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Pretty Little Liars Star Janel Parrish Guest Stars on Drop Dead Diva (VIDEO)

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Pretty Little Liars may still be on hiatus, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still get your fix of mean girl manipulation and Janel Parrish (Mona). Janel guest starred on last night’s episode of Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva — and, this time, she’s playing a character on the other side of the bully/bullied equation. Check out this clip from the episode!

Janel plays a character named Chelsea Jones, a professional cheerleader whose career is on the line when a video of her having an epic meltdown during a routine goes viral. In the minute-long sneak peek, we see Janel’s character looking for help from Drop Dead Diva’s lawyer protagonist, Jane — who is awkwardly in the middle of watching the “professional cheerleader meltdown” video when Chelsea approaches. The situation becomes more complicated when the head cheerleader starts bullying Chelsea, but is Chelsea really the victim she seems. Spoiler: Nope. Channelling her inner Mona, Chelsea actually staged the entire thing to ensure viral fame. You can take the Liar out of the scheming show, but you can’t take the scheming show out of the Liar…

It was very cool to see Janel in another role — even if Chelsea Jones did share one or two traits with Mona Vanderwaal. We’d love to see her take on more roles that give her the opportunity to try something different. One such opportunity came with the short film the short film Something Wicked, in which she starred with Pretty Little Liars star Brant Daugherty (Noel Kahn)? In the film, Janel plays a young woman who reunites with an old acquaintance while trying to work through the trauma of her roommate’s murder. We highly recommend checking it out — for Janel and Brant’s performance’s alone!

What did you think of Janel’s turn in Drop Dead Diva? What other kinds of roles would you like to see her in? Sound off in the comments below!

Catch the next episode of Pretty Little Liars on June 10, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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