Bella Thorne on ‘The Babysitter’ Sequel & Why She Feels ‘So Lucky’ With Boyfriend Benjamin Mascolo

Bella Thorne has been keeping busy amid quarantine — and has a few things up her sleeve. The 22-year-old actress continues to pave her own path and is thankful to have her “perfect” boyfriend, Benjamin Mascolo, by her side. Thorne and her Italian musician beau have been dating since April 2019.

I got so lucky with my Ben. He’s really just the perfect specimen and I honestly don’t know how I got so blessed with him,” Thorne tells ET’s Katie Krause while promoting her Netflix film, The Babysitter: Killer Queen. “I love constantly learning about his life and his culture and his everything. [It’s] just so interesting when you date someone that hasn’t grown up with the same moralistic values and the same things as you.

There’s so much conversation to be had. So we really got to really know each other,” she says about their time in quarantine, adding that the “five months away from each other was hard…I got very lucky.

Thorne has also been lucky in her career, and hopes to continue creating her empire. In the next decade, the actress wants to write another book, be able to spend more time with her loved ones and even get married.

There’s going to be another book. I’m working on it right now…But [in the next] 10 years, marriage, happiness, taking a break from thinking so hard, hopefully while running my empire,” she expresses. “Hopefully in 10 years I can kind of take a good breather, feel accomplished and feel good about myself.

She’s also writing a show, has the first two episodes written “and season arcs built out and what not.” While she doesn’t go into specifics about the show or share its title — “The title itself really gives the whole thing away” — Thorne does tease that “it’s definitely based in the industry.

It’s very dark. There’s a lot of young characters and parents, and we deal with the relationship between those,” she shares. “And all these characters really connect and intertwine throughout the whole series. Each episode, you kind of get a whole piece of that and it shocks you and then that kinda leads you into the next.

While fans have to wait to hear more about her series, she doesn’t hold back about The Babysitter sequel, The Babysitter: Killer Queen. Thorne reprises her role as cheerleader Allison.

It was so crazy having everybody back in this experience again, reliving these characters again,” she excitingly says, adding that it’s great “to be able to do a number two on a project that was so out there in the first place. To get to work with McG again and just be around his lively, sweet, endearing energy.”

Sharing that they “upped the ante” in the sequel, she adds that they had “a lot of fun going between a lot of the big jokes from the first movie. Kind of bringing those callbacks and just changing them a little bit with new characters. All of our new characters that are in it are just so fun. So out there. It’s very funny. It’s very good.

“I think the way they did it was smart,” she continues, before touching on the possibility of a third film. “They could make a number three. They really could. I wouldn’t put it past anybody on that set to think of some crazy new thing and how it works. I’m just like, will they bring us all back again? That would just be, you know, like, ‘Oh my goodness!’

For Thorne, it’s been important for her to fight for fully-developed female characters because, as she says, “almost every female in that industry has taken that on.” “To fight for a better world for our daughters, to kind of fight all these stigmas and all these boxes people put us into,” she notes. “You just have to. I feel like no matter what, I’ll always be fighting for it.

The actress has come a long way from her Disney Channel Shake It Up days — as has her former co-star, Zendaya. The two have blazed their own trails and she hates when they are compared or pitted against each other.

When you’ve got women and you’re growing up in the same market, even just as well other Disney stars, even if they’re not on the same show, you still get pitted against each other,” she relays. “And people are more likely to be like, ‘Hey, what are you doing?’ I think people love putting women against each other. It’s always this and that. It’s been happening to me and Zendaya since we started the damn show. It’s not a surprise.

As far as Thorne is concerned, she doesn’t let the negativity get to her, adding that she doesn’t read articles about herself.

I’m just not gonna waste my time hearing their negativity because I have better things to fill my head with. With growth, real growth,” she added. “And I think that when people are just really negative, then it’s harder to grow.

Thorne, meanwhile, couldn’t be happier to support her friend, especially after Zendaya got nominated for an Emmy for her role on Euphoria.

My goodness. I just hope she f**king wins,” Thorne exclaims. “The show is amazing. I love Sam Levinson. I love her, so I’m gonna have my fingers crossed the whole entire time. I’m going to be waiting for this acceptance speech!


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Bella Thorne Apologizes to Sex Workers After OnlyFans Uproar

Bella Thorne apologized to sex workers who criticized her decision to join OnlyFans, which many content creators feared could negatively impact their revenue streams and further stigmatize the work they do.

Remove the stigma behind sex, sex work, and the negativity that surrounds the word SEX itself by bringing a mainstream face to it that’s what I was trying to do, to help bring more faces to the site to create more revenue for content creators on the site,” Thorne wrote in a series of tweets Saturday, August 29th. “I wanted to bring attention to the site, the more people on the site the more likely of a chance to normalize the stigmas, and in trying to do this I hurt you.

