Troian Bellisario plays driven perfectionist Spencer Hastings on Pretty Little Liars, and J-14 got the exclusive scoop from Troian on some hot new love drama, her best guy advice, and her surprising style secret! Pretty Little Liars airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC Family.
J-14: On the show, Spencer is very preppy and studious. Are you at all like her in real life?
Troian: When I was growing up, I was a perfectionist. I was the valedictorian of my class in high school, and grades meant everything to me. The difference between Spencer and I is that I've just had time to re-prioritize and understand what's really important. I definitely should have relaxed a little bit when I was in school.
J-14: Do you share the same sense of style?
Troian: My fashion is a little more like Aria's [Lucy Hale's PLL character], but generally, I really don't like shopping. I mostly wear hand-me-downs from my mom or my friends. Everything I wear has holes in it. But I do love Ralph Lauren and anything really classic. I don't own anything that doesn't have holes in it; it's kind of a problem.
J-14: What can we expect this season with Spencer and Toby's relationship?
Troian: They're kind of like Rosewood's Bonnie and Clyde at this point, so it becomes quite a forbidden thing because you don't know if they're good for each other. His parents have a lot to say about his relationship with me and mine about him, so it's pretty hard. I'll leave it up to the fans to check out, but somebody is coming back that's pretty awesome...
J-14: Spencer tends to fall for boys who are off-limits. Do you think it's okay to date someone that your friends don't like?
Troian: I think if your friends have a strong opposition to somebody, you have to investigate the reasons why. If it's because they're just different and maybe they come from a different background than you, then no, your friends shouldn't have any say in that. But if your friends are trying to protect you or they have your best interests in mind, just be weary. I don't think anybody should control who you see or who you talk to.
J-14: You're so confident with guys on PLL! Do you have any advice for girls who might be a little insecure around their crushes?
Troian: Here's the thing about boys: You can crush on someone from afar for days; you can try to put on the right lip gloss; you can try to wear the right clothes, but even if you get a date with them, all that really matters is if you get along. Would you like to spend time with them? Would they make you feel good? So if you're feeling insecure, go up, try to make them laugh, and find out if you have something in common. Sometimes we crush on people just because of the way they look or how popular they are, and they're not really the people you want to date.
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