If Alison DiLaurentis is truly and sincerely dead on ‘Pretty Little Liars‘ (Tuesdays at 8/c), who is taunting gal pals Aria, Spencer, Hanna and Emily “from the great beyond?” Is blind Jenna about to offer some illuminating insight? Lucy Hale, one of the stars of ABC Family’s freshman hit, shared a peek at how the field of suspects is about to be added to… and then narrowed down.
Congratulations on ‘Pretty Little Liars’ debuting so strongly.
Oh, thank you so much! We are all very, very happy about it.
Is this the kind of show you would watch if you weren’t on it?
Totally. It’s right up my alley, so it’s exciting to be a part of something I would be a fan of.
The end of last week’s episode wanted us to believe that Jenna (played by Tammin Sursok) is the one posing as “A” – but that’s got to be a big red herring.
I wish I could say. But yeah, there are a lot of twists and turns ahead. Throughout the show, you’re going to think you know who’s behind it all, and then things will change…. Jenna’s a huge part of the storyline, so you’ll see more of her as she causes even more drama, reveals secrets….
Whatever the case, I have to imagine there is more than one person pulling the strings here.
A few new characters will be introduced who are a bit suspicious, and [by Episode 8] there are three or four who could be behind it all.
Will we get flashbacks to the night Alison went missing?
We haven’t done many actual flashbacks of the actual night, but we show before she disappeared, revealing how our friendship used to be.
The actress playing Alison (Sasha Pieterse) reminds me of a very young Denise Richards.
She kinda does! I hadn’t thought of that, but now I see the resemblance. She is so young compared to all of us – she’s 14 and we’re all in like our 20s!
What sort of obstacles will Aria and her teacher-boyfriend Fitz (Ian Harding) face, outside of judgmental little texts from “A”?
She’s just trying to get a handle on this whole secret relationship she has with him. She’s trying to decide if it’s the right thing to do, since it could get him into a lot of trouble. And while she’s dealing with all that, meanwhile at home her dad cheated on her mom, so I try to take care of my mom while she figures all of this news out…. Aria has a lot on her shoulders.
Will we meet the young woman Aria’s father had the affair with?
Yes, very soon [and played by ‘One Tree Hill’s Amanda Schull]. That’s in the next episode!
Without naming names, have you ever crushed hard on a teacher?
Never. I always had like really old teachers. [Laughs] There’s been no one even remotely close to what [Fitz] is!
Do you ever look around at Holly Marie Combs (‘Charmed’), Chad Lowe (‘Life Goes On’), Laura Leighton (‘Melrose Place’) and Nia Peeples (‘Fame’) and think, “I can’t believe this show is about us“?
I know, we’ve got these actors who have been doing this longer than I and the other girls have, and that’s really awesome. They add something different and bring in viewers who grew up with the shows they did.
Are you still real-life roommates with Ashley Newbrough, your “twin sister” from ‘Privileged’?
She’s still a dear, dear friend of mine, but I actually just moved into my own place.
And what about JoAnna Garcia? She and I traded a flurry of emails when she got engaged [to New York Yankee Nick Swisher]. Can you help me crash that wedding?
Absolutely! Lets do it. I actually saw her the other day and she has this huge rock on her hand. I mean, the ring is just stunning. She’s the sweetest thing in the world, so I’m glad she found someone. I can’t wait to go to the wedding.
I told Jo that she has my blessing – if only because he is, after all, a Yankee.
[Laughs] Exactly. He’s the real deal!