Hulu orders drama ‘Tell Me Lies,’ starring Grace Van Patten, straight to series

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Hulu recently announced the straight-to-series pickup of “Tell Me Lies,” starring Grace Van Patten.

Based on Carola Lovering’s novel of the same name, “Tell Me Lies” follows a tumultuous but intoxicating relationship as it unfolds over the course of eight years, according to a news release.

Van Patten will play Lucy Albright, who is on the surface a sheltered but well-adjusted girl from an affluent Long Island town. Her acerbic humor and often cool demeanor have earned her the label of “Ice Queen” among her friends. But beneath her confident façade, Lucy is hiding a childhood trauma that has left her feeling disconnected from her peers.

When Lucy Albright and Stephen DeMarco meet at college, they are at that formative age when seemingly mundane choices lead the way to irrevocable consequences. Although their relationship begins like any typical campus romance, they quickly fall into an addictive entanglement that will permanently alter not only their lives but also the lives of everyone around them.

Meaghan Oppenheimer (“Queen America,” “Fear the Walking Dead”) will executive produce and write the pilot.

Emma Roberts and co-founder Karah Preiss are executive producing under their Belletrist banner. Laura Lewis executive produces for Rebelle Media, and Shannon Gibson executive produces for Vice Studios.

Matt Matruski will oversee the project for Belletrist, with Stephanie Noonan overseeing for Rebelle Media and Sam Schlaifer overseeing for Vice-owned Refinery29. Lovering will serve as a consulting producer.

The series comes to Hulu from 20th Television.

A graduate of LaGuardia High School of the Arts with a major in drama, Van Patten in 2017 was named one of Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch for her performance in “The Meyerowitz Stories.”

She currently stars in Hulu and David E. Kelley’s buzzy new limited series “Nine Perfect Strangers,” opposite Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy.

Van Patten also will soon be seen in Karen Cinorre’s independent feature “Mayday,” which premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival and will be released Oct. 1.

She has appeared in feature films such as “A Violent Heart,” “Good Posture,” “Tramps” and “Under the Silver Lake.” On stage, Van Patten starred as Joan of Arc in the Public Theater’s critically acclaimed production of Jane Anderson’s play “Mother of the Maid.” Her other credits include The New Groups production of “Whirligig and This Is Our Youth.”

On television, Van Patten has appeared in recurring roles in “Maniac,” “The Sopranos” and guest-star roles on “Boardwalk Empire” and “Law & Order: SVU.”

“Tell Me Lies” is the latest drama to join Hulu’s burgeoning slate of successful book adaptations, such as “11/22/63,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Little Fires Everywhere,” “Normal People,” the new “Nine Perfect Strangers” and the upcoming “Conversations with Friends.”


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