Saturday, March 19, 2016

PLL's Andrea Parker Talks About Mary Drake: Liars "Better Watch Their Backs"

In the Pretty Little Liars season 6 finale “Hush … Hush, Sweet Liars”, we found out that Jessica DiLaurentis had a twin sister named Mary Drake. Andrea Parker, who plays Jessica DiLaurentis and Mary Drake, was promoted to series regular for season 7 of Pretty Little Liars. In an interview, Andrea Parker discusses her new role as a villain on PLL and warns that the Liars better watch their backs.

Andrea Parker didn’t have much time to prepare for the role of Mary Drake. “We started shooting right after we got the script at the table read, which was days before we shot the scenes with Mary. I didn’t have a lot of time to process what the character was going to be all about, so I just jumped in and flew by the seat of my pants”, Andrea told TVLine. It was hard for her to keep it a secret, though. They filmed the season six finale in October, so she had to keep the secret a few months.

Andrea is loving the chance to play a villain. “Come on, we all know how much I love to be bad” she said. Despite that, she has a feeling the fans will have a certain amount of sympathy for her character. That sympathy might come from the fact that Mary Drake was a mother. “The love she has for Charlotte — and any other people that may or may not be in her past — would bring another dimension to her” Andrea explained. However, Andrea doesn’t yet know PLL showrunner Marlene King’s plans for her character.

Andrea also loves Mary Drake’s wardrobe, which is the complete opposite of what Jessica DiLaurentis wore. She’s glad that she won’t have to wear any more khakis. "Listen, I loved Jessica; she dressed with a lot of color, and she was very chic with her turned-up collars and little scarves. But she was also a little frumpy, so I’m excited to get away from those khakis. Mary, I’m assuming, wears a lot of black. She’s got an edge that I’m sure will be portrayed in her wardrobe.”

Although Andrea Parker thinks there will be a sympathetic angle to her character, she also thinks that her character may be dangerous. “I don’t think any of the Liars are safe. I think each and every one of ’em better watch their backs” she warns.

What do you think Mary Drake is plotting on PLL? Do you think she would actually hurt the Liars?

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