Mixing Passion With Business: Popular Star Bella Thorne Discusses Her New Weed Brand

At 22, Bella Thorne has done it all: artist, actress, musician, best-selling author, director and social media phenomenon (over 21 million followers!). Recently, she added another tag to her impressive list of accomplishments: cannabis entrepreneur. In October, the former Disney star teamed up with Glass House Group, a California-based vertically integrated cannabis and hemp company, to launch Forbidden Flowers, a new cannabis brand. For Thorne, it was the culmination of her long-time passion for cannabis as well as a desire to open another revenue stream for herself. So far, the budding business dynamo’s foray into the industry has been a smash success. Thorne kicked off the initial debut of Forbidden Flowers with a sold-out multi-week tour of retail locations across the Golden State that carry the brand.

But she’s not resting on her laurels. According to Thorne, there’s more to come: A new CBD brand is in the pipeline as well as a hemp line slated to open in new markets outside California next year. Brash and candid, Thorne shared her unfiltered thoughts on her new cannabis venture and how it stands apart from the clutter of other celebrity-minted weed brands.

This interview was edited for conciseness and clarity.

Iris Dorbian: What compelled you to launch a cannabis brand Forbidden Flowers? What were the motivating factors?

Bella Thorne: I have really wanted to get into the cannabis industry for a while now. I’ve been smoking weed for a good minute (laughs). When I was younger, I dealt heavily with anxiety and depression and weird eating habits and stomach problems. It was making me miserable. CBD oil and weed were the only things to help me. I don’t believe in pills. My other main reason was money. It’s another chapter, a step in the page of my mobilization.

Dorbian: How did you find out about Glass House Group?

Thorne: That was actually interesting. I’ve been trying different weeds from different places. I can’t smoke strong indoor weed. it hurts my throat too much. It’s sprayed. I only smoke outdoor grown weeds. I asked Glass House to work with me after going to their facilities. The managers treated their plants like babies. It literally needs love to grow.

Dorbian: There have been quite a few celebrities who have also launched their own cannabis lines recently. How does your brand Forbidden Flowers differ from the others?

Thorne: We go out of our way to be completely organic and we care about the flower which I think is a different step to take. We rather take our time rather than rushing it. If we sell out, then we have nothing to sell. We don’t just want to sell flower that’s not as good. We rather wait until our next batch is ready to be picked.

Dorbian: You have a massive amount of followers on social media. What has been their overall reaction to your new cannabis brand?

Thorne: It differentiates. Most of my fans love the idea of weed whether they smoke it or not because they understand it and the difference it makes. I do have younger fans and I understand if it freaks them out. I am of age and I don’t want people who are not of age to smoke it. I think that people—they see that I’m trying so hard. I’m in every little bit of aspect of the business, especially the creative part that’s so important.

Dorbian: What do you want prospective customers to know about your brand? Why should they buy it versus another brand?

Thorne: If you haven’t tried smoking marijuana, you should. I want to say there’s a chance in life for everything. Forbidden Flowers could be yours. I want to say follow us because we’re a brand that wants to deep dive in the medical benefits of the cannabis space. I want to say to people to open your f*** eyes because the world has changed because it’s not the “devil’s lettuce.”

Source: forbes.com

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Bella Thorne Partners With 10PM Curfew & Becomes The Face Of Their Iconic Media Properties

Bella Thorne has partnered with top tier social media experts and entrepreneurs Razvan Romanescu, Darren Lopes and Robert Ceccarelli to launch 10PM Curfew (10pmcurfew.com) the fastest growing female centric fashion & beauty network.

10pmcurfew.com aims to be the leading voice for females when it comes to discovering new fashion trends, inspiration, products, health & fitness routines, and everything in between.

Thorne will post exclusive content on the accounts, while also contributing to the overall content strategy and direction. She’ll be promoting the accounts to help ensure that the audience continues to grow at a rapid rate. The network will also provide a platform for Thorne to have exclusive product releases and announcements.

We strive to empower women while building one centralized voice where content creators and brands can co-exist while offering value to the community,” stated Romanescu. “Brands constantly want distribution and visibility and females all want new looks and inspiration – we aim to marry the two sides and we think Bella is the perfect person to collaborate with as she embodies what it means to be a strong, millennial female.

