Josephine Langford (born 18 August 1997) is an Australian actress. She is best known for her starring role as Tessa Young in the After film series. She also portrayed Emma Cunningham in the Netflix film Moxie.
Langford was born in Perth, Western Australia, and raised in Applecross, a riverside suburb of Perth. She is the youngest daughter of Stephen Langford, a flying doctor and the director of medical services at the Royal Flying Doctor Service Western Operations, and Elizabeth Green, a pediatrician. Her older sister, Katherine Langford, is also an actress.
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As a child, Langford became interested in music and played the saxophone, the violin, and the piano. In 2008, at the age of 10, Langford wrote and performed a song called “Shadows” for a music competition, which won her the “Song of the Year” title. She also wrote two more songs, “Lonely (2007)” and “Sea Shanty (2008)”.
Langford started taking acting classes at the age of 13. In 2012, she began taking acting classes at Perth Film School. At the age of 14, she began appearing in several short films such as Sex Ed (2013), When Separating (2013), and Gypsy Blood (2014). She made her screen debut in the indie film Pulse (2017), which screened at film festivals. She also starred as a supporting actress the same year on the American horror film Wish Upon, acting alongside Joey King. She also made her television debut in 2017 on the Australian series Wolf Creek.
In July 2018, Langford was cast as Tessa Young in the film After, based on the 2014 new adult fiction novel of the same name written by Anna Todd. The film premiered in 2019, and grossed $69.7 million worldwide. She won a Teen Choice Award for her role as Tessa. Langford and co-star Hero Fiennes Tiffin reprised their roles in the sequel, After We Collided, which was released in September 2020. In 2019, Langford also appeared in the American horror anthology web television series Into the Dark as Clair. In November 2019, Langford was cast as Emma Cunningham in the Netflix film Moxie, which is based on the novel of the same name written by Jennifer Mathieu.
The characters Landon, Christian Vance, Kimberly Vance and Carol Young have all been recast.
There’s been a huge casting shake up in the After franchise… Four actors have been replaced and will not be appearing in After We Fell and After Ever Happy.
After movies 3 and 4 are currently filming back-to-back in Bulgaria. The decision to film in Europe, while the world is still dealing with a pandemic, meant that some actors were not available to reprise their roles.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’s Chance Perdomo has now taken over the role of Landon which was previously played by Shane Paul McGhie. Earlier this week, Shane let fans know that he had quit the franchise after he “could not come to an agreement” with production.
In an Instagram post shared on October 8th, the official After account also revealed that the roles of Christian and Kimberly Vance and Tessa’s mother Carol have also been recast.
Stephen Moyer is replacing Charlie Weber as Christian Vance, Arielle Kebbel is replacing Candice King as Kimberly Vance and Mira Sorvino is replacing Selma Blair as Carol Young. Carter Jenkins will also join the cast as Robert.