Marin (Ashley Benson) has come a long way since season
one of Pretty Little Liars, when she was still finding
herself after being whipped into shape by Alison DiLaurentis
(Sasha Pieterse). But she still has far to go.
Yes, she has the confidence that comes from having a cute
boyfriend (Caleb, played by Tyler Blackburn), but she
is being harassed by her soon-to-be evil stepsister Kate (Natalie
Hall), who last week pretended to call a truce and then
got her drunk, and, of course, the biggest tormentor of them
Last week, we spoke to Ashley on the set of Pretty Little
Liars in Burbank, CA, to get the inside scoop on what's
coming up for the big mid-season finale, airing Tuesday, August
30 at 8 p.m. on ABC Family !
Who do you think A is?
I have some people that I have in mind, but I always say
I want it to be one of the four girls. I think that would
be such an interesting twist.
Out of the four, who do you want it to be?
I think it could be Spencer because she is smart enough to
make sure everything goes well. But, yeah, I think Spencer
would be a good candidate.
We hear this midseason finale is a whopper. What can you
share with us?
The big plot of the episode is my dad is getting married.
He has his wedding and with this wedding comes a lot of other
things. The four girls are faced with a challenge by A, and
it is individually, so we have certain tasks that we have
to complete, which aren't the best things to do. So we need
to figure out how to do it without destroying our friendships,
our family lives … that whole thing.
What is going to come of the whole Kate situation? That's
a big deal with the wedding.
I don't know. I hope Kate just leaves. She just makes Hanna's
life so miserable, but Hanna is going to have to deal with
her and all of her antics and her trying to make her father
disown her. That is what I feel she is doing. She is going
to try and deal with that and deal with having a new stepsister
and stepmom. She has a lot on her plate.
What was it like to shoot that scene with Allison in Dr.
Sullivan's (Annabeth Gish) office?
It was really creepy. We had this director Dean, we had never
had him before, and I get there and I have so much dialogue
in that scene and, for me, I learn my lines a couple of minutes
before I do the scene because it is easier for me. We usually
have rehearsal and then you block it and then you shoot it.
I get on set and he was, "All right. Let's do it."
I was, "What? No! Oh, my gosh." I was, "OK."
He was, "Are you ready to do it, Ashley?" I was,
"Yeah. I hope I know what my lines are." I have
a little bit of a photographic memory, so that kind of helps.
He threw us into that scene and I think it was great because
we were so vulnerable, I was literally so in the moment …
and Sasha, too. She is such a great actress
Do you think your Days of our Lives training helped with
Yeah. I got on there when I was 13, so I had to learn lines
very fast. I could have 80 pages for one day. I had three
episodes one day. Wow! So I come to TV for episodic and I
have a couple of lines a day, but I think those are the hardest
to memorize, because I am like … I will have one line in a
scene, "What is that line? What is that line?" because
I am used to having so much. The soap definitely helped me.