PRETTY LITTLE LIARS: THE PERFECTIONISTS
SASHA PIETERSE SPILLS ON THE SPIN- OFF
New town, new secrets, new murder! And the cast of Pretty Little Liars spin-off, The Perfectionists, say it’s darker and edgier than the original. Sasha Pieterse is back as Alison Dilaurentis, who’s ditched Rosewood for the picture-perfect college town of Beacon Heights, where everything isn’t as glossy as it seems. Now a university lecturer, Alison is thrown into the pressure cooker world of a string of “perfectionist” students – and one is set to explode. Here, Sasha slips us some secrets about the brand new series...
It’s been nearly two years since PLL ended, so fans have been hanging out
for this. What can we expect? I think everyone’s going to really love this new version of Alison. I think the greatest part [of it] is she’s strong and fierce and starting this new life in a new town. She’s bringing a lot of baggage with her, which I know the fans are going to appreciate. She’s still Alison, but she faces a lot of new issues, and these new characters bring a lot of new trouble for her. I think it’s a stronger version of Alison, it’s a darker version of Alison, it’s an older version of Alison, and this storyline is so intriguing – actually beyond what I could have thought of, so I’m really happy for the fans to see it. I think they’re going to be proud.
And she’s all grown up? I really loved seeing Alison’s character grow, and part of it is also that you can’t make me a teenager anymore. You can’t do it! I feel like we played teenagers so much that it was really nice to be this adult figure. It was like flipping the tables. It was such an interesting perspective and way of exploring Alison’s adult side, and how she’s dealt with this space that you haven’t seen yet – and there’s so much room for her to grow. You meet these wonderful, well-rounded characters, and I think the fans will definitely fall in love with these new people. Mona Vanderwaal (played by Janel Parrish) is also back. She and Alison weren’t exactly besties in PLL, so how
does that work? They kind of become allies in a way. It’s a very interesting dynamic because Alison’s obviously not sure if she can trust Mona. I mean, can you ever trust Mona? I don’t know. But the way she ends up being in this new town is very mysterious and also hilarious... and I think the fans will appreciate the mystery there. Premieres 8.30pm Thursday March 21 on FOX8