Shooting just wrapped last month on the pilot for Freeform’s Pretty Little Liars spinoff The Perfectionists — and while the show hasn’t received the full series greenlight just yet, PLL alum Troian Bellisario is already talking about the potential of getting behind the camera.
“I know they already told me, which I would be delighted to do, ‘You can come and direct an episode,’” Bellisario revealed to ET during a joint interview with hubby Patrick J. Adams at the This Bar Saves Lives event in Los Angeles on Thursday. “And I was like, ‘That would be so much fun!’”
This isn’t the first time Bellisario would be taking the director’s chair on a pretty little series — the 32-year-old actress made her directorial debut in the final season of Pretty Little Liars.
Now that we know that Bellisario would love to step behind the screens on The Perfectionists, we’re curious to see if Spencer Hastings could travel over to the town of Beacon Heights? The brunette beauty was coy with her thoughts when we asked about a PLL crossover cameo.
“Oh, I don’t know! I know that the girls have been working really hard and by girls I mean Marlene [King] and Sasha [Pieterse] and Janel (Parrish),” she said. “They have a whole new wonderful group of people working on The Perfectionists and I don’t know… if Ali and Mona are showing up in this world, I have no idea who else would show up… I have no idea, I can’t share about that.”
Last fall, Pieterse seemed confident other little liars would show up. “I’m sure that they will,” she teased in October. “We have to keep the PLL family alive, obviously — and Emison, of course.”
Pieterse’s other half to Emison, Shay Mitchell, is set to star in a different Marlene King-produced series, The Heiresses. The 22-year-old didn’t think that would prevent an Emison reunion though.
“I don’t think that will be a problem at all. I think the fans will really appreciate it, so that’s what we really care about anyway,” she explained.
”Marlene just really likes to keep it in the family, literally,” Pieterse added. “She’s such an amazing person. She’s got such a big heart and we really love her so much, and the fact that we can all stick together somehow, really means a lot to us.”
And she’s right. Bellisario recently directed an episode of King’s other Freeform series, Famous in Love.
“It’s amazing… just to get to spend time with Troian is a gift because I don’t get to see her every day anymore,” King told ET in January. “The Famous cast was so excited to have her and welcomed her with open arms and Niki Koss, who actually wants to direct, is shadowing her on this episode as well, so were having a lot fun and growing our female directors,” she shared.
“I’m really blessed that I get to work with these amazing women and I feel like we all do this amazing job of – it is a true sisterhood, we lift each other up, we’re not competitive, we all want each other to succeed, the Pretty Little Liars all want their co-stars to succeed and I was texting with Lucy [Hale] just today about how supportive she’s been of Troian and Famous and the girls are supportive. Ashley Benson and Carter Jenkins grew up together, so they’re friends and it’s just – it’s building the family and growing the family and you can have more than one baby and love the other one, too.”