Why Famous In Love Is the New Pretty Little Liars
Famous In Love premieres tonight on Freeform, and you can pretty much count on it being your newest gossip-fueled obsession. Produced by Pretty Little Liars creator I. Marlene King, the series follows Paige Townsen (played by Bella Thorne), a college kid who lands the acting gig of a lifetime when she’s cast in a major Hollywood film. As she navigates her newfound stardom, Paige finds herself surrounded by a cast of characters who bring the drama 24/7. And believe it or not, they just might keep even more secrets than the famously sketchy Rosewood clique could handle.
The jury’s still out as to whether or not Famous In Love will fill the “A”-shaped hole that PLL leaves behind in our hearts, but as of now, things are looking promising for King’s next series. If you’re still looking for a reason to tune in to the premiere tonight at 9 p.m. ET, scroll down for five of them—straight from three of the show’s breakout stars: Charlie DePew, Niki Koss, and Keith Powers.
There’s tons of drama.
“For a show to really be your next guilty pleasure, I think it has to do with the amount of plots you have,” says Charlie DePew, who plays college student and screenwriter-in-training Jake Salt. “Dramas can tend to get a little confusing when you have a lot of storylines to follow, but that’s what makes them super fun. On our show, every single character has a secret—or more than one—that they’re hiding from another main character. It’s essentially about fame, sex, love, money, power, and the conflict that comes along with all of those things. I like to think of it as a mix between Gossip Girl and Entourage.”
The characters live glamorous—yet age-appropriate—lives.
“Shows for the young adult demographic usually follow high schoolers, so it’s nice that our characters are a bit older,” says Niki Koss, who plays Thorne’s onscreen acting nemesis. “On the set, we talked about how we all loved Gossip Girl so much, but the kids on the show would always be sitting at a fancy bar getting a drink and it was like, You're in high school! What high schooler does that? It was cool to be able to do things that were age appropriate. That definitely gave us more freedom—especially with make-out scenes!”
It will have I. Marlene King’s signature mystery flare.
“The show is going to have a similar style to Pretty Little Liars, because Marlene’s using a lot of the same directors,” says Keith Powers, who plays bad-boy actor Jordan Wilder on the show. “The storyline is completely different, but it has the same atmosphere around it. So the only thing that will really be the same is the feeling of mystery, as if you're watching a cousin or a sister of Pretty Little Liars. It's like the offspring, but with fewer cliffhangers. Our show takes longer to build up to those—but still, at the end of the first episode, you’re going to think, What just happened?”
The wardrobe will be over-the-top, a la PLL.
“Our costumes are amazing,” says Koss. “We wear lots of sequins and fur, and my character’s casual backpack is Alexander Wang, which is awesome. Our costume designer, Cameron Dale, worked on Pretty Little Liars, so our outfits are really great.”
You can binge the entire season right after the premiere.
“The show will air weekly on Freeform, but the entire season will be available digitally right away, too,” said Powers. “For today’s younger demographic, it's all about binge-watching. Teenagers, especially, have a shorter attention span and don't want to wait to watch a new episode each week. So the fact that you can watch the full season online as soon as it airs is pretty great, because then fans will hopefully want to see a second season—and that’s the goal.”