Meet the next big star in Jenny Han’s book adaptation world

Meet the next big star in Jenny Han's book adaptation world
Meet the next big star in Jenny Han's book adaptation world

Lola Tung plays Isabel “Belly” Clonkin in Prime Video’s “The Summer I Turned Pretty,” based on Han’s young person story of the same name.

Lola Tung claimed she didn’t have high assumptions when she sent in her audition tape for the leading role in the new adaptation of writer Jenny Han’s “The Summer I Turned Pretty.”

But Han, who is additionally behind the “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” trilogy, understood fairly very early at the same time that she had actually found her best Isabel “Belly” Conklin in Tung.

” I was looking for a Belly that really felt on the precipice of entering into their adult years, which is something that’s extremely difficult to manufacture, that type of genuine innocence and also sort of rawness,” Han stated in a current meeting.

The Amazon Prime Video program, which debuts Friday, is the initial adjustment of Han’s three-part young person romance story. The coming-of-age tale fixate 16-year-old Belly during a summer trip to an imaginary beach community with her mother (Jackie Chung) as well as older bro (Sean Kaufman). At the beach house, Belly sticks with her mommy’s youth best friend (Rachel Blanchard) and also her two boys (Christopher Briney and also Gavin Casalegno), with whom she obtains completed with in a complex love triangle.

Since Tung had never ever been in front of the camera before, the 19-year-old newbie had a top quality that really felt “extremely all-natural and also genuine as well as genuine, which was truly vital to me to capture within the character,” Han stated.

For Tung, being enclose age to Belly assisted her simplicity into her very first acting duty.

” I seemed like I can connect to her in a lot of ways,” Tung explained. “Those sensations of intending to find that sense of freedom and also create her own path in her life, and also undergoing a period of a lot of modification in her life as well as kind of identifying what each of her brand-new relationships and her previous family relationships indicate.”

I felt like I might connect to her in a great deal of ways.


Tung remained in a similar attitude when she auditioned for her breakout role during her first year at Carnegie Mellon University.

” I’ve type of been doing that exact same thing, identifying what as well as who I intend to be, and what my path looks like,” she stated.

Kaufman, that plays Tung’s older bro in the collection, agreed that the actor and also Belly were similar, calling them both “kind” as well as “unapologetically themselves.”

” You can see that through Belly and also specifically Lola,” he claimed. “There’s something endearing regarding that.”

Other than handling the anxieties that normally plague fresher year of college as well as an actor’s first-ever television duty, Tung is simply humbled by the chance to add her name to an expanding list of Asian American female romantic-comedy leads, including Lana Condor in Han’s own “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.”

” I feel so thankful to be doing this as well as to have actually gotten this opportunity to work with various other remarkable Asian American artists as well as actors as well as authors as well as among our directors,” Tung added. “It feels truly, actually cool to bring this to life, and to obtain the benefit to do that, too.”

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