Love is in the air for Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton — well, in their new movie, that is. The film, The Sun Is Also a Star, is based on the book by Nicola Yoon and proves that it doesn’t always take a long time to fall for someone. Find out what the two actors told us about their characters’ sweet romance before the flick hits theaters on May 17.

J-14: We’re excited to watch this movie! How would you describe it to J-14ers?

Charles Melton: It’s about two complete strangers, Daniel and Natasha, who experience a whirlwind romance during the course of 24 hours. Daniel is a hopeless romantic and when he meets Natasha, he immediately falls in love with her. However, unbeknownst to him, Natasha is due to be deported to Jamaica and they only actually have a day together.

J-14: What sets this love story apart from others?

Yara Shahidi: At first glance, it’s about two people falling in love, but when you look deeper it’s a story surrounding immigration. I think it’s an important message that needs to get out there because people are affected by that right now.

J-14: If you thought you had only a few hours left in the country like Natasha, how would you spend it?

Charles: I would visit my favorite restaurant and order my favorite dish on the menu.

Yara: I have been thinking about this for a long time, and I think I’d just want to spend it with my family.

J-14: Daniel is constantly trying to sweep Natasha off her feet. What’s the most romantic thing you’ve ever done for a crush?

Charles: The most romantic thing I’ve ever done was ride my bike in the middle of the night to tell her that I loved her.

J-14: So sweet! Have you ever experienced love at first sight like your characters do in this movie?

Charles: Yes, there’s a hopeful curiosity to it and I’ve experienced it one too many times.

Yara: I haven’t personally, but I believe in it because my parents actually fell in love at first sight with each other. So I have a real-life example of it!

Reporting credit: Morgan McMurrin

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