Hold up—is Madelyn Cline in Cruel Summer?!
The teen anthology series Cruel Summer season 2 premiered on Freeform on Monday, June 5, and the second installment features not only a brand-new storyline—"the season twists and turns as it tracks the early friendship between Megan, Isabella and Megan’s best friend Luke, the love triangle that blossomed, and the mystery that would impact all of their lives going forward," reads the official synopsis—but also a set of fresh faces portraying its young characters.
However, one such face has viewers very confused and wondering if Outer Banks leading lady Madelyn Cline is the one playing the role of Megan Landry this season. Here's what we know. (And here's how to watch Cruel Summer no matter where you are in the world, if you want to catch up on the series before diving into season 2.)
Is Madelyn Cline in 'Cruel Summer'? Why fans are confused
No, Madelyn Cline is not the new star of Cruel Summer's second season. That would be 21-year-old American actress Sadie Stanley playing Megan Landry in the Freeform series. You might recognize her from playing the titular character of the Disney Channel Original Movie Kim Possible, as well as roles in TV series like ABC's The Goldbergs and Netflix's Dead to Me, and films including The Sleepover, Let Us In and Somewhere in Queens.
It's not much of a surprise that folks are confusing Stanley with Cline. Though the latter is a few years older, at 25, the two beauties look remarkably similar, with their almond-shaped eyes and fuller pouts. The natural brunettes dye their locks blonde for their respective series and, funnily enough, both even hail from the state of South Carolina.
Their resemblance is so uncanny that many Cruel Summer fans are shocked to find out the actresses are not related.
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Fans react to that Madelyn Cline 'Cruel Summer' lookalike
Along with Madelyn Cline, other fans have said that Sadie Stanley also resembles another rising star: Euphoria actress Sydney Sweeney. Personally, we also see a little '90s-era Julia Stiles thrown into the mix, too!
The actress lowkey looks like Madelyn Cline from Outer Banks in this clip #OBX #CruelSummer pic.twitter.com/urD5MievigApril 29, 2023
why does the main actress look so much like madelyn cline #cruelsummer pic.twitter.com/bWQqD8C5FiJune 6, 2023
Wait that's not Madelyn Cline?! #CruelSummerJune 12, 2023
finally watching cruel summer and oomf was right this girl is giving madelyn cline vibesJune 11, 2023
part 2: how are sadie stanley and madelyn cline not related they are IDENTICAL!!!!! #CruelSummer https://t.co/OIcvBcGVoIJune 9, 2023
does anyone else feel like megan on cruel summer kinda looks like madelyn clineJune 8, 2023
the main character (megan) in cruel summer s2 is if sydney sweeney and madelyn cline had a baby… like that’s a PRETTY girlie!June 8, 2023
Catch Sadie Stanley (not Madelyn Cline) in Cruel Summer season 2, which airs on Monday at 10pm ET on Freeform and is available to stream next-day on Hulu.
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