Welcome back to my beginner’s guide to Pretty Little Liars!
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 two of my beginners guide to Pretty Little Liars, and today I am introducing Spencer Hastings, who is played by Troian Bellisario.
About Spencer Hastings
If Spencer Hastings was a real person, there might be a photo of her next to the word “uptight” in the dictionary. Spencer comes from a very well-to-do family who are all about winning. Spencer’s father is particularly overbearing and Spencer has to work very hard to live up to the example set by her older sister, Melissa. Spencer is a highly intelligent girl but she needs to maintain control and as such, she doesn’t come across as very likeable during the first half of Pretty Little Liars.
Although Spencer is quite the control freak, she is not entirely against breaking the rules. In my guide to Alison DiLaurentis,I mentioned a character named Ian, who Ali was seeing in secret. Ian was the fiance of Melissa, and he also had a fling with Spencer. Spencer found out that Ali was also seeing Ian in the mid season-finale but not much has been said on the subject yet. Ian is not the only boyfriend of Melissa’s that Spencer has had a thing with though. When Pretty Little Liars began, Melissa came home with her new fiance, Wren. It was immediately clear that he and Spencer had chemistry and they kissed. Spencer was totally into it but she stopped it – unfortunately, Melissa had already seen them. This turned Melissa into an evil bitch, intent on destroying her sister’s future relationships but the two have since made up.
Not only did Spencer kiss two of Melissa’s boyfriends, she also stole one of her History papers and submitted it as her own,which she later won a prize for.
If by now you are thinking that Spencer sounds horrid, it’s not so strange. She is still on my list of suspects for being Ali’s murderer! However, she is not all bad. She is constantly horrified by the way her family have treated people who are “below” them and she really does have a nice side. I hope we get to see more of it when Pretty Little Liars returns!
About Troian Bellisario
Troian Avery Bellisario lives in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of Southern California’s School of Acting with a Bachelor’s of fine arts and acting. Troian is twenty four years old and already has several acting roles to her name.
One of Troian’s earliest roles was in Quantum Leap in 1990, but she went on to appear in First Monday, JAG and NCIS. Troian has also appeared in a few independent movies, including Billboard Dad with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.
Troian Bellisario is a phenomenal actress from a very talented family. Her father is writer and producer Donald P. Bellisario, who works on NCIS among other shows. Her mother is actress, Deborah Pratt who starred in Quantum Leap and she is the half sister of Michael and David Bellisario, Julie B. Watson and Sean and Chad W.Murray.