What the Pretty Little Liars stars are doing now

Pretty Little Liars was a phenomenon. After all, no matter how old you are, there's just something so totally binge-able about TV shows centered around teenagers. For some reason, watching high schoolers go through all the mundane drama of everyday life makes you feel better about your own life. Of course, add in a missing person and a murder, and you've got yourself a hit. And such was the case with Pretty Little Liars. The hit series followed the "liars" as they tried to solve the mystery of who was anonymously torturing them following the disappearance of their best friend. Though the show came to an end in 2017, the series' seven seasons were so popular that fans can't help but wonder what the cast is up to now.

After all, Pretty Little Liars produced some pretty big stars. The actors who appeared on the show started out as being relatively unknown, and, throughout the shows' run, they all became pretty famous. Still, it's been a while since fans saw the pretty little liars on their screens every week, and the cast has changed quite a bit. Here's what they're up to. 

Shay Mitchell has had some big life changes since Pretty Little Liars

As one of the main pretty little liars, Shay Mitchell, who played Emily Fields in the teen drama, has grown quite the social media following. Boasting over 26 million Instagram followers, Mitchell also has an impressive YouTube presence, where she posts videos almost every week. Even now that Pretty Little Liars has ended, Mitchell has gone on to accomplish quite a lot. In 2018, Mitchell starred as Peach Salinger in the hit Lifetime-turned-Netflix drama You. Mitchell also landed a role in the 2019 Hulu original Dollface, in which she plays Stella Cole. 

Of course, Mitchell isn't just busy with her career. In October 2019, Mitchell welcomed her first child into the world, a daughter with boyfriend Matte Babel, as reported by People. Between her stellar acting career and her having become a new mom, Mitchell is definitely living her best life. Her time on Pretty Little Liars may be over, but there's no denying the fact that Mitchell is just getting started. 

Sasha Pieterse has grown a lot since her time on Pretty Little Liars

Perhaps one of the most mysterious characters on Pretty Little Liars was Alison DiLaurentis, who was played by Sasha Pieterse. DiLaurentis was a central character of the show, presumed to be dead in the first episode — and in many more episodes that followed. Of course, that wasn't the case, and her presence on the show soon became necessary.

Basically, Pieterse became hugely popular on Pretty Little Liars, and she continued with her iconic role even after PLL came to an end. In 2018, the creators of PLL made a spinoff series, Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, and Pieterse starred in that as well, once again playing DiLaurentis. The Perfectionists was canceled after one season, but, in an interview with Seventeen, Pieterse made it clear the role would always be a big part of her life. 

Pieterse, who competed on Dancing With the Stars, tied the knot in 2018, marrying longtime boyfriend Hudson Scheaffer in a romantic ceremony, according to People. In short, she's doing just fine. 

Lucy Hale landed her own shows after Pretty Little Liars came to an end

Another member of the original group on Pretty Little Liars was Lucy Hale, who played Aria Montgomery on the hit show. Hale may be familiar to you, even if you haven't seen Pretty Little Liars, because she's been involved in quite a few projects. In fact, even before Pretty Little Liars, Hale was acting and had appeared in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 as Effie. 

Since Pretty Little Liars ended, Hale has stayed hustling. Hale had her own show on the CW, Life Sentence, which got canceled after one season. But that's not all she's been working on. Hale has gone on to act in several films, such as Truth or Dare and Dude, and she signed on to once again star in her own CW show, Katy Keene, in 2020, which exists in the same universe as the hit show Riverdale. Hale's resume certainly isn't short on experience, and, since Pretty Little Liars ended, she's been hard at work. 

After Pretty Little Liars, Ashley Benson found love with a famous model

Pretty Little Liars lasted for seven years, so it would be totally understandable if some of the cast were a little burned out. Such appeared to be the case with Ashley Benson, who played Hanna Marin on PLL. Of course, Benson hasn't completely left acting behind, but, since her run on PLL came to an end, she has worked on only a few acting projects.

Benson signed on to star in 2020's Lapham Rising and The Birthday Cake, but Benson's biggest role since leaving PLL has been in the 2018 movie Her Smell, in which she starred alongside Elisabeth Moss and Cara Delevingne. Benson and Delevingne started a relationship, which they have kept fairly quiet, but it's no secret they make each other happy. While giving a speech at an event in Beverly Hills, Delevingne couldn't help but gush over Benson. "It's so nice to have someone in my life that supports me so much and loves me," she said, according to E! News. "I'm the luckiest girl in the world." Benson might not be acting as much as her other former costars, but she's still totally happy. 

