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Between the four of you on Pretty Little Liars, who gives the best advice?
Troian, she’s very intelligent. She grew up in this business with her dad being who he is (producer, Don Bellisario). She’s just seen it all and she’s so grounded and is like the older sister.
She’s beyond her years wise, like an old soul. She’s really cool. Really funny too, I don’t think people realize she is so funny.
What’s been your favorite off-screen bonding with your co-stars of Pretty Little Liars?
We went to Toronto is February. Nothing really special happened but we all just went out one night and had dinner and had fun. And it made me realize I work with some pretty cool girls, we have a good time all the time.
How has this show changed your life?
A lot of scheduling changes; we’re working every day of the week. In my personal life it hasn’t really changed, I get recognized here and there. I don’t get chased around by the paparazzi or anything. I’m just a lot busier and I get to go to fun events and wear dresses I would never get to wear.
What is it about you that makes you like acting?
I hate when people say, ‘I get to experience things that I don’t usually get to go through.’ That’s true, but I just enjoy being artistic, I love singing, I love cooking, I like to paint, I’m not good at it, but it’s just a way of expressing myself.
I think you really learn a lot about who you are, because you’ll find that in some of the work you do you connect with some things and not with others, and you wonder why is that?
It’s fun for me because you are always learning, you’re always growing and taking one step forward, you’re always going to become a better actress. I get to work with great people and it’s cool to be surrounded by people who are passionate, because it’s really inspiring.
How is it working on this adult show from The Wizards of Waverly Place?
First of all, a half hour show is completely different from an hour. That show, Wizards, believe it or not, was one of the most challenging things I’d ever done. It was like a different type of acting. You had to add so much more energy and it’s really exhausting.
At the end of the day I was really tired. So I have a lot of respect for people who do that, because comedy is not an easy thing to do. As far as material, it’s really fun to do something that’s a little more grown up than that, and the things we deal with are a little edgy and a little controversial.
What’s happening for you music-wise?
I just did an ABC Family movie which will be out on DVD this fall. It’s called The Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song, and I play a singer, so I got to record some music for that. I can’t wait for the soundtrack to be released. Aside from that I haven’t really been working on anything, but I’d like to at some point.
How do you like to unwind after a day on the set?
I love to catch up on my TiVo. I watch Modern Family and Glee, but my favorite show ever is Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern. I love it. I love the Discovery Health Channel, watching surgeries. I love to watch TV and listen to music and I love to sleep!