MANILA -- The wait is finally over.
Fans of Noah Centineo and Lana Condor celebrated on Wednesday after streaming platform Netflix finally released the sequel to the “To All the Boys” movie.
It picks up shortly after the end of the first movie which saw Lara Jean (Condor) and Peter (Centineo) officially becoming a couple.
The sequel, "To All the Boys: PS I Still Love You," begins with the two of them about to go on their first date and having to mark their many firsts now that they are in a relationship.
As Lara Jean navigates through this new chapter in her life, she finds herself leaning more on her sister and friends so she could properly deal with her emotions.
Her love life, however, gets much more complicated when she meets John Ambrose (Jordan Fisher) who was also one of the recipients of her old love letters.
Lara Jean is then confronted with the dilemma of whether a girl could possibly be in love with two boys at the same time.
Based on the storyline of their second movie, ABS-CBN News and other Philippine entertainment media asked both Condor and Centineo about how much do they think their characters have grown.
“My whole thing for the sequel was like I wanted Lara Jean to learn to use her voice better and I wanted her to take up more space. I think she’s not as alone. She’s more supported with her friends, with her family. The way she holds herself is a little bit more upright and willing to take up a little bit more space,” Condor said.
While this is the case for Lara Jean in the sequel, Condor teased that “it will be most satisfying for the audience and for myself in the third movie because she really does come into her own and finds her voice completely there.”
Centineo said the same thing about his character development which will continue up to the third film. Nonetheless, he still discussed how Peter have become more upfront when it comes to dealing with his problems.
“I think Peter as a defense mechanism likes to sugarcoat things. He likes to pretend everything’s okay even when they are not. He really does that in the second movie. By the end of it, I think he realizes that you need to look at the problems that you’re facing. You can’t really deny them. But he really learns it in the third movie. That’s part of his arc in the second but the arc will continue,” he said.
Since they were just a new couple in the movie, there was a scene where Lara Jean and Peter vowed not to break each other’s hearts. However, the inevitable happens when they decided to part ways, marking the climax of the romantic-comedy.
But was there a particular scene that they got frustrated with their characters?
“I was so frustrated with her when she’s downstairs in the basement and they’re going to do a garden party and she walks up to the piano and John Ambrose said, ‘Oh we should uncover the time capsule.’ I was so upset, I was like, ‘Say something!’ That’s definitely the part of the movie that I was frustrated with her,” Condor narrated.
She said she got so angry because her character just wasn’t brave enough to deal with her emotions at that time.
“As a young person, I understand her having a hard time doing that. But I definitely was so angry, I was screaming at the screen. ‘Say something! That was your moment,’” she said.
For the actress, being honest and having a good communication are always important in any partnership.
Surprisingly, Centineo had the same thing in mind if ever he’s going to give Peter any advice when it comes to handling a relationship.
“Just be honest about where you’re coming from, and about what you’re dealing with in the moment with your significant other. Most things could be sorted out, ironed out with communication,” Centineo said.
Interestingly, Condor shared why she thinks Lara Jean still chose Peter in the end even if she feels at very much at ease when she’s around John Abrose.
“I think she really comes alive with Peter. I think he excites her and it might not be the safest choice but for her, I think she feels really alive when she’s with him. I think there’s an electricity with Peter that she doesn’t have with John Ambrose. I think John makes her feel calm but Peter disrupts that in a way that Lara Jean needs that to grow,” she said.
According to Centineo, he feels fortunate to have been able to do the “To All the Boys” movies with Condor, who he describes as an “absolutely amazing” co-actor.
“Clearly something was looking out for us, looking out for me specifically just by being able to work with you, but I think for both of us because filming a movie like this, having the movie get the response that it did and having lives changed the way that our lives have, if it was anyone else, who knows what our reactions and responses would have been? I feel really lucky,” he said.
Condor was kind to return the compliment, saying Centineo was a “great leading man.”
“Working together is really great. I could not imagine anyone else playing Peter Kavinsky. I think you are a really great listener and it shows in your acting,” she said.
Now that their movie is finally out for the world to see, Condor and Centineo shared the biggest lesson they learned as actors in doing the sequel.
“For me, it was compartmentalizing my time and learning where to put my energy and where not to put my energy. We shot 2 and 3 back to back but for me, I was like I am in every frame of the movie. It was a learning experience about where you put your energy and to save a little bit of my energy now that I have things to do the next day, and the next day. My time management, I learned a lot as an actor,” Condor said.
Centineo, for his part, said he developed a better work ethic but what’s important is he learned to understand the social structure on set.
“Just understanding the social structure, knowing when to give someone space. Because much like with family, much like with people that you love, as you were saying, you just have to conserve your energy. There are times when we have game nights and everyone would hang out and there are times when we all have our own time to ourselves,” he said.
In general, both stars are grateful as to how the “To All the Boys” movies have been instrumental in their friendship as well as with the other cast members.
“Every single cast member is just fantastic. I want them to get as equal recognition as we do because they are so talented and they are just fantastic human beings with big beautiful hearts. They are so passionate about the project. They have been an amazing support system to me throughout this whole entire process,” Condor said.
“We are kinda on their shoulders. They lift up the entire thing with Ross (Butler) and Jordan and Holland (Taylor). We laid the foundation with the first film and everyone that has come on just elevated it,” said Centineo.