The character of Alison DiLaurentis has been at the heart of the mysterious twists and turns that kept viewers glued to Pretty Little Liars for five seasons. We caught up with actress Sasha Pieterse to get the scoop on what’s coming up in season 6.
Charles’ new mission is to complete his doll collection with the real Alison. What’s in store for your character when the show returns?
Sasha Pieterse: I can tell you that Charles is somehow related to the DiLaurentis family, which is a huge spoiler [laughs]. So, use it wisely! But I think that’s exactly it: Charles is obsessed with the girls and obsessed with everything that he has created in his mind. To have the real Alison is his obsession and his dream, so that is going to be really strange in the summer season that we’re having. It’s going to be really eerie and dark as usual, but there’s things that you haven’t seen before as well. This is a new element for Pretty Little Liars and we finally found out who A is. Everything is going to fall into place [and] make sense and we’ll find out how this has all come about as well as the history of Charles and the reason he is so obsessed. It’s cool because we’re so far from what the average teenage show is all about, and I think that’s why we have so many different age ranges that really appreciate the show. It really does dive into so many different things. It’s like a murder mystery and it’s all this psychological drama that happens and that’s just what Charles is. He’s this self-destructive, hyper-sensitive, crazy genius that is haunting these girls and his ultimate dollhouse does include Alison. So, you’re going to see us trying to figure out what his plans are and how he’s going to accomplish that, [and] trying to stay one step ahead.
How long will Alison be staying in the dark when it comes to Charles being “A” and his relationship to her?
Sasha: Honestly, I don’t completely know yet! Not everything is written yet. We’re still in the process of filming, so I’m kind of in the dark about that too and I enjoy finding out all these different secrets that are coming about and what Marlene will share with me and what everyone knows. There’s things that I found out about Charles already that I cannot share with you, but I can tell you that it’s going in a super cool direction and not something that I would have expected. I think the fans are going to really enjoy it. We’re really enjoying playing our characters right now because everything is so different and everything that we’re going to be filming is so different. So, this is totally reinvented and it’s a lot of fun.
This season is said to be like an entirely different show with the time jump and the fact that both the police and the parents know the truth. What is the biggest change we can expect to see?
Sasha: It’s weird that the police know the truth now, but I think it’s even stranger that the parents do because now you hear the parents talk about “A” and all the terrible things that “A” has done. That’s a weird change because there’s not a lot the girls can hide from their parents now. There’s still a lot that they can, but now [the parents] know the dangers of Rosewood and “A” … so it’s curfews and having to know where [the girls] are all the time and not trusting them when they say they’re going to a sleepover; that kind of stuff. Fair enough, they got kidnapped and that would be an absolute crazy fear for a parent, but the fact that [the parents are] using the word “A” now is really strange to see on the page and to hear. I think the fans are going to be a little weirded out about that because now the parents are in on it in a way, and that was something that you would never have imagined before.
Tune in to ABC Family for the Pretty Little Liars summer premiere at 8/7c on Tuesday, June 2, and check out our interview with Emma Ishta and Kyle Harris from the brand new series Stitchers, which will air immediately afterward!