'Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin' Stars Tease HBO Max Reboot, the New 'A' and OG Cast Cameos (Exclusive)
Producers Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Lindsay Calhoon Bring, along with stars Bailee Madison, Chandler Kinney and more dish on series.The upcoming reboot, which drops its first three episodes Thursday on HBO Max, shifts the focus to Millwood, a small town not far from Rosewood. A series of tragic events 20 years ago almost tore the blue-collar town apart and now, in the present day, a disparate group of teen girls -- aka the main Liars -- find themselves tormented by an unknown assailant, "A," and made to pay for the secret sins committed by their mothers two decades ago -- and their own.
Warning: This story includes spoilers for Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin.
Got a secret, can you keep it? If we're being honest, no.
Because we have all the answers to your burning Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin questions. If you're like us, you were initially confused when HBO Max announced their intention to reboot ABC Family's hit drama Pretty Little Liars. After all, the original Pretty Little Liarscovered just about everything in its seven season run.
But it didn't take long for showrunners Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Lindsay Calhoon Bring to establish that they were making Original Sin its own thing. Yes, there's a violent assailant going by "A" harassing a new crop of Liars, but it's not the same stalker and drama that plagued Hanna (Ashley Benson), Spencer (Troian Bellisario), Aria (Lucy Hale), Emily (Shay Mitchell) and Alison (Sasha Pieterse).
Where You've Seen the Cast of Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin Before
Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin debuted July 28 on HBO Max. So, let's take a closer look at the new Liars stepping into the spotlight.That's right, we can't get enough of HBO Max's reimagining of the young adult drama. So, we've found ourselves turning to the Internet for answers on where we've seen the breakout stars—including Bailee Madison, Chandler Kinney, Zaria, Malia Pyles, Maia Reficco and Mallory Bechtel—before. And, we've got to say, we've found some pretty fascinating details about this new generation of Liars.
For a breakdown on how Original Sin intends to make its own way, E! News exclusively spoke with Roberto, Lindsay and the show's new leads, Chandler Kinney, Maia Reficco, Bailee Madison, Zaria and Malia Pyles. See everything they had to share below!
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What's the genre?
This is not your Millennial Pretty Little Liars. While the original show did have some terrifying elements, it was certainly more of a crime thriller and teen drama. As for this iteration? It leans way more into the horror genre.
Maia, who plays Noa Olivar, said as much, telling E! News, "The most interesting spin is that this one is a slasher. So not only do we have that same core A plotline, but there's also a slasher, horror aspect that pays homage to so many iconic '90s slasher movies—but with a 2022 twist. It's telling these stories through a different lens and with a different perspective, which is incredibly exciting."
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Expressing a similar sentiment, Bailee, who plays Imogen Adams, noted that Original Sin is honoring the foundation that PLL set. However, their tone "is darker and more brutal and just ruthless at its core."
Fun fact: Original Sin's Millwood, Pennsylvania, is a neighboring town to Rosewood, the setting of Pretty Little Liars. Chandler, who plays Tabby Haworthe, explained to E! News, "Millwood is just a couple miles down the road. Definitely exists in the same world. That kind of leaves the door open for anything to happen."
Lindsay also weighed in, confirming that "everything in that show happened," adding, "Rosewood is real and is thriving and we're just a couple towns over and we do have for the rabid fanbase some fun Easter eggs in our show that touch on the original and give honor to them."
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Who is A?
The series kicks off with a young girl begging for help and then ultimately killing herself after being ignored by the teenage versions of Tabby, Noa, Imogen, Faran (Zaria) and Mouse (Malia)'s parents. And two decades after this original sin, (get it?) someone is holding the daughters responsible for their mothers' actions.
Much like the original PLL, there is an unnamed, masked stalker harassing the new Liars. Although, this new A has a far more horror-inducing getup.
Ignoring the black hoodie ensemble from PLL, the new A is choosing to wear a mask that looks made up of human skin. On seeing the Original Sin bad guy for the first time, Malia said, "I was terrified. Have you seen that mask? It is just bone chilling."
Zaria chimed in, dubbing the new look "gruesome and scary," further noting, "It just looks like there's like skin on him."
As we mentioned, the new Liars are being punished for the actions of their parents over 20 years ago. However, this doesn't mean that they aren't keeping their own secrets under wraps. In episode two of Original Sin's first season, the new friends decide to leak a drunken video of mean girl Karen (Mallory Bechtel).
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Why? Because they all think Karen is responsible for their recent misfortunes. (Spoiler: It's actually A.)
This is a lot tamer than the "We blinded Jenna" secret from Original Sin's predecessor.
Will Original Sin overlap with Pretty Little Liars?
Besides being set in the same universe as PLL, Original Sin doesn't have any overt crossover elements—at least to start. But that's not to say there won't be some nods to the original series. Roberto teased, "A lot of big Easter eggs," specifically highlighting a "big" one in episode six.
However, if you're getting Riverdale or Chilling Adventures of Sabrina vibes from this show, know it's on purpose. As Riverdale and CAOS creator Roberto detailed, the pilot director Lisa Soper was the production designer for CAOS, so "the high school in PLL does resemble the high school in in Greendale."
So, maybe there are more than PLL Easter eggs to look out for? Tweet us @enews if you spot any.
The first three episodes of Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin are available to stream on HBO Max.
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