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A few days ago, Emily Ratajkowski posted what seemed like an innocuous ad for her swimwear line, Inamorata.
Get it? Bums? Because it’s their butts? She’s so clever, I’m sure that we’d all think that was funny if an ugly girl said it. Well, I mean, it’s on par with the jokes Lena Dunham wrote in Girls, so I guess we would. But I digress. Anyway, people had very strong opinions on Emrata posing for a picture with her chubby friend. Wanna see some? I’m redacting the names but here are some comments from the post.
“I dont know whats funnier, that she posted this of her friend or all the girls in the comments pretending the chick on the left is just as good looking”
“Slim girls are much much more beautiful than fatties”
” I’m just being honest. You feminists cannot handle honesty. You can’t bully or shame me into what I do and don’t find attractive. 90% of men would prefer emrata. She’s rather cruel to compare herself to her friend like this. You keep believing the lies you tell yourselves. Not everyone is beautiful. Beauty is exceptional.”
You get the idea. Emrata wasn’t pleased and expressed that on Twitter, along with a message from her friend.
Thank u, next. pic.twitter.com/80A3eIimy1
— Emily Ratajkowski (@emrata) March 12, 2019
— Emily Ratajkowski (@emrata) March 16, 2019
By the way, her friend’s name is Caitlin King and she has more pictures of the two of them together on her own Instagram.
Aside from that her feed is mostly just pictures of her boyfriend’s ass.
And you thought I was joking.
So what do I think? I have pageview numbers on all sorts of model stories and people are just as likely to click to see pictures of a plus-sized model as a skinny one. And yeah, I say mean things about celebrities all the time, but I get paid to, why are you doing it? Just giving away those insults for free, you insult slut.
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Warner CEO Out After Pulling a Reverse Weinstein, Giving Terrible Actress Roles in Blockbuster Films Because She Slept With Him
Remember all those stories about how Harvey Weinstein got actresses blacklisted because they wouldn’t suck his dick or watch him jerk off into a plant? Kevin Tsujihara, the (now former) chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. went the other way with it and got movie roles for Charlotte Kirk because she was sleeping with him.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the story of the sex-for-roles scheme earlier this month.
According to the text messages, Tsujihara said he would arrange for Kirk to meet with studio executives on Warner Bros. film and TV projects, a highly unorthodox effort for the chairman of a studio. On March 3, 2015, a frustrated Kirk texted him to say, “You’re very busy I know but when we were in that motel having sex u said u would help me and when u just ignore me like you’re doing now it makes me feel used. Are u going to help me like u said u would?” Tsujihara responded: “Sorry you feel that way. Richard will be reaching out to u tonight.” Other texts make clear that the reference was to Richard Brener, then president of production at Warners’ New Line label. (There was no indication that Brener was aware of any relationship between Kirk and Tsujihara. Brener, through a WarnerMedia rep, declined to comment.)
I love this so much. Brett Ratner is the one who set them up, by the way. But I love that she felt used because the guy she was sleeping with wasn’t getting her enough movie roles, not because he was trading sex for film roles.
It gets better when you read the statement that Warner gave THR about Tsujihara’s resignation.
Stankey added, “Kevin has contributed greatly to the studio’s success over the past 25 years and for that we thank him. Kevin acknowledges that his mistakes are inconsistent with the Company’s leadership expectations and could impact the Company’s ability to execute going forward.”
There’s an important lesson to be learned here. If you’re going to promise someone movie roles in exchange for sleeping with you, make sure they have some talent. It’s hard to get serious acting roles for someone who lacks the acting talent of those women who realized they don’t have their purses halfway through their taxi ride. Seriously, she slept with two rich dudes with connections at Warner and all she got was a bit part in Ocean’s 8. She really needs to set her sights on being a model, it’s like being an actress without all that pesky acting and you get to sleep with a much higher class of rich men twice your age.
