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Light that enters a prism refracts to become a rainbow, its beams bent and manipulated into something that stuns. There are people who are not used to that kind of light, who see brightness as something foreign and strange. There are others who would rather the light not enter their life at all, afraid of what it might reveal. Then, there are those who invite the light in – who, despite themselves and whatever fears they may harbor, are bursting at the seams with it – and the inevitable glow that follows testifies to the strength of their character.
“Risk taking is a part of life,” actress Halston Sage says, her words as incandescent as she is. “If you never take risks, you will never know what you are capable of doing. I am a big believer in making choices in life that are true to your values and your heart. If you know that the risk you are taking is for a cause that is true to what you believe in, then even if you fail, you will not have any regrets – you can only learn from the experience.”
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Halston Sage (Crisis) and Penny Johnson Jerald (Castle) have landed series-regular roles in Fox’s untitled live-action hourlong comedic drama created by and starring Seth MacFarlane. Jon Favreau is set to direct the first episode of the series, which is set in space 300 years in the future and follows the adventures of the Orville, a not-so-top-of-the-line exploratory ship in Earth’s interstellar fleet.
Character details for Sage and Johnson Jerald’s roles were not provided, as has been the case with other castmembers including Adrianne Palicki, Scott Grimes, Peter Macon and J Lee. Sage co-starred on the NBC series Crisis, and her recent film credits include Goosebumps, Paper Towns and Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. Repped by CAA and manager Jason Weinberg, she next appears in the features You Get Me and Before I Fall. Johnson Jerald was a regular on Castle for four seasons, played Sherry Palmer on 24 and was the titular character’s personal assistant Beverly on The Larry Sanders Show, among many other TV credits. She is repped by Mitchell K. Stubbs & Associates.
Awesomeness Films is ramping up its next project, and reteaming with Bella Thorne and Halston Sage to do it. The pair have signed on to star in You Get Me, a thriller being directed by The Jinx‘s Brent Bonacorso. Ben Epstein wrote the script. Production is set to begin next month primarily on location in Los Angeles.
The pic centers on Tyler, fresh out of an argument with his perfect girlfriend Ali (Sage), who lands in the arms of sexy out-of-towner Grace (Thorne). The morning after, he finds that not only does Ali agree to take him back, but Grace is a new student at their school and is dead set on her new man.
“We are thrilled to be working with Bella and Halston again. They are both incredibly talented actors and we can’t wait to bring this fresh thriller to audiences worldwide,” said Matt Kaplan, President of Awesomeness Films, the film arm of the DreamWorks Animation-Hearst multiplatform unit AwesomenessTV.
Thorne starred in Awesomeness Films’ Shovel Bodies which has its world premiere at SXSW next week. She’s also co-starring in The Weinstein Company’s Amityville: The Awakening which will bow next January. She is represented by WME and LBI Entertainment.
Sage, whose credits include the upcoming Neighbors 2, Fox’s Paper Towns with Cara Delevinge and Nat Wolff, is in Awesomeness Films’ Before I Fall, the pic based on Lauren Oliver’s bestselling novel that stars Zoey Deutch. Sage is repped by CAA and ROAR.
Bonacorso is repped by UTA and Underground, and Epstein by CAA and Think Tank Management.
In the horror comedy Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, out October 30, Halston Sage plays Kendall, a popular girl with a heart of gold who is described as having “clearly won the genetic lottery.” It’s a glib assessment that Sage, 22, has had to fight since she came to attention in 2014’s hit comedy Neighbors, in no small part due to an onscreen snog with costar Rose Byrne. The scene earned Sage an MTV Movie Award nomination for Best Kiss. “I’m proud of that!” Sage, who grew up in Los Angeles, says with a disarmingly nerdy chortle. “Getting to kiss Rose was a privilege. I still have a crush on her.”
Sage has been working to add substance to her bombshell roles—a struggle she has in common with Lacey Pemberton, the character she plays in the recent young-adult drama Paper Towns. Lacey, the not-so-clueless BFF of Cara Delevingne’s Margo, can’t seem to shed her ditzy reputation, despite the fact that she’s bound for the Ivy League. Sage’s surprisingly layered performance will no doubt lead to meatier roles for the actress, but for now she is donning the scream-queen crown, starring alongside Jack Black in an upcoming film adaptation of the YA Goosebumps horror books. “I’m ready to walk the streets like in Pretty Woman or get locked up in the loony bin Girl, Interrupted-style,” she insists. “I just have to be patient.”
Awesomeness Films has announced that Halston Sage, Logan Miller, and Kian Lawley will be joining Zoey Deutch as the stars of the upcoming movie, Before I Fall.
Diego Boneta (Scream Queens) and Elena Kampouris (Men, Women & Children) round out the cast, with Ry Russo-Young (Nobody Walks) directing.
