“Star-Crossed,” The CW’s newest drama, is a hard show to pin down. It’s a supernatural romance, sure, but the series, about alien teenagers integrating into a Louisiana high school 10 years in the future, also tackles some pretty heavy topics — segregation, racism and terminal illness, to name a few.
“It’s hard to fit the entire show into a nutshell,” admits star Aimee Teegarden. “I would say it’s a mixture of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ with ‘District 9.’ There’s a big sci-fi element to it but it’s also about the relationships and it’s also about mankind and prejudices we have about human beings.”
Teegarden plays Emery, a human teenager going to high school for the first time after recovering from an illness that kept her hospitalized most of her life. She immediately bonds with Roman (Matt Lanter), the alien boy she met briefly as a child when an Atrian spaceship crash-landed on Earth, and sparks fly.
“[Emery is] the human protagonist. She sort of ties all the stories together,” Teegarden tells Zap2it. “She has this magnetic relationship one of the Atrians, Roman, whom she tried to protect when his ship crash-landed and thinks that he got shot. Then, 10 years later, she’s going to high school for the first time, they’re getting integrated for the first time, and she ends up finding out that he was the boy she was trying to protect. So they start this romance, but society sort of puts the brakes on it.”
Playing a teenager again after spending years as a teen on “Friday Night Lights” seems like it could be a bummer, but Teegarden is not mad about being asked to play younger. “Champagne problems,” she says with a laugh.
Actually, being a bit older than her character gives her an insight into high school life that she didn’t have when she was actually in high school. “When I was in high school I was trying so hard to rush out of high school that I graduated when I was 15,” she says. “So maybe it’s like a weird karma sort of thing. I don’t know. But — champagne problems!”
Plus, Julie Taylor and Emery are very different types of teenage girls. There’s no denying Julie was oftentimes infuriating to watch.
Watch the full interview below, and tune in to the “Star-Crossed” premiere on Monday (Feb. 17) at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.