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20 Things You Didn’t Know About Pretty Little Liars

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Based on the book series of the same name, Pretty Little Liars is interesting in that it combines a teen drama with a mystery thriller. In short, it follows four friends – Emily Fields, Spencer Hastings, Hanna Marin, and Aria Montgomery – whose friendship fell apart after the alleged murder of their leader, Alison DiLaurentis, but start to reunite after all four of them start receiving messages from someone self-titled “A,” who threatens to expose their secrets.

Initially, the four friends believe that “A” stands for Alison DiLaurentis, but this is revealed to be false when someone finds their former leader’s body, thus creating a bigger mystery than what they had imagined. So far, the show has run for a total of seven seasons, though some have mentioned the possibility of either an eighth season or even a TV film to wrap up the series. Whether this will happen or not remains to be seen, but even without them, Pretty Little Liars is one of the success stories when it comes to mystery dramas aimed at a teenage audience.

Here are 20 things that you may or may not have known about Pretty Little Liars

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DiLaurentis is a real family name. However, it is interesting to note that from an out-of-narrative perspective, Alison received that family name because it served as an anagram. In short, when the letters of DiLaurentis are rearranged in the right manner, they spell out “Liars United,” which is a reference to one of the core concepts of the series.

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Amusingly, the actress who played Alison DiLaurentis stood out among the cast in that she was actually a teenager when she auditioned for the role. In contrast, the rest of them were in either their early 20s or even their late 20s. With that said, it is important to note that this is not particularly unusual when it comes to casting for TV shows and movies since teenage actors and actresses create additional complications when it comes to shooting, so much so that most viewers have become accustomed to seeing people in their 20s depicting characters who are supposed to be in their teenage years.

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Rather appropriately, the show’s theme song is called Secret. However, it was not written for the show. Instead, it was part of an album released by The Pierces, who are sisters whose music can be best described as a mix of pop and alt rock. Secret came to the attention of the show-makers when it was brought to them by Ashley Benson, who plays Hanna Marin. She had been listening to the song while she was filming in Vancouver, which convinced her that it was the perfect fit for the show as a whole.

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For people who like watching TV shows, the Apple Rose Grille in Pretty Little Liars might seem strangely familiar. This is not unreasonable, seeing as how the set was once used for Luke’s Diner on Gilmore Girls, which was an extremely popular show made by some of the same people but years and years earlier. Furthermore, it is part of Warner Bros’ Midwest Street lot, meaning that viewers might have seen a lot of the other scenery from other shows as well.

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None of the four main characters resemble their physical descriptions from the book series. For example, Hannah Marin is supposed to have been a redhead, while Emily Fields is supposed to have been a strawberry blonde. With that said, such minor changes are a common occurrence when a book series is adapted for either the TV or the movie screen. In part, this is because minor details are not necessarily important for the narrative, meaning that they can be changed without having a material impact on the series as a whole. However, it should also be mentioned that sometimes, it is just convenient to make such minor changes because 100 percent faithfulness can mean a lot of additional time and effort for not just the show but also the actors and actresses.

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With that said, the show-makers have not been shy about making other changes as well when it comes to their source material. For example, they decided to do a storyline about a relationship between Spencer Hastings and a character named Toby Cavanaugh because they saw that their actress and actor were getting along well while on the set. As a result, they decided to test the waters by setting up that storyline in order to benefit from that real life chemistry.

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The popularity of the show can be seen in how its season premiere in January of 2014 was the single most tweeted premiere in history at the time, with more than 30,000 tweets being tweeted on a per minute basis throughout the episode. Then again, considering that the show is aimed at a younger audience, who tend to make more use of Twitter and other social media platforms, this might not be as surprising as it seems, though it should still be considered a remarkable accomplishment nonetheless.

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Originally, Ashley Tisdale was going to star in Pretty Little Liars as one of its main characters. However, she made the choice to drop out of her role in preference for acting in Hellcats, which was show about competitive cheer-leading that ran its course within a relatively short period of time. In hindsight, that might have been a bad mistake considering the popularity of Pretty Little Liars, which in turn, has provided a big boost to its stars’ careers.

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Interestingly, Spencer Hastings and the actress who plays the character, Troian Bellisario actually share some similarities, if not necessarily to the same extremes. For example, Spencer Hastings is supposed to be an extremely competitive person who wants to accomplish all that she can accomplish, which can be seen in how Troian Bellisario was actually the valedictorian for her high school class.

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Aria Montgomery’s father, Byron Montgomery, is played by Chad Lowe, who some people might remember as being Hilary Swank’s former husband. When Hilary Swank won the Best Actress Academy Award for Million Dollar Baby, a lot of people took note when she failed to mention her husband in her acceptance speech, which may or may not have contributed to the bad feelings between the two that led to their divorce in 2007.

