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Janel Parrish Is Hoping For Long-Lasting Love For Mona on 'The Perfectionists'

Janel Parrish Is Hoping For Long-Lasting Love For Mona on 'The Perfectionists'

Mona might be getting a new love interest soon on The Perfectionists, according to star Janel Parrish.

Speaking to Teen Vogue, the actress shared that the boyfriend she had at the end of Pretty Little Liars is no longer part of Mona’s life.

However, “[Fans will] definitely get a little taste of something fun with Mona in the romance department,” she says, adding a “very, very fun development” is coming.

Janel does hopes that Mona will find real, lasting love in the spin-off though.

“Mona has always kind of been a little bit of a loner,” she shared. “She’s never been one of the joiner types, and I think she yearns for that, especially the way she started out, with being bullied and left out of the inner circle. While she prides herself on being independent, there is a certain part of her that just wants to be loved.”

The Perfectionists airs Wednesdays on Freeform.

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Will More 'PLL' Cast Members Appear on 'The Perfectionists?'

Will More 'PLL' Cast Members Appear on 'The Perfectionists?'

Besides Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish, will more stars from the original Pretty Little Liars series make their way onto The Perfectionists spin-off?

Here’s what showrunner I. Marlene King had to say in a new interview with TheWrap:

On early casting decisions for The Perfectionists: “As [PLL] started coming to an end — maybe a year before — I started talking to the cast and floating around the idea of who’s ready to move on and who’s ready to keep exploring their characters and where they go from here. And Sasha and Janel were both really excited about the opportunity to do that. Warner Bros. had the rights to Sara’s book, and I thought this was such a great place to explore new secrets, new lies, and incorporate a couple of our great O.G. characters.”

“They were really excited about getting to explore their characters more. And I was excited because I really didn’t think we got to see enough of Mona on the first round of PLL. I know fans wanted to see more and learn more about her. They wanted her to have romance and a full life beyond just being that sort of Crazy Mona on PLL. So that was a real no-brainer for me.

On Mona’s role: “You’re going to have to wait and see. Mona was never really trustworthy on PLL — I mean, she loved Hanna, but she still hit her with a car — but I think you’re going to get to see a side of Mona that you haven’t seen before, and you’re going to be able to trust her a little bit more than you were on the other show.”

On whether or not she’s chatted with other familiar faces about popping up on the show: “Yeah, I think they’re all really excited for us. And because the show is premiering this week, we’re all getting together, there’s lots of different opportunities for the cast to support the show, and they’ve all been really fantastic. There’s quite a few people who’ve expressed interest in coming on. But for the first season, I felt it was really important to launch the show on its own and let it stand on its own two feet, so it’s not really about those appearances. But I think next season we’ll be a lot more open to having some of those OGs and those fun moments. I will say, though, even though we don’t see them, there are moments through Mona and Alison where we find out what’s going on in Rosewood. We will get information from them about what the other characters are doing.”

The Perfectionists airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on Freeform!

Janel Parrish & Anna Cathcart Confirmed to Return as Margo & Kitty for 'To All The Boys' Sequel

Janel Parrish & Anna Cathcart Confirmed to Return as Margo & Kitty for 'To All The Boys' Sequel

We’re so excited that Janel Parrish and Anna Cathcart are officially coming back for To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before sequel!

The two stars play Lara Jean’s (Lana Condor) sisters, Margo and Kitty in the series. John Corbett will also return as dad, Dan Covey.

However, according to THR, a new director is coming on board – Michael Fimognari, who was the director of photography on the first film.

Susan Johnson, the director of the first film will be an executive producer.

Author Jenny Han added, “I’m so thrilled and thankful we get to keep telling Lara Jean’s story. I just know that the audience will fall in love with her all over again.”

