With the final season of Pretty Little Liars approaching, the show’s creator, I. Marlene King isn’t planning on leaving fans empty-handed! Instead, she brought a brand-new drama starring Bella Thorne to Freeform — and it’s filled with just as many secrets, love triangles and plot twists! Don’t believe us? See what Bella exclusively told J-14 about her role as Paige on Famous In Love.
J-14: Famous in Love reveals a lot of the darker sides of Hollywood. When you first read the script, is that what drew you in?
Bella Thorne: Yeah, that’s the main reason I wanted to bring it to life! I liked that it showed what goes on behind closed doors in Hollywood and the grime, as well as the glitz of this industry.
J-14: After Paige lands the lead in an up-and-coming blockbuster, she sadly becomes the victim of a bunch of gossip. What’s the best way to deal with rumors IRL?
BT: As the wise words were sung in Life-Size, I’d say: “Shine bright, shine far, don’t be shy, be a star!”
J-14: What do you think would be the hardest thing about becoming famous overnight, like Paige does?
BT: Dealing with social media. It’s a lot more intense now than when I first started out acting.
J-14: Looking back, have you ever had people try to change you in Hollywood, like Paige does?
BT: Oh yeah! I’ve done this my whole life, and I am finally getting to a point of finding myself. It’s very hard because even when you think you’re not listening to peoples’ opinions, subconsciously you are taking in what others are saying and that creates hidden insecurities within yourself over time.
J-14: There’s a lot drama on Famous in Love. What’s your trick for telling if someone wants to be your real BFF?
BT: I wait to see how many times they ask me to tag them in a pic.
Interview and story by Morgan McMurrin. "Bella Thorne Dishes About Her New Show" originally appeared in the May 2017 issue of J-14.