Tonight marks the premiere of Lifetime's original movie about the Jodi Arias murder trial which has dominated headlines across the United States for some time now.
'Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret' stars Tania Raymonde as Arias, who has recently been convicted of murdering her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in 2008. What made the trial so sensational was the fact that graphic details of their sexual life emerged and the fact that pictures were taken during the crime - vivid, disturbing pictures.
Alexander is played by Jesse Lee Soffer in the film, while Leah Pipes plays Katie, his girlfriend post the break-up with Arias. Pipes recently talked about the trial and the film, saying that the story pulled her in even before she landed the part in the film.
"I had been following the trial well before I even knew they were doing a movie about it. I was really fascinated by the whole story," Pipes said. "I barely follow trials and this happened to be one that I followed really closely."
Watching the trial at home, Pipes felt like it fit perfectly into a film adaptation.
"It almost felt like the trial happened so someone could make a movie out of it because every day, it was something new. It was some explosive, new piece of information everyday on that trial," she said. "It's always interesting [to see] a woman do something so horrific and aggressive, [and] a beautiful, young woman to snap like that."
Pipes said that she did not base her character on its real-life counterpart.
"I didn't incorporate the real person into my character at all. I read the script and developed the character [Katie] on my own and that particular story line, I don't know how true to life it was. I thought she was a really sweet, good-hearted girl who didn't necessarily need to impose her beliefs on everyone else but had a very strong belief system. I have a lot of respect for a woman like that. She's Mormon, and he's Mormon. She has the same values as him, probably because they had a similar upbringing. She probably would have been a wonderful mother and wife to any man, and then there's Jodi, who's hyper-sexual but as we know now, probably made the wrong choice to go far," she added.
Pipes hopes that people enjoy the film and said that it is "the juiciest Lifetime movie I've ever seen and the most scandalous," and that it keeps "a lot of the gory details."
Will you be watching?
Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret premieres 8 p.m. Saturday on Lifetime.