YEM Exclusive Interview | with Griffin Gluck from Cruel Summer

For fans of teen dramas and anthology thrillers, the series Cruel Summer will return to Hulu on June 5th! If you’re eager to learn more about Season 2 and its contents, we have some exciting news for you! We have an exclusive interview with Griffin Gluck, who stars as Luke Chambers in the show! We’re eager to talk to Griffin about his role as Luke, his thoughts and experience with the show and cast members, and more. Because the show is already released, if you’re planning on reading this interview and haven’t had the time to watch the show’s first season, this article will actively avoid any spoilers regarding the show. However, there will be possible spoilers for Season 2. For those planning to watch before reading this article, we highly recommend watching it first. And now, onto this interview and its refresher.

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For those who have watched this show, Cruel Summer was released through Freeform back in April 2021. The show follows the story of two teenage girls, Kate Wallis, and Jeanette Turner. Set in a fictional town in Texas. Each episode focuses on the same day within the course of three different years: 1993, 1994, and 1995.

From those times, the audience sees the natural progression of the disappearance of Kate Wallis. They also see how Jeanette Turner turned from the sweetest and socially awkward teenager to the most popular and eventually the most detested individual in the world. The episodes alternate between Kate’s and Jeanette’s viewpoints, and the show contains heavy topics from child grooming and domestic abuse. It was mentioned that while the first season will show the lives and repercussions of what is happening in the girls’ lives. The second season will follow the rise and fall of friendship between the girls. The second season will premiere at the ATX Television Festival in June this year. It is set to premiere through Hulu on June 5th!

For some context on the show’s origins, here’s some mention of the author, Bert V. Royal. A playwright, screenwriter, and former casting director, he is most notable for his works: Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead and the film Easy A. The former served as a homage to the Peanuts comics with the kids as teenagers. It won an award for Best Overall Production at the 2004 New York International Fringe Festival. It eventually became an Off-Broadway production, winning the 2004 GLAAD Media Award, and the 2006 HX Award. The latter Easy A was a spec script, and upon selling the script to Screen Gems, the show premiered in September 2010.

Here is some information on Griffin! An actor with 10 years of acting experience under his belt, he was renowned for his debut as Michael in Just Go with It. From that debut, he received a nomination for the Young Artist Award and also proceeded to have an impressive continuation of roles as the years passed. For those who recognize him in other forms of media, you’ll certainly recognize him in the following shows: United States of Tara as Monty, Private Practice as Mason Warner, Back in the Game as Danny Gannon, Red Band Society as Charlie, Impastor as Austin McCann, The Mick as Dylan, American Vandal as Sam Ecklund, Love Life as Luke Ducharme, and Locke & Key as Gabe.

We first asked Griffin if Season 2 is in the same universe as Season 1. Griffin admits that it would serve there will be an easter egg for fans of Season 1, but he doesn’t want to spoil too much about it. Instead, he mentions that while Season 2 will be in the same universe as Season 1, he won’t admit what the easter egg is. When asked about his character Luke and how Griffin would describe him in three emojis without spoilers, he said: 😎, 🐟, and 💰. Griffin explains that Luke loves the water and talks about how Luke is from a very affluent family. If you’re curious to learn more about Griffin’s character, check the rest of the video to learn more about Luke’s character!

Thank you, Griffin, for spending some time with us! You can follow him on his Instagram at @griffingluck. Please also watch the interview below. We ask Griffin more questions about his time in the show, his character Luke, as well as other things! While you’re there, be sure to like, comment, and subscribe to our channel for the latest news in young entertainment!