Sursok lies low to escape fans
AUSSIE actress Tammin Sursok is sometimes a Pretty Little Liar herself – to escape the fame of being on the hit US series. Sursok, who starred in Home And Away before heading to the US, says being cast on Pretty Little Liars has been great for her career, especially with a fifth season being commissioned.
She does however pay a small price for playing Jenna Marshall, a recurring character on the cult series.
First there’s the fans of the series that camp outside the LA home she shares with her director/writer husband Sean McEwen, and she also has hotel staff screen calls when she travels.
‘‘It’s the biggest show for teenagers in America right now and there’s a huge cult following,’’ says Sursok.
‘‘People start sitting outside your house and prank calling your hotel room, that’s why there was a ‘silent’ on the room when you called.’’
Sursok got her big break in the US in 2007 on the long-running soapie The Young And The Restless and remained with the series for more than 150 episodes.
The gamble to leave The Young And The Restless led to a season on Hannah Montana, followed by Pretty Little Liars.
When she popped-up on Hannah Montana Sursok was criticised for leaving The Young And The Restless – which was a stable, well-established adult series – for a Disney teen sitcom.
‘‘It was a big jump to leave the show and try other things . . . but you have to take a chance,’’ she says.
Even though Sursok is contracted to Pretty Little Liars, she has freedom to pursue other roles.
She has two movies in post-production while another, Graceland, which she and McEwen co-produced, gained distribution rights in the US after being screened at 2012 Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
Sursok says she would love to appear in an Australian production but there just aren’t as many opportunities as there are in the US.
‘‘I still feel like an Aussie and I’d like to do more work here but it’s like I get employed more in the States,’’ she says.
Pretty Little Liars: Go!