Lana Condor On Feeling Protective Over Her Boyfriend While Maintaining Her Friendship With Noah Centineo

Lana Condor is ready to share more of her love life with her fans.

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As Teen Vogue’s January 2020 cover star, the 22-year-old “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” actress, whose Netflix sequel “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” co-starring Noah Centineo will premiere early this year, discusses feeling protective over her real-life boyfriend, 26-year-old actor Anthony De La Torre.

Photo: Daria Kobayashi Ritch for Teen Vogue
Photo: Daria Kobayashi Ritch for Teen Vogue

Addressing her on-screen romance with Centineo, Condor admits that some people have gotten too carried away with their characters’ love story, which has encouraged her to be more forthcoming about her personal life.

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She says, “I love Noah with all my heart, but the switch was when people started attacking Anthony online. That was when I realized as much as I can show my love and my friendship to Noah… I can’t be that private with Anthony, because people are starting to be really hurtful to him. He’s been by my side through everything. He’s such an amazing person and has been an integral part of me staying literally sane.”

Photo: Daria Kobayashi Ritch for Teen Vogue
Photo: Daria Kobayashi Ritch for Teen Vogue

Between shooting the second and third “To All The Boys” films, the actress moved to Seattle, where she says she could be closer to her parents.

“My family’s everything,” Condor tells Teen Vogue. “And this past year and a half, I barely saw them. In L.A., everything is the industry, so you can’t really get away from it at all if you live there, you know? Then, all of a sudden, you realize in a still moment that there’s really nothing left inside.”

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With an interest in her roots, the actress reveals she made a trip with her parents to the orphanage in Vietnam where she was adopted.

“I was terrified people would look at me and be like, ‘Why were you given a chance?’ I was afraid people were going to think that my parents weren’t my parents,” she explains, looking back on the trip. “But I was received with an abundance of love. All of a sudden, when we got to Vietnam, for the first time in my life I felt really still and then grounded, rooted.”

Photo: Daria Kobayashi Ritch for Teen Vogue
Photo: Daria Kobayashi Ritch for Teen Vogue

Opening up about using her voice as an Asian-American actress, Condor says, “I feel proud to use my voice and continue to tell people that the Asian-American experience is not one experience alone. It’s something that I don’t plan on ever stopping. Making TV and movies is awesome, but if you have a purpose behind it, it’s even better.”

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