Is 'The Girl From Plainville' Based on A True Story?

After more than two years of waiting, The Girl From Plainville has finally landed on Hulu. Audiences will be treated to the first three episodes on Tuesday, March 29 with the remaining five gripping episodes dropping weekly on the streaming platform.

The Great's Elle Fanning and Homeland's Colton Ryan lead the cast of The Girl From Plainville as Michelle Carter and the late Conrad Roy III, alongside Chloë Sevigny as Lynn Roy, Norbert Leo Butz as Conrad "Co" Roy II, and Cara Buono as Gail Carter.

Ahead of the series premiere, stars Colton Ryan and Chloë Sevigny told Newsweek about their roles and the true story behind The Girl From Plainville.

Is The Girl From Plainville Based On A True Story?

Yes, sadly The Girl From Plainville is based on a tragic true story.

The eight-part Hulu series is based on Jesse Barron's Esquire article of the same name which traced the tragedy from the beginning of the couple's relationship to Carter's prison sentence.

In 2014, Conrad Roy III died by suicide. One year later, his girlfriend Michelle Carter was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in relation to his death.

Speaking to Newsweek about bringing the true story to the screen, Colton Ryan, who portrays Roy, shared: "I think more people still feel this in their bones ... the reverberations of it hasn't been settled because there's no answer to it yet. We're still the guinea pigs of dealing with it, and it happened under all of our watches and it could continue, and still does every day.

"I really think in a universal sense, you're watching two people who, like all of us [at some point] ... are really having a hard time having a sense of self, knowing who they are and they end up as we know, very tragically from this case study, looking for it in the wrong places, possibly.

"I think to interweave that question, that sort of bigger question in the show is: 'Well, why are we putting more and more value, more and more stock in finding ourselves in this online space?' [if you] intermingle that with a very nuanced conversation about mental health, I think it's some powerful TV."

Roy and Carter met in Florida in 2012 and began dating shortly afterwards.

Despite only living one hour away from one another, they only met on a few occasions and throughout their two-year relationship mainly relied on phone calls, texts, and emails to communicate.

Their correspondence would go on to be key evidence in the case against Carter in 2015. In total, their communication made up 317 pages as part of the police investigation and court records, reported Esquire.

As seen in The Girl From Plainville, both Roy and Carter suffered from mental health issues. During their relationship, Roy spoke often of his wish to end his own life, something Carter did not support.

However, that changed in June 2014.

As detailed by Esquire, Carter stopped discouraging Roy from taking his own life and seeking help and instead, supported his actions, even suggesting methods he could use in the weeks and days leading up to his death.

For example, in one text she wrote "you better not be bulls******* me and saying you're gonna do this and then purposely get caught" and "YOU KEEP PUSHING IT OFF!"

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Elle Fanning as Michelle Carter in "The Girl From Plainville" Hulu

On July 13, 2014, Roy was found dead in the parking lot of a Kmart, in Fairhaven, Massachusetts.

When detectives searched through Roy's phone, they found the entire record of Roy and Carter's text conversations and learned Roy spoke to Carter the night before his death. However, there are no records of what they actually said to one another.

However, when Carter's phone was searched, they came across a text to her friend Samantha Boardman, sent two months after Roy's death, where she said: "I could of stopped him but I f******* did it."

She wrote: "I was on the phone with him and he got out of the car because it was working and he got scared and I fucking told him to get back in. I could of stopped him but I fucking did it. All I had to say was I love you."

In another message, she wrote: "I was talking to him while he killed himself, I heard him cry in pain. I should of known I should of did something."

In February 2015 Carter was indicted for involuntary manslaughter and faced up to 20 years in prison if convicted. She ultimately wavered her right to a jury trial, leaving her fate in the hands of Judge Lawrence Moniz.

In the Commonwealth V. Michelle Carter case, the prosecution argued Carter had played a role in Roy's death, but her lawyers argued because she was not physically present at the time of his death, she so could not be held responsible.

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The real Michelle Carter in court. HBO

In 2017, Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to two and a half years in prison. In total, she served a 15-month reduced sentence.

Speaking to Newsweek, Chloë Sevigny, who portrays Conrad's mother Lynn, shared that she hoped people would connect to the true story in some form.

She said: "I mean there's a true story, that is very specific, there's a lot of specifics in the story, but I'm also hoping that there's something that resonates. It's kind of universal in a way. It's a story of loss and even if it's not a child, any loved one can kind of find comfort and in relating to the pain that someone else is going through and feel less alone and kind of feel more okay with the emotions."

The Girl From Plainville airs Tuesdays on Hulu.

If you have thoughts of suicide, confidential help is available for free at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Call 1-800-273-8255. The line is available 24 hours, every day.