Aug23rd• 2013 •

Ashley Benson’s Top Beauty Picks — Her Favorite Must-Haves

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The ‘Pretty Little Liars’ cast are trendsetters when it comes to beauty and fashion. Luckily, one of the ‘Liars’ star shared her favorite beauty products in an interview that we want to share with you, HollywoodLifers!

HOLLYWOODLIFE.COM – Ashley Benson, 23, always looks glammed up on and off the set. She revealed some of her beauty tips and secrets during an interview. Now you can get the same beautiful look as well as some of her style secrets!

Ashley revealed some of her beauty faves in an interview with OK! Magazine – including some of her summer faves for natural, glowing skin! Her summer beauty tip: “In the summer you can play with your lips. Do a lighter look on the eyes and finish it off with a bright lip. I like L’Oréal lipsticks.”

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Ashley is always seen with her glowing skin. She reveals her secret to how her fans can get the same glowing skin as her using her favorite product — Stila Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer! She says, “This makes you look super-dewy, fresh and natural. I’m obsessed with it! It doesn’t look like you have makeup on.”

This moisturizer not only hydrates your skin and flawless complexion, it also protects you from the sun with SPF 20! This moisturizer leaves you with the perfect natural tint and lasts all day!

Ashley also revealed some of her fashion faves – including her clothing obsession and her fashion idols! She says, “I have about 10 leather jackets. They’re great with any outfit. They’re edgy and I love that kind of look.”

“I love the Olsen twins. I’ve always looked to them for style. They have a great, edgy fashion sense, but it’s very chic.”


Jul18th• 2013 •

Us Weekly Exclusive: Go Behind the Scenes with ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Cast!

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The storylines may be getting darker on ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars, but the mood on set is lighter than ever. “Our show has such heavy material, everyone can feel on edge,” Keegan Allen, who plays Toby Cavanaugh, says in the Pretty Little Liars Collector’s Edition of Us Weekly (available now). “Then someone sits on a whoopee cushion, and we’ll all of a sudden feel better!”

The girls — Shay Mitchell, Troian Bellisario, Lucy Hale and Ashley Benson — usually arrive on set at 5:30 a.m. “We’re in hair and makeup for an hour and a half!” says Benson, 23. Night shoots, which can go until 3 a.m., “are like slumber parties on the set,” according to Mitchell.

In between takes, the costars often interact with their fans via social media. “Ashley and I are always laughing and taking ‘selfie’ pictures,” says Benson’s onscreen beau, Tyler Blackburn. When they’re filming major episodes, however, executive producer I. Marlene King says she enforces strict rules to prevent spoiler leaks: “No tweeting! No Instagram! And shred your script!”

Even the cast is kept in the dark about the show’s many twists and turns. “We get the script about two days before we start filming an episode,” says Bellisario, 27. “But usually one of us will try to steal it beforehand. We can’t wait to find out what happens next!”

For more behind the scenes pictures and anecdotes — plus four huge posters, exclusive fashion steals and details on the girls’ real-life loves — pick up the Pretty Little Liars Collector’s Edition of Us Weekly, available now.


Jul17th• 2013 •

Pretty Little Liars EP Spills Ravenswood Secrets, Talks Crossover Potential – Plus: Hanna’s Fate!

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TVLINE.COM – A few Pretty Little Liars faves venture into Rosewood’s supernaturally charged neighboring town of Ravenswood for the first time this Tuesday (ABC Family, 8/7c) — but what’s the real story behind the community at the center of the upcoming spin-off?

Here, executive producer Oliver Goldstick reveals all (he can) about Ravenswood and its imminent debut — plus: Find out what fate awaits the just-arrested Hanna.

TVLINE | What brings Toby and Spencer to Ravenswood this week?
There’s somebody in Ravenswood who is going to be the Alison connection, the lynchpin here to tell us why Alison was reaching out desperately to that phone number during her summer in Cape May. Spencer and Toby are going to recognize very quickly that somethin’ ain’t right about Ravenswood — and it’s not just a lack of Starbucks! [Laughs]

TVLINE | Based on our previous first look, Ravenswood seems grittier and much scarier than Rosewood.
This is a town where the living are very comfortable mingling with the dead. The town has an expansive graveyard. It dates back to a period where there are older graves right in the center of town. We’ve seen those towns in [real-life in] New England, where they didn’t move the graves; they left them in certain places because there were churches there that had since been converted to something else… This alone is jarring and unnerving to Spencer and Toby. The town has a foot in the past; they have not let go of a terrible calamity that happened some years ago.

