By Laura Medina
Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood celebrated the launch of an exciting new exhibit, Pretty Little Liars: Made Here. At the event, Pretty Little Liars stars Shay Mitchell and Sasha Pieterse, along with series executive producer I. Marlene King, unveiled the exhibit and discussed their favorite moments from the show.
In celebration of teen TV drama phenomenon Pretty Little Liars’ seventh and final season, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood will spotlight the popular series with an exclusive, behind-the-scenes special exhibit featured on the tour for a limited time only. From June 15 to August 15, 2017, Pretty Little Liars: Made Here will provide fans with the opportunity to see and experience a collection of authentic props and wardrobe from the show for the first time, including iconic costumes worn by the show’s five lead characters: Aria Montgomery (Lucy Hale), Hanna Marin (Ashley Benson), Emily Fields (Shay Mitchell), Spencer Hastings (Troian Bellisario), and Alison DiLaurentis (Sasha Pieterse). The special exhibit will be located inside Warner Bros.’ interactive soundstage, Stage 48: Script to Screen, where guests experience each stage of the production process while exploring original props, costumes, and sets from some of the studio’s most legendary films and television shows that have entertained the world for more than 90 years.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood is open Monday through Sunday, 9:00AM to 3:00PM, with studio tours departing every 30 minutes and extended hours offered during the summer, spring break, and winter holiday seasons. Reservations are recommended and all children eight years or older are welcome. Regular tickets are $62 per person and can be purchased online at www.wbstudiotour.com or by calling 818-977-TOUR (8687).
For the creator and the stars, this was a fond farewell, good-bye to the first chapter in their careers, that skyrocket them into celebrities and generational icons.
When "Pretty Little Liars" debut seven years ago, it transformed ABC Family from purely childhood to Young Adult Network of Freeform, when teenagers have to deal with grown-up problems and stress to actually growing into early stages of adulthood and responsibilities while still dealing with teenage residuals, still affecting their adulthood.
Like anything pop culture, if it's meaningful to a wide group of people, once ending, it becomes history.
During the press conference, it was bittersweet for stars Shay Mitchell and Sasha Pieterse, with series creator I. Marlene King. Seeing then knowing the costumes and the props are now part of history, they spent the entire press conference, reminiscing how they felt when the stars worn a particular costume, because that was their character's turning point.
For Sasha Pieterse, who played ex-Queen Bee, Alison DiLaurentis (a.k.a. the blackmailing "A"), doing the Halloween episodes gave their characters to explore and grow and experiment with different eras and playing with existing literature and film classics, like Forties' film noir, "Laura." If Sasha can bring or allowed to bring home props as souvenirs, she'll picked Alison DiLaurentis' portrait as a Forties High Society Femme Fatale and Alison's red trench coat. They're more than stylish. The retro painting provided character's history, background, and depth while the red trench coat signifies power and bold leadership.
For Shay Mitchell, using costume to flesh her athletic, lesbian character, Emily Fields, was very important for character development.
As a lesbian competitive swimmer, Shay's character, Emily Fields was all about functionality and comfort, which was well-established in the pilot costume, all stretch jersey tees and fleece sweats, romping around in comfortable sneakers. As a real-life girly-girl, Shay Mitchell wasn't thrilled about Emily's plain Jane outfits.
Since Halloween is all about exploring all sorts of sides, Shay Mitchell was thrilled that she got the chance to wear high heels and makeup. Emily Fields' Barbarella Labyrinth Explorer Costume on "Pretty Little Liars", season 3, episode 13, "This Is a Dark Ride". Emily's Barbarella costume showcases her character's fit body and boldness, dressing for herself, not others.
"Pretty Little Liars", season 3, episode 13, "This Is a Dark Ride," costume set was the only costume set, other than the pilot costumes, selected for Warner Brothers Studio Tour's Pretty Little Liars' exhibit, because the costumes displayed a turning point in the characters' development, from girls to women, in what they desire as adults.
The pilot costumes were about setting the basic personalities of the characters, in the era that they're in, at the age that they were in 2010. Basically, they're the more evil version of "Mean Girls" with the distinct personalities of "Sex and the City," using clothes and styles for individual attitudes, ego, money, and lifestyle.
"Pretty Little Liars", season 3, episode 13, "This Is a Dark Ride," was the jumping off point.
Lucy Hale was tough in black as Aria Montgomery.
Spencer Hastings (Troian Bellisario), was "Basic Bitch" in 2010's current ruffle baby doll top.
Alison DiLaurentis (Sasha Pieterse) was the Queen Bee since she's preppy with classic olde money.
Hanna Marin (Ashley Benson) was basic but in never fail grey fleece hoodie and jeans.
Props are just as equally important as the costumes.
The letter "A" plays a very important role as "A," the mysterious torture mentor who spent the entire seven years-run of the series, blackmailing then killing off these horrible girls, who might grow up into terrible adults. A twisted version of the social good.
Now, that "Pretty Little Liars" is part of television history, Warner Brothers Studio Tour wants to teach you all about the equally important of collaboration between writer, costume, props, and set design to transport the viewer and how a town or a city or a neighborhood plays an important role and how it affects the characters.
Alison Di Laurentis' gravestone. They think she's dead...or not. A red herring.
Alluding to the series' film noir and dark, mysterious nature, Pretty Little Liars paid homage to Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window," about a murder then watching helplessly as by-standers. Sticking Alison Di Laurentis' missing person poster adds depth and reality that is consistent through-out the series.
In addition to authentic character wardrobes from the beloved series, Pretty Little Liars: Made Here will also showcase a variety of memorable set design elements from the show, including a recreation of A’s lair, complete with costumes, props, and décor; all five Pretty Little Liars dolls; select pieces from the Caleb, Ezra, and Toby characters, including Toby’s Rosewood police uniform; the Liar’s Lament “endgame” board; Radley Sanatorium; Halloween/Masquerade Ball episode costumes; and an interactive green-screen photo opportunity.
For all you "Pretty Little Liars" fans, you all have flock and admire the set, the props, and the clothes that set this juicy film noir for Millennials and Gen-Yers, now!
For two months only, from June 15 to August 15, 2017, Pretty Little Liars: Made Here, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood will spotlight the popular series with an exclusive, behind-the-scenes special exhibit featured on the tour for a limited time only.
A visit includes a rare look inside many of the lot’s production areas as well as the innovative Stage 48: Script to Screen. The interactive soundstage offers guests the unique opportunity to explore the full film and television production process, step onto the Friends set to sit on the iconic orange couch, and experience firsthand the glory of awards season. Guests explore the Archive, which currently showcases the tour’s latest addition, the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts exhibit, offering an in-depth look at how J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World has been brought to life over the past 15 years. The Archive also houses DC Universe: The Exhibit, paying homage to the origins of DC Comics and featuring a display of original comic books representing all seven Super Heroes of the Justice League. Additionally, guests can explore authentic props and costumes from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and Wonder Woman. Guests also stop by the Property Department, which features one of the largest selections of rare antiquities and modern furniture, rugs, drapery, lighting, and hand props from Hollywood’s golden era, followed by the Picture Car Vault, home to some of Batman’s most famous vehicles.
Remember, for the next two months, between June 15th to August 15th, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood is open Monday through Sunday, 9:00AM to 3:00PM, with studio tours departing every 30 minutes and extended hours offered during the summer, spring break, and winter holiday seasons. Reservations are recommended and all children eight years or older are welcome. Regular tickets are $62 per person and can be purchased online at www.wbstudiotour.com or by calling 818-977-TOUR (8687).
After August 15th, Pretty Little Liars exhibit disappears and starts again for another tv series or movie.