STAR-CROSSED Post-Mortem: EPs Meredith Averill and Adele Lim Talk What’s Next for Roman and Julia (feat. Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Photos!)

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Last night was the premiere of the CW alien drama series STAR-CROSSED and it set up some wonderful storylines as the humans and Atrians began to take tentative steps towards integration and getting to know their fellow planet-mates. The sweeping romance of Roman (Matt Lanter) and Emery (Aimee Teegarden) is but one of the storylines being explored. Another storyline to be explored is now that Roman has healed Julia (Malese Jow), how will that effect them?

So if you watched the premiere of STAR-CROSSED, then these are likely to be a few of the burning questions on your mind that I got to pose to executive producers Meredith Averill and Adele Lim: [Read more…]

STAR-CROSSED Scoop: Chelsea Gilligan Talks Getting to Play a Bad-Ass Alien Girl

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One would think that one has to watch out for the boys in high school, but when confronted with the likes of an alien teen girl, most human teen boys are simply out of their league. In the new CW series STAR-CROSSED, Chelsea Gilligan portrays Teri, an Atrian teen who has more than a few tricks up her sleeve. Not helping matters is the fact that Teri believes in every fiber of her being that her destined love is Roman (Matt Lanter), an Atrian boy destined to rule their people one day. Teri’s life would be perfect if the Atrians had never crash landed on Earth ten years ago; but they did, and they have been virtual prisoners on Earth ever since. However, with new government mandate ordering seven Atrians to participate in a pilot integration program, Teri’s chance to finally stretch her wings and exercise her power has come. Attending a human high school may be the last thing she wants to do, but it affords plenty of opportunities to get outside their internment camp and discover what the world has to offer. It may provide the long-awaited opportunity to prove to Roman of their destined love. [Read more…]

Today’s TV Addict Top 5: Reasons to Take A Peek at the CW’s Alien Drama Series STAR-CROSSED

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There is much to appreciate in the new CW drama STAR-CROSSED. First, it has aliens. Second, they have very attractive aliens. Third, it has a lovely dash of romance running through the story. Fourth, it is not just a romance, there is a huge storyline involving rebels on both the human and alien sides who stir up quite a bit of trouble. And fifth, the show remembers to have fun.

STAR-CROSSED features a lively cast of young adults that embody the very essence of the characters created for them. They instinctively know that there is a time to laugh, to cry and to remember that there life-and-death stakes involved for these characters.

When the Atrians first crash on Earth, they were not warmly welcomed. Instead, they were hunted down like invaders and tossed into an internment camp known as the Sector. Only after 10 years of forced-incarceration do humans take the tentative steps to trying to integrate the Atrians into human society. It is done with marked reluctance on both sides as each is fearful of the other. The lack of understanding between the two species demands a level of compassion that few humans or Atrians seem to possess.

At this Winter’s Television Critic Association Press Tour, the producers and few of the stars of STAR-CROSSED provided some answers to what their show is about.

As introduced by Paul Hewitt, the CW’s head of publicity, STAR-CROSSED is described as an “intergalactic love story, where a boy meets girl after boy’s spaceship crashes on the planet’s surface and their budding relationship is tested amid the rising tensions between the human race and the alien species.”

Here are five reasons you should consider checking out STAR-CROSSED: [Read more…]

STAR-CROSSED Scoop: Greg Finley Talks Playing an Alien With A Secret

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It seems like each character on the new CW series STAR-CROSSED has a secret. In the case of Drake (Greg Finley), he finds himself having to hide a blossoming love affair. Maybe love is just contagious across the universe, but the Atrians are certainly not immune to it. After 10 years living amongst the humans has taught the Atrians one distinct lesson: humans are not all that much more different than them. In fact, outside of all those tattoos, humans and Atrians look a lot a like. It is any wonder then that Cupid’s arrow may strike both equally?

Drake may not have thought he could ever fall in love with a human, but to his great surprise, he does. Knowing full well that his fellow Atrians are not going to welcome a cross-species romance, Drake hides his love as a great secret. But what is a boy to do when the girl he loves may reciprocate those forbidden feelings?

In an exclusive interview from the set, star Greg Finley teased a bit about Drake’s epic love, Drake’s rocky past with the Trags, and how Drake may just be the Mercutio in this “Romeo and Juliet” tale: [Read more…]

STAR-CROSSED Scoop: Natalie Hall Talks Playing the Queen Bee of Marshall High

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It is nice to be queen. In the new CW series STAR-CROSSED, Natalie Hall portrays the social queen of Marshall High. Her character Taylor is the one everyone looks to for the social cues and she can literally make or break any social circle. But in a nice twist, this queen-bee is deep down a very nice girl. There will be no mean-girl tactics on her watch; well, unless they are rightfully deserved. Taylor is not only the social leader of the school, she is the fashion trend-setter too. Confident in her style, her social prowess and her power to keep things running smoothly under her watch, Taylor is a force of nature.