TVLINE | We know that Ravenswood has some supernatural elements. Will those be included in any of the upcoming Pretty Little Liars episodes?
You might see a bit of it [this Tuesday]. But the supernatural exists in Ravenswood, not Rosewood.

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Jun29th• 2013 •

‘Pretty Little Liars': Tyler Blackburn on High Stakes, ‘Ravenswood’ and What’s Next

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HOLLYWOODREPORTER.COMPretty Little Liars’ omnipresent torturer “A” continued to wreak havoc on the parents of the four Liars in the latest episode, “Cat’s Cradle,” with Hanna’s mother Ashley (Laura Leighton) right in the thick of the action.

In the 12th installment of THR’s weekly postmortem with Pretty Little Liars’ cast and producers, actor Tyler Blackburn discusses his return, attempting to reunite Hanna’s parents and why things aren’t looking so good for Rosewood.

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THR: In this past week’s episode, Caleb was actively trying to reunite Hanna’s parents as the investigation into Detective Wilden’s murder takes shape. Why is he going out of his way to do that?
Blackburn: I think that the stakes are very high for Hanna and her mom right now, and Hanna’s dad has been absent. I think it’s a soft spot for Caleb as well because, obviously, all the stuff that’s unfolded with his father. It hits really close to home, so it’s his opportunity to help Hanna with something he understands, the absence of a father. Especially now, Hanna’s dealing with a lot. There’s a lot of fear and anxiety about her mom and she needs her dad. Caleb knows that. I’m sure Caleb knows he can help her but the more the merrier.

THR: Things aren’t looking good for Hanna’s family, and Emily’s as well, with “A” aggressively targeting the parents. What’s ahead?
Blackburn: There are no boundaries when it comes to the manipulation so nobody’s safe. Any of the parents can be affected and it’s kind of been like that from the get-go as well. This season, it gets a little bit more serious with at least one of those parents.

THR: Caleb teams up with Toby (Keegan Allen) in coming episodes. When should we expect to see their partnership?
Blackburn: Not for a few more episodes. Everything that will be happening in the next few episodes leads up to that. It’s trial and error, everybody’s trying to do what they can to figure out whatever it is [they need to figure out]. There are so many layers to these mysteries that any piece of the onion they can peel away, that’s what they are trying to do. And it gets to a point where Caleb and Toby realize that maybe they’re a little bit stronger as a team.

THR: Do you have a favorite scene from a future episode?
Blackburn: There was a scene that was fun to film with Keegan and another guy where Keegan and I pick a fight with him, and we had to do some physical stunt work.

THR: Is there a moment from this week’s episode that jumps out?
Blackburn: I liked when he confronted Hanna’s dad and really stood his ground.

THR: How worried should we be of the trouble that Hanna’s family finds itself in the middle of?
Blackburn: You should be worried. Things are going to get even stickier for them.


Jun26th• 2013 •

‘Pretty Little Liars’ Scoop: Sean Faris Talks Gabriel’s Interest in Hanna

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HOLLYWOODLIFE.COM – Is there really such a thing as a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ cop on Pretty Little Liars anymore? Sean Faris – who plays Rosewood’s newest authority figure, Officer Gabriel Holbrook — doesn’t think so. In fact, he has “no idea” where his badge lies on that spectrum. “There’s always a possibility there’s more than what he seems,” Sean tells HollywoodLife.com. “I haven’t figured it out yet, but we’ll see.”

Along with giving us more of Officer Holbrook, the June 25 episode will also introduce us to his partner, Detective Linda Tanner (Roma Maffia), whom Sean describes as Gabriel’s “mentor.”

“Gabriel kind of follows her lead,” Sean explains. “She sets the pace and makes sure that Holbrook is keeping pace with her.”

As for which liar they’ll be ‘keeping pace’ with most, Sean hints that Gabriel and Linda will have their hands — but hopefully not handcuffs – full with the Marins.

“The actress I’ve worked with the most is Ashley Benson,” he tells us. “So far, all roads lead to [her] house. So far.”

Does Gabriel Have His Eye On A Liar?

Given Rosewood’s history of cops getting a little too close to its under-age citizens — Wilden, Garrett and the list goes on — everybody wants to know whether Gabriel will follow in his predecessor’s creepy footsteps. Fortunately, it sounds like it’ll be all business with him. For the most part, anyway.

“Gabriel’s a young guy, so I’m sure he finds those little liars rather attractive,” Sean admits. “I really don’t know, but I’m not going to rule out any possibilities.”

Truth be told, Sean’s almost as much in the dark as the rest of us; and that’s just the way he likes it.

