Troian Bellisario should be on the top, or at least top five of your list of celebrities to really follow and admire.
And here’s why: the 28-year-old Pretty Little Liars actress made an appearance on Larry King Now, which airs tonight, and talks about everything from battling anorexia and the ABC Family show she stars on and teen shows being considered for awards. Check it and watch:
On addressing her comments about teen shows being considered for major award shows: “No, the show was never nominated. This is the first year that we’ve kind of been put up for consideration and so what I wanted to write about was not saying, ‘We deserve a nomination,’ but, ‘Shouldn’t you—on the Academy, if you’re going to watch many different television shows and consider them within the context of their genre’—shouldn’t you watch our show and consider it within the context of its genre?”
On her battle with anorexia: “Of course. Of course I do [have hesitation]. Because it’s often sensationalized, and that was my problem with when I spoke about it in Seventeen magazine. I knew I wasn’t going to lie to them. You know, they asked me what I was like when I was 17 and I wasn’t going to say, ‘I was great,’ because I wasn’t. I was suffering from a mental disorder. But what I so often find is that it becomes about the facts: ‘How much weight did you lose? How were you treated? Were you hospitalized?’ And that’s not important to me. What is important is to talk about the feelings, to talk about the help that young girls and young men who have this problem can get if they find that they are suffering.”
On her favorite season of Pretty Little Liars, so far: “It’s a big toss-up between three and four because in three, I was very fortunate and the writers were kind enough to go with Spencer into the mental ward because we had hospitalized Mona, one of the characters on our show, and I felt that we were kind of treating the mental ward as kind of an insane asylum where the nut jobs went. And I kind of got frustrated and I said, ‘Mental illness is a very real thing. I have an experience with it, and honestly I don’t know why one of the girls isn’t hospitalized at this point. We go through enough stress.’ And they were kind enough to go, ‘You know what, let’s see what happens when Spencer gets pushed too far.’ And it was this wonderful season where I got to play all of these twists and turns, so maybe three.”
Watch her interview below:
Troian Bellisario on Larry King Now, Part 1
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