Troian Bellisario has truly blossomed in the years since Pretty Little Liars

Shay Mitchell isn't the only pretty little liar to have a pretty little baby. Troian Bellisario, who played the original perfectionist herself Spencer Hastings on Pretty Little Liars, welcomed her own child into the world. In 2018, Bellisario gave birth to a daughter with her husband, Suits actor Patrick Adams, according to People

Of course, Bellisario has also been occupied with pursuing her career, as well as raising a daughter. In 2019, Bellisario starred in the film Where'd You Go, Bernadette, alongside Cate Blanchett, and she told Variety at the time that she was excited about taking on more mature roles. "Particularly now, being a new mom, I'm just really excited to explore more about the relationship of a mother to a child, and taking on more responsibility and even meatier roles," she told the magazine. Bellisario has also started getting involved behind the camera and has directed episodes of the Freeform shows Good Trouble and Famous in Love. In short, Bellisario is living her best life after Pretty Little Liars, and she is thriving. 

Pretty Little Liars star Janel Parrish went on to appear in a popular Netflix movie

One of the more interesting parts of Pretty Little Liars was how the villains were constantly changing. At one point in the series, the bad guy — the anonymous cyberbully who called themselves "A" — was revealed to be Mona Vanderwaal, played by Janel Parrish

Fans loved Parrish's character on the show, so it's no wonder that, after PLL came to an end, Parrish would go on to star in the spin-off Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists. The series only lasted one season, but fans were still thrilled to see Parrish's Mona back in action. Of course, Parrish has found success outside of the PLL universe as well. She appeared in the hit Netflix original To All the Boys I've Loved Before, which landed two sequels in which Parrish will also star. 

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Parrish credited her husband, Chris Long, with keeping her grounded. "It takes a lot of pressure off of me, knowing that wherever I have to go, whatever I have to do for my job, I have somebody who is so understanding and on my side and the biggest cheerleader," she said.

Ian Harding has laid pretty low since Pretty Little Liars

Other than the four main pretty little liars and the show's so-called villains, more notable characters from the hit teen show Pretty Little Liars were the love interests of the main girls. For Aria Montgomery, that was Ezra Fitz, played by Ian Harding. Harding is definitely a heartthrob, and he had fans of Pretty Little Liars obsessed with him during his time on the show. But now that he's no longer playing Mr. Fitz, Harding has more time for other projects. 

Since Pretty Little Liars ended, Harding has gone on to regularly star on the TV show Chicago Med, where he plays Phillip Davis. Additionally, Harding is set to star in the Amazon original Good People, something he took to Instagram to celebrate. "No series of Emojis could fully describe the gratitude and joy I feel about this," he wrote alongside a screenshot of an article announcing the good news. 

Harding has stayed close with his former costars, especially Shay Mitchell, and has even appeared on her YouTube channel.

Lindsey Shaw has stayed active since Pretty Little Liars

Another romantic interest of the pretty little liars was Paige McCullers, played by Lindsey Shaw. Paige had a relationship with Emily Fields, before dabbling in the dark side on Pretty Little Liars, as most characters do on the show. Still, fans really enjoyed Paige's romance with Emily, and, since the show came to an end, many can't help but wonder what has become of Shaw. And it turns out, the former Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide star has stayed busy and seems to be enjoying life.

Since her time on Pretty Little Liars, Shaw hasn't appeared in too much else, but she signed on to star as Maisey in the 2020 film Reboot Campa comedy about a man who starts a fake self-help group. Additionally, Shaw seems to be very into art, according to her Instagram page, and can even be booked for a Cameo, as well. 

Tyler Blackburn has changed a lot since playing Caleb on Pretty Little Liars

On Pretty Little Liars, Tyler Blackburn played Caleb Rivers, the smoldering bad boy who swept Hanna Marin off her feet — and all the fans, too! Blackburn's character was definitely swoon-worthy, and there was no denying the fact that Blackburn was a super convincing bad boy.

Since Pretty Little Liars, Blackburn has since gone on to star in the 2019 reboot of RoswellRoswell, New Mexico — as Alex Manes. He's also had some personal life changes since Pretty Little Liars ended. In an interview with The Advocate, Blackburn came out as queer. "I'm queer," he told the magazine. "I've identified as bisexual since a teenager." He continued, "I just want to feel powerful in my own skin, and my own mind, and in my own heart." Blackburn is being his true self since PLL ended, and that's pretty amazing. 

