Ever since Netflix premiered the hit movie To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before the craze over the film (and its stars) has been through the roof. However, many rightfully argue that the media’s attention has been pretty one-sided.
Co-star Noah Centineo has been getting a great deal of press and success in the past month, even gaining the title of “The Internet’s Boyfriend.” While he’s steadily gained public interest playing roles in shows such as “The Fosters,” he’s also taken on the role of the love interest in other Netflix movies such as “Sierra Burgess is a Loser” and “SPF-18.” Most recently, it was announced that he would be featured in the new “Charlie’s Angels” reboot as one of the angels’ love interests.
While many are excited by Centineo’s success, they have also taken to Twitter to express their concern that leading lady Lana Condor hasn’t received the same type of attention.
Aside from the fact that Condor was the actual star of the movie, and a stunning break out talent at that, it’s absolutely necessary that we stay critical of why this is happening. One of the major appeals of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before was the fact that it normalized an Asian woman as a lead of a rom-com while also implementing her bi-racial Asian family and culture into the mix. The film also made its debut around the premiere of Crazy Rich Asians which made it an even greater time to champion Asian-American stories in entertainment. Condor herself has been an inspiration for many young Asian women who look up to her in terms of visibility and representation. Despite all of this, her white-passing Latinx co-star Centineo is flourishing as the super attractive boy next door and getting loads of press.
While Condor is currently booked and busy with her SyFy series “Deadly Class,” here’s to hoping that Hollywood steps up for Condor (and the Asian-American demographic) in the way they deserve.