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WTF!? Hailey Baldwin grew a bootylicious booty and it’s popping out of her thong bikini! (Click here)
And here’s her cousin Ireland Baldwin going topless… sweet baby Jesus! (Click here)
Kate Upton busting out her ginormous boobs in a tiny bikini… WOW! (Click here)
Amy Adams has surprisingly massive boobs and they’re braless and literally spilling out of her dress! (Click here)
Whoa! Gigi Hadid’s bare boob and cute booty popped out of her skimpy bikini! (Click here)
Mila Kunis busting out her massive braless cleavage! (Click here)
Angelina Jolie is still insanely sexy and stunning… (Click here)
Kimberley Garner’s awesome/perfect booty in a thong bkini? Yes please! (Click here)
Ashley Benson busting out her massive (and bigger!?) boobs like bananas! (Click here)
Kaley Cuoco bends over, flashes her massive fake boobs! (Click here)
Sofia Richie’s booty in all of its bootylicious glory! (Click here site NSFW)
Bella Thorne’s massive boob popping out of her tiny bikini! (Click here)
Rita Ora selfies her ginormous boobs, woohoo! (Click here)
Kevin Smith’s Daughter is super hot and busting out huge braless cleavage! (Click here)
Madison Beer’s sexy little booty cheeks in a see-through dress… dayuuuuuuuumn! (Click here)
Here’s Anne Hathaway looking absolutely stunning and ridiculously hot at the The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards Vip Grand Opening Event the other day in NYC, and busting out her massive bosom like bananas… sweet baby Jesus! This peach has one of the most underrated bosom in the biz, and she doesn’t show it off that often anymore, so stop reading this and enjoy the boobtastic photos!
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Here’s Jennifer Love Hewitt making yet another impressive appearance, this time at the 2019 PaleyFest LA shindig the other day, and showing off some of her massive braless cleavage… nice! Yup, this girl still has an awesome bosom and schwingtastic cleavage. And she sure knows it too, because she shows it off like the fate of the world depended on it. Alright, enjoy!
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Here’s AnnaLynne McCord looking like a stunning blonde bombshell at the grand opening for The Barbershop Cuts & Cocktails in Las Vegas the other day, and unleashing her drop dead sexy little legs and a whole lot of her sexy little braless cleavage in dress that was especially made to show off a ton of killer leg action and as much drool-inducing braless cleavage as possible… sweet Christmas! And that’s more than enough info than you need to know, so stop reading this and enjoy the sizzling photos!
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Here’s Nicole Scherzinger looking like a supernova of sexiness at the Wheels LA Launch the other day, and zapping everyone into a zombie-like state of drooling with a killer display of A) her groovy curves, B) her ginormous bosom, and C) her bootylicious booty in one hell of a skin-tight dress… hoochie mama! That right there, my peeps, is a drool-fest from head to toe. And especially around the back. Wow. Just… wow. Alright, enjoy the show!
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Here’s Bella Thorne looking like a sexy little minx at a Sugar Factory Meet And Greet in Miami the other day, and showing off her sexy legs and busting out her bootylicious booty in a pair of skin-tight jeans… wowzers! As annoying as this girl is, you can’t deny that she has one hell of a drool-inducing body, eh? Damn right! Enjoy!
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See Kylie Jenner hit the town. (Ok Magazine)
How Britney Spears’ dad almost died. (Ok Magazine)
Madonna shares disturbing new photo to tease new music. (Star Magazine)
Lori Loughlin’s daughter didn’t fill out her own application to USC. (Naughty Gossip)
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Sporting shades and a tiny bikini top several sizes too small, the pregnant star shared a photo gently placing her right hand on her growing belly and captioned the snap “Jess-tation.”
As fans know, Simpson, 38, has been joking her way through her difficult pregnancy.
On Tuesday, February 12, the singer-turned-fashion designer revealed she broke her toilet seat after sitting back too far!
