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Interview with Keegan Allen of "Pretty Little Liars" on
ABC Family 6/4/12
Although it says "moderator" below, these are actually
questions asked by all different reporters.
ABC Familyís Q&A Session with Keegan Allen Ė PRETTY
Moderator: Anything is possible in Rosewood, and we always get some
pretty interesting pairings on the show, too. So while Tobyís main
attraction so far has been with Spencer and Emily and Jenna, are we
going to get to see any new relationships develop between Toby and any
of the other characters this season?
K. Allen: Itís really great that you ask something like that. We all try
to interact with each other as much as possible on the show.
Unfortunately our storylines never really crossed that intensively, but
this season we do, a lot characters end up being around and/or
continuing the storyline with other characters that normally they
wouldnít be, so yes.
Moderator: Thereís certainly a tie between the TV series and the book
series, but one major difference is that Toby is dead in the book series
after only two books. So in playing a character that literally has no
more storylines in the books to take from, it is particularly exciting
for you see where the writers get to take Toby?
K. Allen: Of course, itís always the challenge, especially since thatís
true as well as he commits suicide. Originally this character only had a
six episode arc, and the writers have done an amazing job creating the
storyline, and picking from different parts of the book that they really
wished that Toby was there for and seeing what would happen.
So, yes, me, I always come to the table and Iím like what could possibly
happen next, because it is unwritten material that they are coming up
with themselves and itís always exciting.
Moderator: How is the reveal of Mona going to affect Toby?
K. Allen: How is it going affect Toby? It affects Toby and everyone else
in this close circle in a way where now instead of it being what it was
before where no one really knew and everybody was very aloof to the
possibility of someone in that circle being ďAĒ. Now itís just raised a
lot more questions and everybody is a lot paranoid as to how it slipped
under everybodyís noses that Mona was ďAĒ this entire time.
So I feel like it just might make Toby a little bit more weary pressing
for answers, possibly going out of his way to find out more information,
because he did go and find out from Dr. Sullivan because they were
keeping him in the dark. Now I guess itís affected him in the way where
he just wants to know more and find out why he was kept out of this for
Moderator: Is there anything you can tease us about our Spencer/Toby
relationship this season?
K. Allen: Yes, it is going to be an interesting ride, an interesting ride
in the relationship; and Toby has evolved tenfold as the character that
we knew him from Season 1 where he was this timid, off-put kind of
outcast. Everybody didnít like him, and we forget really quickly that he
was tried for the murder of Alison DiLaurentis. Now heís like this
carpenter and like has a girlfriend and itís an on and off thing. So
itís definitely going to go through the roller coaster that every
relationship does go through, but itís very rewarding and the fans wonít
Moderator: How did you manage to land your role in Pretty Little Liars?
K. Allen: Well, I landed the role by going on an audition, and I skated
through the audition and I was wearing like a beanie. Itís still like an
ongoing joke between all of us that I went in with a hat, because thatís
a huge no-no in an audition because you canít really see your face. Iíd
pulled it up over my eyes and I delivered the scene, and I actually just
watched my audition tape like a couple weeks ago. It was really crazy to
see how much the character has evolved and changed.
But, yes, I went in and I auditioned and originally, I went in for the
role of Wren Kim who ended up being played by Julian Morris, who does an
amazing job. He is very British. I went in as a British person and I
could not pull it off, but, yes, thatís how I ended up getting involved.
Moderator: Is there any special preparations that you have to do to play
your role as Toby?
K. Allen: I pulled a lot from interesting people from my past that were
very introverted and creative and intense as Toby is like an artist with
wood. Heís a carpenter and he does really well with like lumber work and
moving stuff. But he can also make beautiful intricate like chairs and
things, so I like pulled a lot from creative people that I knew, dark
people that I knew and people in high school that nobody talked to that
were really, really cool people and ended up turning into really cool
people later in life. I pulled those kinds of personalities out of them
and tried to shadow them, which was a really big challenge, because Iím
definitely outgoing and a total 180 of the character.
Moderator: Do you have any favorite memories from the set that you can
K. Allen: I have so many great memories, but one that really stands out
was, I think probably from Steven Warren is, there was a homecoming
episode and it was just really fun to shoot that. I loved doing the
action stuff, so I got like, he pushed through all this slack. It was
just really cool memory, but it felt really cool. That was one of my
Moderator: All of our fans have been asking will Tobyís abs be making
more cameos in the upcoming season?
K. Allen: If it means Iím going to have my shirt off, yes, possibly more
Moderator: What was the hardest part about bringing Spencer and Tobyís
relationship back in a believable manner?
K. Allen: The hardest part of that, well, it really wasnít hard at all.
Me and Troian are really, really good friends and the writers have
written the storyline as such. We definitely all pull a lot from our
like own personal experiences in relationships, so just mirroring
reality, mirroring what we see others going through, it was actually
pretty easy to pull a believable reconciliation and also give it like a
little bit of like of Hollywood twist to it as Marlene came to the mat
the last episode. It was just the Hollywood Clark Gable feel of it to
bring the families and bring everybody back into that world.
Moderator: Youíve mentioned before that you wanted Toby to start sleeping
with Spencer. How do you feel that that will impact their relationship?
K. Allen: Oh, it always does. I mean like I just think they really love
each other. Here are two characters that really love each other; they
would do anything for each other. Introducing a sexual relationship is
always intense and interesting and fascinating to see where that turns
and where that goes.
