Parade: Celebrity

Tuesday, Dec 18 2012 12:00 PM

Lucy Hale on Her Country Album and the Future of 'Pretty Little Liars'

By Parade Magazine
Lucy Hale is full of surprises.

The Pretty Little Liars actress isn't just cutting an album, she's cutting a country album! "There were a lot of heads turning when people found out I was doing music and when they found out it was country, there were like, 'what?' I was born in the south and [country] was what I was born and bred on," she explained to PARADE.

"It's what I listen to now and I actually started out in music [she competed on American Juniors in 2003] before acting. Some of the harder core fans know the back story but most people don't know that about me. I was sort of in denial about doing country for awhile but I sort of grew up and realized who I was, what I wanted to say. I think country music is the best music in the world and I'm glad to be doing a country album. I hope people will love it as much as I loved making it."

For the holidays, Hale has been focusing on another project: a partnership with Duracell for their Power Holiday Smiles Campaign.
"If you enter in a sweepstakes to win toys for yourself, Duracell donates a battery for Toys for Tots to power the toys they're giving kids," she said. Sign up on Duracell's Facebook page (click here) to do your part and enter for a chance to win the hottest holiday gifts!

"I was lucky enough to grow up in a home where I woke up Christmas morning and had toys. I know that's not the case with all people and I don't think kids should go without experiencing that sort of joy."

Read on for more about her album and the future of Pretty Little Liars:

On her country album.

"There were a lot of heads turning when people found out I was doing music and when they found out it was country, there were like, 'what?' I was born in the south and [country] was what I was born and bred on. It's what I listen to now and I actually started out in music [she competed on American Juniors in 2003] before acting. Some of the harder core fans know the back story but most people don't know that about me. I was sort of in denial about doing country for awhile but I sort of grew up and realized who I was, what I wanted to say. I think country music is the best music in the world and I'm glad to be doing a country album. I hope people will love it as much as I loved making it."

On how personal she'll get.
"I'm 23 and I feel like I've really lived a full life. Just in general, you only get one first album and that sort of sets the tone for what I hope will be a really long-term career. This is my main passion and we're trying to make sure we take the right steps. I've experienced love, heartbreak, frustration, been told 'no' and all these different elements. We touch base on a lot of things. Overall the album is lyrically edgier and sassier than I thought it was going to be. We took a little left turn and experimented with different sounds. We've got it nailed down and have what we think are the right songs and it'll be done by around mid-January."

Will her exes get the Taylor Swift treatment in her songs?
"It's so funny because none of my songs really call out anyone. But every song I sing has a lot of truth in it and I have been very hands-on with what I'm saying. There are some songs that people will say, 'yep, that was something I experienced with Lucy.' But there are a lot of girl empowerment songs, some sad stuff. I just wanted it to be as genuine as possible and wanted to tell my story."

Will her music be on PLL?
"I want to try and keep them separate in a way. I don't think I'll ever sing on the show again. The acting part of me is not me. The music side is who I really am and what I want to talk about. It'll be hard for people to differentiate those different sides but I think it's possible. Once the music is out there, people will start to realize how serious I am about it rather than 'oh god, another actress making an album'. I know I have a lot to prove but I'm confident. You can't deny good music and I really believe I'm making something people will enjoy. Very few people have made it in both worlds and are respected but that's what I'm aiming for."

Could we see the Liars in college?
"Yeah! I sort of question all the time where were going to go with the show. We've covered so much ground already in three years. I think the cast is excited and in the dark on where the storylines are going. But I think absolutely. They're in their senior year now so they could absolutely go to college, which would make for a more interesting experience anyway."

On a tougher Aria in the new season.
"Yeah, she started out a little sweeter. I think for all the girls in general, every situation has jaded them towards life, with good reason. Her relationship with Ezra has taken a toll on her and now her dad is a suspect in who killed Alison. I think she's sort of defending her family name but she's in major denial. A lot of times when people are denial they overcompensate and become angrier that they obviously are."


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