All we need to hear now is who is playing John Ambrose…

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Sasha Pieterse Shares The Funny Story Behind That Pie Scene in 'The Perfectionists' Premiere

Sasha Pieterse Shares The Funny Story Behind That Pie Scene in 'The Perfectionists' Premiere

You wouldn’t think that the famous pie scene with Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish would actually have a funny back story – considering it’s a scene with Ali and Mona – but it does!

In an interview with EOnline, Sasha opened up about her fave scene from the premiere of The Perfectionists and it was that one, all because of that pie.

“The pie was a disaster,” Sasha reveals. “It would not cut, or it would cut through the entire pie box and then we wouldn’t be able to lift it.”

She added though, “Janel and I had so much fun filming that scene.”

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Janel Parrish & Sasha Pieterse Bring 'The Perfectionists' to 'GMA'

Janel Parrish & Sasha Pieterse Bring 'The Perfectionists' to 'GMA'

Janel Parrish shines in a teal jumpsuit while leaving ABC Studios in New York City on Wednesday (March 20).

The 30-year-old actress joined co-star Sasha Pieterse as they promoted their brand new series, The Perfectionists, ahead of the television premiere tonight.

“It’s more evolved,” Janel says about the series. “It’s darker, it’s sexier, it’s more fun, it’s more mysterious. You’ll meet some new faces that I think people are going to fall in love with.”

She adds that “if you were a PLL fan, it’s definitely everything that you would want from PLL, with a couple more things added on top.”

But if you didn’t watch the original Pretty Little Liars series, that’s okay too: “If you weren’t a PLL fan I think it doesn’t take long to kind of pull you into this world.”

FYI: Sasha wore an Oscar de la Renta dress.

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Ali & Mona Are Trying To Be Friends In 'The Perfectionists'

Ali & Mona Are Trying To Be Friends In 'The Perfectionists'

When The Perfectionists premieres tomorrow, you’ll see something we’ve never ever seen before – Ali and Mona being friends!

Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish chatted with Bustle about their characters’ new roles on the series and that includes trying to be friends with each other.

“Mona and Alison are just trying to live their best Beacon Heights life, they can finally be friends and then — bam! A death,” Sasha joked, before expanding on Ali’s new life.

“Alison sees the Perfectionists as sort of her foster puppies. I think Mona is at first like, ‘OK, Alison, you go play with your little puppies’ and as the mystery unfolds and the stakes get higher, Alison comes to Mona for help, naturally,” she adds.

Janel adds, “I think Mona, who has always been a little bit of a loner but yearned to be part of a group, sees an opportunity for her to open up a little bit more to people. It’s going to be a struggle for her because you know, she’s Mona, and she’s used to being a lone wolf. But it’s interesting to see her figure out how to approach having personal relationships with people.”

While Mona and Ali have a complicated relationship, Sasha and Janel are super close off screen.

“Janel and I get along so well off-camera, she’s a very close friend of mine,” Sasha says. “So it’s fun for us to have these kinds of scenes together where we’re not yelling at each other or in our old type of dynamic.

“That’s a brand new development that shocks Alison, and she’s not sure how to take it and she’s not sure if she can trust her. And slowly but surely, this new kind of friendship develops.”

Sasha continues, “I love that it’s not just like, all of a sudden, everything’s OK between them, there’s still that glimpse into the past and their history.”

Sasha Pieterse & Janel Parrish Have Mini-Photo Shoot With 'The Perfectionists' Billboard in Times Square

Sasha Pieterse & Janel Parrish Have Mini-Photo Shoot With 'The Perfectionists' Billboard in Times Square

Just like Sofia Carson did a few weeks ago, Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish stopped by to see the giant billboard for The Perfectionists in Times Square, New York City this week.

The two stars of the series made a few press stops to promote the new show before checking out the huge poster.

“A total dream,” Janel posted on her Instagram.

Sasha added, “Had to take a New York minute to let that baby sink in. 😮💃🏼💃🏻🗽 #plltheperfectionists.”

You can even watch a cute video Sasha and Janel shot while there below!

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