We love that the mastermind behind the Pretty Little Liars franchise, Sara Shepard, is a total fan of the show and the core four actresses: Lucy Hale (Aria Montgomery), Troian Bellisario (Spencer Hastings), Shay Mitchell (Emily Fields), and Ashley Benson (Hanna Marin). She recently shared an adorable throwback photo from the first time she met the girls, and it’s making us nostalgic for Season 1.

“Here's a pic for #throwbackthursday of me and the PLL girls the first time we met in NYC!” Sara tweeted last week, along with a snapshot of herself with the baby Liars. OK, they’re not so young, but it seems they’ve come so far from when they first started shooting in 2010! And our “little” Liars now range in age from 23 (Ashley) to 28 (Troian), if you don’t count Sasha Pieterse (Alison DiLaurentis) who is 18 the only actual teenager in the group.

Sara has been giving the screen counterparts of her book characters a few shout-outs lately. The young adult author just published the 14th book in the Pretty Little Liars book series, Deadly, and she dedicated the novel to Luce, Troian, Shay, and Ash! Sara seems to really enjoy television adaptations of her books.

In addition to PLL and the recently canceled The Lying Game, she has two more book-to-television-series adaptations based on her works in the development pipeline: The Perfectionists and Heiresses. Who knows? Four years from now, we could be sharing a cast throwback pic from one of those shows, musing on how grown up those stars are now!

Credit: Sara Shepard


Do you think the cast of Pretty Little Liars has changed much from the throwback pic? Sound off in the comments below!

Catch the Pretty Little Liars Season 4 winter premiere, Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC Family.