By Samantha Highfill
February 13, 2020 at 11:00 AM EST

Based on Jenny Han‘s novel of the same name, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before exploded into a phenomenon upon its 2018 release — audiences were obsessed, even deeming love interest Noah Centineo the internet’s latest boyfriend. Considering its viral success, it was no surprise Netflix greenlit movies based on Han’s two follow-up Lara Jean novels. And to make sure audiences get what they want quickly, they filmed the movies back-to-back.

With the sequel, To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, out now, Michael Fimognari, who directed both the second and third film, is discussing what to expect from To All the Boys: Always and Forever, Lara Jean. “The second movie is about how your past influences your present, and the third one is very much about how your future influences your present,” director Fimognari says of the trilogy’s last chapter. “When you’re a senior in high school, all these fantastic opportunities await: college and living alone. That has a profound impact on Lara Jean’s ability to see herself continuing her relationships. That’s the beauty of what Jenny’s written, is that from the first page of the first book to the last page of the last book, you get to experience this full coming-of-age story with this character. In that way, it’s the end, but it’s also her beginning.”

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