Things will get really complicated for Aria Montgomery when new episodes of “Pretty Little Liars” begin Tuesday (June 14) at 8 p.m. ET on ABC Family.
Season 2 finds the character, played by Lucy Hale, caught in a good old-fashioned love triangle. Hovering around her already-illicit relationship with Ezra Fitz is none other than Jason DiLaurentis, the brother of her late homegirl Alison.
Jason (played by Drew Van Acker this season instead of Parker Bagley) knew Aria back in her pink hair/goth-wannabe days when she hung with his sister, and the two will be drawn to each other on that nostalgic level. He’ll take up residence (without his mom and dad) in Maya’s home, where his family lived before Alison passed away.
Meanwhile, DC TV Examiner sat down with Hale at a recent ABC press day to get her personal feelings on Aria, and whether or not she’d be friends with someone like her – or Hanna, Emily, or Spencer for that matter.
“We had a similar at-home life,” Hale says of Aria. “I feel like she’s sort of different from a lot of girls her age. She’s got different interests, she’s very strong-minded and when she sets her heart or mind on something she just goes after it.
“But I think the cool thing about the show is that you can find qualities in each of the characters that you relate to.”
Hale, who turns 22 on Tuesday’s season premiere date, says that deep down, Hanna, Emily, and Spencer are “good people.”
“They’ve just made bad mistakes,” she adds, laughing. “I think one of the morals of the show is there’s always a consequence for everything you do in life and your past will always catch up with you. So I feel like these girls are just trying to undo what they did earlier in their life.
“Yeah they lie, they hurt people, but I feel like these girls do have good qualities about them. They’re like teenage girls – they’re struggling with things they’re dealing with at home, with relationships and what I think is pretty cool about the show is the bond between the four girls is really sincere and rock solid.”
As for whether she would hang out with girls like that?
“Maybe I’m being a little biased but I’d say yeah,” said Hale. “Well…maybe if I didn’t know about their past.”
- Bonus Audio: In the video player at left, Lucy discusses returning to her musical roots as star of the upcoming Warner Bros/ABC Family movie “A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song,” and why she’s “being cautious about” pursuing a full-on singing career. Then, watch a behind-the-scenes look at “A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song,” due on DVD this fall.