Written by Ty Cole @tycoletv
Summer is known as a time to kick back, relax, and have a great time. But, it's not always sunny for some. Freeform's freshman series Cruel Summer is being called the best series on the network yet since Pretty Little Liars and critics agree.
Many are calling the show 'addictive' and 'compelling', with Variety's chief TV critic Daniel D'Addario saying the show "finds a way to tell a story that moves in unexpected directions". He also describes the program as "A show with a grabby premise but also a great deal on its mind.".
The story follows two young women: Kate Wallis (Olivia Holt), the popular girl with a charmed life who one day goes missing, and Jeanette Turner (Chiara Aurelia), the nerdy wannabe who is accused of being connected to Kate’s disappearance.
While many believe Jeanette is connected to the disappearance, the series makes viewers challenge their viewpoints as you begin to question if Kate is whom she claims to be. Set over three summers and shown from different perspectives, this show will unveil how one girl can go from being a sweet outlier to the most despised person in America.
Your Voice Magazine Correspondent, Ty Cole spoke with Brooklyn Sudano ("My Wife & Kids) who plays Angela Prescott, a bartender and current girlfriend to Greg, the father of Jeanette. Sudano shares how her character and Jeanette's relationship develops in the series as well as how she protects her own children.
Cole: Did you pull any inspiration from yourself to prepare for the role of Angela Prescott?
Sudano: "Angela is all me (laughs). She is one of the character's in this show who is okay with how her life is. She is coming to Skyland as a new person and while thrown into this situation, she feels fully formed as a person. Angela connects with Jeanette deeply because she's been a teenage girl. The insecurity, the anxiety, and trying to find her place in this world is universal."
Cole: How do you protect your own children while allowing them to go through growing pains?
Sudano: "There are social dynamics, and my goal is to always impart empathy as well as owning your mistakes. I want my children to have compassion when they make a mistake and having empathy while understanding when someone else makes a mistake and knowing it's okay. If they can't lean in on that, which I feel our society and culture should lean in more, I don't think there can be any growth and learnings."
Sudano also shares how she has been vaccinated and plans to see family and friends as Los Angeles opens up.
Sudano: "For me, I haven't seen some family members so I'm going to spend time with them next month. Reconnecting with people and friends that I haven't seen over a year. It's the summer of reconnection"
Watch Cruel Summer every Tuesday on Freeform at 9PM EST.