‘One of Us Is Lying’ stars tell the secrets of their new teenage show


It’s like “The Breakfast Club” – but an assassin turn.

The new peacock drama “One of Us Is Lying”, based on a best-selling novel of the same name, puts five teens together from various groups of their high school – but only four of them make it out alive.

“It’s a wonderful story, [author Karen McManus] “It’s very good to capture these archetypes and to be honest,” co-star Cooper van Grootel, 19, told The Post.

“I remember one day shooting ‘The Breakfast Club’ in our trailers. We were all eating our breakfast, and we saw a scene where they were sliding around the hallway. There are those archetypes from ‘The Breakfast Club’ that we see in the story. , We are able to get to know those characters in depth.

From left: Troublesome Nate (Cooper van Gruetel), Jack Cooper (Chibukem Uche), Outcast Simon (Mark McKenna), Popular Foot (Annalisa Cochrane) and the clever Bronwyn (Marianne Tejada).
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Premiere Thursday, October 7, “One of Us Lies” Bronwyn (Marianne Tejada), Drug-Dealing Troubleman Nate (Cooper Van Grootel), Star Athlete Cooper (Chibukem Uche, “The Tomorrow War”) and Popular Golden Girl Audi (Annalisa Cochrane) , “Cobra Kai”). Outcast Simon (Mark McKenna) is also in custody, but dies of an allergic reaction after he drops a drink filled with peanut oil.

The ensuing mystery traps them all, threatening to reveal their secrets as they run to find out what really happened. To complicate matters, everyone has a motive for killing Simon, as the boy uses the “Gossip Girl” SQ app to anonymously shed dirt on classmates. A group of seemingly different teenagers will see their lives escalate from the next play – and the bond of the cast will be offset, he said.

“The first day we met, it was at a North Hollywood diner,” Uche, 21. “We had to have lunch, and we were together for 9 hours. And from then on, ‘Well, I think we can work together!’ “

Ft (Annalisa Cochrane), left, Cooper (Chibukem Uche), Bronwyn (Marianne Tejada) and Nate (Cooper van Grootel) standing in the library
Foot (Annalisa Cochrane), left, “one of us lying”
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Each actor can relate to the prototype of their character in the high school hierarchy.

“I think Bronwyn has a lot of similarities,” Tejada said. “I was definitely a good student, not as straight as her! I definitely had some B’s and probably somewhere in C. She’s too heavy on her shoulders. I couldn’t relate to it but at such a young age, how she feels the burden of the world on her shoulders It is attractive because she has this little sister who is suffering from chronic illness and she has stress. Her parents work well.

Popular girl Addie (Annalisa Cochrane) smiles while sitting in the cafeteria
Popular girl Audi (Annalisa Cochrane) in “One of Us Lies”
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For Cochrane, on the other hand, Homecoming Queen Audi is her polar opponent.

“I was always a kind of tomboy. I grew up in India for a long time, so I was always a barefoot boy and climbing trees,” the 25-year-old said. “That’s my bread and butter. Until college, I was like, ‘Oh, I have to learn how to do makeup and do my hair!’ Yes, I stayed away from it in high school, but the older I get, the more I see boxes created by the stereotype.

“Because the book is so famous and has a huge fan following behind it, there is little pressure to represent these characters well and play them well,” Uche said. “So I guess I want to present a full, complete version of the character. You want to do it justice.”

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