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Pretty Little Liars

Spoiler: PLL’s Lucy Hale Reveals More About Aria’s Season 2 Love Triangle

We sat down for a roundtable interview with Lucy Hale (Aria) from Pretty Little Liars at ABC Family’s summer press day on May 14, 2011. She looked flawless, as per usual, and she chatted about heading to Rome this summer for her best friend's wedding (sounds like a rom-com waiting to happen!) and her love of traveling. But more on her life later. We decided to get down to brass tacks and dig up whatever we could about the upcoming second season, starting in June. Let’s jump right into it!

Question: Go ahead and tell us all the major things that happen this season.

Lucy Hale: Since I'm allowed to, I'll share what I can. We pick up where we left off in the finale. We're trying to track down Ian [Ryan Merriman]'s body and we don't know if he's really dead. If he's "A," did he kill Alison [Sasha Pieterse]? If he's not, who is? Did "A" kill Ian? All these different questions. But as far as Aria's storyline, she's still with Mr. Fitz [Ian Harding]. And he's no longer a teacher at the school so he's teaching at a college now. And so they can legally date in Pennsylvania. They actually went and figured out that it is legal in Pennsylvania for (I guess she's sixteen/seventeen) to date an older man. So she's doing that but there's a love triangle. There's someone else that catches Aria's eye who is more age-appropriate. And she's just dealing with her brother. What we're filming now is Aria's little brother rebelling a lot and in a major way — that's another thing to add to the whole mixture of her crazy life.

Are you into older guys or age-appropriate guys?

I've dated both. I don't discriminate on anything. All options.

Before the show is over finally, what do you wish they'd let Aria do that she never gets to do that you think would be fun for you as an actress?

In Season 2 they actually are showing more of her lighter side. I feel like Aria's very sarcastic, and they're giving her more lines like that. And I just want to see them, aside from everything they're going through (not just my character, with everyone) go do something fun without "A," drama-free. Yeah, just like an episode of nothing [going] wrong. I know that's why the show is successful — because everything goes wrong. […] I want to see them travel. There is talk of New York for third season. Like, an episode. Whether that happens, I don’t know. But that would be fun.

So we know she's still with Fitz. But would you want her to have a new love interest this season? To be open to that?

It's very interesting. Because I think it makes her realize how much she really is risking by being with Ezra. The two guys are completely different, like, couldn't be more opposite. So I don't know at this point where we're filming, I don’t know which guy she's going to choose. I don't know.

So is Noel back in the picture?

Noel [Brant Daugherty] is not in the love triangle, no. But he is involved in the second season.

What about the other guy in the love triangle? Have we met him yet?

I can't say. I'm sorry.

You used to play on Wizards of Waverly Place. How is it different [than] Pretty Little Liars?

First of all, a half-hour show is completely different from an hour, especially that show. Wizards was, believe it or not, one of the hardest, most challenging things I'd ever done. Because it's a different type of acting. You have to add so much more energy. And it's really exhausting. […] So I have a lot of respect for people that do that because comedy is not an easy thing to do. But as far as material-wise, 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. It's fun.

Edgy and controversial indeed! Check out more of what Lucy Hale had to say in Part 2 of the interview.