Filming of the second season of The Summer I Turned Pretty is currently in full swing and if there's anything that the show is missing, Filipino-Australian musician Reyanna Maria thinks that it's her inclusion in the cast.
The Melbourne-based R&B singer rose to fame through a viral TikTok challenge, which uses her song "So Pretty" in the background. If you've been glued to TikTok in the past year, you would know that this challenge is the one where bare-faced content creators would slam their front cameras to reveal a full-glammed look, while lip-syncing to the lyrics "I’m so shy, I’m so pretty and he like that."
The song reached peaked popularity when The Summer I Turned Pretty used it in the fifth episode of the series, when Jeremiah Fisher (Gavin Casalegno) interrupts the debutante ball dance practice, takes Belly’s (Lola Tung) hand to go near Alexa, and instructs the voice service to play Reyanna Maria’s "So Pretty."
In a video uploaded on TikTok on June 23, Reyanna revealed that it wasn't until the drama series was released that she first learned of the inclusion of her song. She tagged the series’s official TikTok account followed by a caption that writes, “BABE WHY DIDNT U CAST ME AS AN EXTRA #thesummeriturnedpretty #soprettychallenge #reyannamaria #amazon."
@reyannamaria @the summer i turned pretty BABE WHY DIDNT U CAST ME AS AN EXTRA #thesummeriturnedpretty #soprettychallenge #reyannamaria #amazon ♬ I'm So Pretty - chunkymonkeeyy
In a separate post on June 24, the 21-year-old musician clarified that Amazon reached out to her team before using the song but, apparently, "the person who used to work for me that approved it never told me about it so I didn't know."
On July 26, The Summer I Turned Pretty announced on social media that not only have they been approved for another season, but they have begun production as well.
Now, Reyanna has been taking to TikTok to express her desire to become part of the show. The singer shared a video on June 24 wherein she is seen sitting on a chair while her viral hit plays in the background. She captioned the post, “im so grateful THO but pls cast me @thesummeriturnedpretty #thesummeriturnedpretty #reyannamaria"
@reyannamaria im so grateful THO but pls cast me @thesummeriturnedpretty #thesummeriturnedpretty #reyannamaria ♬ I'm So Pretty - chunkymonkeeyy
She uploaded another TikTok video on August 6, saying that she is waiting to be cast in the second season of the series adaptation of Jenny Han’s trilogy.
@reyannamaria @thesummeriturnedpretty ily guys & i think u should cast me after using my song ♥️ #fypシ ♬ L$d - Luclover
So Pretty was born out of Reyanna's collaboration with producer Kato On The Track, which attracted the interest of rapper Tyga.
Tyga then forwarded Reyanna's tape to Steven Victor, the CEO and founder of American music label and publishing company Victor Victor Worldwide. Today, Reyanna has a recording contract with Republic Records, a label that is also a part of the Universal Music Group.