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- 1 8 THE CREEPINESS WITH THE EZRIA RELATIONSHIP
- 2 10 SASHA PIETERSE HATED ALI’S YELLOW SHIRT
- 3 r/PrettyLittleLiars — Aria’s change from season 1 to season 3
- 4 12 ASHLEY TISDALE TURNED DOWN AN AUDITION
- 5 Troian Bellisario (Spencer Hastings)
- 6 2 WHAT’S WITH ALL THE LGBT CHARACTER DEATHS?
- 7 3 THE TRANSPHOBIC CHARLOTTE REVEAL
8 THE CREEPINESS WITH THE EZRIA RELATIONSHIP
One of the biggest controversies on PLL has been the relationship between Lucy Hale’s Aria and Ian Harding’s Ezra, aka “Ezria”, because from the start it was creepy and basically illegal.
You see, 16-year-old Aria meets the 24-year-old Ezra in a bar, and they hook up in the bathroom. Later, Aria discovers Ezra is her English teacher, and while falling for your teacher isn’t that unheard of, the fact that they begin a romantic relationship is definitely against the rules.
It’s also later revealed that Ezra knew exactly who Aria was when he met her in the bar — he had been «researching» her for a book he was writing on Alison’s disappearance — and so he was perfectly well aware of how old she was when he kissed her in the bathroom.
When the series came to a conclusion last year, not everyone was onboard with the major reveals, especially the biggie: Who was A.D. – or Uber A, whichever you want to call them?
There were some highlights and fan-service in the finale, but when it came time for the identity of A.D., we learned it was Spencer’s surprise evil British twin sister, Alex Drake, who wanted to take her sister’s place in life. Wait, what?
Most of the fans’ ire and disappointment were pointed at King who didn’t wrap up some unanswered questions from them (like how did the moms get out of the basement). They yelled about getting “seven years of their life back” and other disparaging comments.
Are there any other dark secrets about Pretty Little Liars we are missing? Let us know in the comments below!
In 2017, the actress starred in, wrote, and produced a film called «Feed.» In the movie, she played the twin sister of «Harry Potter» star Tom Felton.
Her directing credits include one episode of «PLL,» the short-lived Freeform drama «Famous in Love,» and the network’s new «The Fosters» spin-off called «Good Trouble.»
In October 2018, Bellisario revealed that she welcomed a baby girl with «Suits» star Patrick J. Adams, who she’s been married to since 2016.
«I cannot express how grateful I am,» she captioned a photo on Instagram. «To the people who have protected us and kept our growing family safe and respected our privacy. To our tribe for expanding with grace and exponential amounts of love. To my @halfadams for being so supportive during every moment of my pregnancy and her birth. And to whatever incredible force of fate that brought this baby girl into our lives.»
She continued: «I couldn’t be more proud to be her mother. To bring a new girl into this world and to do my best to raise her to be kind, strong and whatever the heck she wants to be.»
10 SASHA PIETERSE HATED ALI’S YELLOW SHIRT
Memorable Quote: «You’re always better off with a really good lie.»
Say what? Sasha Pieterse was a mere 12-years-old when she landed the role of Alison DiLaurentis, the mysterious Rosewood teen who could slay with her biting words. The South African’s beauty, poise and maturity certainly showed in an early audition tape, which took place right before she got the Pretty Little Liars job (it was for The Beaver, a part that eventually went to Jennifer Lawrence).
Another interesting note: Pieterse actually first auditioned to play Hanna, which as we know eventually went to Ashley Benson. It’s a little hard to imagine the enigmatic Pieterse as the bubbly Hanna, so it looks like the parts went to the right people.
Because we see much of Alison DiLaurentis on that fateful night she disappeared, the character is seen often wearing the same clothes, including her signature yellow fringe top, bought by Ali’s mother, Jessica DiLaurentis. It became an iconic symbol of that night, and of Alison in general.
Now imagine having to wear the same thing over and over, season after season. Yeah, we’re pretty sure that would suck, and Pieterse has stated she absolutely loathed putting that top on.
On The Talk in 2016, the actress said, “I personally hate that shirt and have from the beginning. And because I got buried in it, and it got dirty and blood on it in so many scenes, there are 13 copies of that shirt. I’d like to take all of them and burn them. Just ruin it.”
Speaking of body image, Sasha Pieterse had issues with gaining weight because of an hormone imbalance known as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. When it looked like she was putting on few pounds on the show, Internet trolls body-slammed her.
“It was really, really hurtful the way people reacted,” the star revealed. “People were staying stuff like, ‘She’s pregnant.’ ‘You’re fat.’ They were angry or mad that I looked like this. It was one of the hardest things I have ever been through.
Last year, the actress competed on Dancing with the Stars and opened up about gaining 70 pounds in two years due to POS, but how being on the show helped her lose 15 pounds, and she was “feeling herself again.”
r/PrettyLittleLiars — Aria’s change from season 1 to season 3
Australian actress Tammin Sursok – who plays Jenna Marshall, the younger step-sister of Toby Cavanaugh (Keegan Allen) – became pregnant in 2013 before Season 4 of the show, so they cleverly hid her pregnancy, as shows are wont to do, with big bags and loosely fit clothing.
