We first got hooked on our favorite guilty pleasure, "Pretty Little Liars," seven summers ago when the show debuted on ABC Family in June 8, 2010. Since then, the "Liars" themselves have become household names and grown up in front of our eyes. Some have gone on to create successful YouTube channels, while others launched music careers or their own line of emojis, all while continuing to star on the drama for more than half a decade. In honor of the 10 year anniversary of the show's debut, we're taking a look back at how its stars have changed since landing in Rosewood! Keep reading to see Aria and the rest of the gang then and now…
Lucy Hale landed the role of Aria Montgomery and started filming the show when she was 20. The creative, artsy Rosewood High student is described as an "old soul." Before she starred on "Pretty Little Liars," Lucy made her big-screen debut in "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2."
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Lucy Hale's career has flourished since she joined the show. The star hosted the Teen Choice Awards in 2013 — an event where she's picked up six awards over the years — and even pursued another passion outside of acting: music. Lucy released a country album called "Road Between" in June 2014. She's continued to act too — starring on the short-lived "Life Sentence" for its one season in 2018 — and most recently appearing in three films in 2018, "Truth or Dare," "Dude" and "The Unicorn." Most recently the actress appeared in the big screen horror flick "Fantasy Island."
Shay Mitchell was 23 when "Pretty Little Liars" premiered. Though she originally auditioned for the part of Spencer Hastings, the casting department found her better suited to play the jock of the group, Emily Fields. Prior to this acting gig, Shay had been on another cult show: She played a model in one episode of "Degrassi: The Next Generation" in her native Canada.
"Pretty Little Liars" helped make Shay Mitchell a household name! Aside from amassing 28 million Instagram followers, the 30 year old has launched a super-successful YouTube channel with more than 4 million subscribers. She made her big-screen debut in 2016's "Mother's Day" alongside Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Julia Roberts, and two years later appeared in the first season of Netflix's smash hit "You" alongside Penn Badgley. Most recently you can catch her on Hulu's "Dolllface." Aside from acting, Shay also started a luggage and travel line called Beis in 2018. But these days, Shay's personal life is what's radically different from 2010 — she's a new mom! She welcomed her first child, daughter Atlas, with beau Matte Babel in October 2019.
Ashley Benson was only 20 when "Pretty Little Liars" debuted in June 2010, but she was an old pro in Hollywood by then. She'd started her career back in 2004 at age 15 with a three-year stint on "Days of our Lives" and had appeared in Lifetime movies and the fourth installment of the "Bring It On" franchise before landing the role of popular girl Hanna Marin.
Ashley Benson has dabbled on other hit television shows since bringing Hanna Marin to life on "Pretty Little Liars." The actress did episodes of "How I Met Your Mother" and "Family Guy" and starred alongside Selena Gomez and James Franco in 2012's "Spring Breakers." Like her close pal Shay Mitchell, Ashley has amassed a ton of Instagram followers — with over 21 million followers — but it's her personal life that gets the most attention. She started dating model Cara Delevingne in 2018, but after the two recently split in April 2020 she was already linked to rapper G-Eazy by May.
Troian Bellisario joined the "Pretty Little Liars" cast at 24, but nabbed her first role at age 3 in the 1988 flick "Last Rites." She then went on to act alongside Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen in 1998's "Billboard Dad" before making appearances in a few independent films. She landed the role of brainiac and group leader Spencer Hastings in the fall of 2009.
Aside from working in front of the camera, Troian Bellisario, has also worked behind the scenes. The actress directed her first episode of "Pretty Little Liars" during the show's seventh season and wrote her own short film, "We Are Here in Haida Gwaii," in 2015. But she isn't putting acting behind her quite yet! She starred in 2017's "Feed" — a film she also wrote — alongside Tom Felton, and had a role in 2019's "Where'd You Go, Bernadette". Troian also took a big step in her personal life since the show began! She tied the knot with "Suits" star Patrick J. Adams in December 2016, with many of her "PLL" co-stars in attendance. They welcomed their first child, a daughter named Aurora, together in October 2018.
Sasha Pieterse was the youngest of the crew when she joined the cast of "Pretty Little Liars," although she'd been acting for quite a while. She got her big break at age 6 as Buffy on the WB show "Family Affair" and snagged a role in "The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D" three years later. She was cast as Alison DeLaurentis, the quintessential mean girl of the group, on "Pretty Little Liars," back in December 2009 when she was only 13! Sasha was 14 by the time the show debuted, which actually made her younger than Rosewood High School student Ali, who was supposed to be 15.
Sasha Pieterse has grown up on the small screen, playing Alison DeLaurentis throughout her teenage years. She released an album, which she deemed "country with southern rock," in 2013, and has continued to act outside of "Pretty Little Liars." In 2014, she landed a role in the Paul Thomas Anderson flick "Inherent Vice" and starred in 2015's "Burning Bodhi" alongside Kaley Cuoco and Virginia Madsen. And most recently she starred on the "Pretty Little Liars" spinoff "Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists" in 2019, reprising her role as Alison, but unfortunately the show was canceled after one season.
Ian Harding was 24 when he nabbed the role of Ezra Fitz on "Pretty Little Liars." The part of Aria's inappropriately older love interest and teacher at Rosewood High School was Ian's first major Hollywood role.
Ian Harding has remained one-half of "Pretty Little Liars" fans' favorite couple, Ezria (comprised of his character Ezra and Lucy Hale's Aria). Like other stars of the show, he has also amassed a big following on social media, with more than 5 million followers on Instagram. He appeared on the web series "Flip the Script" opposite Lake Bell in 2017, and most recently had a recurring role on "Chicago Med" in 2019.
Keegan Allen was 21 when "Pretty Little Liars" premiered, giving him the chance to bring Toby Cavanaugh to life. His once-creepy and suspicious character Toby ends up falling in love with Troian Bellisario's Spencer Hastings, which made him a fan favorite. Prior to landing this role, Keegan had made an appearance on Nickelodeon's "Big Time Rush."
Aside from acting, Keegan Allen has pursued his other passion, photography, since joining the "Pretty Little Liars" cast. He published a book of photographs, "life.love.beauty," in 2015, and it quickly became a best seller. He's also still acting, appearing on episodes of "What/If" in 2019 and voicing a character on "Ricky and Morty" that same year. Like the rest of the cast, he's amassed a big following on social media: He has more than 6 million followers on Instagram.
Tyler Blackburn joined the cast of "Pretty Little Liars" at 23. Like his onscreen love interest Ashley Benson, Tyler also did a stint on "Days of Our Lives" before joining the cast. He also appeared on Nickelodeon's "Unfabulous" before tackling the role of outsider and computer genius Caleb Rivers on the ABC Family (now Freeform) teen drama.
Tyler Blackburn's character Caleb briefly left the show in 2013 for the short-lived 10-episode spinoff "Ravenswood." Now back in Rosewood, Caleb has found himself in quite the love triangle — having dated both Ashley Benson's character, Hanna, and Troian Bellisario's Spencer. The actor appeared in the 2017 "Hello Again" alongside Nolan Gerard Funk and Rumer Willis, and most recently starred on "Roswell, New Mexico" as Alex Manes. The star came out as bisexual in 2019.