Sasha Pieterse Spills “Pretty Little Liars” Season 6 Secrets – Who Is Charles? (@SashaaPieterse)

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The future looks bleak as the Liars are still stuck in Charles twisted web in the season six premiere ofPretty Little Liars.But who really is Charles and what is his overall motive?Sasha Pietersetells us EVERYTHING you need to know about the series’ sixth season, which is airing onTuesday, June 2nd @ 8PM ET/PT on ABC Family.

Moments after where the season five finale left off, Aria (Lucy Hale), Emily (Shay Mitchell), Hanna (Ashley Benson), Spencer (Troian Bellisario)and Mona (Janel Parrish)are trapped outside of Charles Dollhouse with nowhere to go and must now deal with an angry tormentor. Just when the Liars thought Charles couldnt get any worse, his games take a more demented and darker turn. As the girls struggle to survive, the puzzle of Charles story begins to come together.

Meanwhile, Ezra (Ian Harding), Caleb (Tyler Blackburn)and Toby (Keegan Allen)continue the fight to find the girls with or without Rosewood P.D.s help.

In our interview withSasha Pieterse,the 19-year-old “pretty little liar” talks about where we find Ali in season 6, Charles’ mission, Varjak and Red Coat, how dark season six will really be, and why the Liars have to watch out for Andrew Campbell. Make sure to read the full Q&A below!

Where will we find Ali after the time jump during Season 6?

Sasha Pieterse: “Well, I cant tell you too much obviously because its a secret, [laughs] but Im really excited about it. I think all of us are really excited about it. Its something new and different that the fans havent seen before. Its an interesting twist because so many different weird things happened to the girls at this time in their lives in high school and now this is something totally different. Theyre grown up and their life has moved different directions and I think the fans are going to really enjoy seeing that.

I also think that were really going to enjoy acting and playing that out and seeing how characters are working together again. So, Im very excited.”


Whats in store in with Charles new mission to complete his doll collection with the real Alison?

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 thats exactly it. Charles is obsessed with the girls and obsessed with everything that he has created in his mind. So, to have the real Alison is his obsession and his dream.

So, that is going to be really strange in the summer season that were having. Its going to be really eerie and dark as usual, but theres things that you havent 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, makes sense and well find out how this has all come about as well as the history of Charles and the reason he is so obsessed.”

How long will Alison be staying in the dark when it comes to Charles being A and his relationship to her?

Sasha Pieterse: “Honestly, I dont completely know yet! Not everything is written yet. Were still in the process of filming. So, Im 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.

Theres things that I found out about Charles already that I cannot share with you, but I can tell you that its going in a super cool direction and not something that I would have expected. I think the fans are going to really enjoy it. Were really enjoying playing our characters right now because everything is so different and everything that were going to be filming is so different. So, this is totally reinvented and its a lot of fun.”

Is the name Charles going to ring a bell for Alison when the girls return and tell her or will she be as clueless as them?

Sasha Pieterse:”She has no clue who this person is. Im pretty sure Im able to say that [laughs]. Its completely a shock to her. And so, that also brings up if Charles is somehow related to the DiLaurentis family how come no one knew about him and that unravels a whole other different but cool storyline actually because as much as everyone knows whats happened and the girls are trying to figure it out, theyre also following their own storyline and their own demons.”

Are we ever going to find out who Varjak and Red Coat are as well?

Sasha Pieterse: “I have to be vague on that for sure, but this is the summer of answers [laughs]. Theres definitely some surprises in there that I wouldnt have even expected. Marlene is great and I think the fans will be satisfied and its going to be a cool way to connect everything.

Theyre so smart. Theyre geniuses. Its insane what they come up with and even when you think that theres nowhere it can go, Marlene and our writers prove me wrong. So, its a really cool storyline and I think the fans are going to really enjoy it.”


Did you ever think Alison was guilty, and how did you go about playing that as an actress?

Sasha Pieterse: “Alison has been so fun for me because I also never know. Shes had so many different storylines. There was a part of me at one point that I did think that she was guilty, and then I thought about it and realized as twisted and as messed up as she is in all of the lying she does, generally theres a reason for it. As everyone found out that she was alive, we also realized that she now isnt as selfish as she was before. Shes learned so many different things about herself and about the world and about the reality of A and how dangerous A is and trying to protect her friends, even though the girls didnt think so for a while.

I think some of the fans were convinced. She kind of prevailed. And now, shes trying to make everything better and shes also trying to learn about her family life. Everything is a lot more serious to her. Its not about the clothes that shes wearing or how to diss someone. Its much more about protecting her, protecting herself, her friends and her family and really finding out what Rosewood is hiding.

Shes really grown as a character and thats fun for me. Its been such a crazy arc, and to now sometimes be vulnerable and nice has been a nice change because she was never that way. And, everything that shes feeling now is genuine. Shes not manipulating anyone anymore. Shes really trying to figure out her demons and what caused her to do things. Shes realizing that there were things in her family and things that she was told when she was younger and now its a total subconscious thing and there were so many reasons for the things that she did that she didnt even know. They were so engrained in her.”

Do you think theres any worlds in which its still possible that Alison could be A?

