Things are still very much up-in-the-air for Pretty Little LiarsAria (Lucy Hale) and Jake (Ryan Guzman), Rosewood’s latest romance. However, we do have a bit of intel now, thanks to Ryan. Recently, he sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to talk about where Aria and Jake are headed now, how Jake feels about “A,” Ezra, and everything in-between...

“There is a budding spark between them that no one is really sure how to act on it. Aria has got her baggage — she just broke up with her boyfriend and a person is trying to kill her — and Jake is just new to this whole world. He really likes the girl but he doesn't want to overstep his boundaries,” Jake told THR. “I think it's at the point where neither one of them wants to go too far. Aria obviously last night tried to kiss Jake and make him forget about whatever she was telling him. There's a lot of tension there that can either go really, really good or really, really bad.”

So, which direction might it go? From Ryan’s other comments, it sounds like these two will be growing closer. In fact, Ryan may find out more about “A” than most of the other people in the Liars’ lives.

“As he's finding more and more about what Aria and all her friends are going through, he wants to become more available to help her,” Ryan said. “Him being a martial arts instructor, he feels confidence in being able to protect this girl who came into his life.” We can get on board with that. If we lived in Rosewood, we’d have picked up some self-defense skills ages ago.

Last episode, we saw Ryan meet Ezra’s son, Malcolm. What might Ryan’s run-ins with Ezra look like? “There are awkward moments where ‘Oh hey, I'm bumping into your ex-boyfriend, whom you still love,’” Ryan joked, talking about the “huge situations” between Jake and Ezra that are coming up.

Ezra won’t be the only non-Aria Rosewood resident Jake will be running into around town. Although Ryan said that, in his scenes, “Aria’s attached at the hip,” he has had a chance to work with everybody in the main cast except for one. “Jake will be interacting with more and more people later on,” he teased.

It won’t just be Jake who is learning more about Aria’s life, but Aria who will delve into Jake’s world, too: “Watch out for when Jake brings Aria into his world and shows her what he's all about,” said Ryan. “She's making an effort to meet Jake halfway to see what he's all about, so that'll be coming up some time in the future.”

As for the seasons-old Rosewood question: can we trust the new kid on the block? Ryan was elusive in his answer. All he said was, “Keep your eyes on [Jake and Aria] because it's going to be a roller-coaster with these two.” Is there more to Jake than meets the eye?

What are you most looking forward to about Jake’s storyline? Do you think he could be involved with “A” business? Let us know in the comments below!

Catch the next episode of Pretty Little Liars on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.

SourceThe Hollywood Reporter