“Warning…Don’t lean back on the toilet when pregnant” wrote Simpson, alongside a hilarious photo of her holding the broken toilet seat cover.
Simpson also shared a shot of her laying on a comfy recliner chair, wearing sweatpants and furry slippers.
“Severe pregnancy acid reflux has led to the purchase of my very own sleep recliner,” she wrote, adding two laughing emojis and a hug emoji.
On January 10, she frightened her fans by sharing a photo of her extremely swollen foot!
“Any remedies?! Help!!!!” she wrote.
Radar readers know Simpson is already a mom to daughter Maxwell, 6, and son Ace, 5, whom she shares with longtime husband Eric Johnson, 39. Now, the two are expecting their third child.
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Alex Rodriguez’s Ex-Wife Cynthia Scurtis Speaks Out For The First Time Since Jennifer Lopez Engagement
Pictured exclusively by RadarOnline.com for the first time since A-Rod presented J-Lo with a whopping emerald-cut sparkler in the Bahamas, Cynthia, 46, looked noticeably annoyed when asked if she had anything to say about her former husband’s future wife.
“I’m happy for them,” she insisted with a scowl as she entered her Miami home after a stroll with her two-year-old daughter Camilla, who was tucked behind a veil in her pram on March 17, 2019. “Other than that I have no comment.”
Cynthia welcomed Camilla with her new fiancé, Miami high-end realtor, and fitness entrepreneur Angel Oscar. She shares daughters Natasha, 13, and Ella, 10, with Rodriguez, whom she married in 2002 but filed for divorce in 2008 on the grounds of infidelity and marital misconduct.
As Radar previously reported, Cynthia was not a fan of the sexy singer, according to a resurfaced court documents published by the NY Daily News in July 2018.
The docs claimed A-Rod’s baby mama allegedly made “disparaging remarks” about J.Lo, 49, after claiming Rodriguez, 43, threatened to cut her child support payments for their two daughters.
As part of the case, which is ongoing, A-Rod’s lawyer is said to have claimed to have “possession of communications in which [Cynthia] allegedly made disparaging remarks about Rodriguez’s current girlfriend, Jennifer Lopez”.
The claims stem from Scurtis’ brother Constantine’s 2014 civil lawsuit against Rodriguez, where he accused the baseball legend of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, unjust enrichment and civil conspiracy related to a real estate company they started together in 2003.
It was not specified what demeaning comments Cynthia made against Lopez.
Click through for more on the story and check out never-seen-before photos of the bitter ex.
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Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Movie Poster Slammed for ‘Looking Photoshopped’
Candids of Khloe Kardashian and Kylie Jenner wearing tight dresses while arriving to a dinner in Santa Monica!
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Captain Marvel brought in another $69.3 million over the weekend, making it the #1 movie in North America for the second weekend in a row. It’s now made $760 million worldwide. Somewhere in his mansion, the breakout star of Captain Marvel, the cat who plays Goose, is getting his pussy-to-human translator to draft a memo to his agents demanding that he get a 35% backend deal for the sequel. That way he can buy a major share in YouTube and take down Shane Dawson on behalf of catmanity for once and for all! – Pajiba
Nicole Kidman brought the ginge back to her locks (or a ginge wig back to her head) finally! – Lainey Gossip
Madison Beer (for the one hundredth time, not a Wisconsin brewery) nearly showed her beer cozy while wearing window sheers – Popoholic
Aubrey O’Day needs to change her name to Kaubrey Kardashian already – Drunken Stepfather
That cow was obviously just going to Chick-Fil-A to moo at their asses for hating gays! – SOW
Um, so nobody told musical theater actress Oluwaseyi Omooba that if she hates gays, she probably shouldn’t be working in the gayest game in the world? – Towleroad
Alicia Vikander quit Instagram after a month – Celebitchy
Amy Schumer says her husband Chris Fischer is on the Autism Spectrum – Just Jared
The Truth About NeNe & Gregg Leakes Divorce Revealed — ‘ RHOA’ Husband Dishes On Their Troubled Relationship
After she dropped the bombshell that her husband “talked about separating,” on the Real Housewives of Atlanta, NeNe’s marriage looked like it was crumbling amid her husband’s brutal cancer diagnosis.
