It’s been three years since the last episode of Pretty Little Liars, and fans are still buzzing about the show. Since the series, all of the cast members have moved on to other filming projects, music, and some even moved on to start a family of their own.
In October of 2018, Troian Bellisario welcomed a baby girl into the world, and in October of 2019, Shay Mitchell welcomed a baby girl of her own!
Well, since everyone is stuck at home due to COVID-19, now is the perfect time for a Pretty Little Liar virtual cast reunion.
Looped (a virtual platform to connect fans with celebrities) teamed up with Cast4Good to livestream a Pretty Little Liars cast reunion. If fans wanted to watch the reunion, they had to purchase a ticket for $15. All of the proceeds went towards the Feeding America organization, to aid in COVID-19 relief.
The event was supposed to begin at 12 pm EST, but while some were able to access the livestream, others were having difficulty.
“Omg, not being able to log in for 20 minutes was stressful”, one user wrote.
Damian Holbrook moderated the livestream, and admitted that there were some technical difficulties. I reached out to the Looped support team and asked why certain people weren’t able to log in by the time of the livestream, and they responded with the following: “The event is temporarily delayed due to technical difficulties. We’re trying to get people to hang tight!”
Once the livestream began, the cast was introduced, one by one. Ashley Benson (Hanna Marin), Tyler Blackburn (Caleb Rivers), Shay Mitchell (Emily Fields), Troian Bellisario (Spencer Hastings), Lucy Hale (Aria Montgomery), Ian Harding (Ezra Fitz), Sasha Pieterse (Alison DiLaurentis), Janel Parrish (Mona Vanderwaal), and creator/director, Marlene King were all in attendance.
Unfortunately, Keegan Allen (Toby Cavanaugh) was unable to make it, as he was stuck in an area with poor WiFi connection.
May 14th was supposedly “Emison Day”, and Shay Mitchell/Sasha Pieterse had absolutely no clue. Emison is what fans called Emily Fields and Alison DiLaurentis. It was their relationship nickname. After years of fans “shipping” them, Emily and Alison finally ended up together in Season 5.
When asked if they would consider doing a Pretty Little Liars film, Ian Harding said that he would only do it if one of the characters got killed off. He jokingly offered to sacrifice Ezra, as long as Emily Fields was the first one to die.
When asked who the “filthiest” one on set was, the entire cast threw Ashley Benson under the bus. They then clarified that by “filthiest”, they meant the most explicit. Benson apparently had no filter when she was on set, and she agreed with that statement.
Shay Mitchell admitted that she wasn’t a trained swimmer, even though her character [Emily Fields] was a professional. She had to use a stunt double for the majority of the diving/competition scenes.
Marlene King mentioned that Mitchell claimed to know how to swim, during her audition, and Mitchell smirked. “Damn right I did. Lie, lie lie!” Pieterse chimed in by saying that all actors claim to know how to rollerblade, swim, etc. and that it’s what they have to do in some cases, in order to obtain a role.
Ashley Benson was asked about her new upcoming film, The Birthday Cake, and she was in for quite a surprise when Holbrook asked what it was like to work with “You” star, Penn Badgley. Benson responded by stating that she didn’t know that Badgley was also in the film. “I worked with 6 other people, but I never got a chance to work with him… So, Penn’s in it. Wow, I didn’t know.”
Troian Bellisario spoke about what it was like to direct a few episodes of shows like: Pretty Little Liars, Good Trouble, and Famous In Love.
Tyler Blackburn spoke on his current project with the CW Network. Blackburn stars as Alex Manes in Roswell, but he admitted that nothing will come close to what the Pretty Little Liars fandom means to him.
The cast then answered some pretty interesting fan questions. Someone asked what the hardest scene to film was, and they all agreed that the farewell scene in the last episode was by far the most emotional.
Sasha was asked what her favorite Alison moment was, and she stated that she loved being buried alive in the show. “I loved filming it, because it’ll never happen again. Well, hopefully not!”
Bellisario gave advice to aspiring actors. “Make films with your friends, and put them up on YouTube. Learn what it takes to be a good filmmaker. Watch some of your favorite actors/actresses, and figure out what you like and dislike about their acting. Also, find your own crew of creative people, and support each other.”
Holbrook asked a few more questions about filming, and the cast admitted that although there are no plans for a reboot, film, or a PLL special of any kind, they would be interested in reuniting for some sort of event in the future.
It’s great to see that even though it’s been a few years since the show ended, the cast is still so loving and genuine towards one another. It was like watching a family reunion in a way. Everyone picked up where they last left off.
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