Incorporating a pregnancy for teen Jenna probably wouldn’t have fit because the character was there squarely to be a major thorn in the PLL girls’ lives. Maybe it could have been a by-product of her forcing her step-brother into a relationship.
Meanwhile, Sursok and husband Sean McKewan welcomed daughter Phoenix in 2014.
Toby Cavanaugh was supposed to be killed off in the sixth episode. In the books, Toby returns to Rosewood after being away at school and finds out Alison has gone missing. He and Emily spark, but he says he’s glad Alison is gone because she tormented him years before.
Emily takes that as meaning he is “A” and that he killed Ali and wants to get away from him. Apparently, the stress is too much, and Toby ends up committing suicide by a drug overdose in the woods. Such drama!
Fans of the show, however, took to Keegan Allen as Toby in a big way, so producers decided not to kill him off – he stayed with the show for all 7 seasons.
So random thing I was just thinking about that has nothing to do with the finale: I just watched the first two seasons again and Aria looks so weird to me. Not weird in a bad way but it’s like she doesn’t look like the same Aria from season 3 on (I’d been watching alot of season 3 and 4 looking for clues so I got used to how all the girls looked in those seasons). So is it just me or does Aria look alot different in the first two seasons, while the other girls look pretty much the same? She looks very very young but even the shape of her face seems different. She looks like she aged alot or her face changed or something between seasons 2 and 3. I don’t know if they started doing her make up differently or she gained a little weight and it changed her features but it just seems like her looks changed the most out of all the girls and it happened very suddenly. Am I crazy or did anyone else notice this?
12 ASHLEY TISDALE TURNED DOWN AN AUDITION
This may have been a «d’oh!» moment for Ashley Tisdale. After starring as the sassy Sharpay in the High School Musical series, Tisdale was a pretty hot commodity, and clearly had a flair for playing high-school princesses.
Tisdale, however, turned down the offer and instead signed up for the the 2010 CW series Hellcats with fellow Disney Channel alum Aly Michalka. The series followed competitive college cheerleading, but unfortunately only lasted one season – and of course we know what a huge hit Pretty Little Liars was. Oh well.
If we were to guess, Tisdale probably didn’t want to go back to playing a character in high school, even if it was a juicy role (since she herself was well in her 20s).
Troian Bellisario (Spencer Hastings)
Memorable Quote: “I don’t think there’s a section for ‘I’m sorry you got traumatized’ cards.”
Memorable Quote: «You know there isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for you, right?»
After seven seasons, the cast of Pretty Little Liars are mostly pretty tight with each other, but there was a time when they didn’t know each another very well.
Troian Bellisario once admitted to Good Morning America that she got into it with Ian Harding, who played Ezra Fitz, the former English teacher at Rosewood High School, when the two first met on the set. Bellisario said, “I got into a huge fight with Ian. He annoyed me.”
So what was the tiff all about? They got into a conversation about biology. Bellisario, who was actually valedictorian of her high school class, didn’t agree with Harding’s comment about evolution. The actress apparently expressed her point of view about it, and it didn’t set well with Harding. Everything’s cool now, thank goodness.
2 WHAT’S WITH ALL THE LGBT CHARACTER DEATHS?
Speaking of casting shade on transgender individuals, PLL also seemed to kill off an awful lot of its LGBT characters on the show. Shay Mitchell’s Emily, who was openly gay on the show, just could not keep a love interest to save her life — including Ali, who strung Emily along before she “died.”
Other of gay or transgender characters who died include Emily’s faux GF, Sara Harvey (Dre Davis); Shana (Aerial Miranda); and CeCe (Vanessa Ray), who was killed by the first original “A,” Mona (Janel Parrish).
But the one LGBT character whose death really pissed off fans was Maya (Bianca Lawson), Emily’s first girlfriend, who was killed in season 2 by a stalker. King has said that was the biggest fan reaction they ever had on the show.
3 THE TRANSPHOBIC CHARLOTTE REVEAL
When the mask of the mysterious “A” was finally pulled back, many of the fans didn’t dig it. In Season 6, Alison DiLaurentis’ long-presumed dead brother, known as Charles DiLaurentis, was tagged as the leader of the “A” team tormenting our sweet PLL-ers – but when the reveal came in the mid-season finale, “A” turned out to be Charlotte “CeCe” Drake (Vanessa Ray), formerly Charles DiLaurentis and Ali’s transgender sibling.
Some fans felt cheated, waiting all this time only to have it be a lackluster reveal that didn’t explain the mysteries, while others thought of it as a knock against trans people being sociopathic. Showrunner I.
Marlene King worried about the backlash but explained to Buzzfeed that CeCe wasn’t a villain because she’s transgender. She’s a villain because she came from a “crazy, crazy family” and it was genetics. Still, that’s kind of messed up.