The couple went through a dark period and RadarOnline.com exclusively learned that Gregg finally explained the state of their marriage on the RHOA reunion.
“Gregg told the ladies and Andy exactly what was going on and why he talked about separating,” a show insider snitched to Radar.
The insider revealed what Gregg said. “He explained all of the troubles he and NeNe were having. He took a lot of responsibility and really stood up for his wife.”
“It’s been a really rough day with Gregg and with me,” NeNe said on the March 17, 2019 RHOA episode about her troubled marriage. “When Eva said her vows, it reminded me of when we were saying our vows. Right before I came here, he talked.”
Cynthia Bailey was stunned by her admission. “Hold on, now. You guys are already in separate rooms. You’re talking about separate houses?” she asked.
NeNe told her it was true. “He said he would go ahead and find him a place. Last night, I felt like I broke because he is so mean. I get that it’s a sickness, but I can’t be talked to like that. It’s weird because you’re trying to help the sick person, but they don’t want your help. And everybody around thinks I’m bad.”
And despite his harsh words about ending their 20-year-marriage, the source told Radar that the couple worked through their problems.
“NeNe and Gregg are doing much better, but things are still hard for them.”
What do you think about NeNe and Gregg’s marriage problems? Sound off in comments below.
Alicia Arden is flashing her (censored) tits while eating a In-N-Out burger in these pics!
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Great video of highlights from the BikiniTeam CaribTour 2018!
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Though there are occasional rebels who deviate from the path that's been laid out for them, for the most part, Duggar children follow in their parents' footsteps as they make their way through adulthood.
From a young age, Duggar women in particular are taught that it's their mission in life to marry young and raise a large family, ideally close to home so that the rest of the clan can assist in caring for a small army of children.
The few who have decided to blaze their own trails have been regarded with suspicion by both fans and the Duggars themselves.
The biggest rebel of the bunch is Jana Duggar who has decided to remain single well past the age at which her siblings started families of their own.
But there are other Duggar daughters who have disregarded their parents' best-laid plans in much more subtle but almost equally significant ways.
Take Jinger Duggar, for example.
Not only was she the first Duggar daughter to wear pants in defiance of the family dress code, but she's also the first of her generation to relocate outside of Arkansas.
Currently, Jinger and husband Jeremy Vuolo reside in Laredo Texas, quite a long ways from the family compound in Tontitown.
Insiders say Jim Bob is not thrilled with their decision to flee Jinger's home state -- some have even claimed that he harbors an intense grudge toward Jeremy.
And if that's the case, we guess old JB is about to get even angrier.
Duggar fans have pieced together the clues, and many now believe there's no doubt that Jinger and Jeremy are moving to LA.
The couple travels to SoCal frequently, and each time they document their trips on social media, commenters encourage them to take the plunge and commit to becoming West Coast residents.
“I have an inkling you, Jinger and Felicity will be moving to LA,” one fan wrote on Jeremy's Instagram page over the weekend.
“Move to LA already!! Yall seem so at home in LA!"
The reason for the frequent visits is that Jeremy is working on a degree at The Master’s Seminary in Sun Valley California.
The school has a campus in Dallas, which is where Jeremy takes most of his classes now, but it seems he won't be able to graduate without putting in some time at the Sun Valley campus.
So while the couple hasn't announced any plans to relocate, you can bet they'll be making the move soon.
And Jim Bob probably won't be too happy about it.
March 14, 2019
by Maggie Panos
"I have a secret," says Janel Parrish.
Parrish is well-versed in keeping secrets. She starred as Mona on the hit show Pretty Little Liars and is now reprising that role for Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, a spinoff premiering March 20. Both shows interrogate the secrets that lie beneath otherwise perfect facades.
