“What I like to do with my auditions is, I like to run lines before the actual chemistry reading and before the actual audition with other people in the room, because I feel like it’s a good way to break the ice,” Noah explained during a February 2021 appearance on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon. “I see Lana at the chemistry reading and I didn’t realize that she had booked the role … I thought she was also there chemistry reading as one of three girls, like I was one of three guys. And I was like, ‘Hey do you maybe wanna run lines?’ and she was like ‘Nah, I’m OK.'”
Three movies later, their initial encounter is long forgotten as the pair has become total besties. Following the first film’s premiere in August 2018, both stars shared behind-the-scenes photos from set, gushed about each other in interviews and posted adorable pictures together. In fact, fans even thought they were dating in real life! Of course, now everyone knows they’re nothing more than besties.
Lana even reflected on their last day shooting the final film together while chatting with Entertainment Tonight in February 2021.
“I kind of just avoided him throughout the day,” she said of Noah. “I didn’t want to look at him. I didn’t want to talk to him. I was like, ‘No, this isn’t happening,’ and that was pretty rough. I just feel very grateful for everyone on the cast and I feel very grateful that I got to work with Noah because I think our relationship really stood the test of time in these movies. I really enjoy him as a scene partner and as a person, so saying goodbye to him knowing that we were going to keep going, but that was his last day, really, really sucked.”
When the third movie premiered, the actors wrote heartfelt letters to each other saying goodbye to the characters and their onscreen relationships — and things got pretty emotional. To celebrate the bittersweet end of the To All the Boys movies, let’s take a walk down memory lane and relive Noah and Lana’s friendship from the start! Scroll through our gallery for a complete timeline.
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