NOC Interview: Sarah Drew Talks Cindy’s Big Episode of ‘Cruel Summer’

Sarah Drew plays Cindy Turner in Freeform’s highly anticipated drama, Cruel Summer. I got to speak with the actress all about the new series and episode 6, “An Ocean Inside Me,” so beware: we will be getting into spoilers. New episodes of the series air Tuesdays at 10 PM EDT/PDT on Freeform and are available the next day on Hulu.

A press release revealed that Cruel Summer marks the network’s best-ever series debut among Young Adults and scores Freeform’s most-watched series debut ever, averaging 3.81 million multiplatform viewers in the first week available.

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Cruel Summer follows the stories of Kate Wallis, the popular girl with a charmed life, and Jeanette Turner, the nerdy and seemingly innocent wannabee. When Kate goes missing, everything points to Jeanette’s guilt, but with different points of view in each episode, the audience is left constantly wondering who is actually telling the truth? The show takes place over three summers in the ’90s and begs the question, how can one girl go from being a sweet and awkward outlier to the most despised person in America?

Cindy is Jeanette’s mother, and episode 6 was a huge turning point for her character. We finally find out where’s she’s been in 1995 and get to see the real breaking point for the Turner family.

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A discovery causes Cindy’s suspicions about her own daughter to reach new heights as her relationship with Greg becomes further strained.

Drew is best known for her role as April Kepner, which she recently revisited in Grey’s Anatomy, episode 17×14, “Look Up Child.”

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Drew and I discussed all of Cindy’s big moments in episode 6, the Cruel Summer premiere, what April and Cindy would think of each other, playing three different versions of her character, and more! Watch my interview below to see everything she shared.