First there were shows like Pretty Little Liars and The Vampire Diaries. Then we got hits such as Shadowhunters and The Shannara Chronicles. Most recently, Netflix gave us 13 Reasons Why. What do all of these have in common? They’re based on YA novels! Since we’re basically obsessed with book-to-television adaptions, is it any wonder we are all so frickin’ excited for Freeform’s newest release, Famous In Love, based on Rebecca Serle‘s best-selling books?
Not only is the new I. Marlene King (creator of PLL, FYI)-Rebecca Serle show airing on one of our fave teen-centric networks, but the program will also feel familiar to even those who haven’t read the paperbacks yet. Why? Because Bella Thorne isn’t the only well-known face who signed up to be a part of the project! In fact, basically every single one of the young stars who are in all ten episodes of the first season have been on another one of your favorite TV series in the past.
This beauty is by far the most famous actor on Famous in Love, having risen to fame on Disney Channel's Shake It Up! YEARS ago. But that's not the only teen-centric TV series the red-headed gal has appeared on.
The 19-year-old also had a minor role on MTV's Scream: The TV Show (*spoiler alert* she dies), but many often forget that she was on an episode of The O.C. back in the day, too! When she was just nine years old she played a young Taylor Townsend during a short flashback scene. Her character was a BIT of a know-it-all, but it's actually pretty adorable.
Katelyn was on 33 episodes of Big Time Rush with Carlos PenaVega, Kendall Schmidt, James Maslow and Logan Henderson as Jo Taylor (Kendall's GF from North Carolina). That's not the only teen TV show that Kate's been on, however...
Back when Freeform was still called ABC Family, Katelyn appeared on a few episodes of Secret Life of the American Teenager.
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C'mon — just TRY to tell us this face doesn't look hella familiar! You might recognize Keith from the recent blockbuster, Before I Fall, with Zoey Deutch, but the actor is no stranger to television.
He played an extra on Pretty Little Liars (maybe that's why Marlene knew to hire him for this show) and he was also on Freeform's Recovery Road AND played Theo on MTV's Faking It. If the name isn't ringing a bell, Theo was the undercover cop/narc who started dating Lauren!
Not a lot of people know that Charlie and the star of Famous in Love have actually worked together before! The 20-year-old actor had an uncredited role on Shake It Up! in 2010. The guy was also on a few episodes of the hilarious MTV show, Awkward. back in 2015, but FiL is def his big break!
On Famous in Love, Carter plays Rainer Devon, one part of the love triangle with Bella and Keith's characters, Paige and Jordan.
In the past, the actor played Eli Pataki on nine episodes of Unfabulous (we know... talk about a #GlowUp) and took on the role of Will on Sweet/Vicious. The dark-haired cutie reunited with Unfabulous co-star Emma Roberts in the flick Valentine's Day, too. So could Em perhaps make an appearance on Famous in Love? We've got our fingers crossed!
You must be a HUGE Big Time Rush fan if you can remember where you've seen this face before
In 2010, Georgie had the coveted role of "Pretty Girl #4" on the episode, "Big Time Dance." Suffice it to say, the actress has been moving her way up in the television industry since then and now plays Paige's hometown BFF/possible frenemy on the new Freeform show.
Fans of The Fosters know this face as Sally Benton on the successful show, but although Famous in Love is on the same network, Pepi is taking on a very different role.
Tangey Turner (Pep's character) used to be an super-famous pop star before mysteriously disappearing from the public eye. What's even MORE suspicious? Both of her exes happen to be the two involved in Paige's love-triangle, too. This is gonna be interesting!