The wildly popular series The Summer I Turned Pretty on Amazon Prime portrays Isabel “Belly” Conklin, a role that gave rookie Lola Tung a Hollywood-worthy acting debut.
While attending the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama Acting and Music Theater, the Asian-American actress, a native of New York, scored the sought-after role in the television version of Jenny Han’s well-known novel series, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.
lola tung, 19, only teamed up with her management a few weeks into her first year of college, and this was the first project she had ever auditioned for.
Thanks to the popularity of her Amazon Prime series The Summer I Turned Pretty, girl Lola Tung has emerged as Hollywood’s hottest new star (shown above in June 2022).
The actress featured with co-star Christopher Briney plays the lead character in the romantic series, Isabel “Belly” Conklin.
lola tung mother, Pia, had a brief acting career while her father was a musician, but an acting career has always been her goal.
lola tung appears poised to follow TATBILB star Lana Condor as an actress whose career has climbed to the top due to their portrayal of a character created by Jenny Han, as fans around the world laud the star’s breakthrough performance in the intergenerational drama.
The sky’s the limit for Hollywood’s newest starlet as the actress gears up to enchant audiences once more in the show’s second season.
Although lola tung may be considered an overnight sensation, the actress has always had potential since she fell in love with acting in the sixth grade.
The ideal decision
The author of the trilogy of books, Jenny Han, who was shown in June 2022, chose lola tung for the part.
With her co-stars, Christopher Briney (left) and Gavin Casalegno (right),lola tung had to conduct chemical readings through a lens.
lola tung recalled that she fell in love with the process and enjoyed being on stage and speaking the stories, everything of it when she was cast as the Tin Man in her middle school production of The Wizard of Oz. That is when my love for him first began.
“It was just the rush of being on stage and making people laugh,” she concluded. My folks were thrilled when it was all over. My parents are both artists and were thrilled that I had found something. My dad used to play music, and my mother briefly dabbled in acting.
The celebrity enjoyed a lot of live theatre and musicals while growing up in New York City and had the disc jockey Ken Dashow as a neighbor, which further fueled her passion for the arts.
lola tung soon got accepted to the elite LaGuardia High School, whose albums include Timothee Chalamet, Sarah Paulson, and Jennifer Aniston.
A photo of lola tung mother, Pia Tung, when she was a newborn shows that she claims to have been nurtured by “artistic” parents.
The actress fell in love with acting in middle school and frequently participated in school plays.
Beginning early When she was in middle school, the actress fell in love with acting and frequently participated in school plays.
In 2020, lola tung tenure at LaGuardia concluded with a virtual senior showcase before starting her collegiate career at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.
lola tung was approached by a manager just a few weeks into her first semester as a freshman, and the manager swiftly suggested the actress for the part of Belly.
After her first professional audition, lola tung reflected on how she ultimately landed the part and told Seventeen magazine: “I auditioned totally over Zoom, and I was in my first year at Carnegie Mellon. I submitted tapes for the role I taped at home with my housemates while living in Pittsburgh.
“I next conducted Jenny’s and some of the producers’ callbacks on Zoom. Working with or getting to read with so many different performers while reading for Jenny was fantastic.
To pursue her passion, lola tung decided to study acting while in school. She is shown here studying drama in high school.
Aiming for fame
In June 2020, Lola tung received her diploma from the renowned Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music, Art, and Performing Arts.
The first time lola tung tried out for a professional acting part was for the Amazon Prime series; she was photographed during The Summer I Turned Pretty talk in June 2022.
Fortunately for the actor, leaving right after her college studies to perform zoom auditions paid off. The actor faced the unusual issue of attempting to complete her first year of college while already having secured a significant role after eventually learning she landed the part during a zoom chat.
According to her interview with Teen Vogue, “I was in disbelief at first, and then I called my mom crying on the phone and we freaked out together a little bit, but it was incredibly thrilling.”
lola tung was able to finish her first year thanks to the assistance and encouragement of her teachers before she decided to put her college plans on hold to concentrate on shooting the series.
In an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the celebrity said of her time at CMU: “I don’t think I’d be where I am right now without my one year at CMU.” Being away in a new city and experiencing what it’s like to be there taught me a lot about acting and myself.
lola tung portrays Belly as she unexpectedly attracts attention and yearns while on a summer vacation with her mother, brother, and close family friends.
I gained a lot of knowledge about professionalism and working with individuals that share my enthusiasm for acting and theatre. I bring all the tools I learned at CMU, and I appreciate them.
Han’s “Summer” trilogy centers on 16-year-old Belly, who unexpectedly attracts attention and yearns while on vacation with her mother, brother, and close family friends.
Belly has had a long-standing infatuation with Conrad (Christopher Briney), the older brother, who might now see her as more than just a little sister. However, all of a sudden, Jeremiah (Gavin Casalegno), the younger brother, confesses his emotions for Belly.
Lola Tung has compared the experience of filming the series to summer camp, and her social media posts frequently feature the ensemble having fun together.