Teen Choice 2018 involves a ‘Bold Type’ of competition

All three stars of ‘The Bold Type’ are nominees in yearly Fox ceremony
Katie Stevens of “The Bold Type” is a nominee in Teen Choice 2018, Sunday, Aug. 12, on Fox.

Several nominees are going boldly into the Teen Choice 2018 awards.

Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee and Meghann Fahy all are up for Choice Summer TV Star – for Freeform’s “The Bold Type,” which just finished its second season – in the annual Fox ceremony airing Sunday, Aug. 12, from The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Nick Cannon hosts the event, with actress-singer and YouTube personality Lele Pons as co-host. Khalid, nominated in several of the music categories, is slated to perform.

“It’s really nice to be recognized, especially since teens are so much of our demographic,” Stevens says, with “The Bold Type” also nominated for Choice Summer TV Show. “It’s great to have them be able to watch a show that showcases female relationships and femininity and feminism. And strength.

“These are career-driven women who also want love,” notes Stevens, “and I think it’s nice for young women – and men – to see that. It’s really great that we all get to be nominated, plus the show is nominated, so it’s good all around. We’ve just started working on Season 3, so it inspires everybody on the set to continue to put our best foot forward.”

Freeform dominates the Teen Choice 2018 contest for Choice Summer TV Star beyond “The Bold Type,” since other nominees include “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” stars Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph. Rounding out that category is Xolo Mariduena of the YouTube Premium series “Cobra Kai.”

“The Bold Type” stars (from left) Aisha Dee, Katie Stevens and Meghann Fahy are all nominees in Teen Choice 2018, Sunday, Aug. 12, on Fox.

An “American Idol” contestant in Season 9, Stevens was happy to sing on a recent episode of “The Bold Type” that saw her perform karaoke – along with Dee and Fahy – to ABBA’s “Mamma Mia.”

“It was very fun,” Stevens confirms. “I feel like people are well-versed in my background, but Meghann was one of the leads in the Broadway musical ‘Next to Normal,’ another show that tackled really tough issues. And Aisha has a band and sings, and when she was 14, she was on a show in Australia that was kind of musical.”

Stevens also takes pride in “The Bold Type” Season 2’s depiction of her character Jane’s career struggles, after her departure from the fashion magazine Scarlet didn’t work out as she’d hoped – and boss Jacqueline (Melora Hardin) initially didn’t take her back as readily as she’d also hoped.

“To be honest, I was nervous when I found out she was leaving Scarlet,” Stevens says, “I was like, ‘I won’t be filming scenes with the girls in the fashion closet. What does that mean?’ It was also very important for me, though, that Jane fail. That’s also something I really want young people to see, that your failures are an opportunity for growth.”

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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