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Bella Thorne: What you need to know

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Bella Thorne, who turns 17 this week, is about to make you feel like an under-achiever. As an actress she's been in a number of TV shows and follows up "Blended" earlier this year with "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," playing the less-than-understanding girlfriend of Alexander's older brother. She also released her first album, "Call It Whatever," earlier this year, and has racked up numerous endorsement deals. Oh, and she wrote a novel that's coming out next month — the first in a trilogy, naturally. Here's a few things you should know about her before she takes over the world.



1. She's a hugger:


When you meet Thorne, she invariably greets you with a big hug. "It catches people off-guard a lot, more than you might think. A lot of people aren't huggers, which is pretty weird," Thorne tells Metro. "A lot of people, when you hug them, sometimes they get weirded out. And I'm like, 'Look, I don't got a thing about bacteria, I'm not weird at all like that. I have no problem with that kind of stuff.' Actually, my hug is so strong when I stand up, I grab people by the back of their neck and I pull them in really hard for some reason. Like I get so excited that my energy just bounces off the wall. Then they trip or I fall over or step on their toes. Then it just gets awkward."

2. She doesn't think her "Alexander" character is unlikable:


"She's not unlikable — you love to hate her," Thorne says. "The thing about Celia is she's not mean evil, where you just hate her and you don't want her to be in the film. She's mean in the sense that she's a perfectionist, and perfectionists, when things aren't perfect, what do they do? They get mad and they try to fix it, and they get mad when it's not fixed. And if somebody else says that they're going to fix it and they don't, then they get more mad — I'm pretty sure. That's Celia."

3. She's about to be a published author:


Her debut novel — the first in a trilogy — hits bookstores in early November. "'Autumn Falls' is based around a girl named Autumn Falls who moves to Miami when her father dies, and he leaves her a journal to write in," Thorne explains. "At first she's like, 'Wow, Dad, thanks. Die on me and leave me a journal, that's going to help me.' But what she doesn't realize is that when she writes in the journal, things come to life. But since she's dyslexic they come to life a little bit wonky and mostly backfiring on her. She's not famous, she's not glamorous, she's not about the hair, the makeup and the heels. She's a real girl. In the book, she makes a lot of mistakes. She's a real human being, and that's what I think a lot of people will like about her."

4. She has the best method for shutting down predictable questions:


Given the content of "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," it's understandable that most reporters might lead with a question about Thorne's own worst day. But she ain't having it. "You want to hear my answer? The day my father died," she says flatly. "Any time somebody asks me — which is every interview — that's what I say. I think they're expecting a funny response or a response that most actors would give, but I'm pretty honest, so I'll give you a real one."

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