The Summer I Turned Pretty, the newest film adaptation from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before‘s Jenny Han, follows 16-year-old Isabel “Belly” Conklin, as she heads to Cousins Beach to spend the summer with her family and their family friends, the Fishers. She navigates the transition from being a girl to womanhood in the summer of her life.

Lola Tung, who plays Belly, recently sat down with for an exclusive with uInterview founder Erik Meers to discuss how she related to her character.

“A lot of the scenes between Belly and her mother are really special and resonated with me,” the actress shared. “Laurel [Jackie Chung], Belly’s mother reminds me of my mom in many ways. Those moments of Belly wanting to make decisions for herself and straying from what her mother wants her to do but sort of coming around and realizing her mother will always be there for her and has her best interests at heart. Of course, they’re going to have different opinions about things. That was a really real thing for me to be able to explore and bring to life.”

Tung also revealed what it was like working with her co-stars and shared one of her favorite memories on-set.

“It was really so special,” she said. “They’re a wonderful group of people. Our first day of filming was a really special day. It was the day we filmed the famous ‘Belly’ flop, which was a special moment in the book. We had a couple weeks in Wilmington, North Carolina, where we filmed, to just bond before we started filming. I remember that first day I felt so comfortable with all of them like we had known each other for so long. We had the best time and had a big group hug moment at the end and I felt so lucky to be a part of such a wonderful cast.”

The Summer I Turned Pretty is available for streaming on Amazon Prime.

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