Anna Todd is an American writer and producer. She is best known as the author of the After series. She started publishing on the social storytelling platform Wattpad. The print edition of the series was published in 2014 by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster and has been translated into several languages.
Biography and Career
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Anna was born and raised about an hour north of Cincinnati, Ohio. She found her love of reading at an early age.
- After (October 21, 2014)
- After We Collided (November 25, 2014)
- After We Fell (December 30, 2014)
- After Ever Happy (February 24, 2015)
- Before (December 8, 2015)
- The Brightest Stars (September 19, 2018)
- The Darkest Moon (2020)
- The Spring Girls: A Modern-Day Retelling of Little Women (January 2, 2018)
- After (Screenplay with Susan McMartin, Tamara Cheston, and Jenny Gage)
- After We Collided (Screenplay with Mario Celya)
Notes and Trivia
- Some of Anna's early favorite books as a child were The Babysitter’s Club and the Goosebumps series. As a teenager and young adult, she enjoyed classic novels.
- She was greatly involved in the casting and pre-production part for both films.
- After We Collided director Roger Kumble posted a picture of Anna behind the camera screen. The caption jokingly said that Anna, "lets him direct sometimes".
- When Anna first saw Hero Fiennes-Tiffin's audition for Hardin, she told the producers she wanted Hero. As a stand to support her decision, she didn't show up for the other actor's auditions.
- She was on set every day for pre-production, filming, and production for both movies.
- Anna joined After stars Josephine Langford and Hero Fiennes-Tiffin on their press junkets.
- One of her favorite songs is Blood Bank by Bon Iver.
- One of her favorite lines from the movie After is, "we can't ever just be friends". She also liked when Hardin mouthed the word, "fuck" since it was the closest they could get to cursing with the PG-13 limitation.
- Anna relates the most to Hardin due to their shared childhood trauma and sense of humor. They have similar personalities, except Anna jokes that she isn't as volatile as Hardin or as dark. She also relates to Karina from her "The Brightest Stars" series.
- Her biggest hobby outside of writing is watching K-Dramas and Korean films. She also swims.
- Writing the script for the second film was difficult because of how much they had to undo or figure out how to incorporate things from the first movie. She had to make changes that weren't planned but turned out great.
- A duplicate of Anna's Wuthering Heights was used in AWC, only due to production having lost her original copy for a week while filming After.
- While writing After We Fell, she didn't originally plan for Steph to have the plot twist that' she did. So much so, that Anna had to go back and check that it wasn't random. Upon reading Steph's interactions with Tessa, she was able to determine that there were double meanings to everything.
- Anna's favorite After novel is After We Fell.
- Speaking on the casting of Dylan Sprouse, Anna praised his performance in the film. She also said that fans who had seen the film had nothing but good reviews for him and his portrayal of Trevor. The casting process for Trevor was the most difficult. They wanted to find some who was vastly opposite yet balanced compared to Hero Fiennes Tiffin both physically and personality-wise, yet still meld with everyone.
- The ice skating filming days of filming After We Collided were Anna's favorite days on set as they were fun, funny, and entertaining.
- She had cameos in both After and After We Collided.
- She was first seen in After as a woman entering Vance Publishing, passing Tessa who was going inside.
- Her cameo in After We Collided was her first speaking role. She was a club patron who was asked by another patron (Beatrice Kumble) what books she's written. Anna responded with "oh, this and that". To her right is After film series producer, Jennifer Gibgot.
- In an Instagram comment, Anna described working on After We Collided as "a traumatic but fun ride".