If you're a Pretty Little Liars fan, then you
are undoubtedly counting the days until Tuesday's season six premiere.
With a frightening end to last season that left loyal fans both shocked
and confused, Pretty Little Liars remains ABC Family's most
popular and talked about show.
One of the reasons for the wide appeal of PLL
is undoubtedly the talented group of writers led by Marlene King.
Together, they have successfully kept fans on the edge of their seats
for six seasons with unlimited cliffhangers likeÖ Who is A? Who is
buried in the grave? Who is red coat? Is Mona really dead? Did she do
it? And of course the big one nowÖ Who the heck is Charles?
One fave in the complex cast of characters is Alison
DiLaurentis, played by nineteen-year-old actress Sasha Pieterse. Fans
either love or hate Ali as she continues to wreak havoc on the lives of
the other liars, their friends and families... as well as everyone else
she crosses paths with in Rosewood, Pennsylvania.
Last week we had the pleasure of speaking with
Pieterse during a conference call about the upcoming sixth season of
PLL. She shared her thoughts on many things PLL and also
dropped some bombshells about new storylines, relationships and answers
to some outstanding questions that we are all waiting to hear.
Whatís in store in
with Charlesí new mission to complete his doll collection with the real
I can tell you that Charles is somehow related to
the DiLaurentis family, which is a huge spoiler. (Laughs) So,
use it wisely, but I think thatís exactly it. Charles is obsessed with
the girls and obsessed with everything that he has created in his mind.
To have the real Alison is his obsession and his dream. That is going
to be really strange in the summer season that weíre having. Itís going
to be really eerie and dark as usual, but there are things that you
havenít seen before as well. This is a new element for Pretty Little
Liars. We finally found out who A is. Everything is going to fall
into place, make sense and weíll find out how this has all come about,
as well as the history of Charles and the reason he is so obsessed.
Itís cool because weíre so far from what the average
teenage show is all about. I think thatís why we have so many different
age ranges that really appreciate the show. It really does dive into so
many different things. Itís a murder mystery and itís all this
psychological drama that happens. Thatís just what Charles is. Heís
this self-destructive hyper-sensitive crazy genius that is haunting
these girls, and his ultimate dollhouse does include Alison. Youíre
just going to see us trying to figure out what his plans are and how
heís going to accomplish that, or trying to stay one step ahead.
How long will Alison
be staying in the dark when it comes to Charles being ďAĒ and his
relationship to her?
Honestly, I donít completely know yet! Not
everything is written yet. Weíre still in the process of filming. Iím
in the dark about that too. I enjoy finding out all these different
secrets that are coming about. What Marlene will share with me and what
everyone knows. There are things that I found out about Charles already
that I cannot share with you, but I can tell you that itís going in a
super cool direction and not something that I would have expected. I
think the fans are going to really enjoy it. Weíre really enjoying
playing our characters right now, because everything is so different.
Everything that weíre going to be filming is so different. This is
totally reinvented and itís a lot of fun.
Is the name ďCharlesĒ
going to ring a bell for Alison when the girls return and tell her, or
will she be as clueless as them?
She has no clue who this person is. Iím pretty sure
Iím able to say that. (laughs) Itís completely a shock to her.
So, that also brings up if Charles is somehow related to the DiLaurentis
family, how come no one knew about him. That unravels a whole other
different but cool storyline actually, because as much as everyone knows
whatís happened and the girls are trying to figure it out, theyíre also
following their own storyline and their own demons. Weíve always known
that Alison has a strange family, but now it just goes so much deeper
and so much darker. Itís really hard for her to trust anyone. She
canít even trust her own family completely. Iíve actually really
enjoyed watching that unravel and playing that out.
What can you tell us
about Andrew and what he has to do with Charles?
I have to be vague about that, but itís a really
good question. Andrew is a weird component in all of this. I canít
really tell you if heís Charles or not, but he definitely has
something. It might not be what you think it is, but heís really cool.
He came out of nowhere. But at the same time, he was always there. I
know fans arenít necessarily surprised because theyíre going and
re-watching the episodes that he was in and are now really suspicious of
him, which they should be. Itís this weird dynamic, especially now
between him and Aria and why heís doing what heís doing. So, I think
the fans will enjoy the outcome of what happens to Andrew for sure.
