Exclusive: Janel Parrish Would ‘Absolutely’ Do a Virtual ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Reunion (And Her Dreams for Mona After ‘The Perfectionists’)

by Jeremy Spirogis
Janel Parrish as Mona Vanderwaal in

The tenth anniversary of the collection premiere of Pretty Little Liars is correct across the nook. The hit teen thriller drama, which aired from 2010-2017, remains to be a popular culture staple years later. Showbiz Cheat Sheet caught up with star Janel Parrish to speak about her character, Mona Vanderwaal, her time on the present’s spinoff, and her ideas on doing a digital reunion.

Janel Parrish starred in ‘Pretty Little Liars’ and ‘The Perfectionists’

Janel Parrish as Mona Vanderwaal in 'Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists'
Janel Parrish as Mona Vanderwaal in ‘Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists’ | Scott Patrick Green/Freeform through Getty Images

Parrish has starred in a bunch of movies, TV exhibits, and theater productions. But she’s maybe greatest recognized for portraying Mona in Pretty Little Liars. Mona is the primary villain within the collection, revealed to be the tech genius “A.” The character evolves all through the present’s seven-season run, finally fixing the ultimate thriller.

Not solely did Parrish have a recurring (and finally fundamental) position in PLL, however she additionally starred within the short-lived spinoff. Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists aired for one season on Freeform. In the present, she reprised her position as Mona, who’s now a member of the administration at a college. There, she finds herself wrapped up in yet one more lethal thriller.

Parrish calls her ‘PLL’ co-stars ‘family’

From the start of filming PLL by the collection finale of The Perfectionists, Parrish spent almost a decade working with most of the identical individuals. In an electronic mail interview with Showbiz Cheat Sheet, she stated, “When working on a TV show every day with each other, you really become a family.”

Given the present measures through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, a bodily reunion is off the desk. But when requested whether or not she’d be thinking about doing one of many Zoom calls just like the Victorious solid lately did for their very own 10-year anniversary, Parrish stated, “Absolutely. We all still stay in touch!”

Where did she see Mona ending up?

Unlike Pretty Little Liars, which neatly wrapped up its thriller and despatched the characters off fortunately, The Perfectionists didn’t get the identical remedy. The season 1 finale left audiences with a cliffhanger, after which season 2 by no means got here. So what would Parrish have favored to see occur for Mona?

“I would have loved to see her end up happy and in love,” stated Parrish. “I loved seeing her friendship with Alison grow and I like to think she ended up helping the Perfectionists and Ali and finding a happy home in Beacon Heights.”

Parrish’s grandmother was considered one of her greatest supporters

Right now, any performing tasks Parrish had within the works are on maintain. But she does have a brand new launch: Her jewellery line, To The Stars, from RivalWorld. The items within the assortment all have a celestial theme, as impressed by her grandmother, whose nickname was Moony, and who handed away in late 2019.

“We were extremely close,” Parrish stated of her relationship to her late grandma. She stated Moony was an enormous supporter of her profession, together with the present that made her well-known. “PLL had rather a lot occurring each episode, so she would put the TV on within the background whereas she labored round the home after which run to the TV each time she heard my voice.”

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