By Alex Bregman
“Pretty Little Liars” star Ian Harding spoke to Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga about his new book, “Odd Birds,” which details his love of bird-watching, as well as some behind-the-scenes stories from the set of the show, which is now in its seventh and final season.
In the book, Harding describes his passion for bird-watching. He admitted it’s an odd hobby, but told Golodryga, “Why is bird-watching so odd to people? I don’t know, but I think if people manage to get into it, and actually sort of take the time to be in a certain place and look up, I think that act alone is refreshing.”
How much of an expert birder is he? He told Golodryga, “10 being expert, 1 being, you know, ‘I can’t tell if that’s a crow or an eagle,’ I’d say I’m in the 7 or 8 range.” He even demonstrated a bird call for Golodryga.
One odd place he likes to go bird-watching is at a cemetery. He jokingly said to to Golodryga, “I try not to, you know, sneak in on a funeral procession, but it’s because there’s a big open space and there’s usually some access to water and the land is usually taken care of pretty well.”
Harding also describes how he landed the role of Ezra Fitz in what became the hit series “Pretty Little Liars” as his first job out of college. He said, “A lot of it was beginner’s luck.”
Harding immediately connected to the role, though. He said, “I liked it because it was different. I liked the idea of it.” He continued, “He was a seemingly educated guy, because up until that point I had read a lot of the sort of young, leading-man types and a lot of them are like ‘I’m just tortured, but I also have six-pack abs.’” That was not the case with Ezra, however, he found. “With him, it’s this sort of push-pull with love, and what’s wrong and what’s right, and so I think it made it an interesting story.”
Harding also described the first kiss he had with co-star Lucy Hale and how much work goes into a love scene. He told Golodryga, “You’re kind of going at it, but you can’t let things progress like they would in real life.” He continued, “We know the very fine line, not even fine line, it’s a very bold, in-the-sand line, between ‘Pretty Little Liars’ and pornography. So, like, anything that goes into that realm you just don’t do.”
Harding also reflected on the show’s seventh and final season, which is currently airing. He described the last day on set: “Everybody came out and it was a big tearjerker, but I think now it feels like the best grad school ever because we all got to grow on the show.”
Harding would not reveal much about the series finale, but he did tell Golodryga, “We’re going to lead you to believe one thing and then that’s going to be brutally ripped from your hands.”