Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you will probably have heard at least some of the hype surrounding Pretty Little Liars. It was ABC Family’s summer show for teens and it took the U.S by storm! Just last week, Pretty Little Liars won three Teen Choice Awards just in time for the show’s mid-season break which left viewers in suspense!
If you haven’t been watching Pretty Little Liars so far – that’s okay. You have until January to catch up, and you will find the episodes on Hulu. But if you aren’t up for watching them all, I am going to do a short series of articles about each of the main characters! They will be coming in bite size chunks so as not to overwhelm you with too much information at once.
Synopsis of Pretty Little Liars
Pretty Little Liars is set in the quaint U.S town, Rosewood. It is one of those fictional towns that is so pretty, you just know there is something dark and sinister about it. The story is centred around four sixteen year old girls, Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer. These girls were the best friends of Alison DiLaurentis who went missing a year prior to the date the show begins. Ali disappeared while the girls were having a sleepover at Spencer’s house, and was never seen again.
After Ali’s disappearance, the four girls went their separate ways, but on Aria’s return to Rosewood, they get closer again when they begin receiving messages from an unknown person calling themselves “A”. These messages contain hints that Ali is still very much alive and intent on spilling all of their secrets….until Ali’s body is found. When the text messages continue, it becomes clear that someone out there knows everything about them but the question is….who could it be?
Pretty Little Liars has a surprisingly large cast, some well known, some brand new but all of them are outstanding in their own unique ways. This is part one of my beginner’s guide to Pretty Little Liars, and I will be starting withAlison DiLaurentis who is played by Sasha Pieterse.
About Alison DiLaurentis
In spite of being dead, we see an awful lot of Alison DiLaurentis! Flashbacks and photographs of her are seen in almost every episode as her friends remember her and the times they shared. While there is much that is still unknown about Ali, very little of the things we have learned show her in a good light!
The beautiful blonde was the stereotype of the American high-school popular girl. All of the girls wanted to be like her and all the boys wanted to date her. She was THE girl of Rosewood High. In true stereotypical fashion though, she was also a bitch. She frequently tormented the “geeks”, not to mention dominating her best friends and putting them down whenever she could. Having the face of an angel went along way to masking her devious nature, and she could mesmerise practically anyone with her beauty in order to get her own way. Her dark side surfaced often, but was quickly covered with a million dollar smile.
Ali was the group’s confidante. She knew the secrets of all of her friends, but they knew none of hers. She drew them in with her charm, but never gave much away. Spencer was the only one of her friends who knew that the summer she disappeared, she had been dating an older guy. None of them knew that she had been messing with Emily’s mind by kissing her, then telling her she was just using her.
The biggest thing (as far as we know!) that Ali was responsible for, was blinding Jenna Marshall, a girl from their school. Ali wanted to get revenge on Toby Cavanaugh (Jenna’s half brother) because she said he was watching them through the bedroom window while they were changing. She convinced the other girls that it would be funny to throw a stink bomb into Toby’s shed to teach him a lesson. The plan backfired, however, when the stink bomb exploded with Jenna inside the shed instead of Toby. Jenna went blind as a result. Ali’s friends wanted to own up to what they’d done but Ali forced Toby to take the blame by threatening to reveal his dark secret. That he and Jenna were involved in a relationship.
As Pretty Little Liars progressed, it was revealed that Ali had visited Jenna in the hospital and had told her some secrets about the girls. Ali also covered her own tracks by telling her own brother that the stink-bombing had been Spencer’s idea and that she went along with it because she was scared. In the mid season finale, we learned that the older guy Ali had been seeing was Spencer’s sister’s former fiance, Ian – more about him will be revealed when we get to Spencer’s story!
About Sasha Pieterse
This may be hard to believe from looking at her picture, but Sasha Pieterse is just fourteen years old! Not only are her cast mates at least six years older than her, she is portraying a character a little older than herself too!
Sasha Pieterse made her acting debut when she was six years old in the comedy television show Family Affair, though many may know her from her recurring role in House MD. Pieterse played a young girl named Andie who had terminal cancer and her performance got her a consideration for a daytime emmy in 2005. She was also in the movie Good Luck Chuck and has been in many commercials, as well as having a successful modelling career.
Pretty Little Liars has propelled Sasha Pieterse’s acting career into the spotlight, and although it is uncertain how long we will see glimpses of Alison, I am certain it won’t be the last time we see Sasha!