Freeform is taking on Hollywood with a sexy new soap, Famous in Love.
In the 10-episode drama, based on Rebecca Serle's novel of the same name, Bella Thorne stars as Paige Townsen, a college student who gets her big break after auditioning for the lead role in a Hollywood blockbuster. But, she quickly discovers that behind the glitz and glamour (plus, attractive male co-stars!), life in the limelight isn't all it's cracked up to be.
"This show is like a geometry class. There are so many love shapes going on -- there's love triangles, there's [love] squares," co-star Charlie DePew, who plays aspiring screenwriter/filmmaker, Jake Salt, says.
"In some ways, it's Entourage for women. It's time for the ladies to see some action in Hollywood," King adds. Preach!
"When I'm picking characters, I'm like, 'Wow, I really feel that,'" the 19-year-old actress said. "But this character, she's very different from me and she has very different mindsets about things that I do, so it's kind of fun to go back and forth. I take things from Paige all the time now, where I'm like, 'Oh, wow! That was a very Paige thing to do.'"
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"The younger me relates to her more than the me now, even though she is older than me," Thorne added. "I've been through the Hollywood scene. I've seen it. It's not pretty and Paige has yet to experience that. It's fun to go back and be like, 'You're so naive! I really don't know what I'm doing.' I get to relive it."
In the show, Paige immediately catches the eye of rising heartthrob Rainer Devon (Carter Jenkins), who hides behind a "boy-next-door" facade, and is caught in the whirlwind of dating amid the pressures of the industry. Thorne admitted she had flashbacks to her own experiences navigating through Hollywood, opening up about her past dating woes in the public eye.
"Dating in Hollywood is literally the worst thing. If I get photos out with somebody, like, immediately I'm their girlfriend and I moved in with them too. Do I even call attention to this and say, 'Hello, this is not true!' or do I just let it go because it's all ridiculous mumbo jumbo?" she said.
It's trials and tribulations such as that, as well as the effect social media can have on young stars, among other themes, that King says Famous in Love digs into.
"Hopefully we can explore some of those themes on the show as Paige gets more famous and makes a decision that fans don't agree with," King teased.
Famous in Love premieres Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Freeform.
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