ABC Family’s ‘Huge’ starts June 28, starring Hayley Hasselhoff alongside Niki Blonksy. The show follows the lives of seven teenagers at a weight-loss camp and their counselors, with a few sporadic sing-a-longs courtesy of Blonsky.
ElleGirl talks more about the new series for Hayley.
Hayley Hasselhoff has pursued careers as an actress and a plus-size model, but on her new series, Huge, she will combine her passion for performance with her catwalk-curvy physique.
The 17-year-old daughter of actor David Hasselhoff will star alongside Hairspray’s Niki Blonksy when Huge premieres June 28th on ABC Family. The show follows the lives of seven teenagers at a weight-loss camp and their counselors, with a few sporadic sing-a-longs courtesy of Blonsky.
“My character comes from a dysfunctional family, and she sees herself as the big girl at school who eats lunch in the bathroom,” said Hasselhoff of her character Amber. But when Amber saves up enough money to go to a weight-loss camp, she is the thinnest and prettiest girl of the summer. “The popular girls take her under their wing,” said Hasselhoff of her character, “and the boys like her, but she has to choose to either be true to herself or see where this road takes her.”
As a former plus-size model, Hasselhoff is no stranger to the struggle of the teenage self-image. “Growing up I was very self conscious,” said the star, who spent four years in the modeling industry. “I remember looking at the other models and thinking, ‘That’s a real woman!’ People come in all different shapes and sizes.”
That seems to be a distinct difference between Hayley and her character: “I’ve grown into myself and don’t let negativity get in my way. I think Amber is more nervous about what people think.”
While Amber is focused on dropping the pounds, convinced that being thin and beautiful is the only way to achieve happiness, Haley sees the story of Huge as more than a battle with the bulge. “This show will deal with serious issues that every teenager deals with,” said Hasselhoff, “like eating disorders, sexual orientation, panic attacks. But I really think this is a show about self-discovery. I think the viewers will learn something about themselves from watching it.”
To all of the young starlets who are tormented by flashing camera bulbs, and high school students just trying to make it through a Monday in their own skin, “You just have to shut it out. It doesn’t matter what people think of you. It only matters what you think of you.”