Parrish's secret isn't sinister, but it is poignant: "I don't read comments." Parrish has a public-facing Instagram account and a personal Facebook account just for friends and family. She knows she has to strike a balance between what she shares with fans and what she keeps private. "I don't want to feel like somebody's comments are going to affect who I am."
When the hit show Pretty Little Liars premiered in June 2010, Instagram didn't exist, and Snapchat wasn't even in development. Nearly nine years later on the eve of The Perfectionists' premiere, Twitter is practically a contractual requirement for actors; Instagram has ballooned to nearly 1 billion monthly users; and if you don't know how to use a Snapchat filter, you're ancient.
The five young stars of The Perfectionists have amassed a collective 28 million followers on Instagram alone. When I ask about the role of social media in their lives today, they are impressively candid.
"Things can always look glossy and glamorous on the outside, but you never really know what somebody is dealing with on the inside," Parrish says.
Sofia Carson didn't even have social media until she got her first acting job. "My sister opened my Twitter and Instagram under 'Sofia Carson' handles around the time that I got Descendants," she says, spitting her gum into a napkin and placing it gingerly on a desk. "She was like, 'Welcome to the real world.'"
Carson became a household name - in middle schools across America, at least - with Descendants. The Disney Channel original movie became a ratings juggernaut, spawning two sequels (one due out later this year) and captivating tweens across America. Although the original was released just four years ago, the DCOM phenomenon sparked Carson's meteoric rise within the circles of young Hollywood.
This month, Carson takes on the role of Ava in The Perfectionists, where she'll meet an entirely new audience champing at the bit to see how two original cast members - Alison (Sasha Pieterse) and Mona (Parrish) - are faring after their turbulent days in Rosewood have come to a close. Ava is the queen bee, a social media maven whose schoolwork often takes a backseat to her career as an influencer.
Carson is one of three new leads joining the franchise as college students, along with actors Sydney Park and Eli Brown. All five actors are on the Portland, OR, set today - rotating through hair and makeup, snapping candid photos of each other, and chatting with me in a quiet corner of the Frank Manor House on the sprawling Lewis & Clark College campus. It's so foggy outside the historic brick mansion that if a legion of Descendants fans were standing 10 yards away from Carson, they likely wouldn't recognize her.
"Social media is a beautiful responsibility that we have as actors," Carson continues. "It's almost like a superpower to be able to connect with so many people at once, and to have such an impact. I think it's incredibly important to take it seriously."
For an actor who commands the camera with such authority - she mean-mugged like a pro during a group shot - she's remarkably gentle one-on-one. She leans into me with every word; her voice is soft, and she laughs when asked about meeting Jennifer Lopez. She is wearing stark-white dad sneakers.
Carson's Instagram is studded with behind-the-scenes shots from The Perfectionists, red carpet photos from the Golden Globe Awards, and selfies with the blue wig that her character Evie sports in Descendants ("I love it so much," she says). Her feed is professional without looking too polished, perhaps because she still runs her Instagram account herself - all the show's stars do. The platform is a way to connect with fans, but Carson is quick to assert that it only represents her public self.
"'Sofia Carson' is who I am to the world, but behind closed doors, I am a version of Sofia Carson [that's] different than what you see," she says. "And I want to keep that private. I want to keep that to myself. There are certain things, especially career moments, that I want to share with the world. I pick and choose as I go, but I like to keep my romantic life and my family life private."
It's a completely understandable sentiment, but in a world where paparazzi park outside Starbucks and fan culture suggests that celebrities owe complete transparency, how realistic is it to keep up appearances and maintain a real sense of privacy?
Social media fame is a double-edged sword that Sasha Pieterse knows all too well. On Pretty Little Liars, she played the one and only Alison, whose alleged murder kicked off the plot of the entire series. On The Perfectionists, Alison returns as a professor at the fictional Beacon University. In the pilot episode, a character notably describes her transformation as one "from mean girl to mentor." While Pieterse spent years playing the "mean girl" on screen, she strives to be the latter to her fans.
