The Condor family secret? Clue: it involves potatoes, but you can’t eat it… Lana and her dad, Bob, get together for the sweetest father-daughter catch-up.
While it may be Lana Condor who you recognise in this video — also known as Lara Jean Covey in Netflix’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before — the surprise star of the show here is, in fact, her dad, Bob.
When we asked the Condors to share a family secret with us, Lana’s first thought was a homeopathic remedy that she remembers from her childhood. So, from their respective Seattle kitchens, Bob dialled in to provide the details, teaching his daughter (and now us) the secret family recipe…
“We’re making potato eye patches! It’s a ‘pot-atch’ […] We were definitely parents who believed in holistic health and alternative medicine, and we had a healer who actually told us this,” Bob says. He goes on to share a few other homemade revelations, too: “You make your own almond milk? Are you serious?” exclaims Lana. “I didn’t know that. You never bring me any!”
If you were one of the many Netflix viewers who made To All The Boys… one of the streaming giant’s most watched films ever, you’ll no doubt be counting down to the final instalment. And if not, there’s still time to catch up. The third and last film in the franchise, To All The Boys, Always and Forever, will be released on 12 February, just in time for Valentine’s Day.
The teen romcom is based on the novels of Jenny Han, who is also an executive producer on the film series. She and Lana are both passionate about putting Asian representation at the fore and Jenny was determined to give the lead role to an Asian actor.
“I feel proud to use my voice and continue to tell people that the Asian-American experience is not one experience alone,” Lana told Teen Vogue in 2020. “It’s something that I don’t plan on ever stopping. Making TV and movies is awesome, but if you have a purpose behind it, it’s even better.”
Lana has also organised a scholarship through non-profit The Asia Foundation and worked with Michelle Obama for her Girls’ Opportunity Alliance to improve education for young people in Vietnam and Malaysia.
The 23-year-old Vietnamese-born American actor was adopted, along with her brother, from an orphanage as a baby. Bob — with mum Mary — brought both children to Chicago, and the family later moved around with her dad’s job in journalism (Bob has twice been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize), living for a while in Washington and New York, before settling in California where Lana really found her acting talent.
“When you first got into acting, I knew you were going to have a breakout moment as a funny person,” Bob tells his daughter, as they peel potatoes for Family Secrets. “When you were seven, you were doing improv and it was hilarious. Off-the-charts good.”
When she’s not playing the leading ‘funny person’ in her Netflix trilogy, Lana flexes her comedic muscles on social media alongside her actor-musician boyfriend, Anthony De La Torre. The pair have been dating since 2015 and are arguably one of the funniest couples on Instagram, YouTube and TikTok — as two extremely talented gen-Z stars, they naturally have every platform covered and millions of followers.
Press play to find out more about Lana’s early acting days, watch her tell her most terrifying childhood story and, of course, follow Bob’s secret family recipe. “Not only is it an effective method for eye care, but it’s also way cheaper — you’ve just got to get a potato,” says Lana. And who can argue with that?