One of the most buzzworthy shows of the past few years is the teen drama Pretty Little Liars. Following a group of high school girls who struggle with dangerous secrets, Pretty Little Liars has featured a number of young stars that have shot to immediate fame after appearing on the show. One such star is Troian Bellisario, a young actress who played Spencer Hastings on the show.
How many years was Troian Bellisario on ‘Pretty Little Liars’?
Pretty Little Liars premiered in June 2010 on the ‘Freeform’ network and was immediately popular among the target teen audience and adults alike. Troian Bellisario was one of the original stars of the show. Her character, Spencer Hastings seemed at first glance to be a stereotypical spoiled little rich girl, but Bellisario was able to give the character layers of complexity that made Hastings one of the more interesting characters on the show. The character of Hastings was a perfectionist, fiercely loyal to those she cared about and was well known in her school as an overachiever.
Bellisario was born in 1985, to parents that were heavily involved in the film industry. It seemed a natural career choice for Bellisario, and she appeared in a number of television shows and films until her star-making turn in Pretty Little Liars. For seven years, Bellisario appeared on the hit show and was a fan favorite up until the series finale in 2017. She was also able to experience many facets of the filmmaking process and became one of the only actors on the show to actually direct an episode in the series.
What is Bellisario doing now?
When the show ended in 2017, Bellisario admitted that while it was very emotional to leave a show that she had grown to love, there was always the possibility of a reunion down the road. Bellisario hasn’t exactly been waiting around in the meantime- she’s remained a busy working actress, with a number of projects, both personal and professional.
She made her film directorial debut in 2017, in Feed. In addition to directing and writing the haunting drama, Bellisario also starred in the film, which earned positive reviews. Bellisario based the movie on her own personal struggles with an eating disorder and has admitted that making the movie was a cathartic experience. She stated that her mother was on set for much of the process and that through making Feed, she was able to gain a greater understanding of what others go through with eating disorders as well.
Does Troian Bellisario have children?
In August 2018, news broke that Bellisario was expecting her first child with her husband of several years, Suits star Patrick J. Adams. In October 2018, Bellisario gave birth to the baby, an 8-pound baby girl. While Bellisario and Adams have yet to reveal the baby’s name in order to protect her privacy, she has been open about her initial fears about motherhood. In a recent interview, Bellisario said that her own battle with disordered eating made her fearful that she would pass on those issues to her daughter.
However, Bellisario said that once the baby arrived, the fear vanished and she felt an instant, unwavering connection with her daughter. The 33-year old actress stated that all new moms should go easy on themselves, and not place high expectations on themselves since parenthood is so challenging. The actress and her husband have not revealed any plans for a second baby.
In 2019, fans of Bellisario can see her in the upcoming drama, Where’d You Go, Bernadette, co-starring with Cate Blanchett and Kristen Wiig. For an actress as talented and intelligent as Bellisario, the sky’s the limit!