Lucy Hale Originally Auditioned to Play Hanna Marin on Pretty Little Liars
It’s weird to think that Aria could have been played by anyone other than Lucy Hale, but it's even more bizarre to imagine her playing another little liar. Believe it or not, but this could have happened. Lucy admits, “I actually read for two parts: Hanna — who's played by Ashley Benson, one of the first friends I made when I moved here — and Aria." Can you picture Lucy dating Sean instead of Ezra or being BFFs with Mona? We can't because PLL would be completely different!
Luckily, the PLL producers quickly realized that Lucy would make the perfect Aria. "Hanna is the comedic relief of the show, whereas Aria is darker and edgier," Lucy says. "Everyone immediately said, 'Oh, you're so Aria.' I suppose that's another thing I have in common with Aria, she's sixteen going on 35, and I feel that way too." We think Ezra would agree...