Troian Bellisario has written a thought-provoking piece for THR about the merits of shows made for young people, and how they are so often overlooked.
The 28-year-old actress is careful not to compare Pretty Little Liars to any other show, but talks about the fact that teenage shows rarely get nominated for awards.
“Everyone says this is the golden age of television. There are so many wonderful shows, with new ideas and characters that push the envelope. There is an abundance of quality artists using their talents in this medium rather than just in film. And there are so many different ways to tell a story, a variety of styles and genres all being celebrated and explored,” Troian wrote. “So why is it that with all the different types of shows being recognized this Emmy season, the ones like mine, ‘teen shows,’ are written off as fluff? Guilty pleasures that are too youthful to exhibit accolade-worthy material. What if they are telling good stories too, just in a different way?”
Troian continued, “I’m not comparing our show to any other show, I’m not comparing myself to any other actor (especially not Bryan Cranston —please God, no!), but as someone on a teen soap I can tell you that I work with a cast and crew that searches for those same human truths, and who strives to convey those truths with compelling depth and excellence. We are just beholden to a different style of storytelling. And that is also worthy of serious consideration.”
To read the rest of Troian‘s piece, head over to THR.com.
Zendaya stripes it up for the MaxMara And W Magazine Cocktail Party To Honor The Women In Film MaxMara Face Of The Future, Rose Byrne, held at Chateau Marmont on Tuesday night (June 10) in Los Angeles.
The 17-year-old actress/singer was joined at the event by Zoey Deutch, Troian Bellisario, Victoria Justice, Danielle Panabaker, Kiernan Shipka, Amandla Stenberg, Lyndsy Fonseca, Kat Graham and Naya Rivera.
Want to know what they were wearing. Check it here:
Naya wore a Max Mara slip dress, Kiernan dolled up in a Max Mara silk top with a Max Mara leather skirt and Christian Louboutin bag, Zoey wore a Sportmax blazer with cropped pants, Kat wore a Sportmax silk v-neck top with Alex Mika Jewelry cuff, Zendaya wore a Sportmax dress, Amandla also wore a Sportmax dress, and Danielle wore a Max Mara jumpsuit.
Victoria wore a soft pink Max Mara dress, with Loud Love and Alex Mika jewelry, and an Aldo clutch and shoes. Lyndsy wore a Sachin + Babi jumpsuit and Rafe clutch.
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Ahead of the season five premiere on ABC Family tonight, the network just announced the renewal of Pretty Little Liars for a sixth and seventh season.
“Pretty Little Liars has taken its place in the zeitgeist and reigns supreme in pop culture,” President of the network Tom Ascheim shared in a statement. “I am glad to bring another two seasons to our audience because ‘A’ has a lot in store for our Liars.”
Season six of the show — starring Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson, Troian Bellisario and Shay Mitchell — is set to air mid-2015, and season seven is set to air mid-2016.
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Lucy Hale and Troian Bellisario hit the red carpet for the Pretty Little Liars 100th Episode Celebration held at W Hollywood on Saturday night (May 31) in Hollywood.
The ladies were joined at the event by their dapper co-stars Ian Harding and Keegan Allen, pictured inside.
PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Lucy Hale
“Bea? OTP? #PLL100 I remember our first time working together. 100 episodes later, still best friends,” Keegan captioned an adorable picture of himself and Troian at the party.
Pretty Little Liars returns for its fifth season on Tuesday, June 10 @ 8PM ET/PT on ABC Family.
In case you missed it, check out the promo poster for the upcoming season here!
FYI: Troian is wearing a Three Floor dress, Alexandre Birman shoes, Lizzie Fortunato Jewels earrings, Kotur clutch. Lucy wore a Tanya Taylor ensemble with EF Collection rings. Ian suited up in a Jacob Holston blazer and shirt.
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Ashley Benson blows a kiss to her Pretty Little Liars co-stars in a cute Instagram photo from Friday (May 23) in Los Angeles.
The cast — Ashley, Tyler Blackburn, Ian Harding, Shay Mitchell, Troian Bellisario, Sasha Pieterse, and Lucy Hale — originally took the photo to wish the creator of the show, I. Marlene King, a happy birthday.
PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Ashley Benson
“I quite enjoy these people. They aren’t so bad to look at either,” Lucy captioned a re-gram from Keegan Allen.
Don’t forget, Lucy‘s first album is coming out on June 3.
In case you missed it, check out the Lucy, Ashley, Shay and Troian playing a bit of tug of war in a shot from their feature in the June 2014 issue of GQ.
Troian Bellisario doesn’t hate the new photos from the Pretty Little Liars feature in GQ mag — and neither do we.
But the 28-year-old actress has always been honest with her fans and she showed them just what she looked like before the photoshopping on Instagram with a great body image message. Check it:
“So by now you have seen many a shot from #GQ and many people have said that we were photoshopped… OF COURSE WE WERE! that’s a very specific type of photo shoot. And looking very blown out and perfected was obviously what they were looking for. Great. Cool. As long as we acknowledge how it was achieved so we know it’s not real. Here’s some behind the scenes of my body the way it is and was on the day. I’m not mad at how these pictures turned out, the girls and I had an absolute blast. More fun than we’ve had on a photoshoot in a while, and I think you can see that in our eyes and smiles. But it’s the same everywhere.
“It’s the same way on the posters of our show and even in women’s magazines. This industry seems to invest more in perfection than in flaw. But flaw and individuality, to me, are what make a human being interesting, they make our stories worth telling. (Unfortunately the flaws don’t usually sell products or magazines) I’m proud of my body and the way it looks because @themarkwildman kicks my butt in aerial. But my hips and thighs are a part of me (even though they magically weren’t in some shots!) I get those things from my momma. And I’m happy To shake what my momma gave me.”
She added afterwards, “I mean. Photoshopped or not. I work with three of the most gorgeous women on the planet. (Goddesses without hair and make up as well) @shaym @itsashbenzo @lucyhale #gq.”
The cast of Pretty Little Liars plays a bit of tug of war in this new shot from their feature in the June 2014 issue of GQ.
Stars Lucy Hale, Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson and Shay Mitchell got together for a fun filled shoot by the gym pool and dreamed about their absolute dream roles.
“I’d want to do a Woody Allen film, in all honesty,” Ashley, 24, shared.
Recently engaged Troian, 28, says, “Shakespeare In The Park. Maybe play Lady Macbeth.”
Shay, 27, is on the same wavelength, “An action movie I could star in and do all the stunts. Like scaling a building and then it blowing up…”
It seems Lucy is the odd-woman out, but considering she’s about to release an album, it’s all good: “I want to go on tour!”
For more from the PLL cast’s feature, visit GQ.com!