I Genuinely Can't Watch These Teen Shows The Same Way After Learning These 26 Behind-The-Scenes Facts

🚨 Warning: This post contains spoilers, including MAJOR ones for Cruel SummerTeen WolfPretty Little Liars, and 13 Reasons Why!!! 🚨

1.Lucy Hale was the one who encouraged Bailee Madison to audition for Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin.

Lucy Hale and Bailee Madison

Hale starred as Aria Montgomery in the OG Pretty Little Liars from 2010 to 2017. The pair have known each other since Madison was about 8 years old.

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In a recent interview with BuzzFeed, Madison said that she thinks Hale "manifested" her getting the part of Imogen in Original Sin. "Her energy is the best," Madison said. "We were at a workout class, and she just said, ‘Oh my god, I just had a thought! You should do the reboot that my friend Roberto [Aguirre-Sacasa] is doing of Pretty Little Liars.’ And I was like, 'Oh, that would be insane.'"

Bailee Madison

2.Three cast members from The Summer I Turned Pretty went to the same high school. Lola Tung (Belly), David Iacono (Cam), and Sean Kaufman (Steven) all attended LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts.

Lola Tung, David Iacono, and Sean Kaufman
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In an interview with BuzzFeed, series creator (and author of the books) Jenny Han explained: "Two of our cast members went to the same high school as Lola! It was funny — you wouldn't know when you were gonna see somebody that you knew from high school. David — and then Sean is two years older [than Lola], and I was like, 'Did you guys know each other?'"

Jenny Han

"I didn't expect Sean to remember me since I was a sophomore while he was a senior," Tung said in the same interview. "But I remember I was like, 'I remember you. I saw you in a show at my school!'"

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3.Chad Michael Murray almost played the other Scott brother on One Tree Hill. The creators initially wanted him to play Nathan, but Murray connected more with Lucas' character.

Lucas and Nathan Scott

Both Murray and his One Tree Hill character were raised by single parents. Murray's mother left the family when he was 10, and he and his siblings were raised by their father.

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4.On Teen Wolf, Allison's "I love you" to Scott during her death scene was actually improvised by Crystal Reed.

Allison and Scott

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Reed explained why she chose to add that line in: "As she was dying and she had her last breath, I was saying my lines, and I kept saying, 'I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you.' And I remember one of the producers came over and said, 'Please don’t say that because she loves Isaac.' [But] I do feel like Allison still loves Scott. And I think in that moment, she said she loves him because that’s still there. So it was hard for me to hold back those feelings because as an actor, I feel like that’s still there...but it was interesting for me as an actor because I so strongly felt the urge to say it to him even though she wasn’t supposed to."

Crystal Reed
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Here's the full scene:

5.On Ginny & Georgia, when Max's mother finds her secret Instagram page, she comes across a video of Max and her friend, Nora, taking shots. This was actually real footage of Sara Waisglass (who plays Max) and Chelsea Clark (who plays Norah) at a party.

Sara and Chelsea drinking

I'd party with these two any day, TBH.


6.You know that Season 1 Riverdale scene where Archie punches through the ice to save Cheryl? Welp, it turns out KJ Apa actually broke his hand doing that — and he didn't tell anyone on set about his injury.

KJ Apa
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In an interview with TVLine, Apa explained that it wasn't real ice, but a foam mat sitting on ice. "That was a gnarly day of shooting, I’ll tell you that much," he said. "I got a little bit too excited. [The mat]. … was cold, so I didn’t really feel it. It wasn’t until 20 minutes after that I realized I broke my hand. I didn’t tell anyone."

KJ Apa
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Here's the full interview:

7.Another bit of Riverdale trivia: Remember the scene in the Season 3 finale where Archie, Veronica, and Betty ominously toss Jughead's beanie into a fire? And Jughead is nowhere to be found? The scene was actually written that way because Cole Sprouse refused to film in the cold.

Archie, Betty, and Veronica
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In an interview with TVLine, the Riverdale cast revealed the truth behind filming that moment. "The only reason why that [scene] happened is 'cause Cole was cold that night," KJ Apa said.

Veronica, Betty, and Archie

Lili Reinhart (who plays Betty) added: "It was scripted all four of us, and he was like, 'I don't wanna do it,' so he didn't."

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You can watch the full interview here:

8.In Season 2 of Euphoria, Cassie's infamous "I am crazier!" line actually wasn't in the original script.

Cassie saying, "I am CRAZIER."

In an interview with The Cut, Sydney Sweeney (who plays Cassie) revealed that the scene was originally supposed to conclude with Nate (played by Jacob Elordi) calling out Cassie's hypocrisy. However, she and Elordi had other ideas for creator Sam Levinson. "Jacob and I did the scene as it was written, and we were like, 'There is so much more here that we could do that's pent up. Let us build it,'" Sweeney said.

