Saturday, September 6, 2014

Sydney Penny Discusses Role as Mama Vanderwaal

“Taking This One to the Grave” PLL 5x12 introduced us to Leona Vanderwaal (Mona’s mom), played by Sydney Penny.  Sydney talked to ABC Soaps in Depth about her role on PLL and how working on the show was sort of like a reunion.

There were certainly times when the Liars thought of Mona as the devil.  How does Mona’s mom view her daughter?  According to Sydney, “she sees her daughter in the way that parents see their children: in the very best light and in a protective way.”  Sydney sheds light on how Mona’s relationship with her mom is different.  “It’s a young woman and her single mother making their way together … there’s a different flavor to it than it would be if there was a man in the household.”

Sydney Penny also discussed working with the PLL cast.  This wasn’t the first time she had worked with her television daughter, Janel Parrish.  The two worked together on an episode of “Home & Family” last year.  And she and Ashley Benson go way back, too.  Ashley Benson is the granddaughter of a family friend.

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