Can you tell us who
Alisonís love interest is going to be in season six and how that
relationship will unfold?
Itís a healthy relationship and itís the first time
Alison has really had a connection like this. Obviously, sheís had a
connection with Emily, but this is very different and honest. Thereís
not that history that there was with the girls, which I think is
important. Itís cool for her to start anew and thatís the best way to
do it. To be honest, itís very new for her and Iím actually not sure
exactly where itís going to go yet either, but itís a little bit of a
surprise. I think the fans are going to love and hate that. Thereís
going to be a lot of Emison fans that are going to be very disappointed,
but this is life. This is what happens.
Everyoneís had a relationship except for Alison.
Thereís been Emily and Alison, but itís so on and off that it wasnít
consistent like Toby and Spencer, or Hanna and Caleb. This is a cool
version of what a regular teenager would be going through. Itís been
fun to play. Itís weird. Youíve heard of Alisonís previous boyfriends
and flings, but youíve never actually seen it. So, I think itís a nice,
refreshing and innocent in a way, a side with Alison that we havenít
How far ahead do you
get to see the script?
We are on our eighth episode now and youíre about to
see the first episode. So, weíre quite far ahead. I should say that we
havenít started the time jump yet. As much as I know a little bit, Iím
also being honest in saying that I donít really know a lot about our
time jump yet. Theyíre still writing it. (laughs) Itís fun to
sneak in the writersí room and ask questions and see how much theyíll
tell me. Itís going to be really fun to do that time jump. We get to
see everything before everyone else does, but not as much you think.
Where will we find
Ali after the time jump during season six?
Well, I canít tell you too much obviously because
itís a secret, (laughs) but Iím really excited about it. All of
us are really excited about it. Itís something new and different that
the fans havenít seen before. Itís an interesting twist because so many
different weird things happened to the girls at this time in their lives
in high school. Now this is something totally different. Theyíre grown
up and their life has moved in different directions. I think the fans
are going to really enjoy seeing that. I also think that weíre really
going to enjoy acting and playing that out and seeing how characters are
working together again. So, Iím very excited.
Did you ever think
Alison was guilty, and how did you go about playing that as an actress?
Alison has been so fun for me because I also never
know. Sheís had so many different storylines. There was a part of me at
one point that I did think that she was guilty. Then I thought about it
and realized as twisted and as messed up as she is in all of the lying
she does, generally thereís a reason for it. As everyone found out that
she was alive, we also realized that she now isnít as selfish as she was
before. Sheís learned so many different things about herself and about
the world. About the reality of ďAĒ and how dangerous ďAĒ is and trying
to protect her friends, even though the girls didnít think so for a
I think some of the fans were convinced. She kind
of prevailed. Now, sheís trying to make everything better and sheís
also trying to learn about her family life. Everything is a lot more
serious to her. Itís not about the clothes that sheís wearing or how to
diss someone. Itís much more about protecting herself, her friends and
her family and really finding out what Rosewood is hiding.
Sheís really grown as a character and thatís fun for
me. Itís been such a crazy arc, and to now sometimes be vulnerable and
nice has been a nice change, because she was never that way. Everything
that sheís feeling now is genuine. Sheís not manipulating anyone
anymore. Sheís really trying to figure out her demons and what caused
her to do things. Sheís realizing that there were things in her family
and things that she was told when she was younger. Now itís a total
subconscious thing and there were so many reasons for the things that
she did that she didnít even know. They were so engrained in her.
I really enjoyed playing out my now family storyline
too. Itís been a fun change, and I think fans are really going to enjoy
that too because weíve never seen that before. Weíve never seen this
common dynamic that I can tell you a lot about, but itís going to be
really interesting. I really enjoyed having scenes with my dad too. He
is so great! Jim [Abele] is so great and nice. He really portrays
daddy DiLaurentis very well. Heís had to do some fun stuff. Iím
looking forward to what people think of Alisonís family, because itís so
Do you think Alisonís
apology to Paige came from a genuine place? What is their dynamic
It definitely was a genuine apology. Alisonís going
through a lot of turmoil and sheís realized how much sheís hurt people.