Jacob Elordi and Sydney Sweeney

Levinson then rewrote the scene, and thus, Cassie's iconic outburst was born. "I let any judgment of myself go," Sweeney added. "I'm very proud of the meltdown Cassie had this season."

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9.Angus Cloud, who plays Fez on Euphoria, thought it was a scam when he was first invited to audition for the show. A producer randomly discovered the actor walking down a New York City street and approached him.

Fezco and Lexi

"I was confused and didn't want to give her my phone number," Cloud revealed in an interview with GQ. "I thought it was a scam."

Angus Cloud
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10.Chace Crawford, who played Nate on Gossip Girl, admitted that the first time he met Leighton Meester, he wasn't sure she was right for the role of Blair.

Chace Crawford
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"[I thought], 'I just don’t see her as Blair Waldorf. I can’t see it,'" Crawford said in an interview with Vanity Fair. But once Meester put on Blair's iconic headband and got into character, it all clicked into place for him. "I just remember thinking, 'That girl can act. She’s the perfect girl for this,'" Crawford said.

Leighton Meester and Chace Crawford
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11.The final shocking twist of Cruel Summer revealed that [SPOILER] Jeanette heard Kate cry for help in the basement and willingly left her there. However, that wasn't the original ending.

Screen shot from "Cruel Summer"

In an interview with Insider, showrunner Tia Napolitano explained: "This was not the plan from the beginning. When the idea first came up, we thought, 'Oh, that's crazy, we can't do that.' And then the more we thought about it, crazy felt like the right fit for our fans, to give us that one final twist."

Screen shot from "Cruel Summer"

"I think if there's anything to take away from Cruel Summer it's that we want to give people these labels of villain and victim, or heroes, and it's just not that black and white," Napolitano added. "I don't think Jeanette is a supervillain. I think she's a very complicated human, and we've seen the very worst thing that she's done."

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12.In the pilot of The O.C., Ryan (played by Ben McKenzie) and Marissa (played by Mischa Barton) bond over cigarettes in their first scene together. The moment when Ryan lights Marissa's cigarette with his own was improvised by McKenzie.

Marissa and Ryan

"So, the cigarette moment. Here’s the moment that was improvised by Ben, and kinda took Mischa by surprise," creator Josh Schwartz revealed in the pilot commentary. "And she seemed to be really charmed by it. I love that moment."

Ryan and Marissa

It was also the only time the network allowed the show to portray teens smoking cigarettes.


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13.On Veronica Mars, Jason Dohring (who played Logan) and Teddy Dunn (who played Duncan) originally auditioned for each other's roles — Dohring read for Duncan, and Dunn read for Logan.

Logan and Duncan
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14.When Never Have I Ever star Maitreyi Ramakrishnan was contacted by producers to fly out to LA and do a screen test for the role of Devi, she initially ignored the call because she thought it was spam.

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan
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15.Ryan Reynolds was offered the part of Xander on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but turned it down because he didn't want to play a high schooler.

Ryan Reynolds
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In an interview with The Star, Reynolds explained: "I love that show...but my biggest concern was that I didn't want to play a guy in high school. I had just come out of high school, and it was f*cking awful."

Ryan Reynolds
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16.On Pretty Little Liars, the storyline of Mona's "death" happened because the actor, Janel Parrish, was leaving the show temporarily to compete on Dancing with the Stars.

Mona's funeral

Mona was initially believed to be dead, and Alison was convicted of her murder. However, Mona later turned out to be alive.


"That was actually Marlene [King, showrunner] being a really great friend, because I went to her and I said, 'I have an opportunity to be on Dancing with the Stars. It's gonna take me away for, like, if I do well, three months,'" Parrish explained in an interview with BuzzFeed. "And she was like, 'Okay, we'll build it into the storyline. Maybe it'll be like, you die, but you don't actually die, and that'll be a big reveal.' And I was like, 'I love you. Thank you so much.' She was so supportive throughout all of that experience."

Janel Parrish
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17.Also on Pretty Little Liars, Sasha Pieterse (who played Alison) was only 13 in Season 1. The rest of the cast was in their early 20s.

sasha pieterse

The star allegedly lied about her age to get the role.


18.Joey was originally supposed to end up with Dawson, not Pacey, on Dawson's Creek.

Joey and Dawson
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At the 2015 ATX Festival, creator Kevin Williamson explained why they ultimately decided to switch the endgames. "Dawson seemed like the obvious answer, and once I got into writing the first hour. … This isn’t what the show set up to be. Maybe that’s where it started, but it evolved, and it ended up as something else," Williamson said. "I wanted it to be a twist on the teen genre but also wanted it to be surprising, honest, and real, and say something about soulmates and what soulmates can be. That’s why we did it that way.”

