All The Times Bella Thorne & Her Famous In Love Character Were The Same Person

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Famous In Love isn’t like a regular show. It’s a cool show. Unlike all those series for Olds, the entire premiere season of the Freeform series is available to binge on its website. That means we’ve seen all of Paige Townsen’s Hollywood transformation from college student unknown to the kind of superstar who casually enjoys private jets.
Over the course of Famous In Love’s 10 episodes, I couldn’t stop noticing the similarities between Paige and her real-life portrayer, Bella Thorne. In the series, Paige goes to a sprawling casting call for upcoming blockbuster Locked and actually gets the part. Season 1 follows the young woman’s journey towards accepting her new billboard-ready persona.
Although Bella is a Hollywood veteran who started acting at the age of six and co-led a Disney Channel show by 13, she still has tons in common with her silver screen newbie character. Don’t believe us? Take a look at the gallery to see all the moments Paige and Bella are essentially the same person. You’ll never look at Famous In Love the same way again.
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When Paige Cared About Her Family

A lot of Famous In Love season 1 is dedicated to watching Paige obsessively try to keep her teacher father happy by staying in school. In fact, she attempts to leave a huge Hollywood party early just to keep her big role a secret from him.

Bella is just as dedicated to her family. The 19-year-old recently revealed she only auditioned for Disney Channel’s Shake It Up to save her family from homelessness.

"We were about to live physically on the street if I didn't have that role," she told podcast host Josh Horowitz. "We were living off Stouffer's coupons, and that's all we had to eat every day. That may not sound like a big deal to everybody, but when you're a single mom raising four kids with debt and you have nothing to your name, it's fucking shitty."
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When Paige Didn’t Know How To Dance

In that same interview, Bella says she told Shake It Up producers during her audition, “I don't sing. I don't dance. I'm basically tone deaf.”

Famous In Love episode 5, “Some Like It Not,” proves Paige cannot dance for her life.
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When Paige Bites Her Lip

Maybe you didn’t notice this, but Paige bites her lip so much. She bites her lip more than Sophia steals in Girlboss. And that’s a lot.

Paige’s constant lip biting may not be an acting choice but an Actual Bella Thorne Quirk. The real-life actress bites her lip so much, fans have been noting it on Twitter for years.
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When Paige Wasn’t Pretentious

When Paige meets her Locked production assistant Adam, he calls her “Ms. Townsen” out of respect. The new actress doesn’t have time for that and urges him to call her Paige, or really anything other than the self-serious Ms. Townsen.

Bella cares so little about labels in real life, she has a song called “Call It Whatever” with lyrics like, “Don’t care what people say, let’s call it whatever whatever.”
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When Paige Deals With On-Set Rivalries

Paige and Locked co-star Alexis (Niki Koss) have a rivalry worthy of Feud season 5.

While the actresses’ rivalry wasn’t created by their producers, Bella's real-life one was. "Zendaya and I were put in a very unfortunate position where we were kind of forced to compete against each other [during Shake It Up], which made the whole first season of the show just very awkward for us," she told J-14 in April 2015.
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When Paige Had Unlimited Cute Guy Friends

Paige is obviously surrounded by every type of hunky CW superhero show-ready guy possible, from Jake (Charlie DePew) and Rainer (Carter Jenkins) to Jordan (Keith Powers).

One look at Bella’s Instagram shows she knows as many cute guys IRL. And just like her character, Bella has found her in the middle of romance rumors with many of those good looking dudes, like Tyler Posey and Charlie Puth.
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When Paige Loved Food

Paige is a huge fan of delicious food. Rainer gets her to agree to go to Las Vegas just by mentioning double decker burgers, her birthday revolves around Mexican food, and there are always pancakes in her apartment.

Bella is so dedicated to eating “anything spicy, greasy, fried, with carbs, literally, everything,” she has ignored doctor’s orders to cut those items out of her diet. “I’m like, ‘I’m just going to deal with [my] chest cramps to be completely honest, because I won’t cut out my eating habits for anything,'” she told Galore magazine in June 2016.
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When Paige Was A Total Goof

Paige is a lovable spazz who doesn’t take a lot seriously unless her Locked job is at stake. This is a GIF of Bella onstage at the Fandom Awards. I see no difference.