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'Pretty Little Liars' Star Ian Harding Recalls Being Surprised by Sasha Pieterse's Age When They First Met

'Pretty Little Liars' Star Ian Harding Recalls Being Surprised by Sasha Pieterse's Age When They First Met

Back when Pretty Little Liars first started, we were all shocked to learn just how old Sasha Pieterse really was — even the cast.

While promoting his new book, Ian Harding dished about meeting Sasha for the first time.

“The very first experience that I had with her, it was at the read-through for the pilot,” he recalled in a new interview, “and it was right before we all went up to Vancouver, and Troian [Bellisario] and I were in different relationships than we are now, and we’re just talking about the trouble with long-distance relationships and, you know, jealousy in a relationship and everything like that — both people that we have since departed from.

Sasha comes over at one point and says, ‘You know, it’s just so tricky because you want to excel in your own life, and if they can’t love you for who you are, then the hardest thing is letting go. But how do you let go of that love?’ It was very deep, like, whatever she said. And we were like, ‘Wow, that is so, like- Sasha, was it?’”

Ian continues, “Then she gets up and is starting to leave, and one of the producers comes over and says, ‘Do you know who that was?’ I was like, ‘Yeah, Sasha… Pieterse? Or however you say her last name.’ He’s like, ‘Yeah, yeah. Do you know who that woman is behind her?’ And we notice a blonde woman that’s walking behind her. ‘That’s her mother — ’cause she has to come with her mother… ’cause she is 13!’”

Troian and I pretty much, like, picked our jaws up off the floor,” he laughed. “It was very intense.”

And because she’s such an old soul, Ian thinks she needs to be the next PLL star to write a book!

“I think Sasha‘s life is really fascinating,” he says. “I think Sasha could write a really great book. [...] ’cause she’s originally from South Africa, her parents are or were traveling performers.”

Ian adds, “I think one of the reasons she seems like 35 in spirit even though she’s, like, 11 (real age: 21) […] She comes off as so much older because she lived her whole life, like, with adults. And so, some of her good friends were, you know, 10 years older than she was.”

Ian Harding Compares Lucy Hale To His Favorite Bird, The American Kestrel Falcon

Ian Harding Compares Lucy Hale To His Favorite Bird, The American Kestrel Falcon

Ian Harding and Lucy Hale have a very special relationship — so much that he says she reminds him of one of his favorite birds.

“It’s a thing called an American Kestrel and it’s one of my favorites,” Ian, who is promoting his new book, “Odd Birds”, shared in a recent interview. “It’s essentially this little bird of prey.”

He adds, “It’s actually red, white and blue and it’s so aesthetically pleasing. They can do all sorts of crazy feats that you wouldn’t think that they could — like fly backwards, and stuff like that — but they can also fight off things, like, twice their size.”

“So that’s appropriate for Lucy. Compact, adorable, beautiful, but also occasionally violent.”

Awww, that’s actually kind of sweet.

You can see what the American Kestrel looks like here:

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Lucy Hale Always Knew Ezra & Aria Were Meant to Be on 'Pretty Little Liars'

Lucy Hale Always Knew Ezra & Aria Were Meant to Be on 'Pretty Little Liars'

Lucy Hale is a true Ezria shipper.

The Pretty Little Liars actress always knew the OG couple was meant to be on the hit Freeform show.

“I was always rooting for them,” she dished to Elle magazine. “I know it was always a taboo relationship and some people looked down on it, and it wasn’t a traditional relationship. But I always saw the pureness behind it, and they really genuinely care about each other.”

Lucy adds, “They’ve gone through every situation that should rip a couple apart and they’ve stayed together.”

“They’re definitely soul mates.”

Speaking of Ezra, and his portrayer Ian Harding, Lucy also spoke about his new book, “Odd Birds” ahead of joining him at his book signing last night.

“I’ve heard a lot about it, and he has different chapters where he talks about everyone,” she shared. “I’m a little nervous. But he let us know that it isn’t a gossip book. I’m very curious to read it. I’m really proud of him. I’m happy for him for trying something new.”

Look which pretty + little person showed up to support @IanMHarding's book, #OddBirds! ???? #PrettyLittleLiars

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FYI: Lucy is also pictured running some errands in Los Angeles earlier in the week.

