Author Jessica Knoll’s 2015 debut New York Times Bestselling mystery novel Luckiest Girl Alive has been adapted to a Netflix film which will be released globally on October 7th. Directed by Mike Barker, Knoll wrote the film’s screenplay which stars Mila Kunis, Finn Wittrock, Chiara Aurelia, Scoot McNairy, Thomas Barbusca, Justine Lupe, Dalmar Abuzeid, Alex Barone, Carson MacCormac with Jennifer Beals and Connie Britton.

(L-R) Nicole Huff as Olivia, Alexandra Beaton as Hilary, Gage Munroe as Peyton, Carson MacCormac as Young Dean, Chiara Aurelia as Young Ani and Isaac Kragten as Liam in Luckiest Girl Alive. Photo by: Sabrina Lantos/Netflix

Luckiest Girl Alive centers on Ani FaNelli (Mila Kunis), a sharp-tongued New Yorker who appears to have it all: a sought-after position at a glossy magazine, a killer wardrobe, and a dream Nantucket wedding on the horizon. But when the director of a crime documentary invites her to tell her side of the shocking incident that took place when she was a teenager at the prestigious Brentley School, Ani is forced to confront a dark truth that threatens to unravel her meticulously crafted life.

Through flashbacks to Ani’s high school days, we see a young Ani played by Chiara Aurelia and the traumatic events she endured. We were joined on the Popternative show by Chiara Aurelia to discuss her role in the film and how she prepared herself to portray young Ani.

(L-R) Chiara Aurelia as Young Ani and Thomas Barbusca as Arthur in Luckiest Girl Alive. Photo by: Sabrina Lantos/Netflix

We also asked her how she prepared to film some of the very difficult scenes her character is in and what it was like to emotionally go into them: “I feel I was really lucky that there was such a strong support system around me […] they gave me a huge backbone to lean on so it felt a safe space,” Chiara explains.

Watch the full interview below.

Luckiest Girl Alive will be available to stream on Netflix on October 7th.

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