Last week, Netflix dropped a trailer for The Half Of It, a new teen rom-com with queer asian representation and an amazing elevator pitch that’s perhaps the best thing since sliced bread. It’s basically To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before if Lara Jean wrote all those love letters for other people and had a secret crush on Gen, and I’m extremely here for it.
Written and directed by queer Asian-American screenwriter Alice Wu, the film follows Ellie Chu (Leah Lewis), a studious and introverted teenage girl who, needing some extra cash, runs an underground business at school writing people’s assignments for money. One day on her way to school, she’s approached by a jock, Paul Munsky (Daniel Diemer), and asked to write a love letter for him directed to another girl named Aster Flores (Alexxis Lemire).
The catch? Chu soon reveals she has a total crush on the very girl she’s writing a letter to. A big gay ‘queer eyes for the straight guy or gal’ kinda crush. And, I think I speak for everyone queer when I say, that’s a big fucking mood.
What follows looks to be an incredibly wholesome story about the friendship between an Asian American queer girl and her straight best friend (a refreshing change of pace to the straight female leads and gay best friend sidekicks of rom-coms in the past), as well as Ellie’s journey of self-acceptance and potentially, a yearning teenage queer romance.
The Half Of It debuts on 1st May.
And here’s everything you need to know about the cast of The Half Of It.
Leah Lewis Is The Queer Asian Rep We Need RN
Leah Lewis (Nancy Drew) plays The Half Of It’s queer Asian-American lead, Ellie Chu. In the film, Lewis’s character struggles to come out of her shell and dresses conservatively and casually, in flannel long-sleeves, striped tees and hoodies.
The 23-year-old actress’s Insta on the other hand is gorgeous and fierce af. In fact, dare we say, it’s a total bonafide glow up from Ellie. That’s what we call “acting.”
A quick skim of her Instagram and you immediately see she’s a big fan of red, flamenco and preppy to be exact. For example, here she is dressed in a flamenco red long-sleeved lace midi, ready to Carrie her way to prom.
A cute little Asian yeehaw moment with a red qipao, black cowboy hat and boots that are made for stanning and that’s just what we’ll do.
And, a business casual red blazer taken from her trip to New York Comic Con last year that says she’s ready for you on the 42nd floor.
Side note: she also loves showing off her workout gear and black and white photography, and we love to see her in them tbh.
Daniel Diemer is the straight best friend and wingman bro of my dreams
Daniel Diemer plays Ellie Chu’s new straight best friend and wingman Paul Munsky. Much like his character, Diemer wears a lot of simple plain colours, tees and skinny jeans, and really does seem like a pure of heart, dumb of ass.
I mean, just look at this Golden Retriever.
Here he is in front of Hogwarts at Universal Studios Hollywood, looking over the Hollywood Hills and Santa Monica beach.
And here he is surrounded by some nice meadows and flowers. A series of very cute soft flower boy moments, if you ask me.
Given those pics and that he plays a jock in the film, it’s no surprise he’s a big fan of the great outdoors. Seen here on plenty of varied hikes, boats and lakes, posing for the camera, looking out into the wilderness and thinking…maybe about the pink supermoon or what to watch on Quibi.
Alexxis Lemire is an absolute fashion icon, periodt.
Alexxis Lemire plays the film’s love interest and Ellie’s ultimate straight (?) crush, Aster Flores. And, looking through her Instagram, it isn’t hard to see how Ellie falls for her.
She’s also an absolute fashion icon. Here she is dressed in a matching pair of sky blue pants and blazer fit.
And here, ready to party in a feathered jacket over a tulle dress.
And, I’m in looove with the way she does her eyeshadow. It’s like some kinda purple illuminating fantasy.
Plus even with everything out on Netflix, she’s still finding herself rewatching her favourite shows like The Office for the tenth time. Me too, sis.
The Half Of It debuts on Netflix on 1st May. Until then, we’ll continue to watch the trailer on repeat and stare at this photo of Lemire and Lewis, pretending it’s actually Ellie and Aster. They know *exactly* what they’re doing to us here, and all I can say is, please.