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Ian Harding Gets Major Support From 'Pretty Little Liar's Co-Stars For New Book 'Odd Birds'

Ian Harding Gets Major Support From 'Pretty Little Liar's Co-Stars For New Book 'Odd Birds'

Ian Harding has some pretty amazing friends in his Pretty Little Liars cast.

The actor just came out with his first book, called “Odd Birds”, and his co-stars just can’t stop gushing over the book and him on social media.

“I’m a very proud friend and can’t wait to get my paws on a copy since Ian didn’t send me an early read,” Lucy Hale wrote on Instagram. “But seriously go out and support this hard working guy and pick up a copy of his baby.”

Shay Mitchell added, “He’s brilliant and hilarious and I have admired him from the moment I met him almost 8 years ago. You would never look at this handsome guy and think ‘oh yeah he for sure has a passion for birds’ and that’s what I love about him…ya can’t judge a book by its cover.”

Troian Bellisario also wrote a sweet message to Ian: “You have a weird and beautiful passion for birds and your honesty in sharing your experiences in Hollywood is inspiring and totally brilliant. Congratulations on the release of #oddbirds.”

“I’m so incredibly proud of you Ian! Your book is amazing. It made me laugh and cry but most importantly…it made me look up! You’re a tremendously talented gentleman- Go wish him congratulations and pick up your copy asap,” Keegan Allen wrote.

Ian is also pictured at Build Series in New York City, talking up the new book.

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Ian Harding Flossed Three Times Before His First Kiss Scene with Lucy Hale

Ian Harding Flossed Three Times Before His First Kiss Scene with Lucy Hale

We all remember this scene on Pretty Little Liars — it was the first scene ever — and so does Ian Harding.

In the scene (which you can watch below), Ezra and Aria first officially meet at the bar and share a steamy makeout, all before they learn the next day that she’s actually his student.

In his new book “Odd Birds”, Ian remembers everything about the scene, even how he prepared for it with Lucy Hale.

“I flossed at least three times before that scene,” he shares. “I had a bottle of mouthwash with me on set, and I gargled between every take.”

Nothing like being prepared!


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One 'PLL' Cast Member Didn't Like the Finale Script at First

One 'PLL' Cast Member Didn't Like the Finale Script at First

The series finale script for Pretty Little Liars didn’t go over well with the entire cast.

In fact, it seems like the cast members all had very different reactions to it!

“We were all crying,” Janel Parrish told EW about the final table read.

Andrea Parker said, “Most of us were just, mouth agape.

Meanwhile, Tyler Blackburn was “stoked” and Shay Mitchell was “blown away.”

“I read it and I was like, I don’t buy this,” Ian Harding admitted. “It was until we had shot and wrapped… I was driving home on my last day, slightly teary-eyed, and it landed on me, who and what this whole thing was, and I kind of went, [gasps], like, in the car, in traffic.”

Pretty Little Liars returns for the final episodes on Tuesday, April 18 @ 8PM ob Freeform.

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Troian Bellisario & Lucy Hale Share Special Messages For PLL Fans at PaleyFest

Troian Bellisario & Lucy Hale Share Special Messages For PLL Fans at PaleyFest

Lucy Hale and Troian Bellisario were definitely missed from the Pretty Little Liars PaleyFest event last night.

However, the two actresses were definitely there in spirit — especially with Ian Harding acting out the role of Aria during one point.

Lucy and Troian also recorded special messages for the fans at PaleyFest, along with more apologies that they couldn’t be there.

You can see even more pics of stars Ashley Benson, Shay Mitchell and Sasha Pieterse joined Tyler Blackburn, Andrea Parker, and Janel Parrish below!

Watch both of Lucy and Troian‘s videos below, too!

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Sasha Pieterse Almost Played Hanna Instead of Ashley Benson on 'Pretty Little Liars'!

Sasha Pieterse Almost Played Hanna Instead of Ashley Benson on 'Pretty Little Liars'!

The cast of Pretty Little Liars looked amazing at the PaleyFest event today in Los Angeles.

Ashley Benson, Shay Mitchell and Sasha Pieterse joined Tyler Blackburn, Andrea Parker, Janel Parrish, and Ian Harding for what could possibly be the final cast event.

Some secrets about the series were revealed at the event — we mean, did you know that Sasha was almost Hanna instead of Ashley?!

We can see it though!

“We’ve all lucked out big time,” Ian told the crowd about the cast.

If you missed it, watch the first minute from the spring episode and check out all the pics below!

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