"Society puts this mask on, and social media has given such a perfect outlet for that," she says. "It's very frustrating at times because everything is documented, whether it's good or bad. You have to choose what you want to be and what you want to put out there."
During her post-PLL stint on Dancing With the Stars, Pieterse put something very personal "out there": her diagnosis of polycystic ovary syndrome, a chronic hormonal disorder that can lead to female infertility. The condition affects up to five million women of reproductive age in the US alone and can contribute to the development of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, acne, and rapid weight gain.
While this was the first time she revealed her diagnosis publicly, Pieterse, who had gained 70 pounds, was open about her years-long struggle with weight fluctuations due to a hormonal imbalance. In 2015, she posted an Instagram saying that she was "under construction" and thanked fans for their support. But by the following year, the body-shaming comments on her social media profiles had become so cruel that she penned an emotional letter. In it, she detailed that not only had people assumed she was pregnant during the throes of her weight gain, but even after she went public with the news of her hormonal disorder, she was disturbed at the number of women who tore her down.
"When I finally figured out what was happening, I felt like I had to say something," she says, looking every bit a life-size porcelain doll in a pink lace dress with dark lips and flawless skin. "Not just for myself, but for awareness. So many women have PCOS and they don't even know. There are so many women that have it and don't talk about it. It's sad that it's taboo."
Though Pieterse wasn't initially a key player as one of the four main stars of Pretty Little Liars, her role grew when it turned out - spoiler alert - her character wasn't actually in the ubiquitous casket. Alison clawed her way out of her burial plot in season four, becoming a series regular until the final episode aired after seven twisty seasons.
The show was wildly successful out the gate, due in part to the rabid fanbase for Sara Shepard's book series of the same name. The YA boom was beginning to fade out on the big screen as the final Harry Potter movie was released and the penultimate Twilight took its bow, but Shepard's whodunnit story, filled with cliffhangers, lent itself to the small screen. The series snagged 4.2 million viewers for season one's Winter premiere - an immense win for Freeform (then ABC Family), and an even bigger win for Lucy Hale, Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, and Shay Mitchell, the show's leads.
While viewership remained steady in the two to three million range for years, live viewership had dropped considerably by the grand finale in 2017 - but curiously, social media engagement had not. The series's swan song generated 1.7 million tweets, becoming one of the year's most talked-about episodes of television. The social media success was due in part to the stars, who would live-tweet episodes for the fans, hash out theories with critics, and share precious behind-the-scenes photos on Instagram.
Shepard released the first book in the Perfectionists series while PLL was still on-air in 2015. The two book series stand alone, but Freeform has chosen to weave in characters from PLL in hopes that it can again capture lightning in a bottle. The spinoff has the potential to be another blockbuster for the network, and the five leads again face questions of how to balance fame, reality, and an ever-growing fan appetite for social media content.
Young stars appeal to young audiences, and while adults may know the difference between reality and perception, kids and teens may not. If young celebrities choose to promote perfection, are they doing a disservice to fans? Do they owe it to young followers to come clean about their flaws?
"You never know what someone's going through," Pieterse continues. "Assumptions are really scary - not just with PCOS or the way that I look, but the way we perceive and judge everybody before knowing what's going on in their lives. I don't think it's always negative to want to be better and want people to experience the good parts of you. That makes sense to me, but I think we've gone too far, whether it's editing your photos in Photoshop or making your life look a certain way when it may not be as perfect as you're projecting."
Joining Sasha in the "old guard" is Janel Parrish, whose character has also undergone a transformation since the early days of PLL. Mona, once a social climber hungry for status, is now a counselor at the college. While Parrish is 30 to Pieterse's 23, both exude a quiet confidence that comes with years of juggling personal life with the demands of a successful TV show. Both got married last year, and both revealed exclusive wedding photos in high-profile magazines.
