Sierra Burgess is a Loser Facts That Will Blow Your Mind
September 15, 2018
Netflix has been
killin’ it lately with the rom-coms. Let’s face it, though; the network’s success is due, largely, to everyone’s new boyfriend, , which is a big reason why Noah Centineo is doing so well right now. The flick stars the 22-year-old heartthrob and Sierra Burgess is a Loser Shannon Purser, who you may remember as Barb from Stranger Things. Again, Noah gives us unrealistic crush goals as football quarterback Jamey who Sierra tries to win over via a little catfishing.
Naturally, we wanted to know every dirty detail about this new movie, even though we’ve already watched it MULTIPLE times, so we cracked our knuckles and got to researching. Everyone knows that the film is pretty
problematic, but what else went into creating Netflix’s latest on-screen adaptation? Keep scrolling to find out!
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It's based on a play.
Sierra Burgess Is a Loser is actually based on a 19th century play you may remember from English class. Cyrano de Bergerac is basically about a guy trying to impress his distant cousin — ew — and is what the film got its concept from. We wish all the boring plays we read in high school were turned into Netflix movies!
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"Sunflower" was written by the film's screenwriter.
We really hope we weren't the only ones who teared up while Sierra was singing "Sunflower." Not only did it become super special to us after we heard it for the first time, but the song also holds a special place in the heart of
Lindsey Beer, the film's screenwriter, who actually wrote it when she was a teenager.
"I remember very clearly the evening that I wrote it," she told
. "It was sparked by something that I won't go into, but it was cathartic." Billboard
The emotions of the tune were enough not only to win over Jamey, but also audiences across the globe.
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Shannon had the option to NOT sing in the movie.
Pretty sure we all shed a tear while listening to the 21-year-old sing "Sunflower" because the song is relatable AF. However, Shannon was given the option to either sing it, or read it as a poem (like the actual assignment) in the movie. The film's screenwriter figured whoever auditioned for the part would be able to sing and, luckily, SP could.
"So I'm like, "Well, I'll sing it. I can sing,'" she told
. "I just kind of made up a tune — which was fun and scary." Major props! Billboard
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This isn't the first time she sang on screen, though.
This isn't actually the first time the 21-year-old actress wowed us with her awesome singing skills. She had a recurring role on NBC's
Rise as Annabelle, a member of the drama club that was working on a production of Spring Awakening. She lent her vocals to multiple songs, including the show's main tune, "Glorious."
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Noah and Shannon were actually texting and talking on the phone!
We're used to seeing texts and calls between characters created by strange edits that are added in post-production. In the case of
Sierra Burgess, however, the phone calls between Sierra and Jamey were actually filmed in the same house and the text messages were real! Shannon told FOX 5 DC, "The scenes where we were on the phone, [Noah Centineo] was actually on the other end, which was really helpful."
Ugh, that makes the pair's interaction all the more adorable.
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It was Shannon Purser's first on-screen kiss.
Not many get to say that their first on-screen kiss was with a hottie such as Noah CentiBAEo, however Shannon Purser can! The kiss between Sierra and Jamey in
Sierra Burgess was the Riverdale star's first one in front of the camera. The redhead says she was super nervous going into it, but reveals that the brown-haired cutie was "so sweet" and really helped her feel comfortable.
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Noah Centineo was not originally slated to play Jamey.
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It may be hard for us to picture Jamey played by anyone other than Noah, but
Ben Hardy was actually attached to the role for a while! All the way back in 2016, the X-Men: Apocalypse star was slated to play the quarterback. Weird, right? Obviously, this did not end up being the case, and NC ended up sliding in FTW. We seriously wonder what it would have been like, though...
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Noah's two Netflix films were not shot simultaneously.
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With two newly released Netflix original movies under his belt, you would think that Noah was super busy filming. But, he actually had a little bit of a break in between.
Sierra Burgess was filmed early in 2017, while production for To All the Boys I've Loved Before began in July of the same year. Both flicks took just a little over 20 days to film, so the actor had time to breathe in between.
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Noah relates more to Jamey than Peter Kavinsky
While he is perfect in every role he plays, Noah Centineo says he relates more to Jamey than his
TATBILB character, Peter Kavinsky. The hottie told , "In my day to day, most of the time, I stick to Jamey. [He's] definitely goofy. He's got his dope friends and they're super conscious. I like him." ET
We like him, too, Noah!
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Jamey doesn't have a last name
Do we smell a sequel? Even though Jamey does not have a last name in
Sierra Burgess Is a Loser, both Shannon Purser and and screenwriter Lindsey Beer tasked fans to come up with with a moniker for the QB, which could possibly be revealed if the movie gets a sequel. Should we start praying now, or later?