“I just go with the flow,” he admits. “I don’t ever ask what’s going on in the future, because my character wouldn’t know that yet either. … I just prepare my work and show up and do what I do.”


Jun19th• 2013 •

Ashley Benson Reveals Her Perfect Summer Date

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OKMAGAZINE.COM – When I chatted with Ashley Benson to kick off 7-Eleven’s Summer Slurpee Days we naturally talked all things, you guessed it, summer. The Pretty Little Liars star’s love life is always under scrutiny (is she dating co-star Tyler Blackburn or isn’t she?) so I wanted to know about her perfect summer date. The answer is a little complicated…

“Going to the beach, having dinner, looking at the water, then going on a ferris wheel, then going to play games,” she says. “I’m describing Santa Monica Pier right now but that’s not what I’m thinking of. I’m thinking of, like, The Notebook scene. I’m playing movies in my head. And then when it comes down to it they’re like, ‘What do you want to do?’ And I’m like, ‘I wanna go eat and then lets go home.’ I just want to eat and go home and watch a movie. Keep it simple.”

While she loves The Notebook, Ashley doesn’t need overwhelming gestures of romance to win her over.

“I’m kind of a guy myself,” she laughs. “I’m more of a tomboy. I don’t like to get dressed up for things so I love to keep it casual. As long as the guy makes me laugh I’m happy.”


Jun12th• 2013 •

‘Pretty Little Liars': Janel Parrish on Mona’s ‘Unlikely Alliance’ and Season 4

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HOLLYWOODREPORTER.COM – Is Mona conspiring against the girls?

It’s one of many questions Pretty Little Liars will attempt to address in the fourth season, which bows Tuesday. For actress Janel Parrish, it’s a fine line to walk, with Mona seemingly back in the Liars’ good graces.

“She’s become the fifth PLL, which is unexpected — and a great new twist,” Parrish said in a recent visit to The Hollywood Reporter Cover Lounge.

As the actress tells it, season four introduces another side to Mona (“She’s had like eight different personalities!” Parrish jokes). “It’s an edgier but more humbled Mona. She’s now ‘A’s’ biggest target and she doesn’t know why. She has to work with the girls to find out who the new ‘A’ is and who the new Red Coat is,” Parrish says. “This is the most real Mona has been since I’ve been playing her. She’s no longer putting on any pretenses, she’s just Mona. She’s manipulative, very smart, tough, edgy and not someone to be trifled with.”

But with “A” breathing down her neck, Mona is in even more danger than ever before — thanks to his or her willingness to be aggressive in his or her attacks. “This new ‘A’ is worse than anything Mona’s ever done,” she adds. “There’s nothing they wouldn’t do, so this is the most dangerous ‘A’ we’ve ever faced.”

With Mona joining the ranks of Aria (Lucy Hale), Hanna (Ashley Benson), Emily (Shay Mitchell) and Spencer (Troian Bellisario), the very same girls she tormented over the past few seasons, Parrish describes the “team-up” — if you can call it that — as “an unlikely alliance, and a reluctant one at that.”

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Jun12th• 2013 •

‘Pretty Little Liars’ Stars and Producers Reveal Season 4 Secrets

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Troian Bellisario, Shay Mitchell, Ian Harding, Keegan Allen, Tyler Blackburn and Sasha Pieterse preview the “expansive” season, teasing romances and Caleb’s goodbye to unlikely team-ups and a more dangerous Rosewood.

HOLLYWOODREPORTER.COMPretty Little Liars sure knows how to start off with a bang.

Season four has been touted as “the season of answers” courtesy of executive producer Marlene King, and she reaffirmed that statement at an evening celebration for the hit ABC Family drama at the Paley Center on Monday, revealing that viewers will find out whether Alison (Sasha Pieterse) is indeed dead or alive — and what actually happened the night she disappeared.

Though the stars and executive producers, including Oliver Goldstick and Joseph Dougherty, remained tight-lipped about season four specifics, the crowd was treated to an early look at Tuesday’s opener. The opening scene — which did not include the reveal of what was in Detective Wilden’s trunk for fear of spoilers — featured Mona taking a chip that held the footage that would incriminate Hanna’s mother. The girls, along with Mona, were then seen meeting their “mini me’s,” who all had creepy dolls representing each of the Liars — all thanks to “A.”

