Lucy Hale Talks 'Scream 4' Cameo & Her 'Pretty Little Liars' Crush
You probably know and love Lucy Hale from ABC Family's hit show Pretty Little Liars, where she plays the artsy, teacher-dating character Aria, but fans will get to see a whole new (scarier!) side the the 21-year-old actress as she appears in the highly-anticipated horror film Scream 4.
While much of Lucy's part is still under wraps, (she hasn't even seen the movie yet!) we got her to dish a little bit on what she does know, what it was like filming, and of course, what's up next on Pretty Little Liars.
So, we have to get this question out of the way -- what is your favorite scary movie? My favorite scary movie would have to be The Exorcist.
Are there any scary movies that are just too much for you to watch that are maybe just too scary? No, I've always been the girl that wanted to do anything scary. I love haunted house and I totally believe in ghosts, so no there's no scary movie that's off limits for me, I love them all.
What was it like being part of a project that's so secretive and under wraps? Coming on to this project was very last minute. I got the call and about two days later I was on a plane to Michigan [where the movie was filmed] so I sort of couldn't wrap my head around what I was getting into until now because it all just moved so fast. But it's so cool because it's such a cult classic and the fans of these films are so intense and they love these movies, so to be a part of such a great cast and to work with Wes Craven and be part of the Scream history is very exciting. I still haven't seen it yet, but I'm really excited to finally see it.
Which one of the first three Scream films is your favorite? Probably the first one because I just remember the whole Drew Barrymore moment sticking out in my mind, and that definitely set the tone for the rest of the movies. I feel like the first of all movies are the best and my favorite.
Is there a character from the original Scream cast that you would say is your favorite or that you identify with? I'd say Neve Campbell's Sidney Prescott, because there's sort of this innocence to her. But Courteney Cox's character is pretty fun too.
What was the vibe like on set? Were there any points when you were actually scared? We were shooting nights, so we probably shot from like 8 PM to 6 in the morning, so I mean every one was tired but the funny thing about filming scary movies is it's not actually scary while you're filming it. It just comes across that way on film which is awesome. But Wes Craven is so sweet and I didn't know what to expect because he's a horror movie icon, but he's one of the nicest guys in the world. He made it really fun and was always playing pranks, so it was fun and we just had a great time.
The film's big tagline is, "New Decade, New Rules," and we know you said you haven't seen it yet, but what would you say helps set this film apart from the first three? You know what's funny, is I never even got a script! It's so secretive that I don't even know what's going on aside from what I shot, which has never happened for me before, but it makes it kind of exciting. I do know that's there's a lot more deaths, a lot more gore, and you've got the original cast and a whole new generation which is really fun.
Pretty Little Liars is a really dramatic and suspenseful show, so did that help you prepare for filming this movie at all? Oh yeah, definitely. [My part in the film] was certainly along the realms of Pretty Little Liars, like the suspense, the idea of being scared and being watched, so they both definitely tied in together.
We know that filming just started and it's not coming back until June, but what can we expect with the upcoming season of Pretty Little Liars? We pretty much start off right where we ended in the finale, and we sort of just go from there. We literally just started on Monday so I just have the first script, but [the producers] are even more strict this time around with what I can and can't tell, so at this point I don't know what I can tell! It'll be just like season one, but heightened and better. That's all I can say right now without getting in trouble! [Laughs]
@xMarjooox tweeted at us and wanted to know if you would have ever dated a teacher in high school, like Aria? [Laughs] I mean, if they looked like Ezra, maybe! No, I don't know, I think there's something fascinating and exciting about getting into something that could get you in trouble. And I'm sort of a thrill seeker, so knowing I can do something and not get caught, I might have done it just for that, or for something fun and exciting, but none of my teachers ever looked like that!
In what ways do you identify with your character Aria? We're both very headstrong and strong willed. Once we set our mind on something, it's our way or the highway. She's very I don't know if other people would necessarily agree, but I'd say Aria is very spiritual, and I feel like I am too. I don't know, I feel like for the most part she's a very smart girl and is driven in what she wants to do.
Pretty Little Liars has a serious overload of cute guys, but who would you say is the cutest? Oh my gosh, they're all so cute, but if I had to pick one in real life, character-wise I think I'd go with Toby [Cavanaugh] (played by Keegan Allen). He's got the whole mysterious thing going on, and he's quite but still really sexy. That would be my type.
We know he's a bad boy, but we'd have to go with Noel Kahn (played by Brant Daugherty). [Laughs] Seriously?! Brant is a doll though, and that smile? It's outrageous.
We can't wait to check out Scream 4 and Pretty Little Liars when it returns, and we hope you get to actually see the movie soon! [Laughs] Yeah, I'll finally get to see it at the premiere on Monday!