Warning: Spoilers ahead for „Sierra Burgess Is a Loser.“
Shannon Purser wants to make sure that viewers don’t get the wrong idea after watching her new Netflix movie, „Sierra Burgess Is a Loser.“
„I do think that people are going to watch that and think that maybe he’s referencing my weight, which I really hope they don’t,“ Purser told INSIDER.
Purser is referring to the final climactic moment in the film when Jamey (Noah Centineo) surprises Sierra (Purser) by showing up to take her to the Homecoming Dance. Since Sierra had deceived Jamey by pretending to be another girl for their entire courtship, this was a surprising gesture from her catfishing victim.
He says: „Honestly had we not met the way that we had, maybe I wouldn’t have noticed you. I mean you’re not exactly everybody’s type.“
In the movie, Sierra seems a bit taken aback by the first part of this message. Jamey keeps talking, saying quickly: „But you’re my type — you are exactly my type.“
„That line was in the script before they had cast me and before they were even looking for somebody who was plus size [which] I don’t think they were really initially [looking for] when they started casting,“ Purser explained.
In the movie, Jamey goes on to explain exactly why Sierra is his type.
„You’re smart and funny and beautiful and talented,“ he says. „I haven’t been that impressed by a voice on someone who’s not famous ever, like ever.“
Then he pulls out a sunflower, a gesture linked to the original song Sierra recorded (and Shannon Purser really sang) that made its way to Jamey.
„So I think [his comment] is in reference to Sierra’s maybe creepy method for getting to know him [laughing],“ Purser continued. „Or also just her nerdiness, you know? She is kind of an odd egg. But I think she has a good heart and had a lot of remorse for her actions. And he just wanted her to know that he forgave her for that.“
For more on „Sierra Burgess,“ read INSIDER’s full interview with Shannon Purser here.
„Sierra Burgess Is A Loser“ is now streaming on Netflix.
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