Chapel Hill plays host to recording of hit Amazon Prime show

Filming on the north side of the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. Photo credits to Turner Zsambeky.


By Thomas Hicks

CHAPEL HILL—UNC-Chapel Hill is often associated with academic and athletic prowess, but this summer, some acting ability is showing up in Chapel Hill. The hit Amazon Prime series The Summer I Turned Pretty started filming this week in the Franklin Street and north campus area of Chapel Hill.

The University posted communications here giving details.

Filming started July 8 and will end today. However, depending on the weather, the set’s teardown will take another day or two.

Streets have been closed and parking has been limited. The main area of filming has been the area encapsulated by South Columbia Street, Raleigh Road, and East Franklin Street. Parking has been unavailable and will be until filming ends in the following areas:

  • Caldwell and Bynum Circle parking lots
  • Swain parking lot
  • Old East parking lot
  • Raleigh Street metered parking

The show is based on a popular book series about teen and college romances. In it, a young girl grows up, and her family friends slightly older than her, two brothers, finally notice her. She has a complicated relationship with them, and drama ensues.

Many college students watch this show and enjoy it, such as rising Senior Ashley Marshall who said:

“I binged The Summer I Turned Pretty in two days because I was so captivated by the plot and characters. Everyone at UNC was talking about it if they were team Conrad or Jeremiah. And it’s so incredible that they’re filming on our campus.”

The main cast consists of Lola Tung (Belly), Christopher Briney (Conrad), and Gavin Casalegno (Jeremiah). Belly is the girl and Conrad is the older of the two fictional brothers.

The stars have been spotted around campus and it could be assumed that UNC will be portrayed as a northeastern college town. In the show, UNC-Wilmington is portrayed as Brown University and the characters and settings are all New England-based.

But the real excitement lies in the anticipation of the show’s release in the summer of 2025. The wait will be worth it, so be sure to tune in to find out more.

Thomas Hicks is a journalist with video, PR, and writing experience who studied at UNC and the Hussman School of Journalism and Media. Thomas is always looking for work and the next story! He loves working with his camera or with his pen. This reporter can be contacted at, LinkedIn: Thomas Hicks and X: ThomasJ_H

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