Bella Thorne Is A Wild Child

Photographed by Dani Brubaker. Coat and dress by Prada, jeans by Re/done, hat by Worth & Worth by Orlando Palacios.

The former Disney star is saying “so long” to the House of Mouse

The following feature appears in the April 2016 issue of NYLON.

“My very first line of the film is ‘Choke on a cock,’” Bella Thorne says shortly after we sit down at a small Italian café in Studio City, California. She’s talking about her movie Shovel Buddies, which recently premiered at South by Southwest. If I had any doubt about the 18-year-old’s evolution from Disney Channel star to something a bit more, um, grown-up, this obliterates it. Though she does still seem to be easing into her edgier projects. “I tried removing one of the curse words and the directors were like, ‘Cut! Bella, we need that fuck back in there.’ And I was like, ‘But there are two prior fucks in the same sentence so I’m just curious if we need the last one.’ And they were like, ‘We do,’” she continues, laughing. For the self-proclaimed potty mouth, this isn’t a huge stretch, but for people who only know the stunning redhead from her three seasons as CeCe on Disney’s scripted dance show Shake It Up (co-starring Zendaya, whom she affectionately calls “Z”), it might be somewhat of a surprise. It seems like a change the outspoken teenager has long been ready for, though. “People have always told me I’m too mature for my age,” she says, enthusiastically shaking red pepper flakes onto a bowl of penne pasta smothered in butter and garlic. Perhaps that’s a result of growing up in the industry. Or maybe it’s why she’s so good at what she does. 

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Photographed by Dani Brubaker. Jacket and shirt by Dries van Noten, skirt by Adam Selman, Thorne’s own jewelry worn throughout.

Thorne was only six months old when she accidentally landed her first job, on her older brother Remy’s modeling shoot: “I legit crawled toward the camera,” says Thorne. And she’s been working ever since, first as a model (she was the face of Guess Kids in the 2000s), then as an actress—HBO’s Big Love, MTV’s Scream series, and the Adam Sandler–Drew Barrymore flick Blended are all on her lengthy résumé. The multi-hyphenate has even put out a pop EP, and written a young-adult book series, including Autumn Falls, Autumn’s Kiss, and a third book, which is in the works (a particularly satisfying accomplishment since she was diagnosed with dyslexia as a kid).


Photographed by Dani Brubaker. Coat by Gucci, sweater by Topshop Unique, stylist’s own hat.

But as mature as Thorne seems, she’s still a teenager. Her phone dings throughout our chat (in her defense, she rarely looks at it), and though she shows up for our interview looking like a style icon in leather athleisure pants, striped slip-on sneakers, a gray cropped T-shirt, and a Dsquared2 leather jacket, she’s also hugging a pillow (it was a long, early ride to her NYLON photo shoot that just wrapped, she explains). In October, she celebrated her 18th birthday at Six Flags. But her normal teenage experiences are tinged by the sheen of superstardom: After she failed her first driver’s permit test, the DMV employee who graded it asked for a selfie.

Photographed by Dani Brubaker. Jacket and dress by Chanel, hat by Worth & Worth by Orlando Palacios.

A major cat fanatic (and mom to fur babies Louis and Lola), Thorne has a small cat tattoo behind her left ear, and more piercings than it seems like her ears would have space for—further evidence of her transition away from on-screen wholesomeness. “Finally, when I got off the [Disney] Channel, I stopped listening to people telling me that I needed to be this and that,” she says. “I literally would talk with a higher voice in interviews because that was the whole innocent Disney appeal.” But she soon decided that “my fans are going to love me and stick with me whether I’m wearing a crop top and a short skirt or not.”

Her newest film may test this theory. In Amityville: The Awakening—the latest installment of the classic horror franchise out this month—she plays Belle, a teen whose family moves into a strange house where unexplained things keep happening and she suffers blood-curdling nightmares. It’s much darker than the fare that Thorne’s best known for, but, she insists, it’s more up her alley-—an alley she’s barreling down with full force. “This,” she says definitively, “is my year of badassness.”

Photographed by Dani Brubaker. Coat by Sonia by Sonia Rykiel, dress by McQ.

Rebel, Rebel: A debauchery-fueled game of "Have You Ever" with Bella Thorne

Have you ever used a fake ID?

Yeah, of course, but can I just tell you what I used it for? To get into a comedy club! Why do you have to be 21? I’m old enough to get the jokes.

Have you ever cheated on a test?

Like a school test? No, I pretty much just failed them. But I would’ve really liked to have cheated on my driver’s permit test. 

Have you ever lied to your mom about where you were going?

Yeah, once. I said I was going to lunch with my sister, but really I was going on a date with a boy she didn’t like. 

Have you ever stolen someone else’s boyfriend?

No, I’m really against doing that, but I’ve had a girl do it to me, like, twice!

Have you ever stolen anything?

I stole a lip gloss once; I got in real trouble for that. I’m really not good at hiding shit. 

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We also see Margot Robbie take on Sharon Tate

The new trailer for Quentin Tarantino's upcoming movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood gives a look at the Manson Family. In the previous clip, we saw Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio at their funniest. Now, we get to see Margot Robbie take on actress Sharon Tate, Lena Dunham become a cult member, and how the fictional and real-life story lines will intersect in the film.

Per a press release, the film—that follows a fictional story set around the time of the real-life Manson murders—"visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore."

