Welcome back to Cousin’s Beach! Summer is here, and Lola Tung is reprising her role as Belly Conklin, the charming teenager caught in a summer romance between her childhood friends, the Fisher brothers. Prime Video’s “The Summer I Turned Pretty” is an adaptation of Jenny Han’s trilogy of novels bearing the same name, although this season will take some creative liberties compared to the source material.
In the second season, the storyline will draw inspiration from “It’s Not Summer Without You,” and the events of the past school year have given this summer a different vibe. The loss of a significant family member sends ripples through everyone’s lives, especially impacting Conrad, who grapples with his emotions and veers out of control. In the wake of his turmoil, it falls upon Belly and Jeremiah to pick up the pieces.
The majority of the first season’s cast is returning, joined by some exciting new additions, promising a dramatic and eventful summer at Cousin’s Beach. Stay tuned to learn more about the cast, their characters, and the intriguing developments unfolding midseason.
Lola Tung as Isabelle “Belly” Conklin
Isabelle Conklin, affectionately known as Belly, is a charming and somewhat naive teenager who’s in the process of self-discovery and experiencing the joys and pains of young love. While she’s had her fair share of missteps and inadvertently broken a few hearts, Belly’s defining qualities include her nurturing nature, deep empathy, and genuine kindness. Last summer, she underwent a transformation, experiencing many firsts, but this year, her journey has taken a more challenging turn, particularly as she supported her boyfriend Conrad through the emotional turmoil of his mother Susannah’s battle with and eventual succumbing to cancer. Belly has harbored feelings for Conrad since their childhood, and he, in turn, has always held a special place in his heart for her. However, their relationship is complex, marked by misunderstandings and missteps, including Belly briefly turning to Conrad’s brother Jeremiah in an attempt to move on.
“The Summer I Turned Pretty” marks Lola Tung’s breakout role, showcasing her talent and potential. While her future endeavors remain uncertain, for now, she’s balancing her acting career with completing her degree at Carnegie Mellon University in between filming seasons of the show.
Christopher Briney as Conrad Fisher
Conrad Fisher, the eldest of the group, exudes the charisma of a golden boy reminiscent of a young Leonardo DiCaprio. As a star quarterback, he carries the weight of numerous expectations on his shoulders but grapples with the challenge of letting people into his inner world, especially when he needs them the most. In the first season, Conrad faces the resurgence of his mother’s cancer and the burden of a well-guarded secret. This internal turmoil drives him to push away some of the most significant individuals in his life, including his father, Jeremiah, and most notably, Belly. In the second season, Conrad’s grief and depression intensify, despite the unwavering support of his childhood friend, Belly. Tragically, he ends up pushing her away, even though his love for her remains.
Christopher Briney, who brings Conrad Fisher to life, recently graced the screen as an art gallery assistant alongside acting heavyweights Salvador Dalí, Ben Kingsley, and Ezra Miller in “Daliland.” His upcoming project includes portraying Aaron Samuels in the Paramount+ adaptation of “Mean Girls: The Musical.”
Gavin Casalegno as Jeremiah Fisher
Jeremiah Fisher, the charismatic and free-spirited younger brother of Conrad, shares a deep bond with Belly and her older brother Steven, who happens to be his age. Jeremiah possesses a megawatt smile and an infectious positive attitude that can coax anyone out of their shell. However, he can also be quite impulsive, as demonstrated when he set off a firework to interrupt a potentially significant moment between Belly and Conrad. Jeremiah’s feelings for Belly run deep, and at times, there’s a mutual attraction. However, the complex history and lingering emotions she has with Conrad create a barrier to Belly fully committing to Jeremiah.
Prior to his role in “The Summer I Turned Pretty,” Gavin Casalegno made an appearance as Young Damon on an episode of “The Vampire Diaries.” He also had a notable eight-episode arc on “Walker.” Looking ahead, he is set to star in “Queen of the Ring” alongside Josh Lucas.
Sean Kaufman as Steven Conklin
Steven Conklin, Belly’s sarcastic and sassy older brother, has recently graduated from high school and is preparing to attend Princeton. However, this summer post-graduation takes a different turn, marked by the loss of Susannah and the ensuing drama involving Belly, Conrad, and Jeremiah. Despite once being incredibly close to the Fisher brothers, Steven blames Belly for the growing distance between them. Another twist in Steven’s life is the possibility of reigniting an old attraction between him and Belly’s best friend, Taylor, with whom he had a fling last summer, much to Belly’s dismay.
