Harry Types — sure, the Harry Types — is taking his story to the small display.
The 24-year-old singer, who rose to stardom as one of many members of One Course and launched his first solo album final yr, will executive-produce a brand new fall present for CBS. The sitcom, which known as Joyful Collectively, stars Damon Wayans Jr. and Amber Stevens West as a 30-something married couple who’s fortunately settled into their quiet lives in suburbia — till a younger pop star, performed by Australian actor Felix Mallard, unexpectedly strikes in with them.
So what’s Types’ connection to the collection? Nicely, because it seems, the plot relies on a formative interval within the artist’s actual life. Within the early levels of One Course’s feverish success, contemporary off of their X Issue introduction, Types ended up crashing together with his good friend and mentor Ben Winston, then a filmmaker and now Emmy-winning government producer of The Late Late Present With James Corden. (Winston may even executive-produce Joyful Collectively.)
On the time, per Rolling Stone, Types had simply moved out of his household residence in Cheshire and wanted a spot to remain whereas work was being performed on his new place. He requested if he might briefly transfer in with Winston and his spouse, Meredith, who lived within the suburbs of London. Whereas she initially agreed to have him keep for 2 weeks, Types ended up sleeping on a mattress within the Winstons’ attic for 20 months.
“These 20 months had been after they went from being on a actuality present, X Issue, to being the biggest-selling artists on this planet,” Winston advised the journal final yr. “That time period, he was residing with us in probably the most mundane suburban state of affairs. Nobody ever came upon, actually. Even after we went out for a meal, it’s such a candy household neighborhood, nobody dreamed it was really him. However he made our home a house. And when he moved out, we had been gutted.”
Talking to PEOPLE on the CBS Upfront in New York Metropolis on Wednesday, the celebs of the present opened up about Types’ stage of involvement.
“I bought to talk with him when had been first deciding to do the present and he’s actually excited,” stated Mallard, 20. “He’s actually eager. He is aware of that it’s a narrative primarily based on his life, and he will get to provide a TV present which is implausible for his profession. So I feel he actually, actually does care.”
And whereas Mallard admits there’s positively some strain that comes with impersonating one of many largest pop stars on the planet, he’s discovered consolation in the truth that the collection doesn’t goal to be a direct illustration of Types’ life. However that doesn’t imply the singer gained’t be invested!
“That is his story, and though we’re not telling it precisely because it occurred, persons are going to ask questions — like, ‘Did this actually occur to you?’ ” stated Stevens West, 31. “So he’s going to care concerning the tales that we’re telling. I feel he’s going to have a reasonably robust presence as a producer.”
“I really feel like he’s a busy boy,” added Wayans Jr., 35. “However I’m pleased that he slapped his identify on this to assist legitimize the story that that is primarily based off of.”
And Mallard, who has been taking part in the guitar for 12 years, desires of hitting the studio with Types at some point.
“I’ve been taking part in music for therefore lengthy — guitar, bass, drums, piano. I performed in a band in highschool and we nonetheless jam every so often,” he stated. “I wrote some stuff with some buddies again residence and we’re trying to launch that. It’s a lot enjoyable. It’s such an enormous a part of my life and I really feel very lucky that I get to do it with this present. Hopefully I get to jam with Harry! That’d be insane.”