I’m so stoked to partner up with 10pm curfew. They represent female empowerment and highlight every woman’s originality through style and community. As a human we are all looking for our personalities to be well reflected through our style. I am honored to be the face of a company that’s growing into one of the most prominent female networks,” stated Thorne.

10pmcurfew.com is expanding across every major platform and recently acquired @style / @girls on TikTok to continue to grow our presence there. This will ensure clients that work with us have distribution across every major platform when running a campaign.

Source: prnewswire.com

Alec Baldwin & Bella Thorne Join Malin Akerman In ‘Chick Fight’

EXCLUSIVE: Alec Baldwin and Bella Thorne have joined the cast of Chick Fight, the indie action comedy starring and to be produced by Malin Akerman. Paul Leyden is directing Joseph Downey’s original script for the pic, which is being produced by Yale Productions and Idiot Savant Pictures. A January shooting start is in the works.

Akerman stars as Anna, who still hasn’t reconciled with the recent death of her adored mother. She’s just discovered that her loving and supportive father is gay, and she accidentally burns down her uninsured coffee shop after learning a thrown joint and a spilled bottle of moonshine don’t mix. Knowing Anna needs to be abruptly shaken and stirred from her deep funk, her best friend takes her to an all-women underground fight club, where she encounters an eclectic cast of characters.

Thorne plays Olivia, the club’s intimidatingly perfect and most brutally efficient fighter, who quickly becomes a rival in and out of the ring. Baldwin plays reclusive trainer Jack Murphy, who helps Anna slowly rediscover herself, her inner strength and true purpose in the most primal of ways.

Akerman is producing with Yale Productions’ Jordan Yale Levine, Jordan Beckerman and Michael J. Rothstein, Idiot Savant’s Anne Clements, and Ash Christian. Tiffany Boyle and Elsa Ramo are executive producing, with Yale’s Russ Posternak, Jon Keeyes and Jesse Korman co-producers.

Thorne is repped by CAA, Thirty Three Management, Strategic and Hirsch Wallerstein.

Source: deadline.com

Bella Thorne To Star In Home Invasion Thriller ‘Masquerade’

EXCLUSIVE: We hear that Bella Thorne is set to lead Masquerade, a home invasion thriller which Shane Dax Taylor will direct and write.

The project, which will shoot in Kentucky, follows 11-year-old Casey (Alyvia Alyn Lind of Daybreak and The Young and the Restless) who must survive the night after a group of intruders, led by Rose (Thorne), break into her family’s home to steal priceless artwork. The thieves will stop at nothing to get what they want, with shocking developments. Austin Nichols (The Walking Dead) and Mircea Monroe (Episodes, Book Club, Fifty Shades of Black) will star as Casey’s parents, with Skyler Samuels (The Gifted) as Rose’s cohort. EPs are Stuart Manashil, Joe Heath, Corky Taylor, Ron Kirchhoff, Jeff Walz, Brian Dahlin, Roman Terrill, Raja Collins, and John Lind. Taylor will produce alongside Steven Schneider (Insidious, Glass) and Kenneth Burke (Soul Surfer). Venus Kanani cast the film.

Recently, Deadline broke the story that Thorne will make her feature directorial debut with an elevated untitled thriller written by Zander Coté which will go into production next summer. Thorne is also a best-selling author, director, philanthropist musician and entrepreneur. Her feature credits include Netflix’s The Babysitter franchise, Blended, Stuck on You, The DUFF, Midnight Sun and the Sundance AGBO Studios feature Assassination Nation. Her TV credits include Disney Channel’s Shake It Up, HBO’s Big Love, ABC’s Dirty Sexy Money and Freeform’s Famous in Love. She is repped by CAA, Thirty Three Management, Strategic, and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof and Fishman.

Taylor’s credits include the 2010 romantic drama feature Bloodworth starring Val Kilmer, Kris Kristofferson and Hilary Duff and the 2015 action thriller Isolation.

Lind is represented by Coast to Coast Talent Group. Nichols is with UTA and Silver Lining Entertainment. Monroe is repped by Gersh and LINK. Samuels is represented by UTA. Taylor and Schneider are with Novo Management.

Source: deadline.com

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