Before his role as Steven in “The Summer I Turned Pretty,” Sean Kaufman had appeared in various television series, including “Manifest,” “FBI: Most Wanted,” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”
Jackie Chung as Laurel Conklin
Laurel Conklin, the neurotic mother of Belly and Steven, is a recent divorcee and an aspiring author who is in the process of rediscovering herself after her divorce. She shares a long-lasting friendship with Susannah and was the first person Susannah confided in about her recurring cancer. Throughout the first season, Laurel strives to honor her friend’s desire for a tranquil and picturesque summer while also encouraging her to be honest about her condition. These conflicting emotions reach a climax at the debutante ball. In Season 2, Laurel grapples with the profound loss of her best friend, and it’s clear that she may not be in the best emotional state. Susannah was her confidante, so the question arises: who is Laurel without Susannah?
Jackie Chung had previously made guest appearances on shows like “Station 19” and “Grey’s Anatomy” before taking on the role of Laurel Conklin in “The Summer I Turned Pretty.”
Rachel Blanchard as Susannah Fisher
Susannah Fisher, the mother of Conrad and Jeremiah, lived her last summer to the fullest while battling cancer alongside her best friend. Susannah was a vibrant and charismatic presence, known for pushing people outside their comfort zones, whether it was encouraging Belly to become a debutante or having a fling with fellow author Cleveland Castillo (played by Alfredo Narciso). Despite her illness, Susannah chose not to disclose the return of her cancer to her sons, creating dramatic tension when Conrad discovered the truth earlier and Jeremiah found out during the Debutante Ball. In Season 2, the harsh reality Susannah tried to avoid becomes unavoidable. This season will likely delve into the profound impact of Susannah’s battle with cancer and her passing on all her loved ones.
Rachel Blanchard had previously played a main role in “You Me Her” and had notable roles in series like “Flight of The Conchords,” “Peep Show,” and “Fargo.”
Rain Spencer as Taylor
Rain Spencer will be reprising her role as Taylor, Belly’s energetic best friend and volleyball teammate. Their friendship faced a rough patch when Taylor became involved with Belly’s brother, but they managed to mend their bond. There might still be lingering feelings as Taylor spends more time with Steven this summer at Cousin’s Beach.
Rain Spencer previously starred alongside Patrick Gibson from “Shadow and Bone” in “Good Girl Jane,” a film that received critical acclaim when it premiered at the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival.
Summer Madison as Nicole
Summer Madison will be returning as Nicole, the older debutante who acted as a mentor and big sister figure to sixteen-year-old Belly during the previous summer. Their relationship hit a snag when Nicole realized that Conrad had feelings for Belly, causing some tension. However, it seems Nicole is making a comeback in Season 2, possibly to provide support to Belly as she navigates the new drama of the summer. Just like Conrad, Nicole has completed her first year of college.
Summer Madison has previously appeared in Prime Video’s “Emergency.”
David Iacono as Cam Cameron
David Iacono will be reprising his role as Cam Cameron in the second season of “The Summer I Turned Pretty.” Cam was Belly’s sweet first kiss and first boyfriend in the first season, and he’s known for being a brainy enthusiast of whale-watching. However, he couldn’t quite compete with Conrad in Belly’s eyes. As a local at Cousin’s Beach, Cam is set to join the gang in their summer shenanigans once again. This time around, it seems he might have his sights set on Taylor.
David Iacono has previously appeared in Max’s “The Flight Attendant” and Netflix’s “Grand Army.” His next project will be in a high-school wrestling drama titled “Hungry.”
Elsie Fisher as Skye
Elsie Fisher, known for her role as Kayla Day in Bo Burnham’s acclaimed coming-of-age dramedy “Eighth Grade,” is joining the cast of “The Summer I Turned Pretty” in Season 2 as the new character Skye. Skye is the non-binary cousin of Jeremiah and Conrad, and interestingly, this character was not featured in Jenny Han’s original novels; they are entirely new to the story. Skye starts the summer with no friends their own age and has a very close relationship with their mother. However, things might change as they spend the summer with their cousins.
Elsie Fisher has been active in the acting world for over a decade and has expanded her portfolio with roles in the 2022 Texas Chainsaw Massacre reboot, the horror comedy “My Best Friend’s Exorcism,” as well as appearances in “Castle Rock” Season 2 and “Barry” Season 3.
Kyra Sedgwick as Julia
Kyra Sedgwick takes on the role of Julia, the half-sister of Susannah, in “The Summer I Turned Pretty.” Julia’s arrival at the summer house is motivated by her intention to sell it, even though it goes against the wishes of the Fisher brothers.
Kyra Sedgwick is best known for her portrayal of Brenda Leigh Johnson in the TNT series “The Closer” and her recurring role as Madeline Wuntch in the sitcom “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” She has a diverse filmography, including appearances in movies like “Something to Talk About,” “Born on the Fourth of July,” “Phenomenon,” “The Game Plan,” and “The Edge of Seventeen.”