You undoubtedly know—and most likely love—Lana Condor from her role as Lara Jean in Netflix’s uber-popular To All The Boys… franchise, but have you ever spent the day sipping coffee, whiling away hours at a bookstore and stocking up on Asian grocery snacks with her? That’s exactly what Vogue recently did, and much was learned about the 24-year-old actress, including the fact that she’s a major bookworm for whom reading thrillers is “almost like meditation.”
“This is my heaven! We’re surrounded by instant noodles,” Condor notes joyfully from amid the aisles at Seattle’s Uwajimaya Market, where she likes to get ahead of her dried spicy ramen needs (and so much other stuff that she needs a full cart, which is definitely the way to do it.) Condor is passionate about shopping at local Asian markets, saying, “I think cooking and food is a really great way to learn about a culture.” (Pro tip from Condor: don’t forget the reusable chopsticks! Also, we’re extremely jealous of the packaged shumai and lumpia she’s filling up her freezer with.)
Back at her house, Condor introduces us to her family, which includes her fiance, actor and singer Anthony De La Torre, as well as an adorable pair of dogs, Emmy and Timmy. Dinner is served—tonight, the Condor/De La Torres are feasting on newly purchased dumplings and spicy seafood ramen—as Condor muses on her background, saying, “I was adopted when I was very, very young, and my parents always wanted me to know my culture and made a big effort to make sure I was aware of my roots, so I think that’s where my love of food comes from; they would introduce me to Vietnamese food or bring me to various Vietnamese restaurants, and share with me the food of my people.”
After dinner, the night’s activity is a walk to the beach—Elliott Bay Trail, to be specific—with Emmy and Timmy in tow, where Condor and De La Torre admire the sunset view (and make time for a little romance.) Once the dogs are dropped off back home, the couple meets up with Condor’s dad. a sports journalist, for a Seattle Krakens game. “Just being around a sports environment my entire life has given me a kind of confidence,” says Condor, so you heard it here first; ice hockey breeds self-assurance!