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Gavin Casalegno on Book Moments in Season 2 – The Hollywood Reporter



[This story includes spoilers from the first three episodes from The Summer I Turned Pretty season two, “Love Lost,” “Love Scene” and “Love Sick.”]

The Summer time I Turned Fairly is lastly again and Gavin Casalegno, who performs Jeremiah, is opening up about how the second season function got here into his life.

Following the primary season of the Prime Video collection — which noticed the start of what has turn into a drama-filled love triangle, in addition to the return of Susannah’s (Rachel Blanchard) most cancers — season two picks up after a 12 months of trials and tribulations for the entire gang, together with the demise of Conrad (Christopher Briney) and Jeremiah’s (Casalegno) mother.

Casalegno, Lola Tung, Briney, Sean Kaufman, Rain Spencer, David Iacono, Blanchard and Jackie Chung all return for the brand new season of the collection from Jenny Han, who additionally wrote the e-book trilogy of the identical title. This season additionally welcomes new faces, together with Elsie Fisher and Kyra Sedgwick.

The primary three episodes, which premiered on Friday, give attention to the current day as the brand new summer time season kicks off. However this summer time break is totally different from each summer time earlier than, as everybody tries to navigate the grief they’re feeling after Susannah’s demise a month prior. However all through, viewers get glimpses of what has occurred for the reason that earlier summer time, from Stomach (Tung) revealing to Jeremiah that she kissed his brother to Stomach and Conrad formally getting collectively and Stomach finally getting her coronary heart damaged at promenade.

Casalegno notes that there was a “lot of emotional weight that has passed through, in between season one and season two.” And irrespective of how lengthy all of them try to keep away from it, they’re finally going to must confront their emotions and the previous.

However even after a 12 months of among the highest of highs and lowest of lows, everybody appears to be additional aside than ever earlier than, together with Stomach’s relationship along with her mother Laurel (Chung) and her brother Steven (Kaufman). As they every work via this latest tragedy, none might have predicted that the pending sale of their beloved seashore home could be the glue that brings all of them again collectively to assist hold Susannah’s reminiscence alive.

Beneath, Casalegno spoke with The Hollywood Reporter, in an interview that occurred earlier than the SAG-AFTRA strike, about among the most anticipated moments from the e-book, how he ready to movie the extra “challenging” scenes and teases what viewers can count on all through the remainder of season two.

Following a profitable first season, how was it returning to work with Chris Briney, Lola Tung and Sean Kaufman once more?

It was a lot enjoyable. It’s like getting to return to summer time camp with all your greatest associates. All of us work so effectively collectively and simply have a lot enjoyable on- and even off-set. It was enjoyable hopping again in that buddy group once more. 

Briney, Casalegno, Kaufman, Spencer and Tung in season two

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Season two begins with a unique tone in comparison with season one. What was it like filming these tough scenes within the first few episodes?

It was tremendous attention-grabbing as a result of there’s been time and loads of emotional weight that has handed via, in between season one and season two. They usually’re form of leaping proper into the center of it for season two, which is so thrilling but in addition form of nerve-wracking. There’s rather a lot that’s taking place and you’re feeling such as you continually are simply making an attempt to catch up after which a brand new factor occurs, and it leaves it very thrilling. But in addition there’s some fairly heavy stuff that’s handled and talked about in season two, particularly within the first three episodes. 

As every character grieves the lack of Susannah in their very own manner, how did you put together for Jeremiah to tackle these feelings and emotions?

I take advantage of simply life experiences to cope with loads of the grieving course of, to form of work via it once more. And that was actually enjoyable, difficult, therapeutic and in contrast to something I’ve ever finished earlier than. It was positively attention-grabbing, form of pulling up these previous experiences and utilizing that for Jeremiah’s circumstances. 

As an actor, would you say it was more difficult taking up season two?

Yeah, I’d say so. I feel there’s extra of a critical tone to it. For me personally, I favor the extra critical tone. I feel it’s difficult and actually enjoyable. It’s at all times tremendous enjoyable to only form of goof round and I joke rather a lot to maintain every little thing mild, however to essentially get within the nitty-gritty of it, which I really feel like we do in a short time in season two, it’s more difficult and it results in some fairly lovely moments onscreen which I’m excited for everybody to see. 

