What ‘To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You’ Is Really About
Our hearts will be put to the test when Netflix releases the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before sequel on Wednesday, Feb. 12, as Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor) chooses between Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo) and John Ambrose McClaren (Jordan Fisher). The second film will continue where the first installment left off. But it’s not all scrunchies and contract relationships this time around. So what is To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You about? The cast and crew preview what happens next.
What happens in ‘To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You’?
The To All the Boys 2 trailer jumps right back into Lara Jean’s world. After the first movie, she is officially dating Peter. However, there seems to be some trouble in paradise. Peter receives attention from other girls at school in the form of Valentine’s Day cards. Insecure, Lara Jean withdraws her own card.
“Sometimes I wish my boyfriend was more anonymous,” Lara Jean says.
Meanwhile, Lara Jean receives a letter from John from Model UN. They meet up again and volunteer together. And of course, Lara Jean and John hit it off — just like Lara Jean and Peter.
“I thought having a boyfriend meant the idea of other boys left your mind completely. I didn’t want to be thinking about what might have been, but I was,” Lara Jean says in a voiceover. “I thought I wanted happily ever after. But we’re still at the beginning.”
In a recent interview with The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Condor confirmed To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You is an “honest, true love triangle.” Then when speaking with Live with Kelly and Ryan, Condor touched on what that means for Lara Jean and Peter moving forward.
“Lara Jean is growing as a young woman … there’s so much Lara Jean needs to learn,” the actress said. “She’s having her first real relationship with our lovely Peter Kavinsky. And John Ambrose McClaren comes and basically, wreaks havoc. So it’s a very intense love triangle.”
‘To All the Boys 2’ is about the reality of being in love
Now, it seems To All the Boys 2 is about to get real for Lara Jean — along with everyone watching from their couch at home.
“The first movie was about love letters and fake relationships, and in this one, you really get to know more,” Condor told Entertainment Weekly. “We show that Peter’s flawed, and Lara Jean is flawed.”
The film’s director, Michael Fimognari, also shared the sequel moves past the fairy tale of falling in love and into the reality of being in love.
“P.S. I Still Love You is about the reality of really loving somebody and not just falling in love with somebody,” Fimognari said. “The first movie is very much the kick-off of this journey. The second one is Lara Jean and Peter’s first real test.”
Condor revealed that in the second film, Lara Jean and Peter’s “chemistry has evolved” into something “more mature.” She added, “They are actually able to have real conversations.”
But despite Lara Jean and Peter’s off-the-charts chemistry, John isn’t one who should be overlooked.
“[Lara Jean and John are] true friends,” Condor said. “Their friendship is also a very deep love. Because you can love your friend very much, you get confused because you’re like, ‘Oh man, do I love him or do I love him as a friend?’ It’s very confusing.”
Nevertheless, it’s likely To All the Boys: P.S. I Love You may put fans into the shoes of Lara Jean. Of course, after the first film, most fans have fallen for Peter. But after watching the sequel, Condor admitted the movie shifted her views.
“It kind of swayed me toward John,” Condor told Variety. “I think that Peter is a guy that you date and John is the guy that you marry, for sure.”