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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.”

The 'Pretty Little Liars' Cast Reflects on the Show's Social Media Impact

The 'Pretty Little Liars' Cast Reflects on the Show's Social Media Impact

Even the stars of Pretty Little Liars didn’t realize how big social media would come into play with the series.

Ashley Benson, Sasha Pieterse, Troian Bellisario, Shay Mitchell, and Lucy Hale recently opened up to Vulture about the impact it had on the show – and vice-versa.

“All of the stars aligned, and it was the right time for social media and our show,” Lucy said.

Shay added, “I didn’t even know what Twitter was when we started.”

“Younger kids were watching it, and their parents were monitoring it,” Sasha said. “And then they loved it and it became a family thing, which is so unusual that teens would watch it with their parents. Who wants to watch Gossip Girl with their mom? Even though it happened, it wasn’t a norm.”

“It’s very cool to see, even how television has evolved. You know the Nielsen ratings system? With the Nielsen box? They realized it wasn’t an accurate portrayal of the viewership of certain shows, our show included,” Troian explained. “They developed this whole new rating system based on tweets to track how popular a show was. They looked at social media and hashtag interactions, and our show was consistently number one, it was crazy. It was interesting because for a long time, I remember going to work the next day and asking our producers, ‘What were our numbers last night?’ And they would respond, ‘We could give you the numbers, but they really don’t matter.’ Even though this many people tuned in live, there were 200 million tweets.”

Pretty Little Liars airs Tuesday nights @ 8/7c on Freeform.

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This is How the 'Pretty Little Liars' Cast Found Out Who 'Ultimate A' Was

This is How the 'Pretty Little Liars' Cast Found Out Who 'Ultimate A' Was

The stars of Pretty Little Liars all found out about who “Ultimate A” was in different ways.

Here’s how the girls found out, according to their new interview with Vulture:

Sasha Pieterse: “We all got little hints along the way. I think we all found out in our own ways. In the end, it was a huge shocker.”

Lucy Hale: “No one told me, and then I heard that an actor who never works on the show knew about it. Drew Van Acker knew about it! I’m like, ‘How did you know and I didn’t know?’”

Ashley Benson: “They were very tight-lipped about it, obviously, but I remember forcing it out of someone. We were on a late-night shoot and I was like, ‘Dude, you gotta f-cking tell me right now, because if you don’t tell me, I’m gonna go insane. Marlene [King]‘s not f-cking telling me, I wanna know.’ And then I got told and was like, ahhhhh! It was great…I was pissed that it wasn’t Hanna. [Winks.]

Troian Bellisario: “I was super nosy about it and I remember I cornered Marlene. I think Marlene might be slightly afraid of me. [Laughs.] Because it worked. I was like, ‘You’re gonna tell me, and you’re gonna tell me now.’ And it was a while ago. She was like, ‘Do you really wanna know?’ And I was like, ‘Yes, I really do.’”

Pictured below: Shay rocks a Black Sabbath t-shirt while leaving The Weeknd concert at The Forum on Sunday night (April 30) in Inglewood, Calif.

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The 'Pretty Little Liars' Cast Says This Character Changed The Most Over 7 Seasons

The 'Pretty Little Liars' Cast Says This Character Changed The Most Over 7 Seasons

The Pretty Little Liars cast only have eight more episodes to go until the series is over.

The cast — Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson, Shay Mitchell, Troian Bellisario, and Sasha Pieterse — are opening up in an in-depth interview with Vulture about the show’s highs and lows, and when asked about just which character changed the most, all of them agree: it was Ali.

“Everyone has grown into their own, but Ali has had such a remarkable change,” Lucy shared.


Sasha, who played Ali on the series, agrees.

“They literally changed her personality,” she says. “I think her character broke down her own walls and realized how much she had put away and forgotten about and suppressed. Once she realized how terrible her family was, and why she was the way she was, she worked on that, and it helped having great friends that helped her through that.”

Sasha adds, “She really did change for the better.”

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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.”

Sasha Pieterse Opens Up About Why Alison 'Feels Defeated' on 'PLL' Right Now

Sasha Pieterse Opens Up About Why Alison 'Feels Defeated' on 'PLL' Right Now

Alison is currently dealing with a lot on Pretty Little Liars – and not just with her pregnancy.

Sasha Pieterse recently opened up about why Alison’s not in the best head space.

“She’s not in a good place right now,” Sasha told TVLine.com. “She’s bitter, and I don’t blame her. Like she said in [last week’s] episode, she doesn’t have any real memories with the person she thought she loved — it was all a lie. She feels like a lot of her life is a lie, and much as she’d like for that to not be so, there are certain things she can’t change around her. She’s a little defeated right now.”

Sasha added, “I got to be grumpy all the time. This is an extra-hormonal Alison, which can only mean bad things. She’s going to be more temperamental than ever!”

Pretty Little Liars airs Tuesdays @ 8/7c on Freeform.

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The Last Moment on the 'Pretty Little Liars' Set Was Just As Emotional As You Expect

The Last Moment on the 'Pretty Little Liars' Set Was Just As Emotional As You Expect

Imagine you’ve been working on a show, or at a job for seven full years, and in a moment, it’s all over.

That’s exactly what it was like for Pretty Little Liars stars Sasha Pieterse, Lucy Hale, Troian Bellisario, Shay Mitchell, and Ashley Benson.

“It was like just as emotional as you think it would be,” Lucy shared about the final moment on the set. “We all were crying, and everyone that was involved in the show was there.”

She adds, “Well, what was crazy was when they were like, ‘And that’s a series wrap on Ashley Benson!’ And Sasha, and they went through all of our names and it was just like, wait, what do you mean? Like it always feels like we’re coming back for more, but that was actually the final time.”

No, we’re not crying. We’re just sweating through our eyes.

Pretty Little Liars airs Tuesdays @ 8PM ET/PT on Freeform.

Sasha Pieterse Teases 'Intense' Final Episodes of 'Pretty Little Liars'

Sasha Pieterse Teases 'Intense' Final Episodes of 'Pretty Little Liars'

While we all know that Pretty Little Liars will give us some sort of happy ending, Sasha Pieterse is preparing us for a thriller.

“It gets really deadly and scary, it’s really intense, but I think it’s really intense for all the romances, too,” Sasha shared at the Freeform Upfronts this week.

She adds, “There’s a lot that needs to happen in order for people to kind of come back together and reconnect. I think fans are really going to love seeing it. It’s a fun journey.”

Sasha also talked about the problems that A.D. will most definitely have for the Liars: “The game they’ve given us has been really challenging…I wish I could tell you more…I’m really happy with the way Alison kind of found her way, she really did, and I think they wrapped it up really well.”

And what about Emison?!

Shay Mitchell says that we’ll see some sort of happy ending.

“I know that some people like [Emison] but Emily is also going though that love triangle with two other people — Sabrina and Paige — so, we’ll see who she chooses.” Wait, WHAT?!

She adds, “She’s going to be, hopefully, happy as are, hopefully, the others girls. They really wanted it to be a love letter to the fans for sticking around for seven years, seven seasons… I think everybody is going to be happy.”

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