Lola Tung and Rachel Blanchard in 'The Summer I Turned Pretty' season two

Tung and Blanchard in season two

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Viewers can see within the first few episodes that Jeremiah has been form of alone whereas grieving. What do you assume helped push him via these robust occasions?

Particularly via the breakup and Stomach and Conrad’s relationship, I feel he actually simply put them each on the again burner and was simply doing his personal factor. Which is basically unhappy as a result of I really feel like that’s a stage of grief: denial. I feel he actually was going via that, and I feel he’s making an attempt to maintain busy and distract himself from what he actually wished and wished to be part of. 

Within the scene when Jeremiah is yelling at Stomach and eventually telling her what he has been going via, was it onerous to movie that scene with Lola given that you’re all shut as a forged?

That was one of many first days we labored and it was such an emotionally heavy scene to only soar proper into. So, it was actually onerous. I needed to go take a stroll for a few minutes after a few takes as a result of I used to be like, “This is just so tough to just jump back into this.” Really, somebody obtained some actually cool photographs of me strolling out into the center of the road, close to this cornfield. I don’t essentially know what I did however I simply was like, “All right, you know what, let’s just go for it.” After which the one tape that I felt nice about, that’s the one they ended up utilizing.

It’s actually attention-grabbing going from laughing with somebody and determining the logistics of like, utilizing a carjack and all these items. After which be yelling at somebody and getting emotional. It’s actually attention-grabbing and peculiar. That was a problem for certain.

Lola Tung and Gavin Casalegno in 'The Summer I Turned Pretty' season two

Tung and Casalegno in season two.

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Can viewers count on to see extra flashbacks of what Jeremiah went via this previous 12 months in future episodes?

Undoubtedly! I feel that individuals ought to simply keep tuned as a result of the flashbacks find yourself being such a tremendous a part of the season the place you get just a bit extra backstory and a few key issues. 

On condition that the present is a journey via younger love, have you ever pulled from any private experiences with love to assist put together you to your function?

I feel like life imitates artwork, or artwork imitates life — I feel on this world of leisure and performing, it’s a lot simpler to make use of your personal private experiences and to form of pull from these. And I feel that’s form of at all times how I realized. However clearly, I’m at all times making an attempt new issues and so I’m looking for the healthiest manner of going about engaged on the character with out poking too many bees nests in my very own life. 

With a lot anticipation round particular scenes from the e-book, equivalent to Stomach and Conrad’s promenade scene and visiting the seashore home within the winter, what was it wish to see these components come to life off the pages? 

Fascinating. I imply, it’s actually cool attending to see Jenny’s creation on web page simply come to life; seeing the pages written after which seeing it being shot. It’s so freaking cool! We’re simply actually lucky to have Jenny to truly assist us and convey what’s on a 2D web page into 3D, 4D, for folks to observe and I feel that’s a very thrilling course of. 

Christopher Briney and Lola Tung in 'The Summer I Turned Pretty' season two

Briney and Tung in season two

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How typically did you go to Jenny Han on set to speak via scenes and objectives to your character Jeremiah?

I might go to her for absolutely anything. There have been occasions the place I felt like I wished to combat for Jeremiah extra, and there have been occasions the place she would need to combat for Jeremiah extra. And so it was an attention-grabbing steadiness of simply determining easy methods to do his story justice and easy methods to get folks to like him and perceive him. It’s been so cool to have the creator simply to have the ability to bounce concepts off of and ask these more durable questions. 

The seashore home in Cousins Seashore has performed such a giant function in each seasons and now viewers see it’s just like the glue, figuratively talking, holding you all collectively. Do you might have one thing in your life that connects you to your family members, and in that case, did it impression the best way you took on this season? 

