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Lana Condor says she feels like a 'completely different' version of herself after finishing the 'To All the Boys' franchise

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Actress Lana Condor posing on the red carpet at the 23rd Costume Designer Guild Awards on April 13, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
Lana Condor spoke to Insider about her upcoming projects following the success of Netflix's "To All the Boys" franchise. Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for the CDGA
  • Lana Condor spoke to Insider about embarking on new roles after starring in the "To All the Boys" films.

  • The actress, who's promoting her partnership with Vera Bradley, feels like she's a new person now.

  • Condor said she learned a lot from starring in the franchise that she'll apply to her new projects.

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Lana Condor is opening up about how she's changed since landing her breakout role as Lara Jean Song Covey in Netflix's "To All the Boys" franchise and the lessons she's carrying with her as she embarks on new projects.

"I definitely learned quite a bit from the whole 'To All the Boys' experience," Condor told Insider. "I really do think that the Lana before doing those three movies to the Lana after is just kind of completely different."

'To All the Boys I've Loved Before" became a cultural phenomenon upon its release in summer 2018, launching Condor and her costar, Noah Centineo, to new levels of fame. The coming-of-age movie revived the rom-com genre for a new generation and resulted in two sequels released in 2020 and 2021.

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Noah Centineo and Lana Condor star in the "To All the Boys" film franchise. Netflix; Katie Yu/Netflix

Condor said that the biggest takeaway from her whirlwind experience of being in the franchise was "learning how to conserve my energy."

"I think 'To All the Boys' really taught me that because I think in the past, I've been someone who kind of goes all-out, like a 100% all the time, and then I'm exhausted after," the 24-year-old actress said. "So, I learned better management of my time and how to conserve my energy so that I can be consistent."

Condor's first post-"TATB" role is in an upcoming film for HBO Max called "Moonshot," which the actress described as a "rom-com space adventure."

"I think there's so much that I learned from 'To All the Boys' that I can apply there," she said.

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Lana Condor in "To All the Boys: Always and Forever." Netflix

As production begins in Atlanta, she's ready to "jump full-in" with her "talented" costar Cole Sprouse, who photographed her for WSJ magazine's Young Hollywood portfolio a few years prior.

"We kind of had a previous friendship before, so it's been really nice and he's a really great guy and a wonderful performer," Condor said. "I'm really excited to really start to act with him."

One of the things she's still getting adjusted to is working with an entirely new group of people after being on set with the "TATB" crew for about three years.

"I was at work the other day and I'm meeting the crew and I'm meeting our camera departments and everything like that, and I realized that it did hit me," Condor recalled.

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Noah Centineo, Lana Condor, Madeleine Arthur, and Ross Butler in "To All the Boys: Always and Forever." Katie Yu/Netflix

After "Moonshot," Condor will star in a comedy series for Netflix called "Boo, Bitch," centered on a high school student who wakes up one day and realizes she's a ghost.

"It's basically this coming-of-age, paranormal television show about these two girls who are learning what it's like to go through senior year with also lots of paranormal moments," the "Deadly Class" alum said.

The series also marks the first time that she'll be serving as an executive producer on a project. Condor said that producing requires a different skill set from acting, and she's been taking cues from past producers she's worked with until she finds her "own groove."

As a producer who has a say in everything from casting to the writers' room, Condor is learning how to be more confident and recognize that her voice "matters in a room when we're talking creatively."

Lana Condor posing at the red carpet of the 23rd Costume Designer Guild Awards on April 13, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
Lana Condor has two projects in the works: "Moonshot" for HBO Max and "Boo, Bitch" for Netflix. Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for the CDGA

Aside from acting and producing, Condor is also bringing her creativity to her first-ever fashion collaboration with Vera Bradley.

A long-time fan of the brand's classic printed bags, Condor was thrilled to work with Vera Bradley to design an eco-friendly backpack made from recycled cotton. The Recycled Cotton collection includes lightweight tote bags, duffels, and more in patterns and solid colors (a first for the brand).

"All the women in my family are very big Vera Bradley users and fans, so it's been a part of my life for so long," Condor said. "So when this partnership came to be, I was just so stoked and it didn't even occur to me that I would also get to design my own backpack."

Lana Condor posing with the Lana Utility Backpack that she designed as part of her collaboration with Vera Bradley.
Lana Condor posing with the Lana Utility Backpack that she designed as part of her collaboration with Vera Bradley. Courtesy of Vera Bradley

The Lana Utility Backpack, which was inspired by the brand's signature patterns and the actor's love for the color pink, includes pink striping and a pastel pattern for the lining.

Given the pink design elements, Condor said she "can totally see it sitting in the world of 'To All the Boys,'" though Lara Jean would probably opt for a pattern sling rather than a solid black backpack.

For Condor, however, the spacious backpack is perfect for her essentials, from her iPad that she uses for work to her SPF, Charlotte Tilbury lipstick, and sanitizer.

The self-proclaimed "complete Mary Poppins" filled her backpack with almost all her go-to's for the set of "Moonshot," but forgot to include the charger for her vlog camera that she uses to document her life for her growing YouTube channel.

Until she gets her camera back and running, fans will have to keep up with Condor's jam-packed life by way of her highly relatable Twitter musings and her glamorous Instagram profile.

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