Lucy Hale says she’s gearing up for a series like AMC’s next crime show rag doll all his life.
“I’m the first girl to listen to a real crime podcast or watch one of the cop shows,” Hale said during AMC’s TCA portion on Tuesday.
After listening to and observing the horrors of true crime, Hale is now at the center of a gruesome murder ring in rag doll. Adapted for TV by Freddy Syborn from Daniel Cole’s novel, the six-part series follows new DS Nathan Rose (Henry Lloyd-Hughes); her best friend and boss, DI Emily Baxter (Thalissa Teixeira); and the unit’s newest recruit, DC Lake Edmunds (Hale) as they uncover the mystery behind the six people who were murdered, dismembered and stitched together into a grotesque body – dubbed the “Ragdoll”. The team must find the “Ragdoll Killer” before he murders the victims for his next macabre creation.
For Hale, rag doll is a new step in his career – after his teen drama days of Pretty little Liars and its time on Katy Keene. The actress, who starred in Pretty little Liars from 2010 to 2017 and Katy Keen from 2018 to 2020, wanted to venture beyond the types of roles she was best known for, she said.
“When you’re part of something like Pretty little Liars Where Katy Keene, people really want to keep you in that box and I’m so grateful for those opportunities,” she said. “But, I made the conscious decision that after Katy Keen was cancelled, I knew that the next job I would do had to really excite me creatively.
The actress said her followers, who started following her with the ABC Family drama, “grew up with me” and think they too will take a leap into rag doll to continue their support.
The darker, more sinister AMC show isn’t just a new chapter in Hale’s career, but a new book, she said.
“Going to London and working with Sid Gentile, working with Freddy, I was so excited to work with Henry and Thalissa – it’s just elevated. I feel like I grew up working with everyone,” she said, “Not even a new chapter, but a new book for sure. A darker new book.”
rag doll will premiere on AMC on Thursday, November 11. Syborn will serve as lead writer and executive producer. The series will be produced by Sally Woodward Gentle and Lee Morris for Sid Gentle Films. McDermott and Kristin Jones are overseeing for AMC and Philippa Collie Cousins, Editor-in-Chief, Drama for UKTV will executive produce Alibi. Lizzie Rusbridger will produce. BBC Studios distributes the series internationally.