Lucy Hale says her crime drama “Ragdoll” is kicking off a new phase in her career.
“I wanted to do something a little surprising and a little different,” Hale, 32, told The Post. “I just feel like I’m in a different chapter of my life. I didn’t know what genre it would land in, but I still love this genre – I naturally gravitate towards this stuff. I love it. Killing Eve.
Premiering Thursday (November 11) on AMC+, “Ragdoll” is a six-episode dark thriller set in the UK and follows a team of detectives including DS Nathan Rose (Henry Lloyd-Hughes, “Killing Eve”), his friend and DI boss Emily Baxter (Thalissa Teixeira) and their unit’s new recruit, DC Lake Edmunds (Hale) as the trio try to catch a killer who sews his victims together in a grotesque way that has been dubbed ” the Ragdoll”.
To complicate matters, Rose has a personal past connection to the case, while Edmunds, an American, is green enough to wear mint leaves to wave under her nose at crime scenes (since she’s not not used to the smell of blood and death).
Hale is best known for romantic comedies and shows aimed at teenage audiences such as “Pretty Little Liars” and the “Riverdale” spin-off “Katy Keene,” which was axed after just one season in 2020.
“After my last television experience,” she said, referring to “Katy Keene” and its cancellation, “I wanted to do something darker and different and a little more adult. So, I’m just grateful that people gave me the chance to be a part of something really disturbing! I love it.”
Hale’s experience on “Ragdoll” was a case of life-initiating art, since, much like her character Edmunds, Hale was a fish out of water as an American on a British production.
“She’s not naive at all, but she’s new to this environment. She is new to this area of policing and I think she is relatively new to the UK. She’s probably been there for a year or two. I think she’s desperate to prove she belongs,” Hale said. “Baxter and Rose are a common pair, and she kind of got her way. She’s definitely a bit of a third wheel, but she breaks everyone in the sense that she works differently.
“There were some interesting parallels because as Lucy I was obviously in a foreign country. I had never lived or worked in London before, and I was meeting new people on this project which was very different to what I used to do. So I also wanted to prove that I belonged, that I wanted to do a good job. It was interesting to feel some of the things that Edmunds felt as well.
However, Hale hasn’t left lighter fare for darker drama for good. Coming soon, she’ll also star in a film adaptation of the hit romantic comedy novel “The Hating Game.”
“It was so much fun,” she said. “I loved the book and I love romantic comedies. There’s something good about knowing what’s going to happen at the end. [In] In contrast, for ‘Ragdoll’, we were like, ‘Who did this? I’m on the edge of my seat!’ There’s something really cool about watching a rom-com because you know they’re going to find love and it’ll be okay. Did it with my friend Austin Stowell, and it was awesome. I haven’t seen it yet, but it was great to film it. I know the book has some sort of cult following, so I’m sure they’re excited to see it.
And regarding the ‘Pretty Little Liars’ reboot that’s in the works at HBO Max, Hale said, “I’m definitely all for it. But, I don’t think I’m not going to be a part of it, except by watching it. I am very curious to see what they are doing.