Now that sheís out of jail, she really has to face people and everything
that sheís dealt with. I mean her whole path is now brought to life and
light. Sheís had to face everyone and that was a really cool moment
between both Paige and Alison. In that moment I think that was a very
genuine apology and she also saw how much Paige and Emily loved each
other. Itís like she has a new respect for Paige. Paige was not the
person that she left when she disappeared.
What do you think it
is thatís so compelling about the dynamic between Alison and Emily?
Thereís such a powerful connection between them and
honestly, both of them donít know what it is. Alison cares about her a
lot and I donít think she really knows what her feelings are. Sheís not
sure if theyíre misplaced or not, but the definite truth there is that
they have such a strong friendship. As much as Alison has gone astray,
done so many crazy things and has lost their trust, lost her trust and
gained her trust back again, there will always be that connection
there. I donít think thatíll ever disappear. Emily was her pit bull.
In the book thatís how they described it. She was always protecting
Alison, no matter what. Thatís carried through even now. When Alison
was found, or at least the girls found out that she was innocent, I
think that made Alison and Emily even closer because that was Emilyís
mistake and now it was Emily asking for her forgiveness.
So, that was also interesting. That was a great
dynamic between the two of them and good for the fans to know. I know
everyone is so for Emison. I totally understand because of how many
great scenes Emily and Alison have had. But, itís also important for at
least the teenage girls watching our show to recognize that not
everything stays connected; not everything always comes together. This
is a high school relationship and they deeply care about each other.
But, this show is really doing a really great job of showing their
relationship grow and their relationship arc. Marlene has really good
plans for their relationship and where the fans will like it, but at the
same time, itís a realistic thing. Itís really real. Some of them
might not like it, but some of them will. Itís a really important
change. Youíll see some of that go through the time jump as well. They
definitely do care about each other. I think their feelings are genuine
either way it goes.
What will Alisonís
relationship be like with Mona?
Itís pretty strange. Theyíre nervous of each other,
probably Mona more than Alison, but I think theyíre starting a
friendship in a very strange way. As much as theyíre different, theyíre
very similar too. Theyíre now learning how to be around each other
without protecting themselves because now everything is out there.
Everyone knew now that Mona would stay and now sheís not. Now Mona also
was trying to convict Alison of murder and now that Mona knows that that
wasnít accurate, itís this weird vibe between the two of them. At the
same time, Mona was kidnapped as well. Alison helped save Mona too.
Itís a weird dynamic, but I think their friendship will grow as time
Do you think anybody
will ever fully trust Alison with everything that sheís done?
Honestly, people in Rosewood that donít know her,
like the girls do probably not trust her. Itís going to be really hard
for her to clear her past and make people understand that sheís not that
person anymore. Now that Alisonís genuinely changing, I think it will
get easier for her once sheís start gaining peopleís trust again.
Youíll see her love interest help out with that, which is also a cool
aspect. Itís a cool aspect to Alison, growing up and changing her
persona. Sheíll master it almost completely. There will still be a
little bit of a doubt with certain subjects, but I think for the most
part sheíll be okay.
What is the biggest
change you think we will see in the upcoming season?
Itís weird that the police know the truth now, but I
think itís even stranger that the parents do because now you hear the
parents talk about ďAĒ and all the terrible things that ďAĒ has done.
Thatís a weird change, because thereís not a lot the girls can hide from
their parents now. Thereís still a lot that they can, but now they know
the dangers of Rosewood and ďAĒ with Charles. So, itís curfews and
having to know where they are all the time. Not trusting them when they
say theyíre going to a sleepover because they feel like theyíre not
actually. That kind of stuff. Fair enough, they got kidnapped and that
would be an absolute crazy fear for a parent, but the fact that theyíre
using the word ďAĒ now is really strange to see on the page and to hear
her say it. I think the fans are going to be a little weirded out about
that, because now the parents are in on it in a way. That was something
that you would never have imagined before.
How did it feel to
play such an intense scene when Ali was found guilty of murder?
