Pretty Little Liars has enjoyed more than one spin-off since the first group of gal pals dared to challenge the menacing “A” on the long-running Freeform series. While Ravenswood, starring Tyler Blackburn, and The Perfectionists, featuring Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish, were fun, each only lasted a season. Fortunately, if the early buzz on HBO Max’s Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin is to be believed, the franchise has another hit on its hands.
Original Sin boasts a new cast of Liars, moving the mystery and terror to the town of Millwood, PA. Here, “A” is wreaking havoc on a group of unsuspecting teens who they want to see pay for the sins of their parents. It’s darker and edgier than the original, offering up a fresh take on the show fans know and love.
The characters are new, but you’ve probably seen the actresses who portray them before. One actress even has connections to the original cast, making for the ultimate “pass the torch” PLL moment. Here’s a cheat sheet on the latest set of leading ladies.
Plays: Imogen Adams
Where You’ve Seen Her: The Good Witch; The Fosters; Wizards of Waverly Place
PLL Connection: Lucy Hale. The actresses have been close friends for years.
Bailee Madison’s very first acting credit was in 2006 at the age of 7. As someone who has been in the biz for a long time, it’s safe to say she knows a lot of people, including Lucy Hale, who catapulted to fame thanks to her turn as Aria Montgomery on the original PLL series.
"Before I was a part of the show, (Lucy and I) were working out together and we were doing abs, and she looked over at me and she was like, 'Oh my gosh, best idea ever, you should do the new Pretty Little Liars,'" Madison said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. "She was like, 'My friend Roberto's doing it.' That was it, that was the conversation. And then a couple months later, the script was sent to me and I texted her and I was like, 'You're never going to believe this.'"
Plays: Faran Bryant
Where You’ve Seen Her: Black-ish; Bosch: Legacy
PLL Connection: Die-hard fan of the original series
Before landing her gig on Original Sin, Zaria was a huge fan of Pretty Little Liars, all the way down to the books on which the franchise is based.
“I went all the way back to the books,” Zaria told Girls United. “I was like, ‘Hello, print cover with the doll.’ That was me. I was sneaking it from my mom. It was a thing. It’s really, really surreal and such an honor to be talking to you about my input into this beautiful universe that already existed and to have a whole new world that’s so fresh and current.”
Plays: Minnie “Mouse” Honrada
Where You’ve Seen Her: Baskets; Batwoman; How to Get Away with Murder
PLL Connection: Social media outreach with the OG stars of the original series
Malia Pyles is a self-proclaimed horror fanatic and thrilled with the darker, creepier turn the show has taken in the HBO Max reboot. But even better? The kind words she and the rest of the cast have received from the stars of the original PLL.
“They’ve been so warm on social media, which has been such a blessing,” Pyles said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. “All we want to do is make them proud!”
Plays: Tabitha “Tabby” Hayworthe
Where You’ve Seen Her: Zombies; Lethal Weapon; Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street
PLL Connection: Zombies makes her part of the Disney family, and the original PLL was, of course, under the Disney cable umbrella.
Chandler Kinney has basically grown up on camera, spending three of her teen years on the Lethal Weapon TV series and the two years before that on Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street.
“There's kind of a mystery to the Disney world and the transition out of it,” Kinney told Elite Daily. “Going through it now, I'm navigating and trying to always be mindful of when I should turn right, when I should turn left.”
Plays: Noa Olivar
Where You’ve Seen Her: Kally’s Mashup
PLL Connection: A big fan of Lucy Hale’s
Maia Reficco may have the fewest acting credits to her IMDB page, but the 22-year-old was clearly taking notes when she watched the original PLL series.
“Lucy was, like, the love of my life during my early teens,” Reficco told Entertainment Tonight. “I actually was obsessed with her. I was so nervous to meet her.”
Ready to meet the new “A”? Say “Pretty Little Liars” into your voice remote. Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin is streaming now on HBO Max.
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