“It’s expansive,” Troian Bellisario tells The Hollywood Reporter of the new season. “There are so many new characters and new sections of the world. Instead of picking at the same couple of questions and the same kind of mysteries, all of a sudden, there is an enormous reveal of how much bigger this season is than the girls thought.” Shay Mitchell went so far as calling this season the “darkest” one so far, which means people will be “pointing way more fingers,” she tells THR. As Ian Harding tells THR, the new “A” makes Rosewood a far more dangerous place: “This season it feels like ‘A’ can kill you and everyone you love.”

The Pretty Little Liars gang revealed intel about season four (and even Ravenswood) to THR, including Caleb’s Rosewood goodbye, the status of the show’s favorite couples and a new bromance:

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A happy ending for Hanna and Caleb?: Tyler Blackburn will be heading to Ravenswood later this year, so many assumed the Hanna and Caleb romance was done. Not so, says Blackburn. “They don’t break up,” he tells THR. “They have a solid relationship, so it’s actually heartwarming and interesting how they break off. It’s hard to explain. They don’t break up, but they do part ways.” So “Haleb” fans rejoice, the door is being left open. “It does” [leave things open-ended], Blackburn says, “and it allows for things to go in multiple directions.” (King confirmed this during the Q&A portion.) The final Hanna-Caleb moment (a la Casablanca) was filmed early Friday morning and Blackburn was visibly teary. “It was a little bit sad,” he says, even though he will film a few more episodes before leaving for Ravenswood. (Filming on the season was done out of order.) “I had a moment with Ashley [Benson] where I said, ‘This is real, huh?’ ”

“A” targets Toby’s soft spot: Toby has been a major character for the past few seasons, and yet not much about him has been doled out. That changes this year. “We dive into his past in a way that we’ve never gone in anyone’s past before,” Keegan Allen tells THR of Toby’s backstory with his mother Marion. “It’s really a soft spot, and ‘A’ presses that soft soft. It’s dark, twisted, sad.” It’s also known that Toby’s past isn’t all rainbows and butterflies. “It’s dramatic and shocking,” Allen hints, “and on a level you would not expect. It really adds a whole new layer to Toby that we all didn’t anticipate.”

“Spoby’s” trust issues: Things for Spencer and Toby are complicated — as they should be. “There is a trust issue, but I think it’s remedied by the fact that he was doing it to protect her and I think it strengthens their bond throughout the season,” Allen says, adding that “Spoby” is ultimately “a love story.” With Toby going through some hard times with his past, Allen says Spencer is there for him as support. Does that mean they’ll be a strong unit? “Possibly. I don’t ever want to say that it could be 100 percent,” he says. For Bellisario, there are no doubts the two are “definitely romantic.” “‘Spoby’ is always on the rocks because they’re so passionate and intelligent and not trustworthy. I think they both have paranoid schizophrenia,” Bellisario jokes. “There is always going to be an up and down.”

A new bromance surfaces: While it’s not of the romantic variety, there is a new pairing that will pop up this season. “Toby and Caleb team up,” Allen teases. “We’ve never had two guys on the show partner up without their girlfriends. It’s a very bro-y moment.” Blackburn called their scenes “the most fun.” Surprisingly, Allen and Blackburn never had a true arc together — until now. “We refer to it as the Hardy Boys. They hack together, they eat lots of junk food together; it’s fun,” Blackburn shares.

Tension for “Ezria”: “It’s rough, but good ultimately,” Ian Harding tells THR of where Ezra and Aria are at the start of the new season. “I’m hoping for a sweet payoff. I maybe haven’t seen one yet but the tension is just so thick. Both of them are trying to move on with varying degrees of success. It’s going to be wild.” Who is more successful in moving on? “Oh god, I don’t think either one,” Harding says. “Maybe Aria is going at another guy or throwing herself into a project, such as finding ‘A,’ or Ezra is trying to figure out how to raise his son or teach at this school where my love is in school.” Ezra will serve as a mentor to the other girls as they navigate their college plans, and Harding says, the high school teacher never “makes it about him” — at least not yet. “It’s never like, ‘So what does Aria say?’ He never stoops that low.” (Interestingly, there is a college nearby in Ravenswood, King says.)

“A” goes after the Liars’ parents: After failing to split up the girls, “A” will instead target the parental figures in their lives. “It felt like a great strategy for ‘A,’ ” King tells THR. “The divide and conquer [strategy] and hopefully picking them off one by one, that didn’t work. They just became closer and closer than ever. ‘Now that we can’t separate you, in this way, we’re going to separate you by picking apart your parents one by one.’ “As King reveals, the parents are in danger “in every way” (emotionally, physically and mentally).