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Aria Montgomery’s sometime boyfriend, Ezra Fitz, is supposed to be a reference to Ezra Pound and F. Scott Fitzgerald, who were a famous poet and a famous novelist respectively. This is supported by how within the narrative, Ezra Fitz is actually supposed to be related to F. Scott Fitzgerald, but dropped the second part of his family name in a deliberate attempt to create distance between him and his family.

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Fans of the show will know that Emily Fields was in a relationship with Maya St. Germain for the first two seasons. However, it might interest them to know that Maya is played by Bianca Lawson, who has been playing a 16-year-old in one show or another since she made her debut on My So-Called Life in 1994. Considering that is a span of 20 years, that is a rather remarkable accomplishment for the actress, if also a somewhat strange but hilarious one.

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Pretty Little Liars is filled with references to both books and other story-telling mediums. However, people who have not watched the classics might not be aware that some of the references are to Alfred Hitchcock, who was not just a exemplary film director and producer but also a pioneer of the psychological thriller. For example, Rear Window Brews is the name of the setting’s coffee shop. Similarly, the finale of Season One, which consisted of a struggle in a church tower, was a sort-of homage to Hitchcock’s Vertigo, which like its name suggests, focused a great deal on the fear of heights.

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Given the size of the cast for Pretty Little Liars, it should come as no surprise to learn that this is not the first time that some of them have worked together. For example, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, and Janel Parrish, who play Hannah Marin, Aria Montgomery, and Mona Vanderwaal, have all made appearances on The O.C., albeit in nothing more than bit roles. Like its name suggests, The O.C. was an earlier teen drama show set in Southern California.

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Unsurprisingly, the setting of the show, Rosewood, Pennsylvania is not a real town. Instead, it was based on the similarly-named Rosemont, Pennsylvania, who is one of the numerous suburbs of Philadelphia. In main, it is known for its affluence more than anything else, but it is interesting to note that it has also served as the main source of inspiration for the fictional town of Pine Valley, Pennsylvania, which serves as the setting for the soap opera All My Children.

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Troian Bellisario’s family is actually relatively well-known in the entertainment industries. After all, her father had been responsible for creating a number of successful shows such as Quantum Leap, JAG, and NCIS, which are still well-remembered by many viewers. Unsurprisingly, this connection has provided her with a boost to her career as an actor, seeing as how she actually got her first part as an actress in Quantum Leap, which was a science fiction show about a scientist who had become caught in a series of uncontrollable leaps through time.

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Sara Shepard is the author of the Pretty Little Liars books that served as the source material for the show. She has actually made a short cameo on the show itself, which happened in Season One when she played the part of the rather appropriately-named Ms. Shepard, who was a substitute teacher for Aria Montgomery in the episode called The Homecoming Hangover. Since then, she has continued writing books aimed at teenagers, which have continued to meet with success.

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Hannah Marin’s grandmother on the show, Regina, is played by Betty Buckley. Given her name, it should come as no surprise to learn that she is actually related to the director of Pretty Little Liars, who is named Norman Buckley. In fact, they are actually siblings. With that said, it is important to note that Betty Buckley is a rather impressive person in her own right, seeing as how she has been acting in TV shows, stage performances, and even movies since 1969. Unsurprisingly, she has also piled up a number of awards and other forms of recognition over the course of her career, with a prominent example being the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Cats in 1983.

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Aria Montgomery is known to be somewhat artsy. Appropriately, her actress, Lucy Hale, actually got her start on a reality TV show featuring a singing competition called American Juniors, which ran in 2003. At the time, she managed to finish in the top five of the show, which in turn, led to the top five forming a quintet of singers. In time, that initial success brought her onto shows such as Drake and Josh as well as Wizards of Waverly Place, which enabled her to build up a respectable portfolio of acting performances bit by bit and piece by piece until she managed to land a leading role on Pretty Little Liars.

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Interestingly, the character Spencer Hastings used to be a chronic sleepwalker, which was said to have been caused by enormous amounts of stress. For people who are not sure what chronic sleepwalking means, it is when people rise from the slow wave stage of their sleep in a low-consciousness state and perform activities that would be normally associated with a state of high consciousness. Most times, such actions tend to be relatively benign, with examples including but not limited to sitting up in bed, paying a visit to the bathroom, and even cleaning their homes. In rare cases, such examples can be dangerous, whether because sleepwalkers engage in potentially dangerous activities such as cooking and driving or because they react violently to the products of their imagination. Stress is thought to be a contributory factor of sleepwalking along with other factors such as drugs and sicknesses that result in a poorer quality of sleep.

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