ABC Family's 'Huge' starts June 28, starring Hayley Hasselhoff alongsideÂ Niki Blonksy.Â The show follows the lives of seven teenagers at aÂ weight-lossÂ 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,Â Huge, she will combine her passion for performance with her catwalk-curvy physique.The 17-year-old daughter of actor David Hasselhoff will star alongsideÂ Hairsprayâ€™s Niki Blonksy whenÂ HugeÂ premieres June 28th on ABC Family. The show follows the lives of seven teenagers at aÂ weight-lossÂ camp and their counselors, with a few sporadic sing-a-longs courtesy of Blonsky.â€œMy character comes from a dysfunctional family, and she sees herself as the big girl at school who eats lunch in the bathroom,â€ 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 theÂ summer. â€œThe popular girls take her under their wing,â€ said Hasselhoff of her character, â€œand the boys like her, but she has to choose to either be true to herself or see where this road takes her.â€Â
As a former plus-size model, Hasselhoff is no stranger to the struggle of the teenage self-image. â€œGrowing up I was very self conscious,â€ said the star, who spent four years in the modeling industry. â€œI remember looking at the other models and thinking, â€˜Thatâ€™s a real woman!â€™ People come in all different shapes and sizes.â€That seems to be a distinct difference between Hayley and her character: â€œIâ€™ve grown into myself and donâ€™t let negativity get in my way. I think Amber is more nervous about what people think.â€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 ofÂ HugeÂ as more than a battle with the bulge. â€œThis show will deal with serious issues that every teenager deals with,â€ said Hasselhoff, â€œlike 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.â€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 ownÂ skin, â€œYou just have to shut it out. It doesnâ€™t matter what people think of you. It only matters whatÂ youÂ think of you.â€