From 'Fosters' to 'Good Trouble': Maia Mitchell and Cierra Ramirez Preview New Freeform Series

Fans of The Fosters will be surprised by its spin-off series Good Trouble, but far from disappointed.

Good Trouble comes seven months after The Fosters, a heartfelt drama that tackled serious issues such as sexuality and racial injustice while shedding light on the broken foster care system, concluded its five-season run in June 2018. The show follows Callie Adams Foster (Maia Mitchell) and Mariana Adams Foster (Cierra Ramirez) as they venture into full-fledged adulthood in the heart of Los Angeles. Good Trouble's a much lighter than its predecessor as it offers vibes similar to The Bold Type, but it doesn't shy away from tackling social topics significant in today's political climate. In fact, these political themes and tones are crucial to the makeup of Good Trouble as they're explored in both Callie and Mariana's places of work.

"I'm so glad that we're making this show now in our current political climate. I think it's so important now more than ever," Mitchell, 25, told Newsweek. "We as showrunners, creators, media, television and art have a responsibility to tell these stories, to create awareness and to create conversation. If there's a young person in the Deep South who's not able to have these conversations with their parents, they're able to understand and be educated this way. I just think its so important. I'm really, really proud that we get to tell these stories."

Good Trouble was created by Bradley Bredeweg, Joanna Johnson, and Peter Paige. It's messy and fun, but more importantly, it's relatable. It also gives a relatively realistic portrayal as to how millennials navigate the adult world post-college. The girls can only afford to reside in a communal living space, they face the ups-and-downs of balancing work alongside their social life, and they dabble in the Los Angeles dating scene.

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Yes, it's safe to say this show is definitely a grave departure from its predecessor in many ways. But these aspects are what set it apart, making Good Trouble special and worthwhile all on its own as fans get to explore Callie and Mariana from an all-new perspective.

"I think it's nice to see them [Callie and Mariana] alone," Ramirez, 23, said. "You'll see the heartbreaks and the ups-and-downs of growing up. There are some really magical moments. There are also really hard moments. It's really comforting knowing that there are other people out there that are going through similar things or getting out of bad situations."

Ramirez, in addition, noted how saying farewell to The Fosters was no easy feat because "it was the end of an era." She said she was "very lucky to continue the legacy with Good Trouble because saying goodbye was really hard." However, she's excited to see how Mariana combats issues of racism and sexism in her male-dominated work environment.

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"If you know Mariana, she's always about changing things that aren't right," she added. "So she's going to be all about changing the culture while trying to keep her job."

Good Trouble will feature many new faces a part of Callie and Mariana's world. However, fans of The Fosters will be happy to know beloved characters Jude (Hayden Byerly), Steph (Teri Polo), Lena (Sherri Saum), Brandon (David Lambert) and Jesus (Noah Centineo) visit the duo—who are best friends in real life—at their Los Angeles space. Their appearances, in fact, will prove to be very timely as well.

"One of my favorite episodes is Brandon's episode," Mitchell began, "You're going to see him with potentially a different career. It's a surprise guest star, so you're not going to see it coming. But it's a really fun episode. And Jesus is always getting in trouble, so you're going to see a little bit of that. Their episodes are really fun."

"It was important to us for those episodes with the family to be really special. Those are my favorite episodes," she said.

Good Trouble premieres Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on Freeform.

The Fosters Spin-Off Good Trouble
Cierra Ramirez (L) as Mariana Adams Foster and Maia Mitchell as Callie Adams Foster in a still from Freeform's "Good Trouble," which debuts on January, 8, 2018. Freeform/Beth Dubber
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