As a Director, Troian Bellisario ‘Cut Her Teeth’ on ‘Pretty Little Liars’: ‘Truly My Greatest Experience’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Troian Bellisario at the celebration for Freeform

Many actors take the leap into directing. Troian Bellisario, of Pretty Little Liars fame, did simply that on the hit sequence. And although she’s continued to pursue work behind the digicam, right here’s why she nonetheless considers her first time to be the very best.

Troian Bellisario starred in ‘Pretty Little Liars’

Troian Bellisario at the celebration for Freeform's 'Pretty Little Liars' Final Season on October 29, 2016
Troian Bellisario on the celebration for Freeform’s ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Final Season on October 29, 2016 | Amanda Edwards/WireImage

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Bellisario portrayed Spencer Hastings for seven seasons on PLL. Spencer is the Type A overachiever of the group, who learns lots about herself all through the sequence. The greatest of her discoveries comes within the sequence finale. That’s when she meets her twin (additionally performed by Bellisario). Alex Drake, aka A.D., is the newest in a line of thriller villains who’ve been torturing Spencer and her mates for years.

On May 15, 2020, Bellisario participated in a digital PLL forged reunion through Looped for Cast4Good. Along with a lot of her fellow forged members (and the present’s creator Marlane King), she answered questions on their favourite moments, a possible future film, and rather more.

Bellisario received her begin as a director on ‘PLL’

While most of the questions had been shared amongst the PLL forged, Bellisario received a private one. Moderator Damian Holbrook introduced up that she’s been working as a director. “It’s just been really lovely. I’m not actively pursuing it,” she stated. “Mostly it’s just kind of like when the opportunity presents itself. But certainly I really, really enjoy it.”

Her first time directing was an episode of PLL. “I loved [it],” Bellisario stated. “I mean, truly still my greatest experience was the first time…you get to see everybody crush it in front of the camera and see how talented they are. And then to get to have this other relationship with them and…relate to them in a totally different way. I just so appreciated being able to do it. It was the best cast to do it with — and crew.”

She’s continued to direct

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After PLL got here to an finish, it was King that introduced Bellisario again into directing. Her second job was on an episode of Famous in Love, one other Freeform sequence developed by King which aired for 2 seasons. Bellisario directed season 2’s “Guess Who’s (Not) Coming to Sundance?”

Next, Bellisario directed two episodes of the Freeform sequence Good Trouble. She was on the helm of season 1’s “Swipe Right” and season 2’s “Fragility.” According to Bellisario, she “was supposed to direct in their third season but quarantine” has put that on maintain.

What episode of ‘PLL’ did Bellisario direct?

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Bellisario directed one of many final episodes of PLL: Season 7’s “In the Eye Abides the Heart.” The episode has loads of memorable moments, however one of the vital important includes the actor herself. It was the above scene, which actually tipped audiences off that this wasn’t Spencer, however Alex.

Of the episode, King stated, “When I watched your first cut, [I realized] that was your love letter to the cast.” Bellisario agreed, saying, “Absolutely. I just had so much fun.” She added, “My only great regret was that I didn’t have Tyler [Blackburn] and Keegan [Allen] in my episode,” talking of her character’s two love pursuits within the latter seasons.

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