‘To All the Boys’ star Lana Condor says that if she and Noah Centineo dated in real life, ‘it would have ruined the movies’

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Noah Centineo and Lana Condor in ‘To All the Boys: Always and Forever.’ Katie Yu/
  • “TATB” star Lana Condor said that if she and Noah Centineo dated, it would have “ruined” the movies.
  • Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Centineo described his friendship with Condor as “natural.”
  • Condor said that she “could not even imagine working in a romantic setting with an ex.”
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Lana Condor and Noah Centineo are known for their roles as love interests in Netflix‘s “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” but Condor thinks that if they dated in real life, it would have negatively impacted the franchise.

“We love each other in a very friendship way and there’s real love there, but I think in an alternate universe — I can’t even imagine — if we would have dated, I think it would have ruined the movies,” Condor, who stars as Lara Jean Song Covey in the “TATB” trilogy, told Entertainment Tonight.

Centineo, who plays jock Peter Kavinsky, shared similar comments, saying that “it’s important to have a high level of professionalism when going to work.”

“I think beyond that it was very natural for Lana and I to settle into a place of friendship,” he said. “We’ve had each other’s back from the very first day that we met.”

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Lana Condor, Anna Cathcart, and Noah Centineo in ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.’ Netflix

Condor and Centineo became breakout stars following the release of “TATB” in August 2018. The popularity of the film led to two more installments, also based on Jenny Han‘s book series of the same name.

The second instalment, “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You,” was released in February 2020. The third and final film titled “To All the Boys: Always and Forever” hits the streaming service on Friday.

Their natural chemistry throughout the franchise let fans ship them in real life, hoping they’d become a real-life couple, even though Condor has been dating actor-singer Anthony De La Torre since 2015.

Condor previously admitted that she “felt something” for her costar, but they made a pact to keep their relationship platonic.

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Noah Centineo and Lana Condor in ‘To All the Boys: Always and Forever.’ Katie Yu/Netflix

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Condor said there are plenty of examples of costars who have dated and broken up over the course of a project — like “Twilight” stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart — and the thought of working with an ex is incomprehensible to her.

“I could not even imagine working in a romantic setting with an ex,” she said. “That sounds like an actual nightmare.”

She continued: “It’s a literal miracle that all of us still feel so much love towards each other because when you spend that much time with each other and your whole worlds are changing together a lot could happen.”