‘Baby’ Season 2: Release date, plot, cast, trailer, news, and all you need to know about the Italian teenage drama on Netflix
‘Baby’ is a story of teenagers, no doubt, but it is more of a journey of self-discovery through family, friendship, romance, heartbreak, drug abuse, and everything under the sun that teenage life craves for. Watch out for the brand new season of ‘Baby’ on Netflix this October!
What happens when teenagers cannot cope with the high-flying elitist life of a premium school? They seek adventure that helps them survive the quirks of sophistication, even if that means ending up in a scandalous sex ring. ‘Baby’ is a story of teenagers, no doubt, but it is more of a journey of self-discovery through family, friendship, romance, heartbreak, drug abuse, and everything under the sun that teenage life craves for.
After a six-episode first season, Baby will be back to Netflix with another season, premiering October 18, 2019.
‘Baby’ is loosely based on the true story of Baby Squillo, which shocked and turned Italian media. The show, however, adds a lot of dramatic twists and turns, albeit with teenage shenanigans. It follows the story of students at an elite high school in Rome, who get pulled into an underage sex trafficking ring. It starts with the daily life of Chiara (Bendetta Porcaroli), a brilliant student at a private high school in Rome and her friend Ludovica (Alice Pagani). Although Chiara and Ludovica come from completely opposite family backgrounds, their friendship, chemistry, and needs from their ever-dramatic teenage life, remain the same.
Taking a walk down the last season (Spoiler alert!), let’s take a quick recap of Chiara and Ludo’s escapades. First of all, there is no reveal of the prostitution angle, until at least the fourth episode “#Friendzone”. The first few episodes run back and forth between the failing marriage of Chiara’s parents to the lost friendship of Chiara and her so-called BFF Camilla (Chabeli Sastre Gonzalez) and the girls’ equation with the high-school bad boy Damiano (Riccardo Mandolini). This follows Damiano’s car crash causing the pimp Saverio’s (Paolo Calabresi) fatal accident. On another plane, there’s the illicit relationship of Camilla’s brother Niccolo (Lorenzo Zurzolo) and Damiano’s stepmon, Monica (Claudia Pandolfi), and how it affects the friends. In short, the overwhelming emotions of every character, arising out of their personal struggles culminates into a compelling, twisted, and slick plotline.
Contrary to what you would expect, the first season leaves you hanging right at the moment when you think the story has gained momentum. But as the imperfections of every character starts to perfect, it makes room for what season two has in store for ‘Baby’.
The lead actors, Benedetta Porcaroli and Alice Pagani who star as Chiara Altieri and Ludovica respectively, will be back for the new season with a whole new set of stories to tell. Benedetta Porcaroli is known for her work in Perfect Strangers (2016) and Tutte Le Mie Notti (2018). The Italian actor will soon be seen in her upcoming movie 18 Regali (2020). Alice Pagani got recognition from her recent movie Poison Rose, featuring Morgan Freeman and John Travolta. She has also worked in Il permesso - 48 ore fuori (2017) and Ricordi? (2018). Actor Riccardo Mandolini, who plays Damiano in 'Baby' is known for his appearances in Pupone (2019), Al posto tuo (2016). We are yet to see if Chabeli Sastre Gonzalez will be back as Camilla Govender Rossi, since she is on her way to the United States.
Other key cast members like Giuseppe Maggio as Fiore, Mirko Trovato as Brando, Brando Pacitto as Fabio Fedeli, Claudia Pandolfi as Monica, and Lorenzo Zurzolo as Niccolo Govender Rossi will reappear in the new season. New characters Denise Capezza, Thomas Trabacchi, Ludovico Succio, among others, are worth watching out for.
‘Baby’ is the brainchild of Antonio Le Fosse, Giacomo Mazzariol, Marco Raspanti, Romolo Re Salvador, and Eleonora Trucchi. The first season is majorly directed by Andrea De Sica, known for Children of the Night (2016), The Dreamers (2003) and L'esame (2007), along with Anna Negri and Letizia Lamartire.
News: Based on a real-life incident
The Italian teenage-drama, 'Baby' is based on the controversial incident that caused a stir in the upscale neighborhood of Rome. In 2014, Parioli, Rome, a parent of a high school student in Parioli, Rome, discovered that about a dozen girls in the same school were engaged in underage prostitution. The incidents caused quite a stir in Roma’s political scene. The Netflix show, however, only draws the gist of the real-life story and weaves it into dramatic plot, with more focus on relationships than on prostitution.
If you haven’t watched ‘Baby’ yet, here’s the trailer of the first season to get you piqued for an ultimate binge-watching session.
Check out the upcoming season’s trailer!
Where to watch
‘Baby’ is all set to stream exclusively on Netflix, for a six-episode second season, starting October 18, 2019.