"Even if I'm not dating somebody, even if we're just seen hanging out, he must be my boyfriend and we're moving in and holy shit we're getting married," she laughs.A self-proclaimed "relationship girl," Thorne—who has been linked to the likes of Disney actor Gregg Sulkin; Pamela Anderson's son, Brandon Lee; and the son of a Hollywood power-agent, Ryan Nassif—is a hopeless romantic who regularly dreams of dating in an alternate reality, one where no one recognizes her.
Similarly, Thorne revealed she suffers from dyslexia in 2013 to help others who struggle with the learning disability.
"I want to use social media to spread goodness," she explains.
"I've done other stuff with girls, but I really want to actually date a girl." In between bites of salad, she theorizes on why it hasn't happened for her yet ("maybe girls just don't like me"), and admits she has a hard time reading signals from women.
"I can't tell if a girl is hitting on me or she just wants to be friends.
Thorne, who stars in Freeform's new breakout show, , which follows an ordinary college student thrust into stardom after being cast in a Hollywood blockbuster, appreciates the symbolism.
But she says Monroe had it easy: social media and the 24-hour tabloid news cycle was yet to exist."It's hard every time I step out of the house," admits Thorne of society's obsession with celebrity image, where the public, with its ability to turn even the most innocuous moments into viral sensations, has become a global paparazzi.
"Sorry, I hate when people comment on my looks when I first meet them." But the subject of looks, and a fascination with appearances, is an apt one.
Today, Thorne is posing as one of the world's most beautiful women in a re-creation of Douglas Kirkland's iconic 1961 shoot that captured Marilyn Monroe in nothing but a silk bedsheet.
As she puts it: "You make so many mistakes when you're young, but [as a celebrity] your mistakes are so harshly judged by everyone around the world.
When you're the most hated person on the internet, then it's not so fun." She remembers two specific days when it felt like the whole world was against her.
So it's like, 'Oh fuck, well, we can only go to your house or mine, we can't leave the house." actor Tyler Posey. But she clarifies it was not a "dis" at being single—rather, a critique on dating itself.