“I’m actually not leaving mattress all day tomorrow,” Lucy Hale tells me over the cellphone. It’s late within the afternoon on a Saturday, and the actress has spent the previous few hours enjoyable at her NYC house. Simply earlier than our name she watched Miss Americana, the Taylor Swift documentary on Netflix (which, similar), however in any other case has “nothing on the books for in the present day.”

Spending a Saturday binge-watching beneath the covers could sound just like the indulgent lifetime of an indolent younger celeb, however in Hale’s case, it’s a much-needed break from an in any other case packed lineup.

She’s bought rather a lot happening.

Lucy Hale

Gown, Sister Jane. Photograph by Colette Aboussouan.

On high of filming and selling her new CW present, Katy Keene, Hale’s additionally selling a horror film, Fantasy Island, which hits theaters Feb. 14 — proper after Katy Keene’s Feb. 6 premiere. At InStyle’s photograph shoot per week prior, it grew to become clear the actress didn’t actually have a second to see a health care provider when the season’s bugs started catching as much as her. A doctor got here to set as a substitute, and in between posing in poufy attire, Hale obtained vitamin pictures and antibiotics, in hopes of stopping a sore throat in its tracks and making certain she may sing in just a few days (as a result of, sure, her function as Katy entails singing, too). 

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“It is a busy month,” Hale says, someway sounding extra thrilled than exhausted or burdened. Even after rising from the dressing room post-shot, the actress’s wincing is short-lived. In a matter of minutes, she’s again to her bubbly self, smiling, cracking jokes, and holding yoga-like poses on high of a tiny field, making for some spectacular photos. “There are a number of thrilling issues happening. However what’s cool is that these tasks couldn’t be extra completely different if I attempted. They’re so polar-opposite.”

Lucy Hale

Prime, Solace London by way of Web-a-Porter; Earrings; Susan Alexandra. Photograph by Colette Aboussouan.

She does have a degree. Fantasy Island is a thriller impressed by the ‘70s sequence of the identical identify, the place her character has the possibility to enact revenge on somebody from her previous (“A complete Coke-and-popcorn film,” as Hale calls it). Katy Keene, alternatively, is one other installment within the Archie Comics household the place Hale performs the title function. She was a part of creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s dream casting for the present, which can be a direct spinoff from Riverdale: Katy is outdated buddies with Veronica Lodge; Pussycat Josie McCoy, performed by Ashleigh Murray, strikes into Katy’s house within the first episode. Nevertheless, as a substitute of being stuffed with, um, homicide, like its sibling sequence, it follows a younger, aspiring designer residing in NYC. She has an intense day job, a long-term boyfriend, and a bunch of buddies who social gathering Intercourse and the Metropolis-style on a Tuesday night time.

“After I first bought the script, I pictured it to be rather a lot like Riverdale, on this darkish, moody world,” Hale admits. “To my shock, it is virtually like a fairy story. There are a number of rom-com and musical components, and Katy’s story jogged my memory a number of my private one — shifting to LA at a younger age, an aspiring actor. All the characters throughout the present have a giant dream.”

Lucy Hale

Gown, Cynthia Rowley; Boots, AGL; Earrings, Susan Alexandra. Photograph by Colette Aboussouan.

Like Riverdale and one other member of the fam, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, the present is fashionable with a retro twist. Positive, Katy has an iPhone, however she additionally works at an upscale Macy’s-like division retailer (cleverly referred to as Lacy’s); takes PG-rated journeys to Coney Island; and attire completely in sequined, heart-embellished, red-and-pink outfits.

“I really feel like your wardrobe and the way you gown daily says a lot about who you might be, so moving into Katy’s garments helps me develop into her,” Hale says of the character’s signature fashion. “When you watch the present, you see her persona, you see the garments, and you are like, ‘That makes a lot sense.’”

Nevertheless, the actress doesn’t have any actual plans to start out incorporating these items into her personal on a regular basis life.

“I like pink, however I do not put on a number of it. I am far more informal, far more laidback, and I most likely by no means put on heels, whereas Katy is at all times in a skirt and heels, simply operating across the metropolis. Each time we’re filming outdoors, I am actually the one one carrying pink, whereas everybody’s in a black trench coat and flats.” 

Lucy Hale

Gown, Markarian; Earrings, & Different Tales. Photograph by Colette Aboussouan.

