'Pretty Little Liars' star Lucy Hale discusses what's next in season 3(Read article summary)
'Pretty Little Liars' star Lucy Hale, who portrays Aria, talks about how the cast gets along on set and what's next for the high schoolers on the show.
As 'Pretty Little Liars' continues to race through its adrenaline-pumping third season, the stakes have been raised, the body count continues to rise, and there is no end in sight as to who the final â€śAâ€ť will be behind those mysterious, deadly texts stalking the quartet of Rosewood. In a recent press interview at the WB Mondo International Press Tour, co-star Lucy Hale candidly shared her thoughts on 'Pretty Little Liars' and some of her own favorite TV shows.
How do you identify most with ARIA, and what were the biggest differences?
LUCY HALE: Sheâ€™s really sensitive and sheâ€™s really about the relationships with people.Â Sheâ€™s close with her family.Â Sheâ€™s close with her boyfriend and her friends.Â And, you know, thatâ€™s where the heart of Aria really comes from, because Iâ€™m the same way.Â But sheâ€™s more of a... I feel Iâ€™m a little bit... Iâ€™m older in real life than Aria, so I guess the struggle with the character was just trying to keep her young and a little naive to life.Â Because I feel like Lucy is 23.Â I started the show when I was 20.Â I was just sort of keeping that bright-eyed, excited-about-the-world kind of thing.Â And obviously, I couldnâ€™t relate to the situations that theyâ€™re going through.Â Iâ€™ve never had a friend pass away and Iâ€™ve never had someone try to ruin my life and reveal all my secrets.Â So, yeah, I guess thatâ€™s how I struggled.
What were you like at Ariaâ€™s age?Â
LUCY HALE:Â Oh, man, 16 and 17?Â I just moved out to California, and so I guess, in that sense, I was very naive about L.A. and about Hollywood and about auditions.Â And I think itâ€™s a good thing.Â Because if I were to have moved out now, I would have been like, this will never happen; Iâ€™m just going to go back home and go to school.Â But I was just very excited about trying new things.Â And coming from a smaller town and to one of the craziest cities in the world, I was just very excited about new experiences, I guess.
Â Whoâ€™s changed the most during the course of those three years?Â Do you think itâ€™s you or Aria?Â
Â LUCY HALE: Thatâ€™s one Iâ€™ve never gotten.Â I think for me personally, Iâ€™ve just gotten busier.Â Itâ€™s just been like scheduling kind of.Â Iâ€™ve gotten to meet a lot of great people, do a lot of interesting things. Â But I think internally, Aria has had to grow up so fast, you know.Â Theyâ€™ve gone through so many things, and I think sheâ€™s gotten really tough and sheâ€™s gotten really strong.Â So Iâ€™d have to say for me I still feel like the same person.Â I think Ariaâ€™s just changed as a person in general, if that answers your question, yeah.
Â What you think of the way people watch TV when it comes to home video and if you do that with shows as well?
Â LUCY HALE:Â Absolutely.Â You know, for me Iâ€™ve caught on to shows that, you know, are done weâ€™re done a few years ago, but it was something I wanted to watch.Â And I think that, you know, with DVDs and even with watching online, I feel like a lot of people watch our show on Hulu and on YouTube, and a lot of people internationally.Â Itâ€™s incredible.Â Itâ€™s just I want our show to live forever, whether weâ€™re shooting for a long time or whether itâ€™s through media.
Â Do you get watch the special features or any of that stuff?
Â LUCY HALE:Â Oh, I love a good blooper reel, because I love to see... because our show is so intense all the time.Â And itâ€™s really not when weâ€™re shooting, because weâ€™re goofing off and weâ€™ll have to do something over and over again because weâ€™re cracking up about something that happened before we started shooting.Â And so I love that kind stuff, because at the end of the day, you realize itâ€™s real people and this is their job.Â So I guess thatâ€™s why I like it.
Â Are there shows youâ€™ve discovered watching them that way?
LUCY HALE:Â Well, I started watching BREAKING BAD late into the game.Â So I still have a little bit to catch up on.Â But the other day I started watching 'Saved by the Bell' again, because I used to watch it growing up.Â I donâ€™t know.Â I guess it was a comforting thing.Â So I went through Netflix and I got a box set.
Â On a show like yours, it could have been a nightmare if you guys hadnâ€™t got along.
LUCY HALE:Â Iâ€™m telling you, when I read the script, and I was like â€śThis is going to be great.â€ťÂ I was like, â€śBut four girls?Â This is going to be a nightmare.â€ťÂ But Iâ€™m telling you, it is the perfect experience.Â Weâ€™re not all necessarily best friends off set, but we all respect each other.Â We all get along.Â And itâ€™s sort of we go there, everyoneâ€™s professional, everyoneâ€™s ready to work and excited about it.Â Â But, yeah, we did.Â We spent our first Thanksgiving together.Â So itâ€™s been three years this past Thanksgiving that weâ€™ve done the show.Â And itâ€™s just great, you know.Â I love the people I work with, and I couldnâ€™tÂ ?? weâ€™re very, very lucky. I think that the reason we all get along is because we all look very different.Â I think weâ€™re all going to have very different careers.Â And I think weâ€™ve realized what we have to offer.Â But Ashley is definitely the girl that Iâ€™ll talk about clothes with or about guys or something, so sheâ€™s like my little gossip friend. Shay is into philanthropy work.Â Sheâ€™s really big into charity.Â But sheâ€™s also good at home decor, so sheâ€™s always on Pinterest, and so weâ€™ll talk about that.Â And then Troian is just brilliant.Â Sheâ€™s very intelligent.Â Sheâ€™s the friend that Iâ€™ll go to, to talk to about deeper stuff, I guess.Â So itâ€™s fun to have a lot of different types of friends.Â Itâ€™s a good group of people.
Â Do you test your music out on all of them?
Â LUCY HALE:Â Not yet, because we start recording next week.Â But Iâ€™ll get little texts, and theyâ€™re all very excited about it.Â So itâ€™s nice to have their support.
Â How did that come about for you, and what are you hoping to achieve?
Â LUCY HALE:Â The music?Â Well, I actually started out in music.Â I grew up performing and singing.Â And acting, the idea of it just sort of fell into my lap.Â And I was a little hesitant at first, but I was like, okay, Iâ€™ll try it.Â And so I did and I got some luck in it, which is cool.Â Thatâ€™s why Iâ€™m here.Â But Iâ€™m going back to why I got into it in the first place.Â And I think that, you know, just me talking about it thatâ€™s my passion.Â Thatâ€™s what I want to do.Â I know I have a lot to prove just because itâ€™s like hereâ€™s an actress whoâ€™s making an album.Â Weâ€™ve heard that story a million times before.Â But I think that once you hear the music, you hear how genuine it is, because I am writing it.Â And itâ€™s been a fun experience.Â Itâ€™s been a year, and Iâ€™m just so excited. Iâ€™m doing country. I think people that know me and knew me before the show knew that I started in music.Â And being from Tennessee definitely helps.Â But itâ€™s been great.Â Iâ€™m really excited for people to hear it.
Tiffany Vogt blogs at The TV Addict.