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‘Love Hard’ Star Jimmy O. Yang on Rock Climbing With Nina Dobrev

  • Warning: There are spoilers ahead of Netflix’s new holiday romantic comedy ‘Love Hard’.
  • Star Jimmy O. Yang (Josh Lin) spoke to Insider about his rock climbing scene with Nina Dobrev.
  • Yang said that in real life he was afraid of heights and that Dobrev was a “daredevil”, unlike their characters.

Jimmy O. Yang said he and “Love Hard” co-star Nina Dobrev had a “real role reversal” while filming their rock climbing scenes for the new holiday movie.

“I’m afraid of heights,” Yang, who plays a small-town guy named Josh in the Netflix movie, told Insider in an interview. “My dad always made fun of me. I cried at the Grand Canyon when I was 13, so I don’t do well with heights. I’ve never climbed in my life.”

“Love Hard,” released Friday, focused on the unlikely romance that forms when a Los Angeles-based writer named Natalie Bauer (Dobrev) quickly falls for a guy on a dating app named Josh and travels 3 000 miles to Lake Placid, NY to surprise him for the holidays.

When she arrives, she learns that Josh is catfishing her and that the photos on the app are actually of his former best friend and “standard hot guy” Tag (played by “Never Have I Ever” star Darren Barnett).

Josh then offers to set Natalie up with Tag in exchange for her pretending to be his girlfriend until Christmas.

After Natalie lies and tells Tag that she is a skilled climber, he invites her to go rock climbing – which greatly worries her as she is terrified of heights. To continue the ruse, Josh teaches Natalie how to effortlessly climb a rock climbing wall.

When the group later goes rock climbing, Natalie is able to get to the top and back to the ground thanks to Josh’s guidance and pep talks.

Jimmy O. Yang and Nina Dobrev on an indoor climbing wall in "Love strong."

Jimmy O. Yang and Nina Dobrev in “Love Hard”.


Yang said that he and Dobrev are actually the opposites of their characters when it comes to this scene.

To look like he knew what he was doing on screen, Yang took some rock climbing lessons with the stunt coordinator present.

“It was quite annoying,” the actor recalls. “Especially when we shot it, the scene where I’m trying to calm her down at the top of the climbing wall, I was really scared, but I had to pretend like everything was fine and I have to be the one to do it. calm. When in fact Nina is a daredevil and she is very athletic. So she had to pretend to be scared, but she was smashing it against this wall.”

“It was a real role reversal,” Yang said. “It took a lot, I think, to play for both of us.”