Much like how After is a movie about Tessa and Hardin’s life before and after meeting each other, the film’s success has also had a before and after. But for the film it comes at the hand of Netflix. Like many previous films and TV shows before it, After and its cast members gained a second wave of success, love, and popularity after it was added into the streaming giant. Stars Josephine Langford and Hero Fiennes Tiffin had already wrapped filming the sequel, After We Collided, before the first film hit Netflix and surged in popularity. The fan base was already huge, especially overseas, but it hit another level of fandom in the US that was unexpected.
"I'm really glad it's on Netflix, to be honest. I just want people to as many people to be able to see it as possible. And especially when the fans are so passionate, you want them to be able to see it as many times as they want to see it," Hero told Seventeen in an exclusive interview. "I'm all for streaming sites, which will [let fans] be able to watch at home numerous amounts of times. I'm just glad that people can watch it."
"It's been really amazing [seeing everyone's reaction]. I think it's I think we're just always shocked by the level of passion and support from this fan base. They're just so great and are really single handedly pushing us along and encouraging us. It's always really wonderful when it's positive response," Josephine Langford continued.
And now the sequel film got a second wave of its own due to the coronavirus pandemic which resulted in a staggered release. But for Hero and Josephine, the bigger trouble had to do with not wanting to reveal too much too early. Even with a fandom as big as this one, the film's secrets haven't really hit the United States as much as it probably should have considering it had been out for over a month in other countries.
"It's always like a bit tricky with that time when you want to let the fans indulge and talk to each other about having seen it. But then you also want to respect the people who haven't seen it yet and make sure that you don't spoil anything for them," Hero said. "I think they do a pretty good job. I think it's up to everyone to avoid spoilers themselves. It's just really nice when everyone's seen it and you can relax and not worry about saying the wrong thing."
Josephine, however, notes that this issue isn't entirely different for other films, especially since they usually are staggered overseas after being released in bigger markets like the United States.
"I think different release dates is an issue with every film. It's something that's sort of unavoidable. It's tricky especially in today's day and age with the internet, Josephine said. You sort of have to stay off and not look at certain things if you want to see a movie. I'm really wanting to see Tenet, and I couldn't see it. I was like, 'Don't talk to me about Tenet. Don't say a word.'"
We promise, Jo!
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