Skip To Content

    11 Behind-The-Scenes Facts About "The Last Letter From Your Lover," Netflix's Lush Romantic Drama

    For example: Shailene Woodley changed the way she breathed to get into character.

    If you haven't checked out The Last Letter From Your Lover — an epic, time-hopping romantic drama released on Netflix last month — you're missing a warm, fuzzy treat!

    The story revolves around modern-day London journalist Ellie Hathorne (Felicity Jones), who discovers a stack of intense love letters at her newspaper's HQ.

    Ellie holding a notebook and her coat next to Rory holding archive boxes, standing in a doorway looking curiously at each other

    Their digging kicks off a leap into the past, where the story of socialite Jennifer Stirling (Shailene Woodley) and foreign correspondent Anthony O'Hare (Callum Turner) begins to unfold.

    Sideview of Jennifer in an overcoat embracing Anthony in suit, faces touching, in a park

    There's a little bit of background; now let's jump behind the scenes!

    1. The modern-day portion of the film is set in London, while the luscious '60s scenes take place on the gorgeous French Riviera and in swingin' London, too.

    Jennifer in a tailored dress and hat, holding bag and gloves, with Anthony behind her in shirt with long sleeves and collar, and slacks, standing on a walkway under a canopy of leaves, ocean in the background

    2. The cast was asked what people would be surprised to learn about the making of the movie.

    Joe Alwyn in a suit and tie looking up the stairs

    3. Also, Callum cried when he first read the script.

    A movie poster featuring Callum Turner, his name at the top, text "The Last Letter from your Lover" under, with a portrait of him in suit and tie seriously observing something, handwriting-style script saying Love is Timeless over it

    4. For Rabhaan and Felicity, they thought the biggest surprise would be the dance lessons they took.

    Rabhaan and Felicity embracing in front of a building

    5. In the book, Jennifer is British, but director Augustine Frizzell decided to change her nationality to American to add to her feeling of isolation.

    Anthony in wool overcoat leaning down to hold Jennifer, who has fallen on the snowy ground, wearing fuzzy coat and pillbox hat, gloves on, Christmas tree with lights behind them

    6. The restrictions of the 1960s wardrobe helped Shailene get into character.

    Jennifer at an outdoor table with tea, holding a pen and touching her mouth lost in thought

    7. In one scene, Ellie scarfs down a croissant — Felicity shares that this took several takes, and she had gotten so full of croissants, she started spitting her bites into a bin under the camera.

    Ellie in dress and dark trench coat looking up at something, Rory stands behind her to the side looking at her, they are both in a cluttered archive room

    8. The vintage London train scenes were shot in the county of Leicestershire, England, at the Quorn & Woodhouse station of the Great Central Railway.

    Anthony in a busy train station looking nervous, a large clock with Roman numerals above him to the left

    9. The original opening scene of the film was cut because Frizzell felt it wasn't necessary to set up Ellie's character.

    Vilhelm Blomgren in leopard-print button-down shirt and light-colored linen jacket and dark pants standing at a step-and-repeat for a viewing of A24's Midsommar, lightly smiling at camera

    10. Costume designer Anna Robbins wanted to be sure the intertwining stories visually connected with each other, despite taking place 50 years apart.

    A woman on a bike with a hat and a man on a bike — they are looking at each other

    11. Director Frizzell felt personally connected to the script because it mirrors the long-paused relationship with her now-husband.

    Jennifer in turtleneck and trench coat at the desk of a 1960s office, director Augustine Frizzell in a puffy coat and pants next to her

    This film rolls humor, heartbreak, and the rapture of love into a totally pleasant package.

    Jennifer and Anthony lounging at the bow of a sailboat with berries and snacks and chilled champagne between them, on a body of water with tree-topped mountains behind them

    Did you watch The Last Letter From Your Lover? What'd ya think? Let us know in the comments!