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Next Gen Talent 2018: Hollywood's Rising Young Stars Revealed

Next Gen Talent 2018: Hollywood’s Rising Young Stars Revealed

Two days after the premiere of Netflix’s YA rom-com To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Condor knew the movie was a smash hit. Overnight, the high school romance, in which she stars as Lara Jean, had captivated the internet, racking up social media co-signs from the likes of Amy Schumer, Millie Bobby Brown and Dwayne Johnson. “When I realized that I was a meme, that’s when I was like, ‘Oh, people are actually watching this,'” she says. Following the mid-August release, Condor saw her Instagram follower count skyrocket from fewer than 100,000 to nearly 6 million at press time. “I can no longer go into the sauna butt naked. I did that the other day, and there was a group of girls who came marching in who are fans of the movie, and I am naked and sweaty and just like, ‘Nooo,'” jokes Condor of how her life has changed in the months since. “You don’t want to talk to someone you do know when you are naked and sweaty, let alone people you just met!” Next up for Condor, who was born in Vietnam and raised in Chicago, is the Russo brothers-produced Syfy series Deadly Class, which will see her star as a badass assassin. Her early credits include X-Men: Apocalypse, in which she played a young mutant, and Peter Berg’s Patriots Day — but it wasn’t until To All the Boys that she saw acting as a lasting career. “After X-Men, it took me a year to find a job,” she says. “Only now am I starting to see I could actually do this for the rest of my life.”

I HOPE I DON’T GET TYPECAST AS … “Someone who gets a perfect score on the SAT and has played the violin since they were 0.”

MY HOLLYWOOD ROLE MODEL “Emily Blunt. I cried during the Mary Poppins trailer.”

I’D LOVE TO HAVE STARRED IN … “The Devil Wears Prada as Emily Blunt’s character.”