Adapted from Lauren Oliver’s novel, Before I Fall stars Deutch (Vampire Academy) as a high school senior named Samantha Kingston with a seemingly perfect life, complete with a gorgeous boyfriend and inseparable best friends, until she’s stuck reliving one day of her life — Feb. 12 — over and over again.
Sage and Miller can be seen next in The Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, and Lawley, who is best known as a YouTube star, made his film debut in this summer’s horror flick The Chosen.
Awesomeness Films recently released Smosh: The Movie, and their upcoming projects include Snervous, a documentary about Tyler Oakley, and Dance Camp, a feature starring YouTube and Vine stars Meg DeAngelis and Jake Paul.
Production on Before I Fall will begin in November.
16 Who What Wear
If we’ve learned anything from The Fault in Our Stars, it’s that a John Green book-to-film adaptation is the young Hollywood stepping stone to superstardom. (See the IMDB pages of Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort.) It should come as no surprise then that all anyone can talk about these days is the budding cast of Green’s follow-up coming-of-age story, Paper Towns—an ensemble that includes Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, and the beauty on our radar right now, Halston Sage.
Sage, who you might remember as Zac Efron’s girlfriend in Neighbors, is a standout as Delevingne’s onscreen BFF Lacey Pemberton, a character she describes as real, not a stereotype. “I love how accurately it portrays young adults,” the 22-year-old tells us about Paper Towns. “It’s not the movie version of kids in high school; it’s the real version.” Off screen, the cast formed their own rendition of a high school clique, spending most of their time hanging at the diner up the street from where they lived and singing to Taylor Swift. “Every day on set there was a funny story,” says Sage. “It was such a good group of us. We all got along really well, and we became each other’s family because we were filming on location.” Back in Los Angeles, with the Towns press tour on the brain, the music lover (she names Ryan Adams, The Weekend, and The Black Keys among her favorites) admits she has a lot to look forward to, like reuniting with the cast and, of course, picking out her red carpet look. She’s already racked up an impressive sartorial résumé with past appearances, including the likes of Dior, Miu Miu, and Fausto Puglisi. “It’s one of my favorite parts about the publicity side of things,” she tells us over the phone. It’s a team effort, and I really enjoy the process.”
While Sage often gravitates toward a low-key look off the red carpet—complete with her favorite IRO leather jacket—she’s not afraid to experiment with a bold outfit from time to time, making her the perfect muse for today’s mixed-prints story. From high-impact top-and-skirt combos to captivating layering ideas, the star shows us just how easy (and cool!) it is to amp up your summer style. We dare you to try it!
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Halston Sage does not hold back on spilling secrets about her Paper Towns castmates. “We used to sing ‘Blank Space’ on set all the time,” she says of working on the road-trip adventure, the newest film adaptation of a beloved John Green novel. “John and Nat [Wolff] would kill me for saying that!” she adds with a laugh.
The bubbly 22-year-old is still recovering from the regular Taylor Swift sing-alongs and “pure fun” that came with playing Cara Delevingne’s on-screen BFF, Lacey Pemberton. Halston’s role in last year’s Neighbors (with then-rumored boyfriend Zac Efron) let her represent crazy college life; Paper Towns (shot in Charlotte, North Carolina), on the other hand, allowed her to relive high school. “The cast was together 24/7,” says the Los Angeles native. “I went to an all-girls school when I was younger, so being able to hang out with kids my age, live in an apartment building with them, and go to work with these people every day was really cool.”
From water-park antics to late-night milk shakes and sundaes at the diner, the experiences this crew shared formed a connection that’s sure to last—especially Halston’s relationship with a certain top model. “I know Cara and I are going to be lifelong friends,” she says. “Making a movie is like an accelerated version of growing up with someone. You spend so many hours a day with each other, and you’re putting your heart into this same effort.”
The best part of her performance? Bringing John Green’s words to life. “I would do a million more movies with John. He’s the coolest person I’ve ever met,” she says. We’re sure the feeling is mutual.
The former Nickelodeon star, who plays Lacey Pemberton in the film adaption of John Green’s beloved novel, talks about growing up.
PROVENANCE: Los Angeles.
CLASS ACT: The blonde beauty, whose breakout role was in Nickelodeon’s 2012 How to Rock series, started acting professionally in high school. “I would be in science class studying lines for my audition later that day, which isn’t great, but it was way more fun.”
RIDING HIGH: The actress is a champion equestrian. “It was the best thing I ever did for myself growing up. It taught me responsibility and gave me an athlete’s mentality—competitive but also appreciative of where hard work can get you. I carried that over into acting.”
BACK TO SCHOOL: Sage plays Lacey Pemberton in next month’s Paper Towns—the film adaptation of John Green’s beloved coming-of-age novel, which stars Cara Delevingne. “I went to an all-girls school, and I always felt like I missed out on a traditional high-school life. So when I was filming, it made up for that.”
