20 surprising things you never knew about 'To All the Boys I've Loved Before'

Masha Weisberg/Awesomeness Films/Netflix‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ has garnered a huge fanbase.

In August, Netflix released “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” a rom-com about a 16-year-old girl who lost her mum and saw her older sister go off to college. In the film, Lara Jean, played by Lana Condor writes multiple letters to boys she’s loved in the past.

The film received praise from the internet and critics alike with many people thrilled to see an Asian-American actress in a lead role.

For all the “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” fans, here are 20 surprising things you probably never knew about the film.


Jenny Han, the author of the book that inspired the movie, made rom-com recreations with the “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” cast.

Alberto E. Rodriguez/GettyJenny Han had the cast re-enact other films.

Author Jenny Han re-created all your favourite romantic comedies while messing around on set with the cast of “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.”

As a result, all of us can enjoy this Lana Condor/Noah Centineo recreation of the infamous dance scene from “Dirty Dancing.” And also this Israel Broussard tribute to Judd Nelson in “The Breakfast Club.”

Han also convinced Madeleine Arthur to hold up a boom box a la John Cusack in “Say Anything” and Noah Centineo to re-enact Heath Ledger’s bleacher dance from “10 Things I Hate About You.”


Netflix has a Spotify playlist for “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.”

NetflixIt features all your favourite songs from the film.

There are certain times when you just can’t watch “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” on repeat. Like, for example, when you’re supposed to be doing work.

But for those times, there’s Netflix’s Spotify playlist, which features all your favourite songs from the film.


The lock screen photo from the movie happened completely by accident.

NetflixThe memorable photo came about by accident.

Director Susan Johnson sat down with “Entertainment Tonight” and revealed the story behind the photo.

“I don’t think this will blow any magic in telling you what happened with that. That was actually one of our crew members who took that photo. The two of them were in the green room on set at the high school location, in the area where we put the actors. They actually were sleeping on the couch in that room like that, so we just stood over them and took that picture and it’s so friggin’ cute,” she said.


Lana Condor said she didn’t want to run lines with Noah Centineo when they first met.

Frazer Harrison/Getty ImagesCondor said she didn’t want to be distracted by Centineo.

Condor and Centineo first met while auditioning for the film and it didn’t go too smoothly.

“For the pre-read, when I first met Noah and he asked me to read lines with him, I was sitting in the waiting room. And I saw this beautiful tall man walk through the door. I immediately clocked that he clocked me, and he walked over to me. And I was like, ‘No, don’t come over here. Don’t come over here. Don’t come over here. I have to focus,’ “Condor told Vulture.

“So when he asked me to read lines with him – and, you know, Noah is so swaggy, he’s so chill and so cool – he was like, ‘You wanna read lines with me?’ and I just said, ‘Yeah, sorry, no.’ I just wanted to focus, and I didn’t want to get distracted by this cute guy,” said said


In the Covey sister fight scene, Lana Condor and Anna Cathcart gave that unicorn a name.

NetflixThe unicorn in the fight scene had a name.

Anne Cathcart told Tiger Beat magazine that the unicorn’s name is Rodolpho.


That guy who shows up at Lara Jean’s door in the post-credits scene is a major character in the books.

NetflixThe man at the door was a significant character in Jenny Han’s book.

For anyone who hasn’t read the books, the guy in the post-credit scene is John Ambrose McLaren – none other than Lara Jean’s childhood Model UN crush. In the second and third book of the trilogy, he plays a major role – so if Netflix goes ahead with a sequel, it’s likely that we’ll get to know him better.


All three Covey sisters still text and chat in real life.

NetflixThe three actresses remain close.

In an interview with Vulture, Anna Cathcart revealed that she, Lana Condor, and Janel Parrish got very close on set.

Cathcart said, “We were so close and so comfortable with each other and always making each other giggle. It was great. We became like real-life sisters and would always hang out on and off-set. We still keep in contact. We have our Covey sister group chat, and we are always texting. I love them so much.”


Although Netflix hasn’t officially greenlit the sequel “P.S. I Still Love You” yet, the entire original cast wants to come back, according to Lana Condor.

Masha Weisberg/Awesomeness Films/NetflixThis isn’t the last you’ll see of the cast.

There’s been no official word from Netflix about any sequels to their smash hit yet – but when Lana Condor spoke to Metro, she offered the following words of encouragement:

“I think I can speak for the whole cast when I say ‘we all want to do the sequel,'” she said.

“We haven’t gotten a confirmation officially or anything from anyone, but it seems very very positive. I think I heard something about Netflix giving a movie a month to see how it does and then kind of make their decision on whether or not they want to do a sequel. But I know the whole cast wants to do it and I for sure would definitely love to,” she added.

Anna Cathcart agreed, and talked to Tiger Beat about the possibility,

“I’m beyond excited! I wish we could start tomorrow. I really, really, really hope this happens, and I hope it happens soon. I just want to be back together and the director and the whole cast and crew. It would be a dream to get back together and do it all again. I also really hope if there is a second one, Kitty gets a puppy, because in the book Kitty gets a puppy, and that only seems right for her to get it in the movie too!”


Jenny Han was sad that one particular scene from her book wasn’t in the film.

Masha Weisberg/Awesomeness Films/NetflixFans didn’t get to see the Halloween party scene written by Han.

In the book, there’s a Halloween party where Peter shows up as Spider-Man and Lara Jean shows up as Cho Chang from the “Harry Potter” series.

Jenny Han explained to Shine On Media, that the scene was left out because there were licensing issues to consider.


Some of your favourite bits of the movie were improvised by various cast members.

