Lana Condor was the breakout actress of 2018 and now she’s opening up about the pressures of the entertainment industry.
The “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” actress, 21, got candid about her own struggles with Elle Canada for their April cover shoot.
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And while she’s gotten over feeling like she has to look a certain way, Condor knows exactly what that’s like, “You’re kind of the first person I’ve talked to about this, but I know what it’s like to have an eating disorder and body dysmorphia—and also what it’s like to be a friend to someone who has that.”
She added, “I think it’s time to give people comfort. You have to eat. You have to stop thinking that a certain body shape is ideal, because it’s not.”
But one thing she’s proud of is breaking down barriers as an Asian-American romantic lead, “It’s very exciting that this is happening now,” she said, referencing the success of “To All the Boys” and “Crazy Rich Asians”. “One of the reasons I took ‘To All the Boys’ was because it’s just a story about a girl who falls in love for the first time. She’s the girl next door who happens to be Asian. Like, that’s not the focus of it because we’re normal f**king human beings.”
“In my short career, I’d never seen studios specifically ask for an Asian-American romantic lead, so I wrote it off,” she continued. “Which, I think, is part of the problem: I don’t want anyone to write anything off because of the way they look.”
Read more from Condor here.