Speaking to E! News about the controversy, she said she understood why people were having a hard time processing her and her co-star’s difference in age.
“You have to remember, also, people grew up with me as a child,” she shared in January. “It’s like watching, I guess, your younger sibling now, you know, they’re grown…So it’s hard for people to wrap around the idea that I am grown in real life. You know, even though I do play a teenager on television still.”
She added, “Sometimes when you don’t see the roles that you want, sometimes you gotta be a part of creating them. So I’m grateful Sam [Levinson] wrote this movie for us.”