Where Was 'Love Hard' Filmed for Netflix's Christmas Movie?
With the holiday season upon us, Netflix has officially joined in on the holiday rom-com craze, releasing several original holiday films.
One of them is Love Hard, a hilarious comedy that everyone is talking about right now.
Although the film has a strong sense of place in the United States, with references to both Los Angeles and New York, the actual filming took place outside of those cities.
(It wasn't even shot in the United States!) Despite this, the film drew a lot of attention at its premiere because of its unique modern twist and Asian representation.
They also managed to assemble a fantastic cast that you've probably seen before.
Continue reading to learn more about where Love Hard was shot.
Love Hard is a light-hearted holiday comedy from Netflix about a woman who is on the verge of giving up on love because of her terrible dating life, which has sparked her writing career, until Josh Lin (Jimmy O. Yang) enters her life.
Natalie Bauer (Nina Dobrev) flies from California to the East Coast on a romantic whim to meet her "special someone" for Christmas, only to discover that he isn't who she thought he was.
In fact, the photo is of Josh's former best friend, and he's determined to make amends by assisting her in meeting the real person in the photo, Tag (Darren Barnet).
Although the film is set in Los Angeles and Lake Placid, New York (due to its festive nature), "the project was actually filmed in Canada, with location listings including Vancouver and Burnaby, both in British Columbia," according to Yahoo! Movies.
Since its November premiere, Netflix's new holiday film has received positive reviews from critics as well as positive feedback from fans who were impressed by the film's representation of Asians.
IMDb gave the film a 6.3 out of 10, while Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 50 percent rating and Metacritic gave it a 42 percent rating.
86 percent of Google users, on the other hand, enjoyed the film, with some even raving about it in the comments.
"The cast is fantastic; it's so nice to see the representative just being there without having to do anything stereotypical," Elizabeth Au commented on Google.
"Subtle hints of East Asian culture shone through, especially near the end when *spoiler alert* Josh's father discovered Josh was into candle-making and wanted to turn it into a business."
"He simply said, 'If my son likes making candles, he likes making candles,'" Au continued, "It is such a quick but profound statement as an Asian because instead of being 'disappointed,' he simply accepted and supported Josh."
This isn't the first time Yang has starred in a film that has received praise for its Asian representation.
Yang will most likely be recognized as Bernard Tai from Crazy Rich Asians or one of his other 30 projects.
He currently has three more projects in the works: The Monkey King, Me Time, and Easter Sunday.
Similarly, another Crazy Rich Asians star, Harry Shum Jr., made his film debut in the film, playing Josh's attention-seeking brother Owen.
Aside from the film, fans are familiar with him from nearly 50 other projects.
Tag, played by Barnet, is on the other side of the love triangle.
You've probably seen him in some of his most well-known projects, such as Never Have I Ever and Agents of S.H.I. E. L.
He is also working on three other projects: Innocent Goodbye, Apophenia, and Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles.
Then there's Dobrev, who plays the lead in Love Hard.
She has appeared in nearly 50 projects, with The Vampire Diaries, Degrassi: The Next Generation, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower being among the most well-known.
Redeeming Love, Sick Girl, Reunion, The Out-Law, and Woman 99 are among her current projects.