If you’ve read the ‘Famous in Love’ series, you know that the story is about a normal girl who turns in to a superstar over night, and has to adjust everything. So will Freeform’s new drama be told the same way? HollywoodLife.com spoke exclusively with the author, Rebecca Serle, to get all your answers.
“The books are sort of point A to point Z, and that’s true of the show, but within that, there are all kinds of loops and divergences,” Rebecca Serle, the author of the Famous in Love series and co-creator and executive producer on the new Freeform show told HollywoodLife.com exclusively. “The characters and the relationships between the characters is kind of the same. That was something really important to me coming in. It was something that we sort of locked down in the pilot.”
Rebecca did add that for a TV show, you of course have to take a bit of a different route than in a novel. The leading lady in her books is a high school student, while Bella Thorne‘s Paige Townsen is in college. “It’s a little bit darker, sexier, [so] we get into more things,” she said. “It opened up in a weird way, but I think fans in the book will think it’s a true adaptation for sure.”
That being said, the 20-year-old actress was the perfect match for the role. “She’s very dynamic, she’s a lot of fun, [and] a big ball of energy,” EP Marlene King told HollywoodLife.com. “She brings her own insights to it because of the life she’s already lived. But I think its very refreshing because Paige is nothing like the person Bella is today. It’s very refreshing to see Bella play something that is specifically not who she is.”
“A lot of this stuff is a really old hat for her. She brings such a vulnerability and a real open eye to Paige that really comes across that is so important for that character,” Rebecca added. “It’s also very different from where Bella is now after having working in this industry for almost ten years. She’s a pro. So I’m sure she’s kinda excited to get Paige further down the road!”
Famous in Love premieres on Tuesday April 19 at 9PM ET on Freeform.