The colour scheme could also be candy, however the present does deal with critical points, too. Katy’s drag queen roommate, Jorge, AKA Ginger Lopez, is discriminated in opposition to whereas auditioning for Broadway reveals, and Katy works with some fairly terrible girls, who attempt to sabotage her profession and maintain her from getting promoted, purely out of jealously. A giant theme is how the trail to success will be removed from simple — one thing that, at 30 years outdated and with over 15 years within the enterprise, Hale is aware of all about.

“It is like three steps forward, one step again,” she says, referencing her personal trajectory. For each Fairly Little Liars, with its seven seasons and intense fandoms, there’s a short-lived Life Sentence (the CW present through which Hale performed a most cancers survivor was canceled after simply one season). “From the surface trying in, it seems to be like all the things goes nice, and you’ve got had it really easy, however it’s been such a journey. I am always studying and always rising. I believe studying to take care of rejection and negativity is type of a instrument in itself, and I do not know if I am going to ever fairly grasp it. However, you learn to take care of it. You type of create this barrier round your self so you possibly can simply energy via. I believe with that mentality, you are able to do something.”

After all, damaging feedback and critics nonetheless get to her. “I am simply a type of people who find themselves very delicate; I really feel all the things,” Hale says. Nevertheless, there’s one factor she does care much less about at this stage: her look.

“In my early twenties, late teenagers, oh my god — I used to be simply so onerous on myself. The way in which I regarded, how a lot I weighed, the meals I used to be consuming, my pores and skin, something. And I believe that is regular. However it’s good to be of an age the place I am accepting of the physique I am in, and I am accepting of myself, and I like myself, ? Like, it takes some time to get so far the place you are like, ‘Oh my god — I truly like who I’m.”

Lucy Hale

Gown, Ganni; Earrings, Roxanne Assoulin; Boots, AGL. Photograph by Colette Aboussouan.

It’s attainable that has one thing to do with shifting from LA to New York to movie Katy Keene, which Hale says has made her extra spontaneous and social; she now walks in every single place and is genuinely proud to have braved her first New York winter. She additionally says she’s spending extra time doing what she needs, somewhat than what she believes others assume she ought to do. Within the work sphere, which means Hale is just taking over roles that make her comfortable — and proper now that features partnering with Kyleena IUD, to assist girls make knowledgeable selections about contraception.

“As girls, now we have the precise to make our personal selections about our our bodies, and I believe that we’re at a vital time the place we have to maintain that energy. Getting an IUD simply made a number of sense with how busy I’m. I am single and I clearly don’t need youngsters proper now. This is not a preachy dialog in direction of anybody, it is primarily simply, ‘Listed below are the details; ask questions after which finally resolve what’s finest for you.’” 

I can inform she’s selecting her phrases rigorously on the subject, calling to thoughts the documentary that Hale simply watched, Miss Americana, through which Swift says she has felt stress to do the precise factor and be seen because the ‘good lady,’ which may make navigating fame very tough.

“I used to be listening to her discuss approval, and simply desirous to be good and do good, and felt so heard,” Hale says of the movie. “I used to be like, ‘I really feel seen. I really feel seen!’”

Lucy Hale

Prime, Solance London by way of Web-a-Porter; Earrings, Susan Alexandra. Photograph by Colette Aboussouan.

On the plus aspect, Hale has come to simply accept her errors — even the “colossally silly issues” that, fortunately, occurred behind the scenes and can by no means develop into a headline. Positive, she’s within the means of getting just a few tattoos eliminated, however it’s been errors like these that helped form her into the particular person she is in the present day. 

“I’m sort of on the level the place I am like, ‘Oh, I could make errors and I can arise for myself, and I can do X, Y, and Z and nonetheless be good,’” she says. Very similar to how Hale is ready to work onerous and loosen up onerous, seem in scary motion pictures after which play a perky, pink-loving Katy Keene, she is aware of that life is all about stability. “My concept of excellent has shifted as I’ve gotten older. Good would not equal angel. Good will be angel…with an angle.”

Pictures by Colette Aboussouan. Hair by Anthony Campbell. Make-up by Robert Sesnek. Styled by Samantha Sutton, assisted by Tara Gonzalez. Artwork course and manufacturing by Kelly Chiello.