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September 17, 2021  Vicki No comments Articles, Ragdoll

“If I’m being honest, I didn’t think I had a shot at it because this is really different for me. But I knew that I could do it,” the actor tells EW.

There’s nothing pretty or little about what’s haunting Lucy Hale in Ragdoll.

The Pretty Little Liars alum is starting a new chapter in her career with AMC+‘s six-episode drama based on the novel by Daniel Cole. She stars as a “fish-out-of-water” American detective constable, Lake Edmunds, who’s working a gruesome case in London where six murder victims have been dismembered and sewn into one grotesque body nicknamed “the Ragdoll.”

“I feel like I’ve been preparing my whole life for this role because I love true crime,” Hale tells EW about the “dark” and “disturbing” new series. “I’ve always wanted to be a part of a show like this because this is the genre I gravitate towards naturally. I watch all the true crime documentaries and listen to the podcasts. And this show is right on the money for what true crime people are into.”

Ragdoll (premiering Nov. 11) also stars Henry Lloyd-Hughes (The Irregulars) and Thalissa Teixeira (Too Close, The Musketeers) as the two other detectives assigned to this case along with Hale’s character. “These three detectives become taunted by the serial killer, and they’re trying to hunt down who it is,” Hale says. But, she adds, this “serial killer thriller” is unique because it’s also funny — which makes sense, seeing as how it comes from the brilliant minds behind Killing Eve.

“There’s a lot of comedy within the whole gruesomeness of what the show is about,” Hale says. “It’s British humor so it’s not like slapstick at all, but it definitely makes for an interesting mix to have this very intense, dark case that these detectives are working on, but the banter between the detectives, they never really take each other or themselves too seriously.”

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August 18, 2021  Vicki Comments are off Articles, Ragdoll

Lucy Hale says she’s been preparing for a series like AMC’s upcoming crime show Ragdoll her whole life.

“I’m the first girl to listen any true crime podcast or to watch any of the crime shows,” Hale said during AMC’s TCA portion on Tuesday.

From listening and watching the horrors of true crime, Hale is now at the center of a horrifying web of murders in Ragdoll. Adapted for television by Freddy Syborn from Daniel Cole’s novel, the six-part series follows newly-reinstated DS Nathan Rose (Henry Lloyd-Hughes); his best friend and boss, DI Emily Baxter (Thalissa Teixeira); and the unit’s new recruit, DC Lake Edmunds (Hale) as they unravel the mystery behind the six people who have been murdered, dismembered and sewn into the shape of one grotesque body — nicknamed the ‘Ragdoll.’ The team must find the ‘Ragdoll Killer’ before he murders the victims for his next gruesome creation.

For Hale, Ragdoll is a new step in her career – following her teen drama days of Pretty Little Liars and her time on Katy Keene. The actress, who starred on Pretty Little Liars from 2010 to 2017 and Katy Keen from 2018 to 2020, wanted to venture out beyond the types of roles she was most known for, she said.

“When you’re a part of something like Pretty Little Liars or Katy Keene, people definitely want to keep you in that box and I’m very grateful for those opportunities,” she said. “But, I made the conscious decision that after Katy Keene got cancelled I knew that the next job I did really had to creatively excite me.”

The actress said that her supporters, who first started following her with the ABC Family drama, “have grown up with me” and believes that they, too, will take a leap into Ragdoll to continue their support.

The darker, more sinister AMC show isn’t just a new chapter for Hale’s career, but a new book, she said.

“Going to London and working with Sid Gentile, working with Freddy, I was so excited to work with Henry and Thalissa – it just feels elevated. I feel like I grew working with everyone,” she said. “Not even a new chapter, but a new book for sure. A darker, new book.”

Ragdoll will premiere on AMC Thursday, November 11. Syborn will serve as the lead writer and executive producer. The series will be executive produced by Sally Woodward Gentle and Lee Morris for Sid Gentle Films. McDermott and Kristin Jones oversee for AMC and Philippa Collie Cousins, Commissioning Editor, Drama for UKTV will be executive producer for Alibi. Lizzie Rusbridger will produce. BBC Studios is distributing the series internationally.

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July 30, 2021  Vicki Comments are off Articles

Lucy, 32, opened up about her “severe” eating disorder struggles during a sneak peek for her guest appearance on The Demi Lovato show.

The actress revealed how she dealt with anorexia and “exercise bulimia” throughout her teen years and into her 20’s.

“I want to bring up something that I actually had no idea you had dealt with,” Demi began.

“You had struggled with an eating disorder.”

“Probably from like 15 to midway through Pretty Little Liars I had severe anorexia,” Lucy admitted.

“And exercise bulimia. I would just work out for hours. It wasn’t really about how I physically looked, it was because I had moved across the country.

