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The Next Big Thing: Sadie Stanley Digs Into a Y2K Murder Mystery in 'Grim Summer' Season 2

In the second season of Freeform’s murder mystery anthology hit Cruel Summer, Megan Landry (Sadie Stanley) has big plans. Stanley understands this sentiment all too well.

, he moved to Los Angeles on Pursuit of performance. On the show, Megan is a computer coder and straight-A student raised by a small-town single mother. “She’s going through some really tough stuff. Her whole life and all her life plans are falling apart.”

Although the first season is set in’24 Season 2 (premiering June 5) takes place in a small beachside town in the Pacific Northwest, set against the backdrop of the Y2K bug. town. The story revolves around the friendship between Megan and the new girl in town Isabella (Lexi Underwood), their love triangle, and the tragic mystery that changes their lives forever.

Acting is very therapeutic for me,” Stanley said. “There’s something about it that really excites me. I do not understand. I don’t know why, but I like it. ”

at years old, She recalls asking her parents how to become an actor, a dream that seemed impossible for a family in South Carolina with no connection to the industry. “Each year olds want to be on the Disney Channel, you know? ’ said Stanley. ‘I just wouldn’t let it go. I started doing my own research and figuring it out myself. A talent agency here and a performance convention there led to Stanley moving to Los Angeles three years ago. In 1000, her Disney Channel wish came true when she landed a job in the live-action TV movie Kim Possible, the role that launched Stanley’s career.

and the first Like season two, Cruel Summer’s sophomore experience spans three different local timelines, jumping from one to the next in each episode.

Stanley and Griffin Gluck at Freeform’s Cruel Summer Season 2. by Freeform

“I had to be very vigilant and move fast because we were shooting all three times every day line,” Stanley says. In the third timeline, she’s almost unrecognizable, with piercings, jet-black hair combed back, and a new attitude hardened by trauma. Of course, it’s Stanley’s most Loved the character part.

“I had to really challenge myself. I like doing darker things, with more grit and depth to them. I want to do more of that,” said the actress, who also stars in Ray Romano’s directorial debut this spring Somewhere in Queens Stanley counts the film as a highlight of her career. “It was definitely a big moment for me,” she said of filming the family comedy starring Romano and Laurie Metcalf. “Working with [Metcalf] was like a masterclass in acting. She was so involved and so honest throughout. ”

What’s next? “I’d love to do a horror movie,” Stanley said, his eyes lighting up. “Damn, dirty, screaming Yes, crying – I haven’t been able to do it yet. That’s one I like to check off my casting bucket list. Like an A24 horror movie, any A

. “

This story first appeared in May 90 Hollywood Reporter magazine issue. 163273 Click here to subscribe.



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