From the Set: Raul talks PRETTY LITTLE LIARS with Janel Parrish
Here we are on the set of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, ABC Family’s coming of age drama that deals with murder, mystery and mayhem. I took a few minutes and spent some time with the cast and got to know a little bit more about the secrets they are keeping.
You must definitely be having a great time right now?
Janel Parrish: Oh my gosh, so much fun! It’s definitely fun to play a crazy character.
How much crazier do things get?
JP: It’s going to get really crazy. But that’s the best part about this show. We are constantly keeping people on their toes, keep people guessing and I think that’s why they keep coming back for me. As far as Mona, she is going to be even more unpredictable and more insane. So the show is going to get a lot more interesting.
After the reveal, have you had any crazy fan reactions or people coming up to you at all?
JP: No, just some really funny tweets. You know people get really into this show and I think it’s fantastic that they love it. There were a couple that were sent that said “WHY did you do it, you were Hanna’s friend,” and I was like NO it’s not me, I promise. As far as face to face interactions, since the reveal this last season I think people are a little scared to come up to me, hahahahaha.
Will Mona be leaving the hospital at all this season?
JP: Ummm, we shall see. I will see, actually I don’t even know yet.
Can we say that Mona is pure villain now, or will there still be a reason to sympathize with her?
JP: I think Mona will always be a little pathetic. There is just something about her, you know, from where she started, she was very vulnerable. But there’s no denying that Mona is crazy. There are a lot of different colors about Mona that are going to come out and make you change your mind and everytime you see her, you are going to have a different mind set about her. I think it makes it her fun.
How do you relate to Mona? If at all.
JP: Umm, certain aspects of her, I can definitely relate, but she has so many colors and emotions, some that I don’t even think I know about yet. It can be a little hard to relate to her, because I’ve never had to play a character like her before. I would certainly hope that I’m not a psychopath, I’m definitely not drawing on personal experience, but that’s the fun part. The challenge of not playing myself. I can definitely relate to her vulnerability. When she was trying to fit in, be liked by her peers and just find friends. I think every young girl goes through that, and I had my share of it. Luckily I had a great family, great friends and music. Music definitely helped me get through the tough times.
PRETTY LITTLE LIARS premieres Tuesday, June 5, at 8/7c on ABC Family.