Harry Styles Inspired New TV Show 'Happy Together' By Living in Producer Ben Winston's Attic

Harry Styles Inspired New TV Show 'Happy Together' By Living in Producer Ben Winston's Attic

Harry Styles took his role as producer extremely seriously!

While promoting the upcoming comedy series Happy Together, the stars and a few producers revealed that the 24-year-old singer moved into a producer-pal’s attic in order to get inspired for the new show!

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“A few years ago, maybe seven or eight years ago, I was making a film with One Direction, directing a few of their music videos, and I had just moved into my very modest, quiet house in London, in the most suburban area of London you could possibly imagine, and a young man who I was working with at the time with the name of Harry Styles, who is one of the EPs on this show, asked me if he could live in our attic for what would only be a couple weeks,” Ben explained during the Summer TCA Press Tour last week.

He continues, “I went home, and I said to my wife, Meredith, ‘It’s a bit of an odd request. Harry, this guy from the band, would like to stay in our attic for a couple weeks. How would you feel about that?’ She said, ‘As long as it’s only for two weeks, I’m fine with it.’ 18 months later, Harry moved out of our attic. And nobody ever knew that he was living there. It was the most, like I said, suburban quiet street you could ever imagine. The fact is, no one ever knew.”

“A few years later he did an interview in Rolling Stone magazine and spoke about that time, how living with a very normal, slightly boring family, which was me and my wife, helped him while he was living quite an abnormal life,” Ben added. “It gave Harry and I, and with our EPs, Jonathan Berry and Michael Rotenberg, the idea that actually this could be quite a fun sitcom and quite a cool TV show.”

“Unfortunately, our lives really were very boring. He would come in. He’d go to sleep. We would do a few chores, and there wouldn’t be anything very funny about it.”

“So when we say it’s loosely inspired by, that’s because if we actually put what happened on the television, it wouldn’t be that exciting,” Ben joked. “We partnered with Tim and Austen, who are incredibly brilliant creators, writers, and showrunners of our show, and the time that we spent together has inspired, very loosely, the sitcom that you see today, Happy Together.”

Happy Together will premiere on Monday, October 1 at 8:30/7:30c on CBS.

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