By Kirsten Coachman

Our high school years are often full of overwhelming emotional firsts: first love, first heartbreak, first unexpected loss. In writer-director Richard Tanne’s sophomore feature film Chemical Hearts, the moment high school senior Henry Page (Austin Abrams) briefly locks eyes with transfer student Grace Town (Lili Reinhart), he realizes that his world is about to be knocked off its axis. From awkward car rides with Beach House wafting through the speakers to sharing moments together, outside of editing the school newspaper, Grace begins to let her guard down with Henry, who can’t help but want to make her feel whole. 

The film, based on Krystal Sutherland’s best-selling novel, Our Chemical Hearts, examines the complicated, hard-to-explain feelings that arise during our teenage years through the lens of Henry and Grace’s relationship. 

Earlier this week, I spoke with Reinhart, Abrams, and Tanne over Zoom to talk all things Chemical Hearts, including Reinhart’s decision to become an executive producer on the film, the cast’s natural chemistry on set, and Tanne’s nostalgic decision behind shooting the movie on 35mm film.

Read the full Q&As at

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