Lana Condor Wants You to Speak Up, Share Your Thoughts, and Be Loud

December 7, 2021
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Welcome to our series A Day in the Life where we ask women we admire to share the daily minutiae of their professional lives, from the morning rituals that set them up for success to their evening wind-down routines. In this edition, we’re chatting with actress and producer Lana Condor. Ahead, she tells C&C about stepping into the role of producer for her new project, “Boo, Bitch,” learning how to be more confident and make her voice heard in important meetings, and winding down at the end of a long day with Taylor Swift, Sasha Sloan, and Olivia Rodrigo.

We fell in love with you as Lara Jean Covey in Netflix’s coming-of-age romance “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”—and it’s safe to say we weren’t the only ones. Overnight, your Instagram following went from 100,000 followers to 5.5 million. What did this experience teach you about yourself and the direction you want to take your career in entertainment? 

Ahhh, thank you so much! It was such a crazy and exciting time. I learned a lot about keeping my stamina up with work and creating a healthy work/life balance. Playing Lara Jean made me want to keep telling stories so that girls who look like me can see themselves in me. 

Now that your role as Lara Jean has come to a close with the final chapter of the “To All the Boys I Loved” trilogy wrapped, you’re stepping into a new role in more ways than one on your new project “Boo, Bitch,” a Netflix series in which you’re staring and executive producing. How are you adjusting to this new role and responsibility, and what have you learned in the transition? 

Yes! We are currently in production for “Boo, Bitch” and it has been so wonderful. I feel like I’m learning something new every day and I’m so fortunate to have such a great cast and crew. 

In an interview with Business Insider, you opened up about learning how to be more confident and recognizing that your voice “matters in a room when we’re talking creatively.” What advice can you share for women on cultivating the confidence to make their voice heard? 

Speak up, share your thoughts, be loud, and don’t let anyone make you feel small. Do what makes you happy! 

​​What advice would you give to someone who wants to break into the entertainment industry and become a successful actress and producer like yourself? 

Stay strong, keep persevering, take classes, educate yourself, and trust your instincts! 

Now, let’s talk about your workday routine! What time does your alarm go off, and what’s the first thing you do upon waking? 

I usually sleep in as long as possible and then I am out the door and off to work. 

“Speak up, share your thoughts, be loud, and don’t let anyone make you feel small. Do what makes you happy!” 

What does your morning, pre-work routine look like? 

On the way to work, I use my Gua Sha to alleviate the puffiness on my face from sleep. I also like to take my OLLY Hello Happy gummies to start my day off with some vitamin D and support an upbeat mood. 

What are you working on this week? 

Right now, I am currently in production for my new Netflix show, “Boo, Bitch.” It has been so amazing and I am so excited for you all to see it! 

What’s been the most rewarding part of your career? The most challenging? 

The most rewarding part is meeting new people and experiencing new things. The most challenging part is honoring my personal boundaries with work/life balance. 

What are some work habits that help you stay healthy, productive, and on track to reach your goals? 

Something that has recently been really helpful is taking my OLLY Goodbye Stress gummies. They help me maintain focus throughout the day and taste really delicious!

What are you reading, watching, or listening to right now to help you wind down at the end of the day? 

Right now I am listening to a lot of Taylor Swift, Sasha Sloan, and Olivia Rodrigo! 

When do you go to bed? What’s your “optimal” number of sleep hours? 

I am the type of person who has to get at least eight hours of sleep or I can’t function. Something that is really beneficial when I’m working is my OLLY Sleep gummies. They have melatonin in them which is really helpful to promote a healthy sleep cycle. 

What’s the most rewarding part of your day? 

The most rewarding part of my day is coming home to spend time with my loved ones. There’s nothing like snuggling with Emmy after a long day! 

Images: Courtesy of Lana Candor

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