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A teenager, who can’t leave her home because she’s allergic to almost everything, falls in love with the boy next door and is inspired to see the world beyond her walls.
USA TODAY

Working on the young adult love story Everything, Everything, director Stella Meghie would at times be struck with wonder by the coupling of her young actors, Amandla Stenberg, 18, who is biracial, and Nick Robinson, 22, who is white.

Onscreen, the couple deal with Stenberg’s character’s immune deficiency, which has kept the teen sequestered at home her entire life. But in Everything (in theaters Friday), the two don’t deal with any issues arising from their differing races. They are simply a young couple in love. 

“Me and Amandla would be on set and just like, ‘Is this really happening? Are we scamming the studio into making an interracial love story that doesn’t talk about race?’ ” says Meghie, who was being faithful to Nicola Yoon’s best-selling young adult novel. “We were clear, we were not scamming them and (the studio) was also very clear they liked the book and they wanted to make it a movie.”

Everything, Everything is quietly breaking ground with the prominence of the coupling: It’s a major studio film aimed at a teen audience, hitting 2,800 screens nationwide.

But the film isn’t alone in its depiction. Fifty years after Sidney Poitier challenged a nation’s attitudes as an African-American man dining at his white fiancée’s home in 1967’s Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, movies are increasingly showing interracial couples with less emphasis on race and more on the concept of “This is who I love.”

“It’s great to see Hollywood shattering the glass…