So when the government mandates that seven Atrian teens are going to be attending Marshall High as a trial integration program, Taylor wants to be the first to welcome them. But what Taylor never anticipates is that one of the aliens is going to catch her eye. Love truly does blossom in the most unexpected of places. If anyone had told Taylor that her destined true love would be found amongst the stars, she would have been the first to scoff at the idea. That is until the day she found it does.

In an exclusive interview from the set, star Natalie Hall talks about Taylor’s uncanny knack at being drawn to bad boys, the joy of working with her co-star Greg Finley and how Taylor embraces the political challenges that have come to Marshall High: [Read more…]

STAR-CROSSED Scoop: Grey Damon Talks Playing the Golden Boy Bridging Human and Alien Relations

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Unlike many stories where the school golden boy immediately takes umbrage to welcoming outsiders, the CW’s new series STAR-CROSSED threw in a curveball. In their story, the school’s most popular teen extends the olive branch and offers the new visitors his support. Perhaps it is because he wants to win the heart of the new girl in school, or perhaps he just does not think the newcomers are all that much different. Whatever the motivation it is a welcome surprise.

In an exclusive interview from the set, star Grey Damon talked about his character Grayson, a popular kid who surprises everyone: [Read more…]

STAR-CROSSED Scoop: Malese Jow Talks Portraying an Alien-Enthusiast Looking for a Miracle Cure

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In the new CW series STAR-CROSSED, humans have not exactly welcomed their alien visitors with open arms. But one of the humans who is more than a little curious and very excited to meet them is Julia (Malese Jow), a young teen stricken by a deadly disease. The Atrian visitors who crashed 10 years ago on Earth are rumored to have a miracle cure that can save her life. But with human/Atrian tensions at an all time high with the recent government order for a trial integration of seven Atrian teens into the local high school, Julia’s chances of finding out if there is a cure seems farther and farther away. But then as luck would have it, one of the Atrians is a boy that Julia’s best friend Emery (Aimee Teegarden) met years before and he may hold the key to the miracle that Julia is looking for.

In an exclusive interview from the set, star Malese Jow talked about Julia’s quest for a cure, her friendship with Emery, and how Julia is completely Team Roman: [Read more…]

STAR-CROSSED Scoop: Matt Lanter Talks the Struggles of Portraying an Alien Falling In Love While Battling Human Hostility

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In the new CW series, STAR-CROSSED, it is an epic tale of young love against the odds when an alien boy and a human girl meet under the most unusual of circumstances. From the first time you meet Roman (Matt Lanter), you will see why he gave his heart to a human girl. Even at the tender age of six, his instincts were to trust and protect the young human girl who befriended him. Ten years later when they are reunited under the government order for Atrians and human students to integrate, Roman instinctively knows Emery (Aimee Teegarden) is there and cannot help but gravitate towards her. So there is the undeniable pull of destiny at play and Roman is strong believer in destined love — because for Atrians, they only have one true love.

In an exclusive interview from the set, star Matt Lanter talked about Roman’s unshakeable love for Emery, as well as Roman’s conflicting sense of duty to his people as a future leader amongst the Atrians, and rising problem of the extremists on both sides: [Read more…]

STAR-CROSSED Scoop: Aimee Teegarden Talks Playing a Star-Crossed Romance Amongst Rising Tensions

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In a tale as classic as love found amongst the stars, the CW drama STAR-CROSSED introduces the story of a young girl who falls for a young alien boy. Meeting one’s soulmate from across the universe is enough to sweep any girl off her feet, but when the entire human race seems against welcoming the aliens who have crash landed on their planet, it makes falling in love all that much harder. STAR-CROSSED’s young lovers Emery (Aimee Teegarden) and Roman (Matt Lanter) will try to carve out time for their budding romance, but with hostility brewing amongst human and alien factions, the story of Emery and Roman will be laced with much inter-species tension and how they struggle to help each side see the better qualities in the other. The aliens, known as Atrians, are not all to be feared and viewed with suspicion, as they have many wonderful qualities and abilities that humans should embrace. But the Atrians are wary of letting the humans know about their special abilities out of fear that they would be exploited, instead of welcomed as equals.

In an exclusive interview from the set, star Aimee Teegarden talked about her character Emery’s mindset and her desire to see where a relationship with Roman may go, and how Emery’s best friend Julia (Malese Jow) feels about the mysterious Atrians that may hold a miracle cure to her deadly disease. [Read more…]

STAR-CROSSED Scoop: Executive Producers Adele Lim and Meredith Averill Talk Bringing A Mysterious Alien Culture To Earth

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The new CW series STAR-CROSSED introduces a world where aliens have crashed on Earth and been living amongst us for 10 years, though isolated in captivity. With a new government proposal to try to integrate the alien children into a local school system, a young teen girl and boy are reunited and a beautiful love story unfolds. But if only it were only a story of a star-crossed romance; instead STAR-CROSSED features a rich array of characters fleshing out the world of the Atrians and the humans as they try to live together amidst rising tensions of extremists unwilling to trust, understand and integrate the two cultures.

In a press interview, co-creators and executive producers Adele Lim and Meredith Averill previewed what issues the show shall explore and delve into as their teen drama plays out against a backdrop of alien-human rising tensions. [Read more…]