experience, and that’s okay. There are moments when I feel that people don’t think that I’m Asian enough because I was adopted by an American family. To me, that’s so silly!”

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