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Lower Mainland actress stars in YTV show Popularity Papers

Popularity Papers airs Mondays 3 p.m. PST on YTV beginning April 10
Glee Dango plays the part of Julie Graham-Chang, left, and Pitt Meadows actress Mia Bella will be playing the part of Lydia Goldblatt in the new television series Popularity Papers . (Special to The News)

A Pitt Meadows actress has found her way onto a new television show premiering on Monday on YTV.

Mia Bella will be playing the part of Lydia Goldblatt, in the new series called Popularity Papers, based on a series of books by author Amy Ignatow.

The story follows two best friends, Julie and Lydia played by Glee Dango and Bella, as they try to figure out what makes a person popular in middle school. The pair conduct a variety of social experiments that teaches them more about the value of friendship, kindness, and confidence.

Bella’s character, Lydia, is an “extra extrovert” who is high in energy, and always strives for what she wants, however, in elementary school she was at the fringes of the class social circle. Now in middle school, Lydia thinks this is her chance to be popular, but it is clear that she is misguided in believing popularity is what she needs. Instead she needs to accept herself, flaws and all.

In 2020 Bella was recognized with two Joey Awards for her role on the Disney television series Gabby Duran and the Unsittables – one for Best Actress in a regular or recurring television role.

Since then she has been working on her dancing, music, and she received her black belt in martial arts.

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The 14-year-old landed her latest role after receiving an audition request. After reading the books she realized how much she shared in common with the character and really wanted the role.

“I worked very hard on my character development for the auditioning process. I had some coaching sessions,” she explained.

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Bella said the show does a really good job of portraying what real life school is like. And the characters, she noted, go through a lot similar situations that teens go through in middle school and high school experience. Especially when it comes to not fitting in, being bullied, or feeling left out, or feeling the need to be popular and have people like you.

“I feel a lot of people can relate to that,” said the actress.

Season one of Popularity Papers airs Mondays 6 p.m. PST on YTV beginning April 10, or on demand on STACKTV.

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Colleen Flanagan

About the Author: Colleen Flanagan

I got my start with Black Press Media in 2003 as a photojournalist.
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