Pretty Little Liars' Troian Bellisario: I’m my own harshest critic
Text & Photos: Teo Sijia
Video: Fiona Lin
What does Troian Bellisario have in common with her character in the American hit drama series Pretty Little Liars? The American actress simply answered: a lot.
In Singapore to promote Pretty Little Liars, the actress plays Spencer Hastings, a straight-A student and overachiever from a family who expects the best.
In an interview with xinmsn, Troian shared that she and Spencer both face the same kind of anxieties as they struggle to manage their own as well as other people’s expectations.
Describing herself as “her own harshest critic and worst judge”, Troian admitted, “I have to try to get people to see me in a certain light, or to prove to people, because this is a career that I am building.”
“It’s like we set a level of expectation for ourselves, and project it on other people in turn,” she added.
Troian may be one of the lead stars in Pretty Little Liars, but the actress stressed that she is definitely honest. “I don’t tell lies or keep secrets of other people. But I am a very non-confrontational person, so I tend to keep a secret if it means not telling someone that something bothered me.”
Troian confessed that she sometimes gets secretive and stays out of sight from her friends until they ask about her whereabouts. “Sometimes I will think that people don’t really want to hang out with me, so I won’t hang out with anybody.”
The talented actress who wrote the script for her very first self-produced short film Exiles is also an avid writer. “My parents are both writers, they told me that the work that satisfies you the most is one that you make yourself. Don’t wait around for somebody to give you a job and to validate you as an artist.”
When asked if she enjoys acting or writing more, Troian said that they give a different sense of satisfaction. Writing gives her the freedom to create a role according to whatever she imagines it to be, she explained. But acting can be fun if she is working on a project that she feels passionate about and she gets the same “losing yourself in the world” feeling, when she steps out of her own character and plays somebody else.
Her fascination with working behind the scenes began when her parents brought her along for filming; it also triggered her interest for acting at the tender age of four years old.
“I saw people who were dressed up in weird costumes in front of the camera and they looked like they were having so much fun. I told my parents that I wanted to be them and they wrote me my first role at four.”
Arriving in Singapore for the first time with her boyfriend – American actor Patrick J. Adams – yesterday morning, Troian sees her trip as a “mini vacation” before the filming for Pretty Little Liars season four begins.
Despite being jetlagged, the couple was “overwhelmed” by the beauty of the city as they wandered around attractions such as Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay Sands.
When asked if the pair had planned to come to Singapore together, Troian explained that Patrick is currently on a press tour to promote the American drama series, Suits, and she was invited along.
“They were kind enough to ask him if he wants to bring along anybody because they thought he probably wouldn’t want to be alone during this whole time overseas.”
“I got to be the lucky stowaway in his luggage,” she added.
Pretty Little Liars Season 3 premieres this summer on WarnerTV (StarhubTV Channel 515)
SUITS Season 2 premieres Mondays, 8pm on DIVA Universal (Starhub TV Channel 522)
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