Sasha Pieterse: “In Marlenes world anything can happen [laughs], but I honestly do believe that shes innocent. I dont think that shes A. I think shes done some weird and terrible things and maybe she sacrificed some sanity in the girls in order to accomplish something else. I definitely think that shes extremely manipulative, but I think shes grown out of that. I dont think theres a possibility for her to be A anymore. Shes gotten way too hurt for that for it to be a genuine reason for her to be A.

So, no, I dont think that she could ever be A, but you never know [laughs].”

How did it feel to play such an intense scene when Ali was found guilty of murder?

Sasha Pieterse: ”It was weird. That was our first time in a courtroom for the show, which you think would be strange. You think we should have had a lot more court scenes [laughs]. Being convicted felt a little real. It was really strange. I mean we had the handcuffs and everything.

I think being in an actual courtroom and being in that environment, having such an emotional scene, yes, it was very intense, but fun at the same time. It was really important for everyone to see how emotional and vulnerable Alison was, especially since we now know that she didnt do it, and thats a very real thing. Thats a very twisted thing. People go to jail for things they didnt do so many times that it was interesting to see a girl go through that. It was definitely fun to play.

The girl that played my lawyer, shes so sweet. She was Ross girlfriend on Friends and I had no idea! [laughs]. So, that was fun talking to her too– we had a really good time building those scenes.”

How dark is Season 6 going to be, and how would you tease our readers into watching the sixth season of Pretty Little Liars?

Sasha Pieterse: “Its really dark, and thats why I mentioned it earlier, that we have such a broad age range of viewers. The girls go through very adult things and this is definitely the darkest season that weve had encountered and I think that is because we brought Charles into it. Now that youve realized that this is someone that could be a lot closer than anyone ever knew, I think its frightening.

We start to find things about Charles and it just gets more and more disturbing. Its interesting. This season is kind of horror-esq. Not completely because we still have our little comedy aspect and the girls still go to school, but theres a lot of twisted things that, I mean at their age, they should never be going through. This is not a normal situation.

Its very dark, especially considering everything that happened to them in the dollhouse. Youll start to find out what it was, and its really dark. Thats really the craziest aspect of it. Lets be honest – this is an ABC Family show, but these girls got tortured and kidnapped by this person that they dont know that knows everything about them. Thats a really dark subject. Thats a really weird aspect of the show, especially originally a teenagers show.

As much as its fun, yes, its weird and a lot of times, theres nine-year-olds, seven-year-olds thatll come up and be like, I really love your show, but its so surprising to me that those kids are watching our show. I know a lot of it will go over their head, but were dealing with really dark things. So, its been interesting to see how broad the viewers are, which is great. Its really dark and I wonder how the parents are going to react. Theyre watching it with their kids too, but its been a really fun place.

Our show still does it in a really classy way and still makes it really fun. For all the viewers who have to watch the show with their lights on, theyre going to have to grab a blanket and lock all their windows and doors to watch this.”

If you can give Ali any piece of advice going into Season 6 what would it be?

Sasha Pieterse: “To be honest – that is literally my answer [laughs]. She needs to be honest now with everyone and go wholeheartedly into things instead of always trying to protect herself. Shes so scared of failing and getting hurt now, which obviously that is okay. Its a genuine reaction for her given everything that shes been through, but that would be my advice to her – start letting go of all the fears that shes had even though Charles is still on the loose.”

What is the biggest change you think we will see in the upcoming season?

Sasha Pieterse: “Its weird that the police know the truth now, but I think its even stranger that the parents do because now you hear the parents talk about A and all the terrible things that A has done. Thats a weird change because theres not a lot the girls can hide from their parents now. Theres still a lot that they can, but now they know the dangers of Rosewood and A with Charles.

So, its curfews and having to know where they are all the time and not trusting them when they say theyre going to a sleepover because they feel like theyre not actually; that kind of stuff. Fair enough, they got kidnapped and that would be an absolute crazy fear for a parent, but the fact that theyre using the word A now is really strange to see on the page and to hear her say it.

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.”


What will Alisons relationship be like with Mona?

Sasha Pieterse: “Its pretty strange. Theyre nervous of each other, probably Mona more than Alison, but I think theyre starting a friendship in a very strange way. As much as theyre different, theyre very similar too. Theyre now learning how to be around each other without protecting themselves because now everything is out there. Everyone knew now that Mona would stay and now shes not. Now Mona also is trying to convict Alison of murder and know that Mona knows that that wasnt accurate, its this weird vibe between the two of them.

But, at the same time, Mona was kidnapped as well and Alison helped save Mona too. So, its a weird dynamic, but I think their friendship will grow as time goes on.”

What can you tell us about Andrew and what he has to do with Charles?

Sasha Pieterse: “I have to be vague about that, but its a really good question. Andrew is a weird component in all of this. I cant really tell you if hes Charles or not, but he definitely has something. It might not be what you think it is, but hes really cool. He came out of nowhere. But at the same time, he was always there. I know fans arent necessarily surprised because theyre going and re-watching the episodes that he was in and are now really suspicious of him, which they should be. Its this weird dynamic, especially now between him and Aria and why hes doing what hes doing. So, I think the fans will enjoy the outcome of what happens to Andrew for sure.”

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.

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