Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

It Took 'Life Sentence' to Get Lucy Hale Back to Work; by Rick Bentley

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

It Took 'Life Sentence' to Get Lucy Hale Back to Work; by Rick Bentley

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Byline: Tribune News Service

LOS ANGELES -- Lucy Hale was ready for a break. She had just spent seven seasons on the hugely popular "Pretty Little Liars." The last thing she was thinking about was doing another TV series.

Then she got the script for "Life Sentence."

"I thought it was a really important story to tell," Hale says. "I wanted to be the girl who told that story. It came as a surprise to me that I signed on to do something so quickly but with me, if something resonates then I have to go do it. It's not every day that you read something you fall in love with.

"I have never been more proud of anything in my life. This series reminded me of what I love to do."

The story that pulled Hale back to work so quickly has her playing Stella, a young woman who has spent the last eight years living each day as if it could be her last because of a battle with cancer. She traveled the world, faced her darkest fears and found true love on a whirlwind trip to Paris. But the story doesn't end there. It airs at 9 p.m. Wednesdays on the CW network.

Stella's cancer has been cured, and now she must face the long-term consequences of the decisions she made, including marrying a total stranger. At the same time, she leans on those around her who have been living their own lies just to keep Stella from knowing the truth.

"All these things were hidden from Stella. She did live in a fantasy world. Her family tried to give her the best last years of her life. So you later find out that her family's about as dysfunctional as they come," Hale says. …

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