What a great time I had yesterday afternoon interviewing cast members Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton who star in the upcoming film, The Sun Is Also A Star. Not only that, I got to talk to New York Time Best Selling Author Nicola Yoon, who’s books have been made into several films, so cool! We met at Ponce City Market Park where all the magic took place, such a great experience.
I checked out the film this week and it’s really good and for those hopeless romantics out there like me! It was so many things going on in the movie that resonated with me and without giving away too many spoilers, there is a part of the movie where Yara (Natasha Kingsley) deals with immigrations. Back a long time ago, I worked for the government in Cleveland, Ohio and I worked for the Immigration department lol. More pics and my video interview inside, check it out!
Yara, Charles and Nicola, peace and blessings!
On set ready to go!
“THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR” SYNOPSIS: “Can a poet and a pragmatist fall in love? What if they only have 24 hours to find out? Something like love at first sight has struck Daniel Bae, but he soon learns he has just one day to not only get Natasha Kingsley to fall for him, but to convince her that romantic love exists in the first place. One day. Because tomorrow she could be gone.
In “The Sun Is Also a Star,” opposites attract against the backdrop of one of the busiest and most vibrant cities in the world: New York. And in a city of more than eight million people, what are the odds that anyone will find the one…or that their paths will even cross?
“When I approach any project, I look for what makes it different, or special—why we need to tell the story now,” says director Ry Russo-Young. “With this story, I felt that urgency, that ticking clock. I also grew up in New York City, roamed those streets, and fell in love there, so it was personal to me. And to tell an immigrant love story that plays out in one of the most diverse cities in the world was perhaps the most exciting to me, creatively.”
The film pits the law of attraction against a U.S. deportation law that will, in just 24 hours, put the character of Natasha and her entire family on a plane to Jamaica, away from everything she knows and loves, everything she considers home.
States producer Leslie Morgenstein, “‘The Sun Is Also a Star’ has the timeless theme of first love, but is also very topical, weaving in the subject of immigration and deportation with what it’s like to be young in America. Ry brought her incredible passion to this story and was also excited to bring New York alive in a way that would be new for audiences.”
THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR” OPENS IN THEATERS – Friday, May 17