Joey and Pacey
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19.13 Reasons Why stars Dylan Minnette and Brandon Flynn (who played Clay and Justin, respectively) encouraged the writers to kill Justin's character off.

Justin and Clay

In an interview with BuzzFeed, Minnette explained that the cast knew from the very beginning that a character was going to die at the end of the show, but didn't know who. "People might hate me for this, but Brandon and I all season were really hoping it was gonna be Justin because we felt like it was what was going to leave the biggest mark and impact on the show in the end," Minnette said.

Justin and Clay

"Because we've seen [Justin] overcome so much struggling, and it seemed like he was a ticking time bomb no matter what, that it only made sense," Minnette continued. "In a way that is devastating, of course, but also is sort of fulfilling in a roundabout way to the character. [Brandon] and I all season were sort of not so subtly trying to nudge Brian, like, 'It should probably be Justin if you want to make the biggest impact.'"


20.Degrassi: The Next Generation creator Linda Schuyler asked the crew to pause while filming the episode "Time Stands Still" so that she could go give Aubrey Graham (aka Drake) a hug.


In the famous episode, Drake's character, Jimmy, was shot by fellow student Rick and became paralyzed from the waist down.


"I remember being in the editing room, and it was just chilling [to watch]. I had watched Jimmy's character fall and get up and go down again. So I said to my editor, 'I've just got to take a break,'" Linda said in an interview with BuzzFeed. "I went into the hallway, and there was a figure sauntering — the closer I got, I realized it was Aubrey. He had his headphones on, and he was just, you know, grooving. And I said, 'Aubrey, can I please give you a big hug? I've been watching you die so many times.'"

Linda Schuyler
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21.There's a deleted Degrassi: Next Class scene in Season 4 where Tristan gets mad at his boyfriend, Miles, for not wanting to label himself as gay.

Tristan and Miles

"Tristan gets mad because Miles says he doesn't just wanna be 'the gay writer,'" Lyle Lettau (who played Tristan) recalled in an interview with Adamo Ruggiero. "And I was the one in rehearsal being like, 'Yeah, but I don't get why Tristan's mad at Miles.' If Miles doesn't wanna be categorized as something...you should be able to make your own decision on that and not have someone like, mad at you."

Lyle and Adamo

Miles formally comes out as bisexual at the end of Season 4, Episode 3.


22.On Beverly Hills, 90210, Brenda's pregnancy scare storyline was written in because the network thought her character was "too happy" about losing her virginity to her boyfriend, Dylan, and that there needed to be "consequences."

Brenda and Dylan
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"I was strongly advised to write a show that would address the consequences of that sexual experience," creator Darren Starr explained in an interview with the New York Times. "So the first episode of the second season, Brenda broke up with Dylan because their relationship had gotten too mature."

Brenda and Dylan

23.Despite playing star wide receiver Spencer James on All American, actor Daniel Ezra is apparently terrible at football in real life.

Spencer James

Bonus fact: Ezra is British!

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24.Season 3 of Elite was originally supposed to be a mystery about a fire.

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In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, creator Dario Madrona explained: "For a while, there was going to be this massive fire in the school at the end of the season, and the mystery in flash-forwards would be both who provoked it and who died in it. It was a result of all the tension accumulated during the season since Polo came back to Las Encinas. And in the end, he turned himself in."


However Madrona's co-creator, Carlos Montero, was unhappy with the direction of the storyline, so they decided to change it.


25.The Vampire Diaries was originally going to end with BOTH Salvatore brothers dying to save Elena.

The Vampire Diaries
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"Both brothers [would] die in the name of saving their girl and then be watching her like ghosts," creator Julie Plec explained in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. "[Elena would go] off into the sunset to live her life and maybe marry Matt Donovan or maybe become a doctor, but those brothers would be side-by-side watching her live."

Elena and Damon

However, Plec changed her mind when she realized she wanted to see Damon and Elena's relationship play out until the end. "If Nina [Dobrev, who played Elena] had never left, I would’ve loved to have been able to see if Stefan and Elena could’ve found their way back to each other," Plec added. "I don’t know if they could have, but had that departure not been a part of it, the long game would’ve been to see if we could bring the love triangle back around before the series ended and really leave a choice."

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26.And finally, Glee used real slushies while filming Season 1.

Glee cast

"I swear [getting] slushied in the face is probably one of the most painful things I've ever experienced — it really is," Chris Colfer (who played Kurt) said in an interview with GQ. "It's like being bitch slapped by an iceberg."


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