You might not be familiar with actress, Italia Ricci, but I don’t think it will be long before everyone is talking about her. Last June, the show “Chasing Life” premiered on ABC Family and stars Ricci. This series tells the story of a 20-something girl, April Carver, who is not launching her career as a journalist, but her life is really just beginning. And then, she finds out that she has cancer. Sounds like a real downer, right? But, it’s actually quite the opposite. The storyline of cancer is nothing new, no, but it is in that instead of being about death, this is a show about life.
You might say, ‘well, I don’t understand how I can relate to that,’ and while April’s case is a bit different than most, there’s something for everyone. Cancer is not the only thing that this show deals with. She has family struggles, like finding out that her dad had another family on the side after having an affair on her mom, love has a way of complicating her illness and vice versa, but more than that, she learns what it means to let go and truly live in a way that she wasn’t before. I haven’t found a show that just absolutely hit me like this in quite awhile (think shows like “Parenthood,” “Gilmore Girls,” “One Tree Hill,” and so on), and this little beauty came around. No, I’ve never found out that I had cancer, but two of my grandmas had it, and I know what it’s like to find out that someone you care about might not be here much longer and the shift that it brings to your life. I know what it’s like to be on the brink of something, only to have a setback come out of nowhere. And I know what it’s like to be confused about the love/relationship department. I think 20-somethings in particular can learn something from April or can at least relate in the sense that, like her, most of us also don’t know what tomorrow will bring in our careers or other aspects in our lives. If you haven’t seen it, check out the trailer here.
Back in April (how ironic, and I promise I didn’t plan that), I wrote about the show and talked to Italia Ricci via Facebook for my article, which you can check out here. I love how involved Italia is with her Facebook family, whether commenting or messaging them back and sharing personal details of her life, like wedding planning or field trips to Italy and Universal Studios. She’s gorgeous, witty, incredibly talented and down to earth. She has also been heavily involved with many charities revolving around cancer, and I think it’s so wonderful that she is using her celebrity platform in such a positive way. Italia Ricci has quickly become an inspiration to me and someone I admire very much for her grace and talent.
Also, I’m just obsessed with Chasing Life; loving her and Scott M. Foster’s (who plays Leo) chemistry and current storyline! Okay, there’s my fangirl moment for the day. Carry on!
That’s all for now,