I don’t essentially know if I’ve one particular factor that basically brings me nearer to my household. I feel simply the glue in my life is my religion. I feel that, via loads of relationships, is the factor that retains so a lot of my relationships intact; being grounded in one thing that doesn’t change a complete lot and that I do know is constant in my life. I feel that that has helped each relationship and even with performing and all of that, I do know that that has been the largest precedence for me so far as relationships go. 

Which season was your favourite to movie?

Actually, season one, I felt just a little extra strain and there was only a lot happening. I’m gonna must say season one was in all probability extra enjoyable to movie, however I feel season two goes to be higher. I feel season two, we’ve discovered the sector on this planet and we’ve expanded on the world just a little bit so that individuals can know what’s happening and may know the characters in a extra intimate manner. And I feel that season two is form of extra comfy with its personal pores and skin. I really feel like you will notice that even with how dramatic issues are and the way loopy issues occur.

Gavin Casalegno, Lola Tung and Christopher Briney in 'The Summer I Turned Pretty' season two

Casalegno, Briney and Tung in season two

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How thrilling is it to have Taylor Swift and her music be such an essential a part of the collection?

It’s cool! So many individuals like Taylor Swift’s music, and her primary demographic may be very a lot our present’s demographic. So it’s simply form of a one plus one equals two; it simply is sensible. It’s cool to have the ability to help an artist’s music and vice versa. It’s form of like they’re each serving to one another and it’s simply actually cool to have some beloved music within the present that individuals actually love. 

One of many preview clips launched on social media forward of the premiere was the certainly one of Jeremiah getting upset with Stomach for kissing Conrad, and he then proceeds to convey up Susannah’s most cancers battle. Do you might have a response to a few of those that have commented on the video, criticizing his character as “gaslighting” Stomach?

I feel the perfect particular person to ask for this query could be Jenny, as a result of I simply say what was on the web page. I’d say which you can’t blame a young person for making some low blows every so often when he’s emotionally harm. I feel lots of people would act even worse in the event that they had been in the identical state of affairs in actual life. However I perceive; I didn’t essentially agree with what he was saying both however generally being youthful, you say stuff earlier than desirous about it.

That [scene] was a flashback half and I feel it would actually present the expansion that Jeremiah had as an individual and character in actual time versus the flashbacks.

With 5 episodes left, what can viewers look ahead to for the remainder of the season?

You assume you understand what’s happening for the primary three after which the final 5 … there’s a lot extra. Lots of people are massive followers of the automotive scene and eager to see the automotive scene later within the season, and I feel folks have rather a lot to look ahead to. Should you like the primary three episodes, the final 5 are so a lot better. 

All through season two, was there a particular scene that you simply’re most excited for viewers to see?

My favourite scene is one with Chris — it was Jeremiah and Conrad and they’re on the dock collectively, after which my different favourite was us close to merchandising machines. And I simply assume that that’s probably the most actual scene. I felt tremendous nice about it and I feel story-wise it exhibits loads of progress in each of the characters. 

Gavin Casalegno and Christopher Briney in 'The Summer I Turned Pretty' season two

Casalegno and Briney in season two

What would you like viewers to remove out of your character this season?

I feel simply seeing how a lot he’s grown. He’s finished some dumb issues and made some dangerous selections, however so does all people. And I feel he has grown a lot and matured a lot, and I feel different characters haven’t actually finished that. I feel he has probably the most progress between season one and season two and I feel that it’s under-appreciated, so I’m excited for folks to see the expansion in Jeremiah. 

Though rather a lot is up within the air with the present union strikes taking place in Hollywood, for those who all get a 3rd season, what do you hope to see for Jeremiah?

I’d wish to see extra of an expansive maturity. If there was going to be a season three, it could be very college-heavy as a result of that’s form of the place they’re going. I wish to see extra maturity and see him develop to be a greater boyfriend and a greater man and a greater simply every little thing — buddy, caretaker, all of the roles that he performs. And I would really like for folks to see that in him, as a result of that’s form of what we’re all doing every day. 

This interview was edited for size and readability, and was performed earlier than the actors strike.

The primary three episodes of The Summer time I Turned Fairly are at present streaming on Prime Video, with new episodes dropping on Fridays.

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