Harry Styles once spent 18 months living in the attic of executive producer Ben Winston’s London home, a real-life event which inspired the new CBS comedy “Happy Together.”
The “Sign of the Times” hitmaker took up residence in the attic while Winston was making a film with One Direction. Initially only wanting a place to crash for a couple of weeks, Styles ended up staying with the Winston family for a year-and-a-half due to delays in a house closing and renovations.
“I don’t think anyone knew he was living with us, besides a couple of neighbors,” Winston said during the CBS session at the Television Critics Association press tour on Sunday (via USA Today).
“He would have to lose the paparazzi on a night out. Sometimes, he’d say he be home in 30 minutes and (he would arrive) three hours later. He didn’t want to drag any photographers back home.”
This unusual living situation would become the basis of the idea for the new CBS sitcom “Happy Together”, which sees a famous singer (Felix Mallard) move in with a suburban couple (Damon Wayans Jr. and Amber Stevens West).
Styles, who will be executive producing the series alongside Winston, called Mallard to convince him to take the role.
“We had a chat. He gave us a call and described what it was about,” said Mallard. The Australian actor made it clear however that the character is “definitely not based on Harry.”
Winston, who directed a number of One Direction videos and produces “The Late Late Show with James Corden”, also emphasized that the sitcom is only very loosely based on Styles’ stay, stating that “our lives were really very boring.”
“Happy Together” premieres in October.