The Innocents BTS clip shows proves that adolescence is a supernatural nightmare

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Jul 31, 2018, 10:40 PM EDT

You think you had a rough adolescence? At least you weren't a shapeshifter. In the upcoming Netflix original series, The Innocents, a teenager named June faces this exact problem.

June and her boyfriend Harry run away from home to be together, but along the way, they discover June's supernatural secret: that she can become other people. The first person she becomes is a six-foot-four bearded Norwegian man, according to executive producer Elaine Pyke in this new behind-the-scenes promotional video for the series.

At the Television Critics Association event over the weekend, executive producer Hania Elkington elaborated on what makes the show's shapeshifting work: "You have to make sure that you err on the side of really, really creepy, obviously. We’d always seen these shifts and how they played out as triptychs of characters. So you would have the couple, June and Harry, and then this third person. And I think keeping the character of June always in that mix and keeping the relationship between her and Harry always in play, reminds you of what the emotional fallout of the shift is."

Shapeshifting tropes are common in coming-of-age stories (see also: Ginger Snaps, Teeth, and to a lesser extent, Jennifer's Body). Changes to your body, strange new feelings, body hair appearing in new places: these are all signs of both adolescence and shapeshifting. This seems to be a trope that The Innocents plays to the hilt, as evidenced by the video.

The Innocents stars newcomer Sorcha Groundsell, Percelle Ascott (The Coroner, Casualty), and Guy Pearce (Memento, L.A. Confidential). Farren Blackburn executive produced the show as well as directed six of the eight episodes in Season 1; previous credits include The Defenders, Iron Fist, Daredevil, and Doctor Who.

All episodes of The Innocents will be available to stream on Netflix on Aug. 24. 

Let us know in the comments below who's your favorite shapeshifter around?