Jenny Han is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series and The Summer I Turned Pretty series; Shug; the Burn for Burn trilogy, cowritten with Siobhan Vivian; and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You. She is also the author of the chapter book Clara Lee and The Apple Pie Dream. A former children’s bookseller, she earned her MFA in creative writing at the New School. Visit her at DearJennyHan.com.
Lana Condor has burst onto the scene as one of the most in-demand leading ladies in the entertainment industry. Condor most recently starred in the critically acclaimed Netflix rom-com “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” opposite Noah Centineo, playing Lara Jean Covey, a shy high school student whose love letters which she has written to her crushes are released, without her knowing. Media outlets have raved about her performance as Lara Jean Covey, stating “Condor is a ready-made star,” (Vulture) “Lana Condor will charm you like no other,” (W Magazine), “Lana Condor soars with such confidence and grace (Cosmopolitan), and “Condor’s Lara Jean anchors the entire film in what should be a star-making performance” (Buzzfeed), to name a few. Based on Jenny Han’s New York Times best-selling novel, Condor breaks the mold as the first Asian American leading lady in a YA romantic comedy. On a global scale, Condor’s social media following skyrocketed from 100k followers to over 5 million and growing by the day, over the course of a few weeks after the film’s debut Read More
Condor can also be seen in the highly anticipated, cyberpunk action feature film “Alita: Battle Angel” (Twentieth Century Fox). Produced by James Cameron and Jon Landau and directed by Robert Rodriguez, the film is set in a 26th-century dystopian future and follows an amnesiac cyborg who’s rescued from a scrap heap and becomes a bounty hunter tracking down criminals. Condor will play orphaned teen and photographer Koyomi. “Alita: Battle Angel” also stars Rosa Salazar, Jackie Earle Haley, Mahershala Ali, Eiza Gonzalez and Christoph Waltz, and is slated for release on February, 14, 2019. Additionally, Condor has been cast in Anova Pictures’ sci-fi thriller, “Warning” alongside James D’Arcy, Alex Pettyfer and Benedict Samuel. The film explores loneliness, death and the meaning of life when vastly disparate lives collide in interweaving stories set in a near future Earth.
On the television front, Condor will star in the new SYFY series “Deadly Class,” is set to premiere on January 16, 2019. The show, executive produced by Joe and Anthony Russo (“The Avengers”), follows a disillusioned teen recruited into a high school for assassins and is set against the backdrop of late 1980’s counterculture. Condor will play the mysterious and guarded, Saya, who was banished from one of the top Yakuza clans in Japan and sent to the School for the Deadly Arts to redeem herself.
Condor first broke onto the entertainment scene in 2016, making her feature film debut in Twentieth Century Fox’s “X-Men: Apocalypse,” starring as Jubilation Lee, AKA Jubilee alongside Jennifer Lawrence and James McAvoy. Additional past credits include Lionsgate’s “Patriot’s Day” alongside Mark Wahlberg and Lifetime’s “High School Lover.”
Originally from Can Tho, Vietnam, Condor was adopted by her parents at four months old (along with her brother, Arthur) and spent her early year in the Chicago area. As a child, she also lived in both Washington state and New York City, training in classical ballet in both locations. She took classes at multiple prestigious dance academies including: The Joffrey School of Classical Ballet, The Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet, and The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
As a high school freshman living in New York, Condor took her first acting class and was hooked. Her sophomore year, Condor and her family moved to Los Angeles where she danced alongside apprentices at The Los Angeles Ballet and continued to develop her passion for acting by joining the theater department at Notre Dame Academy and studying at the Yale Summer Conservatory for Actors. While going out on a handful of auditions her senior year, Condor booked “X-Men: Apocalypse.”
Condor currently lives in the Los Angeles area, and loves boxing and all things involved with the outdoors: hiking, swimming and kayaking. She also has a big place in her heart for charity work and has volunteered at nursing and convalescent homes since she was in 8th grade. Condor is an avid supporter of the non-profit environmental group Heal The Bay, who work to restore the Santa Monica Bay. She also created a scholarship with the Asia Foundation that will pay to put girls from Can Tho through four years of school. The scholarship will cover everything the student needs, including books, food, uniforms, and a bicycle to get to and from school.