Parrish embraces her big sister role among the cast and feels very protective of the other actors, who she calls her "littles." But while she is the oldest cast member, she denies being the wisest: "Sasha's not much younger than me, but I always go to her for life advice because she's one of the wisest, most mature people I've ever met."
On the day of our interview, Parrish is energetic and eager to make eye contact. She hasn't gone through hair and makeup yet, and her beautiful bare skin indicates she's been blessed with great genes and a natural glow.
When I ask her about how the image of fame contrasts with reality, she draws parallels between the perils of social media and the plot of her show. "Hollywood can look like - and sometimes is - a very glamorous business and a very glamorous world," Parrish says. "But people don't always see the things underneath, like the really long hours or shooting in the rain and being freezing, and pretending that it's Summer."
Being an actor requires some amount of make-believe, and that theme extends to the themes of the show. "These perfectionists, they look so beautiful and perfect - perfect grades, the perfect couple - but there's all this darkness and struggle underneath. Trying to be a perfectionist can kind of drive you mad at times."
Darkness, indeed. The Perfectionists follows a similar story arc as PLL: a group of students in a small, idyllic town unite to unravel an all-consuming murder. In many ways it will feel familiar to fans, but the story has graduated to a new level - and not just because it takes place on a college campus. There are far more sinister things going on among the characters, and they're hinted at throughout the first episode.
"It is this seemingly perfect world on the exterior, and then once you crack the surface, you find imperfections and lies and darkness that we all have inside of each of us," says Carson. "I think the darkness gets heightened in our search for perfection. I think that's kind of infiltrated into everyone's world now through social media. Our world consumed by this strife for this unattainable perfection. That is harmful."
The tone of the show is ominous, but on this day, the set is filled with laughter. Some of the girls are singing along to The Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand" in the hair and makeup area, dreaming aloud about macaroni salad (the kind with pineapple in it), and Eli Brown is scrolling through Instagram. His female costars have an obvious doting affection for the Hollywood newcomer, but he's still the odd man out on a set lined up with 44 pairs of heels and filled with dreamy pastel blouses. He's also not a candidate for the girls' night scheduled for that evening.
Just as they do on the show, each member of the cast takes on a different role within the group when the camera stops rolling. Carson is as quiet as a mouse on set (everywhere but in front of the camera), Pieterse and Parrish are chatty over prepackaged snacks, and Sydney Park is the life of the party. Her laugh can be heard from around the palatial mansion where we're shooting today. After completing her solo photo shoot to the tune of Rihanna's "Work," she's free to devour some dried mango while spitballing ideas for tonight's girls' night ritual.
"Trader Joe's is selling mini waffle sandwiches with caramel and ice cream," says Parrish, excited by an article on her phone.
"We could get those tonight," Pieterse says.
When I ask Park for her take on perfectionism, she's succinct, a trait likely sharpened by years of interacting with the press. While her name recognition may not be as high as that of her costars, she's been in Hollywood since 2006, when she scored a recurring role on That's So Raven at age 9. Since then, she's appeared on numerous TV series from Nickelodeon fare like Instant Mom to AMC's long-running hit The Walking Dead.
"You find yourself comparing yourself a lot to other people and their highlight reel - what you're seeing," she says. "We all do it. I'm not going to show the worst parts of me. I'm not going to show my bad days on Instagram. Some people do, but at least for what my job is, I have to keep this image, and it's a lot of pressure."
It's surprising to hear a wholly different take from her costars. Park recognizes the importance of seeming polished in her industry, and she's here for it.
"It's tough trying to maintain an image, whether that's being polished, or edgy, or sexy. Or, are you sexy enough? Are you pretty enough? Are you skinny enough? Are you thick enough? People are not really that forgiving out here. They always say Hollywood can just chew you up and spit you back out, and I definitely think that is an underlying theme in The Perfectionists as well. What will you do to get ahead? What will it take? And in Hollywood, you're constantly asking yourself those questions because of the insecurities that it breeds."