Fate of Emily and Paige: “She starts out in a typical romantic place with Paige and their story is a coming-of-age story,” King says. “What are two people who are in love to do as they’re in senior year starting to think about college and where they’re going to go from here — and can they go to the same place or not?” Mitchell hints that “A” will have a major role in Emily’s romantic life. “Whenever ‘A’ senses smooth waters, he or she or whatever likes to mess it up and cause some waves,” Mitchell tells THR. “She definitely does that for Emily and Paige. She ruins something that affects Emily’s relationship with Paige as well.” Bellisario chimed in, hinting at the magnitude at which “A” affects Emily: “I haven’t realized how deep that thing has gone and now it’s really affecting Emily’s life. Now as episodes have unfolded, I’m really upset for Emily — so you have that to look for.”

All-flashback episode?: King expressed interest in doing an all-flashback episode on Pretty Little Liars during the Q&A, saying that she’s “excited about” the prospect.

“Everyone is connected”: According to Pieterse, who was only 12 (!) when the Pretty Little Liars pilot was filmed, shared an intriguing nugget with THR: “I learned in Rosewood that everyone is connected. Everyone.”

Pretty Little Liars premieres season four at 8 p.m. Tuesday on ABC Family.


Jun10th• 2013 •

Pretty Little Liars Boss: This Is the Season of Answers

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TVGUIDE.COM – What’s in the trunk? Pretty Little Liars fans will find out almost immediately in the Season 4 premiere.

“Within 30 seconds you’ll know what’s in the trunk,” executive producer Marlene King tells TVGuide.com. “We usually have these big reveals in finales, but this is one of the first time we’ve had had a premiere with lots of answers.”

When the ABC Family series wrapped up its third season, viewers watched as Hanna (Ashley Benson), Spencer (Troian Bellisario), Emily (Shay Mitchell), Aria (Lucy Hale) and nemesis Mona (Janel Parrish) were pulled out of a burning house by a shadowy figure that a few of the girls — and the audience — recognized as the dead former Queen Bee Alison DiLaurentis (Sasha Pieterse). Is she really alive? And is she the omniscient Red Coat directing the “A” Team all along? Plus: What did the girls discover in the final moment of the winter finale that had them gasping? King gives us a preview of what’s to come below.

How much will be revealed in this premiere?
Marlene King: This whole season is the season of answers. We decided let’s not wait until the last season of the show to give all of these answers. We have so many questions we’ve asked and fans have been really patient, so this is the entire season of answers and the premiere sets the tone for that.

Is what’s in the trunk really that horrifying?
King: It’s something I personally look away from every time I see that scene.

Mona is now working with the girls to uncover red coat. How does that change the dynamic?
King: It changes it up in a really fun and dynamic way. Mona has [a lot of] answers and now she needs the PLLs as much as they need her, so now she uses her knowledge as a bargaining chip to ingratiate herself back with them.

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Jun7th• 2013 •

‘Pretty Little Liars’ Boss on Season 4: ‘Time to Start Delivering Some Answers’

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Executive producer Marlene King promises that loyal viewers will be rewarded with major reveals in the coming season, telling THR that it’s “time to let the audience in on what we’ve been doing.”

HOLLYWOODREPORTER.COM – Big questions are at play when Pretty Little Liars kicks off season four.

The fiery finale left Aria (Lucy Hale), Spencer (Troian Bellisario), Hanna (Ashley Benson) and Emily (Shay Mitchell) nearly dead and led to the possible reveal of Red Coat’s identity — Alison (Sasha Pieterse), looking as alive as ever — only to drum up even more questions for the unlucky Rosewood residents. Is Mona (Janel Parrish) back on the Liars’ side for good? Will “Ezria” ever come back together? What was in Detective Wilden’s (Bryce Johnson) trunk?

Pretty Little Liars boss Marlene King — and keeper of secrets — promises that loyal viewers of the buzzy series will be rewarded in spades. “It felt like it was time to start delivering some answers,” she tells The Hollywood Reporter. “We’ve been hiding Easter eggs since season one and the pilot, and it felt like it was time to let the audience in on what we’ve been doing.”

Though the drama is known for embarking on circuitous routes in answering the series-long mysteries of Alison’s killer and the identity of the enigmatic “A,” King declares season four “the season of answers — and it starts right away with the premiere.” She adds: “The beauty of season four is [we're] going deeper with these characters than we’ve ever gone.”

King previews the new season in an in-depth chat with THR, with topics ranging from the aftermath of the surprising Red Coat reveal and Mona joining the Liars to the introduction of a “mystery character” and challenges facing beloved couples “Ezria” and “Spoby.”

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