Wonderland.

Bella Thorne

Get to know the Disney darling.

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The trajectory for Disney Channel alumni is at a turning point. Where previously the channel’s offspring would streamline film, music and television with little more than a nod to their religious inclinations, today’s stars are adding political activism to the bill: what began with Miley Cyrus — long clued up on the LGBT+ cause — in 2017 has garnered a strong line up, and a female cast is dominating.

Amongst those initiating the change is Wonderland cover star (suited and booted above in the finest Tommy Hilfiger wares), Bella Thorne. You might have seen Thorne as Taylor Townsend junior in The OC circa 2007. Or as the bitch to Mae Whitman’s DUFF in 2015’s The Duff. Or perhaps most famously, as Cece Jones, Zendaya’s BFF in Disney’s seriously popular “buddy comedy” Shake It Up. Three years after the show wrapped the IRL friendship remains intact, with the pair joining forces at January’s Women’s March on Washington and cementing the moment with an Instagram embrace (194k likes and counting).

Reshaping the language of protest aside, the actor has been busy in the day job, with six films currently in post-production — including Midnight Sun, a romantic drama in which Thorne’s Katie Price, a 17 year old with a life-threatening sensitivity to sunlight, falls for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son Patrick while seeking solace in her guitar after dark.

Elsewhere, it’s the dramatisation of Rebecca Serle’s Famous in Love that’s keeping Twitter feeds occupied. Cast as Paige, your regular college student until a Hollywood audition leads to her Big Break™, the series explores Paige’s new life under the It Girl guise and the respective stresses such a label brings: co-star chemistry, jealous best friends and figuring out what a healthy work/life balance actually is.

Let us know when you find the winning combo, Bella. Until then, we get deep and meaningful with the 19 year old through the Proust Questionnaire.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Honestly, my perfect happiness is getting to lie in my bed all day, not having to leave the house while watching Netflix and eating Jalapeño poppers.

What is your greatest fear?

I really don’t like spiders. Snakes, I’m getting better with but not eels— still can’t do those. The Little Mermaid did not help their case.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

My fear of loneliness.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Why we getting all negative here?! But people do tend to judge a book by its cover.

Which living person do you most admire?

My sister Dani, she’s like my mom. She always helps me to make the right choices and be the most positive person I can be.

What is your greatest extravagance?

The most luxurious thing I can do is sleep, spoiling myself is allowing my body to rest.

What is your current state of mind?

My state of mind changes on a day to day basis. My mind is honestly in a thousand places all the time. There isn’t just one state, it’s like countries in here.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Wow, this is really mind fucking me right now.

On what occasion do you lie?

Almost never. I lied for so long, lying about myself and who I really was and now I have just made it a thing to be honest all the time. Maybe too honest, brutally honest. It gets me into trouble sometimes

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

It’s obvious, I talk about it all the time. I don’t like the acne.

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What is the quality you most like in a man?

Somebody who is able to be honest about what they have gone through in life and share that with me. Someone who is just all around positive. In this industry things can get negative real quick but I surround myself with my positive crew. So if you can’t be positive, you can’t be in the KREW.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Someone that will make me laugh. Same things that I would look for in a guy. If I were to be dating a girl, I would want them to be girly and be my little princess, I want to take care of her. But when I’m looking for friends that are girls I want them to be more tomboy, like me.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Dog/butt-hurt/homie/krew/chill.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

How would I know?! I’m only 19.

When and where were you happiest?

In my bed with my kitties.

Which talent would you most like to have?

The talent of driving a car. I really want to learn to skateboard. I also really want to be an overall more talented artist. I wish I had the talent of speed reading so I could read through scripts faster considering I read so many a day.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

I haven’t considered something a great achievement yet. But I am currently writing a series I will be working on for the next several years and when that comes out, that will be my greatest achievement.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

A kitty!

Where would you most like to live?

Where I live! I’m happy at home.

What is your most treasured possession?

My polaroid collection.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Perspective.

What is your favourite occupation?

Writing.

What is your most marked characteristic?

The red hair, which I don’t have right now and change often.

What do you most value in your friends?

People are diverse. And I like that about them but the main thing that’s constant is good energy. People who don’t just want to go out all the time, there is more to life than going out.

Who are your favourite writers?

James Patterson. I fell in love with Tonya Hearly’s Ghost Girl series. I don’t look for a specific book based on the writer, I really just enjoy reading various people’s perspectives.

Who is your hero of fiction?

I saw this movie Brave and that girl, Merida is one tough cookie. I like her. She ain’t need no man and is a badass with that bow and arrow. Another talent I want to acquire! Shooting a bow and arrow.

Who are your heroes in real life?

My best friend Alexa takes care of this girl Gabby who has cancer. She’s a little badass and stays strong everyday.

What are your favourite names?

Dani, Justin, October.

What is it that you most dislike?

Zucchini.

What is your greatest regret?

I try not to live life with regrets.

What is your motto?

Chill as fuck.

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Photography
Ben Rayner
Fashion
Amy Mach
Words
Zoe Whitfield
Hair
DJ Quintero
Make up
Deanna Melluso at WALLGROUP
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