8. Sasha Pieterse, who would go on to play Alison DiLaurentis, was this shut to touchdown the function of Hanna earlier than producers found she was solely 12 years outdated.
“I knew what Hanna was going to do and I used to be like, ‘Do we actually desire a 12-year-old doing these issues?'” King recalled in an interview with Variety. “But in addition, they will solely work a specific amount of hours below the age of 16. In order that’s after we simply mentioned she’s Alison. She learn with just a few of the ladies as Alison, she was a number of years youthful than all of them, however she scared the hell out of everybody in a great way.”
9. Ashley Benson was the final of the 4 principal actors forged, with King revealing to Variety, “I keep in mind her coming in for her audition and she or he was in tears as a result of she was on a present known as Eastwick and she or he had simply came upon it was canceled, and so she came visiting to this audition.”
King continued, “We knew we wished a blonde for this function as a result of it was one of many final roles to forged and apart from Alison, we didn’t have a blonde within the present. We could not discover the precise individual and she or he got here in … there’s simply one thing magical that occurs along with her and the way in which the digicam captures her and people eyes. All of us knew within the room that we discovered our Hanna.”