So I think itís more so for the dramatical feel of the whole project
itself of Pretty Little Liars. I think that thatís what the show deals
with is teenagers growing up, coming of age and dealing with murder and
like dealing with all of these things that go with it. Itís just some
extra added boat load of emotions that come with that, so it would be
just interesting to see how that plays out.
Moderator: In real life your reputation is that youíre a mellow guy, a
cool guy, really down to earth, a skateboarder, accessible. Iím curious
how that kind of reputation influences the way PLL fans interact with
you. Do you think?
K. Allen: Yes, I think so. I always try to be as open with fans and
people that are interested in the show, I always feel like they can
actually add the experience for me to give them more of what they want
and/or improve my work in the way where people see what theyíve asked
for. I really try to serve the audience in that way.
Moderator: Do you have a favorite fan story?
K. Allen: Yes, a very touching one, actually Iíve had so many fan
interactions that have been very memorable to me. I always try and
connect with everybody as best I can. Our fans are incredible. Like
theyíre all such good people and I really never met anybody thatís been
mean or crazy. There have been a couple of situations where itís been a
little scary, but that was just because of the situation that I was in,
like at a certain venue that was little bit intense.
But recently I did at Providence High School, I did the Channel One News
Pop Quiz Challenge and I had this girl, Destiny, on my team. She was
just so sweet and so adorable and afterwards at one of the autograph
signings, she came up to me and she said, ďCan I please sing a song for
you?Ē She stood there in front of everyone that was waiting to get their
autograph signed by us, and she sang this amazing song for me. She had
flown all the way from Chattanooga, Tennessee, because she was like so
excited to be part of this and to see me. But she like prepared the song
for me and I thought it was just amazing and touching and so adorable.
Moderator: Will we be able to see maybe your parents this season.
K. Allen: Iíve been wondering about that myself and it would be really
cool. Thereís a huge storyline. You have to understand, thereís a huge
storyline underneath there just in itself and Iím sure that thatís
bubbling. I think thatís just something that will eventually get touched
on, because it is such a deep layer of information beneath Toby, as with
any character that we havenít seen their parents in the flesh yet.
Thereís so many issues that go on behind the scenes with different
families, so it would be so amazing to see that, yes, definitely and to
see where it comes from, because thereís a lot of drama that goes on
behind closed doors in that household with Jenna and withóthat just
would be a crazy house, so it would be really cool to see all that.
Moderator: How will you interact this season with Jenna? Is there
anything you can spoil now that she can see?
K. Allen: Yes, now that she can see, itís like Toby is trying to stay as
far away from her as possible, even to the point of where he might even
have his own place and just leave because he canít do it, because he
canít be around someone that now has that weapon of sight.
Moderator: Which couple do you think has a better chance of making it for
the long term, Spencer/Toby or Hanna/Caleb?
K. Allen: Truthfully I feel like itís up in the air, because both couples
will go through a rollercoaster of emotions that we have no idea what
will happen. But Iím always Team Haleb, and Iím always Team Spoby, so it
would be really upsetting to see either one of those not last, because
they feel like, you know, both of them are pretty much in love. I hope
that none of them end, but if I had to call it, I would hope that
Spencer and Toby would stay together.
Moderator: We run a Disney based site and youíve made it pretty clear
that youíre about a 180 from your character. So if youíre really just
like the rest of us, have you been to Disney World or Disneyland, and do
you like it?
K. Allen: Yes, and I love Disneyland. I havenít been to Disney World
Moderator: If Toby had a choose in a life or death situation, who would
he choose do you think; Jenna or Spencer?
K. Allen: Oh, definitely Spencer. I actually went over this itís so funny
you asked that. I went over this with one of the writers the other day
and we were talking about that. He had already saved Jenna from a
burning fire that was caused by Alison throwing in a fire pack or
whatever and blinding Jenna. So heís already done his, heís paid his
dues to Jenna. Heís done with her. She manipulated him and used him like
to the point of like squeezing a sponge to its last drop. Heís done
everything he could for her, so I feel like he would definitelyóof
course, any circumstance that he would grab up Spencer in a heartbeat if
anything was going to hurt her or take her life for sure.
Moderator: If Rosewood was to have a zombie apocalypse, who would you
think would be survivor and the first to die?
K. Allen: I think the survivor would definitely be Spencer. Iím sure that
she has a world of knowledge about zombie apocalypses. I bet she has a
zombie survival kit in her room like just in case. Sheís like the one,
is it out of everybody in Rosewood, or just the four girls that would be
the first to die?
Moderator: Iíd say between the four girls the first to die.
K. Allen: I would definitely think that Hanna would be the first to die,
because she would be like oh my God, I canít do it and like freak out
and then like run down a dark hallway. Also I feel like Emily might be
another survivor, because sheís really athletic, so sheíd just like get
over everything and maybe run away.
Moderator: What about the guys?
K. Allen: Who would be the one that survived? I feel like, like the one
survivor I mean, truthfully itíd be tough because I think itís Toby that
would survive because he would be like, he would be crazy and pull out
some crazy like battle gear or something. I think that the person that
would be the first to die would be probably Lucas. Poor Lucas. Caleb, he
would just like pick up his gear and pull it up on the Internet or
something and be like, oh, I found it.
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