It was weird. That was our first time in a
courtroom for the show, which you think would be strange. You think we
should have had a lot more court scenes. (laughs) Being
convicted felt a little real. It was really strange. I mean we had the
handcuffs and everything. Being in an actual courtroom and being in
that environment, having such an emotional scene, yes, it was very
intense, but fun at the same time. It was really important for everyone
to see how emotional and vulnerable Alison was, especially since we now
know that she didnít do it, and thatís a very real thing. Thatís a very
twisted thing. People go to jail for things they didnít do so many
times that it was interesting to see a girl go through that. It was
definitely fun to play. The girl that played my lawyer [Lauren Tom],
sheís so sweet. She was Rossí girlfriend on Friends and I had no
idea! (laughs) So, that was fun talking to her too. We had a
really good time building those scenes.
If you can give Ali
any piece of advice going into season six what would it be?
To be honest. That is literally my answer. (laughs)
She needs to be honest now with everyone and go wholeheartedly into
things instead of always trying to protect herself. Sheís so scared of
failing and getting hurt now, which obviously that is okay. Itís a
genuine reaction for her given everything that sheís been through, but
that would be my advice to her. Start letting go of all the fears that
sheís had even though Charles is still on the loose.
Do you think there
are any worlds in which itís still possible that Alison could be ďAĒ?
In Marleneís world anything can happen (laughs),
but I honestly do believe that sheís innocent. I donít think that sheís
ďA.Ē I think sheís done some weird and terrible things and maybe she
sacrificed some sanity in the girls in order to accomplish something
else. I definitely think that sheís extremely manipulative, but I think
sheís grown out of that. I donít think thereís a possibility for her to
be ďAĒ anymore. Sheís gotten way too hurt for that for it to be a
genuine reason for her to be ďA.Ē So, no, I donít think that she could
ever be ďA.Ē But you never know. (laughs again)
Are we ever going to
find out who Varjak and Red Coat are as well?
I have to be vague on that for sure, but this is the
summer of answers. (laughs) Thereís definitely some surprises
in there that I wouldnít have even expected. Marlene is great and I
think the fans will be satisfied and itís going to be a cool way to
connect everything. Theyíre so smart. Theyíre geniuses. Itís insane
what they come up with. Even when I think that thereís nowhere it can
go, Marlene and our writers prove me wrong. Itís a really cool
storyline and I think the fans are going to really enjoy it.
Do you have anything
in common with Ali?
I would hope not. (laughs) I get asked that
question so many times and itís a very valid question too. I have a
really happy, healthy family relationship. I definitely donít have the
twisted one that she does and I would hope Iím not going to. But,
thereís parts about her that sure are enjoyable. Youíre seeing that as
well. I feel like Iím totally opposite. I hope that Iím totally
opposite. Iím told that Iím totally opposite. So, Iíll stick with
that. (laughs again)
How dark is season
six going to be, and how would you tease our listeners into watching the
sixth season of
Pretty Little Liars?
Itís really dark. Thatís why I mentioned it
earlier, that we have such a broad age range of viewers. The girls go
through very adult things. This is definitely the darkest season that
weíve encountered and I think that is because we brought Charles into
it. Now that youíve realized that this is someone that could be a lot
closer than anyone ever knew, I think itís frightening. We start to
find things about Charles and it just gets more and more disturbing.
Itís interesting. This season is kind of horror-esque. Not completely,
because we still have our little comedy aspect and the girls still go
to school, but thereís a lot of twisted things that, I mean at their
age, they should never be going through. This is not a normal
Itís very dark, especially considering everything
that happened to them in the dollhouse. Youíll start to find out what
it was, and itís really dark. Thatís really the craziest aspect of it.
Letís be honest, this is an ABC Family show, but these girls got
tortured and kidnapped by this person that they donít know that knows
everything about them. Thatís a really dark subject. Thatís a really
weird aspect of the show, especially originally a teenagerís show.
As much as itís fun, yes, itís weird. A lot of
times, thereís nine-year-olds, seven-year-olds thatíll come up and be
like, ďI really love your show.Ē Itís so surprising to me that those
kids are watching our show. I know a lot of it will go over their head,
but weíre dealing with really dark things. Itís been interesting to see
how broad the viewers are, which is great. Itís really dark and I
wonder how the parents are going to react. Theyíre watching it with
their kids too, but itís been a really fun place. Our show still does
it in a really classy way and still makes it really fun. For all the
viewers who have to watch the show with their lights on, theyíre going
to have to grab a blanket and lock all their windows and doors to watch
Is there another
other storyline that you wish you could have acted yourself, like Aria
or Spencer or anything interesting that you wish you could have gotten
to play out?