Keegan Allen has been chasing a new passion since Pretty Little Liars ended

Every one of the Pretty Little Liars' main stars had a romantic interest (as tends to be the case with teenage dramas), and Spencer Hastings' boyfriend on Pretty Little Liars was Toby Cavanaugh, played by Keegan Allen. Spencer and Toby were one of the fan-favorite couples and were even adorned a couple's name: Spoby. But since PLL came to an end, Allen has been doing a lot to keep busy, including pursuing a new passion. 

In a 2018 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Allen spoke about his newest passions, design and photography. In fact, Allen released a photography book, Hollywood, that year as well. In his interview, Allen explained his work process. "I'd have a cup of hot tea and stay up all night and look at all my work in here, sometimes by candlelight," he said. Additionally, Allen appeared in the 2019 Netflix original series What/If, playing the role of Billy. Allen is doing what makes him happy now that PLL has ended, and that includes acting and photography. 

Pretty Little Liars star Laura Leighton seems completely happy these days

While Pretty Little Liars may have centered around four (and then five) teenage girls, the characters' parents still had pretty big roles in the series. Specifically, the moms of Hanna, Aria, Spencer, and Emily, who had fans worried sick during the series finale when they were trapped in a basement. And one of the moms, Ashley Marin, who was played by Laura Leighton, has come a long way from her days on Pretty Little Liars. 

The former Melrose Place star hasn't appeared in too many other shows or movies since Pretty Little Liars, but she has starred in the Christmas movie Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane, which premiered in 2018. Besides acting, Leighton seems completely content with her personal life. She is married to Doug Savant, who starred in ABC's Desperate Housewives, and the couple share four children. Basically, though PLL might have been Leighton's last big role, as of this writing, she is perfectly happy taking it slow these days. 

Holly Marie Combs is living her best life post-Pretty Little Liars

Perhaps one of the biggest stars to appear on Pretty Little Liars was Holly Marie Combs. Combs was a big name before PLL even began, as she starred on the hit television series Charmed for ten years, giving life to her character, Piper Halliwell. So, when Combs came on Pretty Little Liars as Ella Montgomery, Aria's mom, fans were excited to see her back in action. 

Since Pretty Little Liars ended, however, Combs has stayed relatively low key, going on to guest star on an episode of Grey's Anatomy in 2019. That same year, Combs got married, and she couldn't be happier. According to People, Combs met her now-husband, Mike Ryan, in 2016, and the two got engaged a year later. "Our connection was so immediate," Combs told the magazine. "Just when I stopped looking for the perfect person, the perfect person showed up." Combs really is just living her best life after Pretty Little Liars. 

Lesley Fera has been making a lot of appearances on other shows since Pretty Little Liars ended

Spencer Hasting's mom, Veronica Hastings, was definitely a force to be reckoned with on Pretty Little Liars. Just like Spencer herself, Veronica was fierce and hardworking, and she had a bit of a dark side to her. So it's no wonder that the actress who played Veronica, Lesley Fera, would be such a fan favorite, even after Pretty Little Liars ended. 

While Fera hasn't regularly appeared in another series as often as she appeared in PLL at the time of this writing, she's still acting. Not only has Fera gone on to guest star on hit shows such as American Horror Story and NCIS: Los Angeles, but she also signed on to star in Seven Days, so she clearly hasn't slowed down one bit. Just like her character on Pretty Little Liars, Fera likes to stay busy and work hard. Her acting skills are top-notch, so it makes sense that she would still be in high demand these days. 

Nia Peeples has been busy since starring as Pam on Pretty Little Liars

As any fan of Pretty Little Liars knows, the relationship between Emily Fields and her mom, Pam Fields, was a rocky one. Pam, played by Nia Peeples, had a hard time accepting Emily's sexuality early on in the series, but, eventually, the two became as thick as thieves. And even though Peeples' time on Pretty Little Liars is over, the actress hasn't stopped working. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Peeples has quite an Instagram following at over 195,000 followers, and she is pretty active on the social media platform. 

On top of that, Peeples appeared in nine episodes of the Freeform show The Fosters, shortly after Pretty Little Liars came to an end, and that's only the beginning of what she's gone on to accomplish. Peeples has starred in several productions, including Badland Wives and Miracle Underground, both of which are serious dramas. With PLL behind her, there's no telling what she'll do next.