In this clip, after being introduced to Dalton and Booth, viewers get to see how the latter ends up mingling with the Manson Family. As Booth picks up a girl (Margaret Qualley) on the side of the road, he unknowingly welcomes a Manson family member into his life and begins to visit their ranch. The fiction and real-life stories intersect when we find out that Dalton lives next store to Tate, who was murdered by the members of Charles Manson's cult in 1969.

Watch the new trailer for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood ahead of its July 26 theatrical release, below.


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This photo proves that they are the chillest onscreen family

Sophie Turner just posted a photo of herself, Maisie Williams, and Isaac Hempstead Wright—aka the Stark siblings—to her Instagram, showing just what the three used to get up to when the Game of Thrones cameras weren't rolling.

The photo shows Wright looking quite pleased with himself while sitting on a makeshift throne, wearing no pants. As he should be, seeing as (spoiler) his character, Bran, won the Iron Throne this weekend. Williams, meanwhile, is looking way too cool to be involved in the shenanigans, wearing a pair of black sunglasses and staring absently off-camera. As for Turner, she's looking away from her onscreen brother, too, nervously smoking a Juul.

"The pack survived," Turner captioned the photo.

This photo just goes to prove that the Stark siblings are the chillest onscreen family. (It also proves, yet again, that Turner's social media is an absolute delight.)

We're actually a little sad that this footage didn't make it into the final season, considering how many modern-day objects have been spotted in the show's last few episodes.

Photo via @mileycyrus on Twitter

Meet Ashley

Miley Cyrus shared the trailer for her forthcoming Black Mirror episode, and it's basically Hannah Montana set in a dystopian future. Cyrus is a pink wig-wearing pop star named Ashley who is rolling out an in-home virtual assistant, named Ashley Too, that looks like her and shares her voice. But, as is the case with every Black Mirror episode, this technology is not as cute and fun as it's advertised to be.

In the trailer, we get the idea that Ashley is all about wanting fans to "believe" in themselves—but underneath that pink wig, maybe she doesn't feel that same self-love. After Ashley Too introduces herself to fan and new owner Rachel, promising to be her friend, we get a look at Ashley's darker side. She's depressed and tired of the pop star life. A record label executive says to several people in the room, "She doesn't understand how fragile all this is." As they consider upping her dose of medication, Ashley's life is on a downward slope. "It's getting so hard to keep doing this," she voices over glimpses of a police car chase, performances, and breakdowns backstage.

But back to the technology: Does Ashley's breakdown also mean the breakdown of Ashley Too? Looks like it. We see Rachel's virtual assistant screaming, "Get that cable out of my ass! Holy shit! Pull it out," breathing a sigh of relief as soon as they pull it out. A title card then reveals the episode name, "Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too."

Watch the full trailer and get a full view of Cyrus' cyborg-esque pop star look, below. Black Mirror returns to Netflix on June 5.

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Several actresses allegedly had "issues" with him

Lena Waithe's Showtime series, The Chi, just lost one of its main characters. Jason Mitchell, who was also set to appear in the Netflix film Desperados, has been dropped from both projects following multiple allegations of misconduct. He has also been dropped by his agent and manager.

Hollywood Reporter heard from a source "with knowledge" of The Chi, who says that Tiffany Boone, the actress who plays Mitchell's girlfriend on the show, is just one of several actresses who had "issues" with him. She eventually told producers at Fox21 that she could no longer work with him after filing several sexual harassment complaints. Apparently, her fiancé, Dear White People co-star Marque Richardson, would join her on set when she would shoot with Mitchell.

While news of Mitchell's alleged misconduct is just now beginning to surface, it looks like the ball started rolling on the fallout weeks ago. He was dropped from Desperados and replaced by Lamorne Morris before filming began. A source from the production team said that the producers received "specific information" that they reviewed and acted on quickly. Similarly, a source familiar with Mitchell's former agent, UTA, said the decision to drop him a few weeks ago was very quick following the allegations.

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Prior to the college admissions scandal, she said she doesn't "care about school"

Apparently, Olivia Jade wants to go back to school despite all those YouTube videos that suggested otherwise. Back in March, it was revealed that her mom, Fuller House actress Lori Loughlin, and dad, Mossimo Giannulli, had scammed Jade's way into the University of Southern California. Now, Loughlin faces jail time, and Jade lost out on plenty of lucrative ad partnerships.

According to Us Weekly, "Olivia Jade wants to go back to USC," per a source. "She didn't get officially kicked out and she is begging the school to let her back in." Another source though ousted Jade's real motivation to the publication. "She knows they won't let her in, so she's hoping this info gets out," they shared. "She wants to come out looking like she's changed, learned life lessons and is growing as a person, so she for sure wants people to think she is interested in her education."

Jade previously shared in a YouTube video she's in college for the "experience of like game days, partying" rather than the education. She also said, "I don't know how much of school I'm going to attend... I don't really care about school, as you guys all know." Though these statements were made prior to the scandal coming to light, her brand partnerships didn't come into question until her parents were indicted.

Right now, despite previous reports that Jade and her sister would both be dropping out of USC, Jade's enrollment has been placed on hold—meaning she cannot register for classes, or even withdraw from the school—until her parents' court case comes to a close. Then, the school will make its own decision as to how Jade will be affected. I think, either way, she should have to pay off a few of her classmates' loans for all the BS she pulled.