PLL's Sasha Pieterse's Age Played A Part in Her Not Getting The Role of Hanna

PLL's Sasha Pieterse's Age Played A Part in Her Not Getting The Role of Hanna

We all know now that Sasha Pieterse originally auditioned for the role of Hanna Marin on Pretty Little Liars, but we didn’t know the reason why she didn’t get the part — until now, that is.

Showrunner I. Marlene King revealed that Sasha‘s age actually played a factor in the decision.

Sasha is a great story because we had read Sasha for Hanna and we were going to test her at the studio or network … and then we found out she was only 12 years old — not that she couldn’t play a teenager, but I knew what Hanna was going to do and I was like, ‘Do we really want a 12-year-old doing those things?’” she says.

Marlene adds, “But also, they can only work a certain amount of hours under the age of 16. So that’s when we just said she’s Alison.”

“She read with a few of the girls as Alison, she was several years younger than all of them, but she scared the hell out of everyone in a good way.”

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