OnlyFans is a subscription platform that allows creators to sell content directly to fans, and since arriving in 2016 has primarily been used by sex workers. Since the Covid-19 pandemic hit the United States in March, it’s seen an enormous spike in signups, with Beyoncé name-checking it on the “Savage” remix and celebrities like Cardi B and Black Chyna joining it as well. Last week, Thorne revealed that she was joining the platform, too, and immediately set a record, becoming the first creator to make more than $1 million in 24 hours, and then topping $2 million by the end of the week.

On social media, however, many sex workers who rely on OnlyFans expressed their discontent. Many worried that the mainstreaming of the platform would oversaturate the market and further marginalize sex workers who rely on it. (As Rolling Stone previously reported, many sex workers on OnlyFans have raised concerns that the platform is slowly pushing them out, a claim that OnlyFans has denied.) Additionally, after Thorne’s first-week windfall, OnlyFans implemented changes to how much content creators could be paid per post and in tips, which many suggested was tied to Thorne’s success; OnlyFans said the changes were “not based on any one user.


Sean Baker Says He’s Not Making a Movie With Bella Thorne About OnlyFans, Amid Backlash From Sex Workers

Indie filmmaker Sean Baker says he isn’t making any kind of movie about Bella Thorne and her record-breaking debut on OnlyFans.

In a statement Friday, Baker, whose credits include “The Florida Project” and “Tangerine,” disavowed any connection to a Thorne-OnlyFans project. His announcement comes after a backlash among sex workers who rely on income from OnlyFans about Thorne’s arrival on the subscription-based platform, which they believe has siphoned money away from their accounts. The social network has a reputation for hosting pornographic content, while Thorne has said she will not post nude content on OnlyFans.

Thorne, one-time star of Disney Channel’s “Shake It Up,” launched a $20-per-month OnlyFans account on Aug. 19. According to OnlyFans, she earned more than $1 million in her first 24 hours on the platform, setting a new record for the site. Thorne has since raked in upwards of $2 million from OnlyFans.

Last week, Thorne enthusiastically shared plans to make a documentary feature with Baker about her OnlyFans experience. In an Instagram post, the actor said she’s “excited to talk about the politics behind female body shaming & sex!!! With the amazing director sean baker who I’m proud to call my friend.

Baker, in a statement posted on Twitter Aug. 28, said he is not, in fact, making a film about OnlyFans and Thorne. “I would like to make it clear that the news of me making a film (documentary or fiction narrative) about Onlyfans and using Bella Thorne as research is false.

According to Baker, in a call earlier this month with Thorne, they discussed a potential project “in the far future” that would “focus on her life and the circumstances leading to her joining OnlyFans.

However, Baker said, “On that call, I advised her team to consult with sex workers and address the way she went about this as to NOT hurt the sex work industry… I am an ally and have literally devoted my career to tell stories that remove stigma and normalize lifestyles that are under attack. I would never do anything that could possibly hurt the community. So please know that this news is not correct.

Baker added that he is in development on two features “that I’ve put years of research and love into and neither of these films have anything to do with Ms. Thorne or Onlyfans.

Thorne has not directly commented on Baker’s statement distancing himself from an OnlyFans project with her. However, Thorne on Friday retweeted comments by Baby Gemini (@hedonistlovers), a porn performer who sells an $8 monthly subscription on OnlyFans for access to explicit videos and photos.

In the Twitter thread, Baby Gemini said Thorne, who was her landlord for a brief period and let her film in the family’s home, “is an advocate for sex workers & has personally spoke on how she wants to make it more ‘normalized’ in society.” But Thorne’s launch on OnlyFans “backfired due to the lack of knowledge pertaining to how OF works,” Baby Gemini continued.

Since I am very involved in [OnlyFans] and the online sex work community I reached out to Bella to meet up so we can speak on the real issues of sex work/onlyfans/gatekeeping and to educate as much as possible,” Baby Gemini wrote. “What happened to the smaller accounts because of the surge [by Thorne’s launch on OnlyFans] IS NOT FAIR… But we can work to fix !!!!! and I KNOW Bella agrees.

Earlier this week, Thorne discussed her plans to star in a film about OnlyFans that would be written and directed by Baker in an interview with the L.A. Times. She said she launched her OnlyFans account partly as research for the project.

I’m super stoked because we are both really interested in the politics of the movie and making sure there’s a strong voice,” Thorne told the publication. “It’s a feature we are researching as I’m living it currently. What are the ins and outs? What does a platform like this do to its users?… You can be me, or this talented girl from Montana, and OnlyFans could change your life — if you want it to, of course.”

In 2019, Pornhub premiered Thorne’s film directorial debut, the pornographic original short “Her & Him,” described as a “sexually explicit reimagining of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet.’” Among her acting credits, Thorne starred in Netflix horror film “The Babysitter” and appears in the sequel, “The Babysitter: Killer Queen,” set to be released Sept. 10.

OnlyFans says that since launching in September 2016, it has paid out more than $1 billion to creators. The service currently has more than 50 million registered users and 700,000 content creators, according to OnlyFans.


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