11 February 2020 04:57
The movie charmed viewers with its faithful adherence to Han's story, which follows teenager Lara Jean (Lana Condor) and her unorthodox way of dealing with crushes: writing letters to them. She never intended to send the letters, but with the help of a pesky younger sister, the objects of Lara's affection receive the letters, setting into motion a messy plot that eventually ends with Lara Jean falling in love with one of her former crushes, Peter (Noah Centineo). P.S. I Still Love You explores the next step in Lara Jean and Peter's relationship, but this time with the arrival of John Ambrose (Jordan Fisher), one of the recipients of Lara Jean's love letters. Jordan Fisher brings a newfound dynamic to the sequel, playing John Ambrose in a way that perfectly complements the character of Lara Jean. Noah Centineo and Lana Condor play high school lovebirds in Netflix's P.S. I Still Love You, and ahead of the release of the To All the Boys I've Loved Before sequel on Feb. 12, these two are proving that they know each other just as well in real life.
To All the Boys: PS I Still Love You is exactly the kind of teenage rom-com escapism that we are all in need of – something that makes you feel good, but not to the detriment of a well-executed story. It's hard when watching Lara Jean meander through her high-school hallways, lip-synching to a song designed to make you feel, not to remember, that same moment in your own life when you indulged in the same thing. So when John Ambrose McClaren, another letter recipient, returns to town in To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, Peter will find himself having to deal with the fact that he might have to fight for his girl. "They try to not break each other's hearts, and in doing so, they hide things from each other and they kind of create this rift between them and it ultimately challenges their relationship," Centineo says, adding, "It's good. It's not easy to come into a beloved movie franchise like To All the Boys I've Loved Before late in the game; and it's even more difficult when said franchise has already birthed an arguably even *more* beloved heartthrob of a leading man (in the form of Noah Centineo—pretty much this generation's James Dean—who plays Peter Kavinksy, a goofy but sentimental jock) and the ultimate fan fave couple (in the form of Peter Kavinksy and Lana Condor's Lara Jean Song Covey).
"I think that for a character to go toe to toe with him, it kind of has to be somebody like a John Ambrose that marches to the beat of Lara Jean's drum and is very similar to [her]. "For a film like this, that's so racially diverse and so culturally and ethnically kind of all over the place, I think [my casting] is really important," he says. "My personal, real-life love story is very similar to John Ambrose and Lara Jean's," he says. But while Fisher himself may have gotten the girl, the same can't be said for John Ambrose, who ends the film with his heart broken after sharing a kiss with Lara Jean at the dance (and in the snow, no less—super romantic!). "Perspective, I think, is a big thing," Fisher says of his character's role for Lara Jean.