'Pretty Little Liars': Troian Bellisario on Spencer's Rock Bottom and the Big Mona Fight
[Warning: Spoilers from Tuesday's episode of Pretty Little Liars.]
Has Spencer reached the lowest of lows?
On Pretty Little Liars, the dramatic fight between Spencer and "A" nemesis Mona (Janel Parrish) may have been the breaking point for Tuesday's installment of the ABC Family teen drama, "What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted?" But as Troian Bellisario tells The Hollywood Reporter, Spencer has yet to hit rock bottom, going even "further down the rabbit hole."
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Worried for the usually buttoned-up Rosewood resident? In the sixth installment of THR's weekly postmortem with Pretty Little Liars cast and producers, Bellisario talks the aftermath of Spencer and Mona's big brouhaha, getting closer with Wren and what to expect from Spencer and Toby's next encounter.
The Hollywood Reporter: Last night, you live-tweeted the episode with the fans. Were there any moments that you noticed were getting a lot of traction online?
Troian Bellisario: When Wren (Julian Morris) showed up. We hadn't seen him in a while and there was that really awkward moment between he and Melissa (Torrey DeVitto). And when Spencer attacks Mona, which I'm sure all the girls have been wanting to do to Mona for so long.
THR: That moment between Spencer and Mona was certainly built up for a long time. What was it like to finally play out their fight?
Bellisario: It felt great because we've all been having to put up with Mona's B.S. since we found out she was "A" and she comes back to school. Every scene that I would have with her, I would pull the writers or directors aside and say, "I don't know how to play this scene because if this were real life I would have a restraining order against this girl. How is everybody not shaking with rage every time they see her?" Director Norman Buckley pulled me aside and said, "Well, you are. Those are the true emotions of the moment." What's great about Pretty Little Liars is that it's fantastical circumstances so "Yes, you are shaking with rage and you absolutely should have a restraining order but you don't and she's your running mate for the debate team." When I got to attack Mona I was excited because thank god, I can finally act on the way the girls have been feeling.
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THR: It was interesting that Spencer broke when Mona asked, "Do you still have any friends, Spencer?" We assumed it was a matter of time before a big confrontation like that would take place. Did it meet your expectations?
Bellisario: Well, it didn't because I didn't get to finish ripping her to shreds but we needed Mona for the rest of the storyline so that was a bit of a letdown. Spencer's not necessarily a violent person though she can be high-strung. There's something interesting about the first time you get into a fight, all the feelings might be there to push you into it and once you're actually in the fight, what are you going to do? It was true for her to back off and realize she had gone way too far. That doesn't change that she deserved to tackle Mona because of the things Mona was saying. It's going to be a good transition point for Spencer because in the episode, she gets the message on the glasses that if you rat out "T," we'll take out one of the three. So many fans responded when Spencer wasn't telling the girls that they were upset: "Why isn't she telling the girls?!" When is telling anyone who "A" is [a good thing]? It puts Spencer even more between a rock and a hard place and these are the people she needs.