Before stepping out for the SXSW world premiere watch party of Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger stars Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph made their way to the Deadline Studio to offer some tidbits on what’s to come in forthcoming new Freeform series.

The show follows Tandy Bowen (Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Joseph) – two teenagers from very different backgrounds, who find themselves burdened and awakened to newly acquired superpowers which are mysteriously linked to one another. They quickly learn they are better together than apart, but their feelings for each other make their already complicated world even more challenging.

“The authenticity was something that I was very drawn to and not just within the characters but within the storylines,” said Holt. “Yes, the show is about superheroes but I think what’s incredible about this show is that the audience is going to fall in love with the characters as themselves before they fall in love with them as superheroes.”

Joe Pokaski (Heroes) serves as showrunner and executive producer; Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory also serve as executive producers, while Gina Prince-Bythewood directed the first episode.

Added Holt: “It just really feels like a real story because we’re really focusing on stuff that’s happening right now in 2018. I think that that’s something that a lot of the audience can relate to.”

Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger launches with a two-hour premiere on Thursday, June 7.

Check out the rest of the interview above.

The Deadline Studio at SXSW 2018 is presented by MoviePass.