'Life Sentence' star gives back to those in need

LOS ANGELES (WVLT) -- Local 8 News on CW anchor Brittany Tarwater sat down with Lucy Hale, the star of the new CW series 'Life Sentence' to discuss her philanthropic work in and out of the world of television.

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"I feel very lucky that I get to get involved with these charities," Hale said. "I got to travel with Smile Train in Mexico City, which does the funding for cleft palates for children in third world countries."

Hale said she enjoys her work with the organizations she's involved with, but the people she's worked with have also had an impact on her.

"It's always interesting to me to see different ways of life, but that [Smile Train] was one of the most inspiring experiences of my life because these are people who have nothing but make the most of everything," she said.

Her experience with Smile Train has enabled her to bring the world of philanthropy into her own career on television.

"[It is] sort of like Life Sentence in a way," she said. "I've spent a lot of time at St. Jude, growing up in Memphis, I got to visit it. I've gotten to meet with some patients, which is always nice to brighten their day."

Hale said she knows what she does to help others reflects on her image on screen -- and she said she hopes the work can truly illustrate her personality.

"I usually do things that speak to my heart, and I realize that people are listening to what I have to say, so I want to make sure that what I say and what I stand for rings true to who I am," she said.

Life Sentence airs on the CW on Wednesday nights at 9 p.m.