Former Chicagoan Lana Condor makes a splashy big-screen debut alongisde Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence in X-Men: Apocalypse.
Nineteen-year- old Lana Condor is ready for her close-up as Jubilee in X-Men: Apocalypse, hitting theaters May 27.
On landing her first role. “I was studying for my AP Government test in study hall. I was like, ‘No, this can’t be!’ I started to hyperventilate and couldn’t breathe. It was very much a dream.”
The JLaw factor. “I’m a huge fan, but you start to realize they’re normal people, and you no longer think, Jennifer Lawrence—the girl of Hollywood! They turn out to be really normal people doing something that they love.”
Character analysis. “[Jubilee] is really, really cool—cooler than I will ever be. No one can sway her out of things that she believes in. Similarly, I will listen to someone’s opinion, but it is very difficult for me to be peer pressured.”
Newfound perks. “I had never gotten a paycheck in my whole entire life, and all of a sudden I get money for the first time, and it’s just the most bizarre thing.”
Opening night. “I’m hoping to just kill it on the red carpet. I want to be edgy and push my comfort zone.”
Chicago life. “It was awesome; I lived in Andersonville. There’s so much culture, beautiful architecture, and awesome theatre—and deep dish pizza will always be my jam.”