“I just felt so completely out of control. The easiest thing you can control is the food that goes into your mouth or how much you work out,” she explained.

“I had an eating disorder and I didn’t even know what anorexia was. So it kinda got really bad in my late teens before anyone knew what was happening.

The Fantasy Island star continued: “Because I’m a petite person anyway I just looked sick. I look back at pictures and I’m like ‘oh my god, I just look so sick.’

“My mom was like we’re moving home if you don’t get help.”

Lucy confessed that she still sometimes has “bad days” but she has learned how to “compartmentalize” the negative thoughts.

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July 12, 2021  Vicki Comments are off Articles, The Hating Game

Vertical Entertainment has signed a deal with Mister Smith Entertainment for North American distribution rights to romantic comedy “The Hating Game,” which stars “Pretty Little Liars” actor Lucy Hale and Austin Stowell, who also appeared with her in “Fantasy Island.” Vertical is planning to give it a theatrical release later this year.

“The Hating Game,” which is based on the hit novel by Sally Thorne, tells the story of kind-hearted Lucy Hutton (Hale) and her cold, efficient nemesis Joshua Templeton (Stowell). Resolving to achieve professional success without compromising her ethics, Lucy embarks on a ruthless game of one-upmanship against Josh, a rivalry that is impossibly complicated by her growing attraction to him.

Peter Hutchings (“Then Came You”) directed Christina Mengert’s adaptation of the book.

“The Hating Game” novel was a 2018 USA Today Bestseller and was published in more than 20 countries. It is often identified as one of the key originators of the recent rom-com boom. It ranks seventh in Oprah Magazine’s 20 Best Romance Novels of All-Time.

Claude Dal Farra, Brice Dal Farra and Brian Keady of BCDF Pictures produced along with Convergent Media’s Santosh Govindaraja and Dan Reardon, which is also financing. David Garrett’s Mister Smith Entertainment is handling worldwide sales and also co-financing the film.

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July 07, 2021  Vicki Comments are off Articles, Pretty Little Liars


Lucy Hale, who recently celebrated Pretty Little Liars‘ 11th anniversary, wishes nothing but the best for the show’s upcoming reboot.

Speaking with ABC Audio, the actress weighed in on Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin — a reboot that comes not even four years after PLL aired its final episode on Freeform.

“I personally don’t have a problem with it. This is the honest truth,” said Hale, who starred as Aria Montgomery in the original series. “I’m very curious to see what it is even going to be [about]… I don’t know if it’s the same characters or the same storyline or what’s even happening!”

“I love Pretty Little Liars, so I think I’ll like the reboot,” Hale continued.  “I wish them well. I truly do. I hope it’s a major success.”

Hale, 32, noted that reboots allow new actors to get their start in Hollywood and, as a reminder to PLL fans, referenced her own big break.

“I’ve been a part of reboots, I did the Bionic Woman reboot,” she explained, referring to the 2007 re-do of the series that originally ran between 1976 and 1978.  Hale played Becca Somers, the teenage sister of the titular character.

“I know some friends that have been a part of reboots and got trashed for even being a part of it, but I think as an artist, you always have to be supportive of other people,” Lucy continued.

Hale, who recently partnered with the sustainable dog food brand KARMA, said the reboot will allow more people falling in love with Pretty Little Liars.

“I think a lot of people will be discovering it for the first time, too, like they won’t even know the original people, which is really funny,” she smiled. “I only have well wishes for everyone involved.”

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July 01, 2021  Vicki Comments are off Articles, Ragdoll

Lucy Hale is heading back to her crime and murder days with the new limited AMC series, Ragdoll and with consideration to her being a true crime fan, the opportunity is a thrilling one for her. The actress played a rather intriguing role of Aria Montgomery in the popular series Pretty Little Liars, but now she’s stepping into the new and “dark” series as DC Lake Edmunds. During an exclusive interview with PopCulture.com, Hale revealed that while she can’t discuss too many details just yet, the role is incredibly unique.

“It’s based off of a book series and it’s really different. It’s a different type of project for me, just tonally,” the 32-year-old shared after revealing she has been across the pond in the U.K. filming the anticipated limited British-produced series. “The whole thing is just so exciting because I’m the girl that loves true crime. I listen to every podcast; I watch every documentary. I don’t know what it is about so many women and girls my age, we just are obsessed.” Hale goes on to state how she believes it’s the “psychology behind it all” and discovering what “makes people tick” as to why so many people are just as interested in true crime as she is. “So this show is a lot of that […] it’s dark; it’s really dark.”

According to IMDb and a report from Variety, Ragdoll is the story of how “detectives look to untangle the case of the Ragdoll Killer, who has killed six people and sewn their bodies into the shape of one grotesque body nicknamed the Ragdoll.” Hale added, “We all have this curiosity about death and the afterlife and I think it’s all of it. Like, the unknown, we want to know more about the unknown and the unfathomable, so it just blows my mind that there are people that do things like this.”