NetflixThe ski lodge scene was unscripted.

It turns out that Noah Centineo not only improvised carefully moving the popcorn out of the way when he knew the pillow fight was about to break out – but that pocket spinning of Lana was all his idea, as well.

Read more: 4 moments you love from ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ that weren’t in the script

But Centineo wasn’t the only improviser on set – Madeleine Arthur told Shine On Media that the chatting and joking going into the ski lodge was completely unscripted as well.

Also, all those fantastic faces that Lara Jean made weren’t in the script – they came straight from Lana Condor.


Emilija Baranac — Gen in the movie — channeled iconic mean girl Regina George for inspiration.

NetflixRegina George inspired Baranac’s character.

Speaking to Shine On Media, Baranac said that she’s pretty sure she’s a nice girl in real life – so naturally, she turned to one of the meanest onscreen girls in the past 20 years.

Read more: THEN AND NOW: Here’s what the ‘Mean Girls’ cast is up to 14 years later


Costume designer Rafaella Rabinovich and Jenny Han pulled clothing inspiration from multiple sources — including “Clueless.”

NetflixYou can see hints of ‘Clueless’ style throughout the film.

Rabinovich toldVox that she drew inspiration for the film’s costumes from many other films and TV shows.

“Alicia Silverstone in ‘Clueless’ was a huge inspiration. Not necessarily in the exact colours and cuts, but something about the texture and something about the vibe, and just the different choices that had been made in those combinations were inspiring.

“I also looked at Claire Danes in the ’90s, at Winona Ryder in the ’90s. I also looked a little bit, even though it went into the 2000s, at ‘Sex and the City,’ especially the first season. There’s such beautiful work there of, yes, following fashion, but at the same time following your inner instinct and style and where it is that you come from,” she said.


The first time that Jenny Han saw Lana Condor as Lara Jean on set was an emotional experience for the author.

NetflixHan got emotional seeing Condor on the big screen.

The author spoke to “Entertainment Tonight” about the experience:

“The first time I saw Lana, and I was watching on the monitors, and I was watching her have her hero shot – the opening scene in the movie – I actually got tears in my eyes because I felt so emotional about it.

“It’s so emotional hearing them say the words ‘hero shot’ about her because I never had that experience before seeing a young Asian American girl be the hero of a movie.”


When Han shopped the script around, she said studios wanted to whitewash Lara Jean.

NetflixJenny Han believed it was important to have an Asian American actress in the leading role.

Jenny Han insisted that an Asian American actress should play the part of Lara Jean. Han told People magazine, “I just hope that if movies like mine and ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ do well, we’ll see more getting made. That means more points of view and more stories told.”

Eventually, Will Smith’s production company, Overbrook Entertainment, entered the picture, and the rest is history.

Read more: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ is taking the world by storm – here’s why it had me ugly crying at the theatre


Lana and Noah spent tons of time just hanging out in hot tubs before shooting the “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” hot tub scene.

NetflixLana Condor and Noah Centineo spent a lot of time together before the hot tub scene.

In an interview with People magazine, Condor talked about how spending so much time Centineo helped when it came to filming scenes, especially the hot tub scene.

“We actually have really wonderful chemistry and we spent so much time with each other out of work. We went to the hot tub all the time in our apartments and stuff. The transition was super-easy to bring to the camera. I’m so blessed to have worked with him – he’s an awesome guy.”


The hot tub scene was actually shot in 95 degree weather.

NetflixYou wouldn’t know it was so hot outside.

Director Susan Johnson told Shine On Media that they brought in dry ice to make all the steam – as well as using fake snow.


If you only watched the movie once, you might not have noticed that Jenny Han had a cameo as a chaperone at the dance.

Alberto E. Rodriguez/GettyAuthor, Jenny Han, appeared in the film.

She posted evidence on her Twitter in case you missed her cameo.


Anna Cathcart — who played Kitty — wore a gold nameplate necklace throughout the movie that said “Feminist.”

NetflixYou might have missed Kitty’s necklace in the film.

Cathcart told Vulture that the necklace was an integral part of who her character was.

“Yes, I love it, I thought that was so cool. The feminist necklace she wears in every single scene, with every single outfit. At the very end of the shoot, they let me keep it, which was super special, and I thought it was awesome because it was so iconic to Kitty. She definitely expresses herself through fashion. She puts on whatever she wants depending on her mood,” Cathcart said.


Noah Centineo said he ate a whole bunch of cheeseburgers before big kissing scenes.

NetflixCentineo said cheeseburgers were his go-to before a kiss.

It turns out Centineo and Lena ate cheeseburgers before their big on-screen moment. When asked what the secret was, Centineo told Shine On Media “No mints, all cheese.”


Kitty’s necklace was far from the only meaningful jewellery worn by the Covey sisters.

NetflixA lot of thought went into the jewellery of the Covey sisters.

Costume designer Rafaella Rabinovich told Vox she put a lot of thought into the details of her costume choices.

“I really think the devil is in the details, as they say. There was so much thought behind every piece that was put on camera, in every combination, in order to create a mood and a feeling and to really show the arc of the characters, so to me, the wardrobe is significant for each piece.

“The girls’ jewellery shows a really important connection between them. Lara Jean has this heart locket that she wears often throughout the movie, and Margot has a key, and it’s a play on the fact that she’s the key to Lara Jean’s heart. When Margot leaves to go to Scotland, she wears an Aries necklace, which is a bit of a play on the fact that she’s going off and Aries are known to be free-spirited and playful. Then when she comes back, she has a compass necklace on for coming home,” she said.

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