If you grew up watching Quantum Leap in the ‘80s, you recognize the name Bellisario. Troian Bellisario is the daughter of the great TV producer who brought many cool shows to the networks. Now she stars in ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars.
Troian Bellisario One Of the Pretty Little Liars
“When I auditioned for it at first, I had no idea that it was a series of books,” she said. “Then as I got closer in the casting, I found out about it, I saw all these fan pages. Then when I got the role, Alloy was kind enough to send me the first four books. I read them and it was an actor’s dream to have a backstory and history and the way of thinking all mapped out for you.”
While show business may have been in the family, Troian had to fight for her acting career. “I mean, I did my first role when I was four because I really wanted to. I was on set all day and I liked what they were doing in front of the camera, much more than what dad and mom were doing behind the camera. That was boring. Then I didn’t like saying lines over and over again. I didn’t understand. I was like, ‘I did it right the first time. What’s wrong?’ Especially as I got older, it was really important for my family for me to go to school. I went to college and I kind of had to prove to them that I cared immensely and I wanted to make this my craft for the rest of my life. So I think it was my junior year in college when my dad finally came forth and said, ‘I get it.’”
Even before she started taking it really seriously, there were some fun times on the sets. “My brother and I when we’d get bored on set, we would steal, you know how they have golf carts on lots? So we grew up on the Universal backlot and we would steal a golf cart. My brother was crazy. He’s six years older than me so I was like five and he was like 11. We stole it and we drove around to the big tank where they filmed <B>Jaws</B> and he told me that Jaws was in there and I was terrified. He kept on threatening he was going to throw me in. Then I cried the rest of the ride back and he was growing crazy and we passed the <B>Psycho</B> house. It was a really, really fun thing now that I look back on it but I just thought I was going to be dead and eaten by a shark.”
Now the whole Bellisario family supports their daughter’s talent. “He’s just so proud and supportive of me. The best thing that I ever got from him was when he came up to me, my mom did too, they said, ‘I’m not watching my daughter up there. It doesn’t feel like I’m watching you.’”
Pretty Little Liars airs Tuesday nights on ABC Family.