While the book series, written by author Daniel Cole, may be fictional, Hale did explain that the new show pulls from real-life experiences as well. “It really is the psychology behind it all. And in our show, we really draw from some things that have actually happened. So that’s a whole other added element that just makes it very real. And it’s crazy. It’s very fun though,” Hale detailed.

Though she is delving into the darkness with her latest project, Hale is simultaneously shining a light on helping the planet when it comes to pet owners. The actress recently partnered with KARMA to launch a sustainable, plant-based dog food that will help the carbon footprint, something Hale feels very passionate about. “I’ve just been trying to be a little more sustainable […] more recycling, less single-use plastic, driving less, giving away unused items.” She admitted, before her partnership with the dog food brand, she didn’t know there was a plant-based dog food out there, but is happy to hop on board.

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May 29, 2021  Vicki Comments are off Articles, Ragdoll

“Ragdoll,” the new AMCAlibi thriller starring Lucy Hale (“Pretty Little Liars”), has started production in London, Variety has learned.

Hale plays DC Lake Edmunds, a new recruit at the London Metropolitan Police, who is tasked with investigating a murderer known as the “Ragdoll Killer”. She is joined by Henry Lloyd-Hughes (“The Irregulars”) as DS Nathan Rose and Thalissa Teixeira (“Anne Boleyn”) as DI Emily Baxter.

As the case develops, the trio come under increasing public scrutiny, especially when the killer — whose modus operandi involves murdering and dismembering his victims before sewing them back together in the shape of one grotesque body — begins taunting Edmunds and her colleagues by sending them a list of his intended victims, which includes Rose.

Shooting started at the end of April and has continued through May in central London.

Based on Daniel Cole’s eponymous novel, the six-part show is scheduled to premiere later this year on cabler AMC in the U.S. and on BBC Studios-backed pay-TV channel Alibi in the U.K.

Freddy Syborn serves as lead writer and executive producer while Toby MacDonald and Niall MacCormick direct. Sally Woodward Gentle and Lee Morris of Sid Gentle Films, the producers behind BBC America series “Killing Eve”, are also executive producing the series, together with Philippa Collie Cousins on behalf of Alibi and Dan McDermott and Kristin Jones, who commissioned “Ragdoll” for AMC. Lizzie Rusbridger is producing.

Cousins commissioned the show for Alibi, alongside Pete Thornton, head of scripted. The show was ordered by Alibi channel director Emma Ayech.

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March 12, 2021  Vicki Comments are off Articles

Lucy Hale

Lucy Hale has signed on for a starring role in the AMC-Alibi series “Ragdoll,” Variety has learned exclusively.

In the six-episode show, which was ordered to series back in February, six people have been murdered, dismembered, and sewn into the shape of one grotesque body — nicknamed the “Ragdoll.” Assigned to the shocking case are DS Nathan Rose, recently reinstated to the London Met; his best friend and boss, DI Emily Baxter; and the unit’s new recruit, DC Lake Edmunds (Hale). The “Ragdoll Killer” taunts the police by sending them a list of his next victims, with Rose’s name among them. And with those victims to protect, our heroes soon come under intense public scrutiny.

It is based on the novel of the same name by Daniel Cole. Filming is set to commence this spring for a premiere later this year.

Hale is best known for her starring role in the hit series “Pretty Little Liars,” which ran for seven seasons and 160 episodes. She has also starred in the shows “Life Sentence,” “Katy Keene,” and “Privileged,” among others.  On the feature side, she recently completed filming “Borrego,” on which she is also an executive producer, and has starred in films such as “A Nice Girl Like You,” “Truth or Dare,” “Son of the South,” and “The Unicorn.” She will also be seen in the upcoming romcom “The Hating Game,” based on the book by Sally Thorne.

She is repped by ICM and Reel Talent.

“Ragdoll” will air on AMC in the U.S. and Alibi in the U.K. Freddy Syborn will serve as the lead writer and executive producer. Sally Woodward Gentle and Lee Morris for Sid Gentle Films Ltd, one of BBC Studios invested indie production companies, will also executive produce. Sid Gentle Films also produces the hit BBC America series “Killing Eve.”

Dan McDermott and Kristin Jones will take the lead for AMC and Philippa Collie Cousins, commissioning editor of drama for UKTV, will be executive producer for Alibi. Lizzie Rusbridger will produce. The show was commissioned for AMC by McDermott and Jones and for Alibi by Cousins, with head of scripted Pete Thornton. It was ordered by Emma Ayech, channel director for Alibi. At UKTV, Richard Watsham is the director of commissioning and Adrian Wills is genre general manager for drama and lifestyle.

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