HOME, SWEET HOME: “I am excited when I get a movie and I get to move somewhere for a certain amount of time. But I am a Cali girl. My family is here. The sun is here. It’s kind of hard to leave.”
Halston is being featured in Taylor Swift’s “Women Of Tomorrow” article in her issue where she took over Glamour UK to present the world with the ultimate #TAYLORPOWERISSUE. Taylor Swift is one of the most influential power women in the whole world and she’s picked 10 “Women of Tomorrow” who excite & inspire her! Halston Sage is along side some other amazing women like Gigi Hadid, Zendaya, Joey King, her Goosebumps co-star Odeya Rush, Amandla Stenberg, Suki Waterhouse, Martha Hunt, Georgia Nott of Broods and Hailee Steinfeld. Taylor wrote a few word about each women, here’s what she had to say about Halston:
“I met Halston over FaceTime when she was shooting ‘Paper Towns’ with my friend Cara Delevingne. She’s an all-American beauty with a smile that could put you into a trance. She reminds me of Rachel McAdams’ younger sister. The girl all the girls want to be friends with. And all the guys want to marry.”
There’s a dense history of teen stars scaling the depths of Nickelodeon evening programming: plunging into a sexed-up campaign or photo shoot; participating in some heavy-handed scandal; and then escaping out the other side, hopefully relatively unscathed—or at the very least an adult actor ready for a harried Lars von Trier close-up.
In comparison, 21-year-old Halston Sage’s journey so far has been, well, relatively easy. Her breakout television role—as Grace King on How To Rock—came with the character designation of “Lieutenant Perf,” the “Perf” hilariously short for perfect. And yet you don’t hate her for it. You can’t. Her energy’s fresh and hopeful, her smile—a mile wide and blinding—rolls open easily, equal parts seraphic and discerning. You get the feeling those qualities are the currency paying for all of these new experiences. That the actor who starred opposite Zac Efron in Nicholas Stoller’s 2014 film Neighbors; made an appearances in Sofia Coppola’s 2013 The Bling Ring; and currently has three films—Goosebumps, Paper Towns, and Scouts vs. Zombies—in post-production, will find wind on her back, sun on her face, prospects held tight in her palm.
On getting her start as an actor:
Acting was something that I always wanted to do and it was a passion of mine.
I think growing up in L.A. my parents were very cautious. They wanted to know: Was it something that I really loved, or was it something that I was just surrounded by. I started auditioning and then when I was 18, the same day college letters came out, I found out my pilot got picked up and it kind of made the decision for me. I’ve been going and having fun ever since.
On living away from home for the first time:
It was fun because it felt like college. I got lucky; I knew what I wanted to do with my life. I have my job (acting) and then I always joke around with people when they ask about school and I’m at the age where all my friends are graduating. I take online college courses when I’m not working so I always feel like I had that aspect of college—and then I have Neighbors. It’s just a little bit of a different college experience.
On filming Paper Towns:
We filmed in Charlotte, North Carolina. That was amazing because all the cast was staying in the same apartment building. We’d walk to breakfast on the weekends and spend the rest of the day together and end up at a diner around the corner from where we were staying at midnight. It was so much fun. Charlotte’s a great city.
On shooting in Chicago, North Carolina, and Atlanta all in one year:
I was shooting Scouts vs. Zombies and Goosebumps at the same time so I was between Atlanta and Los Angeles this summer and then I was in Charlotte the past three months. It was crazy, starting the year in Chicago [then going] to L.A., Atlanta, and North Carolina—at this time last year I would’ve never guessed that.
On being back home in Los Angeles:
It’s been nice because everything gets really quiet [in L.A.] around the holidays so I got to spend time with my family. That’s really important to me. I just got back to L.A. and it’s funny because something about Paper Towns: I’m so grateful for the friendships I walked away from it with. Nat [Wolff] just flew into Los Angeles. Cara [Delevingne] is here. I was with most of the cast on Monday and Tuesday. We’re even having this little reunion. We’ve only been away from each other for two weeks, but we all miss each other so much. It’s nice to have a little break but I’m ready to work again. I love working.
On her character Lacey Pemberton in Paper Towns:
[She’s a] quirky girl who’s going to Dartmouth, not just the standard popular girl, which is what I really liked about the character and I think that’s part of what’s so great about John Green’s projects. He writes these dynamic characters. In the book there’s a line in the play from a poem that says, “I contain multitudes.” And it’s true no person is one-dimensional and is one thing or one way. There’s little parts of people that make you fall in love with them and some are kind of weird and some we might not like but that’s what makes them real and not just a stereotype.
On what’s next:
I’d love to go to Italy—whether it’s work or vacation. I have to go. I’ve never been and it’s my dream spot. In terms of work I’m just looking for a great character. Whether that comes from TV or film, who knows? What I’m looking for is another great role and hopefully she lives in Italy, but if she lives in L.A.—that’s cool. If she lives in Atlanta—that’s great. If she lives in Canada—amazing.
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