The Perfectionists sees Park playing Caitlin, a buttoned-up student who unwittingly stumbles onto an absolute mess of a murder. As is protocol for Sara Shepard's characters, it's clear from the get-go that Caitlin has her own trove of secrets. In contrast, Park lives her life out loud. The unrestrained actress swears like a sailor between shoots and belts out the lyrics to "Drunk in Love" during the group shoot.
"I don't really get a lot of hate, but obviously as you become more popular and people have more opinions, it's just a matter of turning your comments off. Post what you want to post, and don't worry about what everyone else says. It's not for them, really. I mean, if they have something negative to say, then that's on them."
If Park is the wild card, unabashed and unafraid, Eli Brown is the unsuspecting new kid on the block.
The 19-year-old actor, who plays the character of Dylan, was plucked out of Eugene, OR, for his first-ever onscreen role, which resulted from his first-ever audition, a fact that makes the hustling females on the cast groan in disbelief. Despite his lack of a résumé, Brown already has upwards of 35,000 followers on Instagram, where he posts a lot of black-and-white photos of idols Jeff Buckley and Jim Morrison.
When I ask him if he's alarmed that droves of new fans have already descended upon his comments, he replies, "It's kind of crazy, and the show's not even out. It comes with a lot of attention. And I don't like being the center of attention." He says this as he's twisted himself into a pretzel in his chair, his worn gray Fender t-shirt now obscured by a tangle of limbs. When I point this out, he smiles and unfurls his slender frame. Unlike the women of the cast, Brown isn't accustomed to press yet. He doesn't have long, thoughtful answers, and he projects a sense of apathy about how he's perceived. He's currently reading a Led Zeppelin biography - an actual paperback that may or may not be from his local library. When asked whose career he'd like his own to emulate, he says Meryl Streep (Park later laughs at this fact). The last show he watched was Entourage, which he's seen "from start to finish several times." His least favorite part of the job is the long hours he spends waiting for something to do. While a "hurry up and wait" pace is common on TV and movie sets, that reality leaves plenty of time for Eli to read a book while his costars happily kill time on their phones.
The whole "I don't care what you think of me" schtick isn't a late teens defense mechanism. He seems genuinely content to be disconnected from current pop culture. When I mention This Is Us, he asks, doe-eyed, "What's This Is Us?" It seems his costars call him "Grandpa Eli" for a reason.
No one understands the pressure these young stars will be under better than showrunner I. Marlene King. The driving force behind both PLL and The Perfectionists, King is a self-professed "mama bear" to her casts.
"We promote an on- and off-set environment where people feel like they can come to me and confide in me and just be truthful and honest," she tells me via a phone interview after the photo shoot. "We're all very supportive of each other. We call ourselves the PLL family, and we take care of each other like a family - it's not just a word we use."
I ask if it's difficult to see her TV kids cope with personal struggles in the public eye, as Pieterse did with her PCOS diagnosis.
"It's not easy," she admits. "People can be very cruel on social media, and I say just ignore the negative. It's hard sometimes, but don't react to it. Ignore it. Because you don't want to give those online bullies a platform to have a dialog with you."
She's right: no matter how much a celebrity shows off their life on social media, we can't purport to know them, not fully. There's a line between the Instagram fantasy and reality, albeit a blurry one (just ask Pieterse, who spoke with surprising fondness of a man in Germany who has a tattoo of her face). So what, if anything, is an actor's responsibility to their fans? What responsibility do any of us have to make the not-so-perfect details of our private lives, public?
"I think it's to be honest," says Carson. "To be 100 percent myself and to start conversations, and to be open about topics that I think are important. I believe that true beauty lies in imperfections and in our quirks. And what makes us different and what makes us beautiful lies in being imperfect."
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