Lucy Hale has a new interview with the CS Monitor about her life after Pretty Little Liars, how she connects to her character on the show, and her friendship with her cast-mates.
When talking about her character, Aria, she says, “She’s really sensitive and she’s really about the relationships with people. She’s close with her family. She’s close with her boyfriend and her friends. And, you know, that’s where the heart of Aria really comes from, because I’m the same way. But she’s more of a... I feel I’m a little bit... I’m older in real life than Aria, so I guess the struggle with the character was just trying to keep her young and a little naive to life. Because I feel like Lucy is 23. I started the show when I was 20. I was just sort of keeping that bright-eyed, excited-about-the-world kind of thing. And obviously, I couldn’t relate to the situations that they’re going through. I’ve never had a friend pass away and I’ve never had someone try to ruin my life and reveal all my secrets. So, yeah, I guess that’s how I struggled.”
She also talks about how things have changed over the past couple of years, saying, “That’s one I’ve never gotten. I think for me personally, I’ve just gotten busier. It’s just been like scheduling kind of. I’ve gotten to meet a lot of great people, do a lot of interesting things. But I think internally, Aria has had to grow up so fast, you know. They’ve gone through so many things, and I think she’s gotten really tough and she’s gotten really strong. So I’d have to say for me I still feel like the same person. I think Aria’s just changed as a person in general, if that answers your question, yeah.”
She adds that she’s good friends with her cast-mates on the show, saying, “I’m telling you, when I read the script, and I was like “This is going to be great.” I was like, “But four girls? This is going to be a nightmare.” But I’m telling you, it is the perfect experience. We’re not all necessarily best friends off set, but we all respect each other. We all get along. And it’s sort of we go there, everyone’s professional, everyone’s ready to work and excited about it. But, yeah, we did. We spent our first Thanksgiving together. So it’s been three years this past Thanksgiving that we’ve done the show. And it’s just great, you know. I love the people I work with, and I couldn’t ?? We’re very, very lucky.” Pretty Little Liars has returned to television for the second half of its third season.