‘Sierra Burgess’ Star Shannon Purser on the ‘Strangest Thing’ She’s Done to Impress a Crush (Exclusive)

Shannon Purser’s high school years weren’t so different coming from the rest of ours. 

During a recent interview with ET’s Courtney Tezeno at Netflix’s Summer of Love press day, the Sierra Burgess is usually a Loser star opened up about past loves — in addition to revealed the “strangest thing” she’s ever done to impress a crush. 

“I was into This kind of one guy in which was like, punk in addition to cool in addition to rock ‘n roll. So I went out in addition to bought black high top Converse,” Purser revealed. “[I] like, literally planned out my outfits for when I knew he’d be around, so I’d look like, as cool in addition to alternative as possible. 

“This kind of was a time. We ended up dating… although This kind of didn’t work out,” she confessed using a laugh. “although you know what? This kind of was fun.” 

Purser plays self-professed loser Sierra Burgess in her brand new Netflix film, while her co-star, Kristine Froseth, portrays the hot, common cheerleader, Veronica, who ends up helping Sierra win over her crush, Jamey (Noah Centineo). While Froseth plays the high school queen bee, she admitted in which she was actually pretty shy in real life, in addition to “too nervous to talk to guys.” 

Purser in addition to Froseth are the picture of confidence today, although as they told ET, they both related to the movie’s theme of breaking down societal standards of beauty. 

“Sometimes you have to try in addition to separate yourself coming from in which pressure. I mean, even though This kind of’s constantly in your face the entire time, if you are surrounded by not bad friends who will constantly remind you, you don’t have to be a certain way,” Froseth said. 

“I’m very interested in makeup in addition to fashion in addition to beauty. I love in which, although I think This kind of’s such a subjective thing… in which there’s This kind of societal standard for what is usually beautiful in addition to what is usually not. This kind of’s ridiculous,” Purser added. “I’ve found beauty in such unexpected places. I think the most beautiful thing you can do is usually be yourself in addition to to own This kind of.” 

The co-stars agreed in which “there’s so much you can relate to” with their brand new movie in addition to its message of self-acceptance, in addition to Purser in particular definitely identified with her character. 

“I mean, I definitely relate to not being a part of the common crowd,” she expressed. “although, you know, [Sierra wasn’t] a loser inside end. I think she was pretty self-confident in addition to had a best friend in addition to was doing alright in high school before This kind of boyfriend showed up in addition to changed everything.” 

“I kind of know how in which feels, too, to have your world turned upside down,” said Purser, who has enjoyed incredible success — in addition to an Emmy nomination — after her role in Stranger Things season one. “This kind of was cool to pull coming from in which.” 

Sierra Burgess is usually a Loser premieres to Netflix on Sept. 7. See more coming from the film’s premiere inside video below. 

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