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Lucy Hale Had a Hand in Shaping 'Life Sentence' Character Stella

Lucy Hale Had a Hand in Shaping 'Life Sentence' Character Stella

Not many actors get to say that they created their own character — but Lucy Hale can, kind of.

In a new interview with Elle magazine, the 28-year-old actress opened up about her character Stella in The CW’s Life Sentence and how she had a hand in shaping who Stella turned out to be.

“The creators [Erin Cardillo and Richard Keith] hung out with me a few times to get a sense of how I talk and act, and they kind of created the character around me,” she shared. “It’s a lot more work, but I like having the weight of the world on my shoulders.”

Lucy adds that Stella has become “the most positive character I’ve ever played.”

Life Sentence premieres on Wednesday, March 7th on The CW.

Lucy Hale Finds Out She's Cured In New 'Life Sentence' Trailer

Lucy Hale Finds Out She's Cured In New 'Life Sentence' Trailer

Lucy Hale sheds a tear as she finds out she’s cured of cancer in the new Life Sentence teaser trailer.

The 28-year-old actress stars as Stella, who gets a second chance at life after battling terminal cancer for eight years, and now she must learn to live with all the choices she made when deciding to live like she was dying — like marrying a total stranger and finding out that her “perfect family” isn’t so perfect after all. Turns out, because she was dying, everyone in her life hid their problems from her.

The series, which also stars Carlos PenaVega, Elliot Knight, Jayson Blair, and Brooke Lyons, premieres on Wednesday, March 7th on The CW right after Riverdale.


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Lucy Hale Says She Was 'Lucky' To Go From 'Pretty Little Liars' To 'Life Sentence'

Lucy Hale Says She Was 'Lucky' To Go From 'Pretty Little Liars' To 'Life Sentence'

It seems like Lucy Hale almost never stops working — and for her, that’s a good thing.

Speaking with US Weekly recently, the 28-year-old actress dished about going from Pretty Little Liars to Life Sentence almost immediately.

“It was truly one of the greatest experiences of my life,” she shared about booking her new CW series. “It was almost so immediate that it didn’t really feel like I stopped working, but the vibe of the show is very different.”

She continues, “I just feel really lucky to jump from one amazing experience to another because we did PLL for a long time. It was scary to start something new, but I’m glad that I made that leap because the payoff for me has been really great.”

Lucy adds, “I mean it’s always so strange to leave one thing and start a new chapter, but it was the time for everyone and everybody’s off doing their own thing and it’s great. I’m happy to support everyone and everything.”

Life Sentence will premiere in March on The CW.

Stella & Wes Are About to Be Your New Fave TV Couple in New 'Life Sentence' Promo

Stella & Wes Are About to Be Your New Fave TV Couple in New 'Life Sentence' Promo

There’s a spotlight on Stella and Wes’ relationship in the new Life Sentence promo and we are here for it!

The new teaser shows fans that Stella (Lucy Hale) really has no idea who she is after she finds out that her cancer is gone — and Wes (Elliot Knight) is going to be right by her side as she figures it out.

Life Sentence centers on Stella, who finds out her terminal cancer is cured, and now she must learn to live with all the choices she made when deciding to live like she was dying — like marrying a total stranger and finding out that her “perfect family” isn’t so perfect after all.

Turns out, because she was dying, everyone in her life hid their problems from her.

The series premieres on Wednesday, March 7th on The CW.

Lucy Hale Wraps 'Life Sentence' Season 1: 'It Was Extraordinarily Scary To Start Something New'

Lucy Hale Wraps 'Life Sentence' Season 1: 'It Was Extraordinarily Scary To Start Something New'

That’s a wrap on season one of Life Sentence!

Lucy Hale shared the wrap news on her Instagram with a long post about starting work on a new show and her experience with the process.

“Life Sentence was my new chapter in life… It was extraordinarily scary to start something new and lead the charge , but boy am I glad my heart led me here,” she wrote. “I feel completely fulfilled and full of gratitude. I leave Vancouver with a heart so full of joy and my soul lit up in a way I haven’t felt in a long time.
For the last 6 months I’ve cried and laughed with these remarkable humans, doing our best to create characters and a world that we hope you openly take into your own home.”

“THANK YOU to our hard working cast, crew, writers and producers for emotionally and physically investing yourselves into this experience. I am indebted to you,” Lucy continued. “Thank you to @thecw and @doozerproductions for believing in this show whole heartedly. Let this show teach you about love and life and all the shitty times in between. We appreciate all of you who will be keeping up with the Abbotts. (March 7 premiere) That’s a wrap on Season 1!!”