Honestly, Spencer has been my favorite characters.
Obviously, I love playing Alison, but I just love how intelligent
Spencer is and all the things that she comes up with. Sheís still so
intelligent and the things that she does and the things that she knows
are really great. I think sheís got a really fun character. So, if I
could trade, it would probably be Spencer. But, everyone is so funny.
I mean I love how funny Hannaís character is and the lines that she has
are classic. Aria too and Emily because Shay [Mitchell] thinks itís
hilarious all the things that she has to do for Emily. The writers have
done such a good job at shaping these characters to some of the things
that they do in life as well, which I think is cool because Troian [Bellasario]
is actually very much like Spencer. Because of how smart she is sheís
able to say all these crazy words and every now and then, weíll be like,
ďTroy, how do I say thatĒ and thatís exactly what it is when sheís
Spencer. (laughs) So, I think thatís really important.
I thankfully have not been molded for Alison. I
think thatís important for everyone to know. (laughs again)
Other than that, theyíve done a really good job at shaping our
characters so that itís really easy and natural for us to play them. I
donít think I could ever do Spencer justice compared to Troian. I think
sheís perfect, Troian, but I definitely love her character. (laughs
If you could guest
star or join the cast of another ABC Family television show, what show
would you want to be on?
Thatís a really hard question because we have so
many fun shows. I mean this is a drama, so I think probably a comedy.
I love cooking (Young & Hungry). Baby Daddy is so funny
too. I donít know!
What has the
transition been like behind the scenes for you working, going from a
child to an adult?
Itís pretty crazy because I was 12 when I did the
pilot. Everyone was much older than me. At the same time, I never
really felt the difference. I always had older friends. I was the only
child. I was home schooled. I graduated at 14. So, Iíve had an
abnormal childhood in the best way. I loved it. I would never have
changed it. So, everything came naturally. Alisonís character has been
so much fun. Sheís done so many crazy things. I mean sure, sheís
maturing now, but she hasnít really calmed down necessarily. Thereís
been an arc in her character, but itís not like they really catered
Alison to the younger me just because I was younger.
That wasnít necessarily a big change, but youíre
right. I have grown up on the show. This is such a great platform for
me which has been fun. To now play someone who is younger than myself
because itís always opposite. Iíve always been playing someone older.
When I was four, I was [playing] a six-year-old. So, this is a
different change for me, to play someone who hasnít graduated yet and
isnít 18 yet. Almost 18. But, that aspect is really strange for me,
because now Iím older than my character. Itís been fun to deal with all
the teenage problems that I donít have anymore.
How often do you and
your other cast members read the fan theories around
Pretty Little Liars
and have you ever read one that was dead on?
Thereís been a few that have been head on. People
thought that Charles was a family member somehow. So, they guessed that
right. (laughs) Even before that, thereís been so many
different things that they have put out there that have been really,
really strangely accurate. I think thatís great! Thereís so many fans
that are so intrigued and interested in our show. [They] literally
watch our seasons over and over again to pick up on little things and
they piece it together. There are some things that they piece together
that we never thought that they would and then we have to rewrite it.
Weíre like, ďOh, how did they catch thatĒ and we have to change it a
little bit because theyíre so spot on.
Itís amazing that they do that. As mysterious as
our show is, our fans are really picking up the pieces, which is
unusual. You usually watch a show and as much as youíre frustrated or
want something to turn out the way it is, you donít really research it
and watch it with a microscope. Thatís cool about our show, that our
fans are in love with it that much that theyíre that invested to do
that. I have read a few theories that even though necessarily theyíre
not whatíll happen, theyíre really interesting and cool and intriguing.
We really appreciate that. A lot of times, itís funny. We think itís
really funny and we all sit together and read some funny things and what
the fans think. I think the fans should know that we read and we listen
and enjoy their input for sure.
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