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Interview with Marlene King, Creator and
Executive Producer of
"Pretty Little Liars" on ABC Family 12/19/12
The questions below in red were the ones I
ABC Family Q&A Session
Marlene King Ė Pretty Little Liars
Moderator How have you been so successful leveraging social
media to support PLL? How much of that do you attribute to
your online presence, which is very strong; and how much to
the structure or the content or in other words, just the
nature of the show that you created?
M. King I think itís probably equal to both. I think the
fact that the Pretty Little Liars started tweeting and
social mediaíing about the show when we were even at pilot
phase sort of started this real grass roots, I would say,
almost family, this social media family where from pilot
stage our fans felt like they were a part of this Pretty
Little Liars family.
Moderator What would you say would be your advice to other
show writers who want to get more out of the Internet?
M. King Just to utilize it and have fun with it. We donít
tweet or Facebook unless weíre having a good time with it so
itís really organic to our process. I would say have fun
with it and tweet and Facebook and donít be afraid to reach
out to your fans.
Moderator Which couple will be the most drama-free in the
second half of the season.
M. King The most drama-free Iíd say no couples are
drama-free in the second half of the season.
Moderator Which has the least drama?
M. King Which has the least drama? I think itís equal drama
for everyone. No one escapes the drama in Season 3B.
Moderator What you can say about Emily and Paige this season
because it seems like itís Emilyís first sort of stable
relationship? What kind of drama will she be seeing with
Paige and will they ever catch a break?
M. King I think they have some great sort of very grounded
drama just sort of what itís like to be a couple and
learning to trust and really sort of because their
relationship in some part based on original missteps. They
just have sort of real drama and issues to overcome that are
just natural to sort of any kind of new relationship like
Moderator Speaking of relationships Iíd love to hear a
little bit about what weíre going to see between Mona and
Jason this season.
M. King Mona and Jason I think that we willówell, the fun of
this premier, which is entitled ďSheís Better NowĒ and we
will see Mona outside of Radley. She will need some
guardianship back in sort of the Rosewood world, and we
might find that Jason takes her under his wing a little bit.
Moderator As a follow up with the Paige and Emily storyline,
so many people were huge fans of Emily and Maya together,
and I think a little bit of the fan base is still trying to
get over Mayaís death. How much feedback or how much intake
do you take from fans that were huge Maya fans?
M. King Well, we really respect all the fans, and I
understand how tragic that loss was to a big group of our
fan base, but what I found is that a lot of those people
have really embraced now the Emily/Paige storyline. Paige
has earned their trust and Iím really proud of that part of
Moderator Since we were just talking about Maya there have
been a number of deaths on Pretty Little Liars at this
point. Who for you and the writers was the hardest person to
M. King Maya was; it was just tragic for us, and so I think
that was definitely a very difficult decision to make and
really hard to film those scenes too. When the character of
Emily realizes that Maya is dead that was justóit was such a
powerful evening on set for Shay Mitchell and for Leslie
Glatter who was directing that episode (who did the pilot)
and for myself. We were all just in tears that day so that
Moderator And I know you probably wonít answer this
definitively but is there a risk of more death coming up
M. King Well, maybe.
Moderator Lucas has always been a bit more of a complex
character to me so I was wondering if his puzzle may come
together at all in Season 3B.
M. King We find out some interesting things about Lucas in
3B, and we finally get to see his bedroom so thatís kind of
Moderator Caleb wasnít in the book series yet to me he fits
flawlessly in the show. Was it hard to achieve that?
M. King You know every once in a while an actor will just
bring something to a role that we really embrace, and we
find that character then becomes so organic to what weíre
doing. Itís sort of was like the character of Toby too. We
didnít originally set out for him to be so involved in the
show but we just loved the work, and we loved watching him
so much that he became so much more integral. The same thing
has happened with Tyler; what Tyler brings to the role of
Caleb. We just had a lot of fun watching this character grow
with us, and itís really easy to write to that.
Moderator Well, weíve talked a little bit about social media
and how so many people just love the show, and the girls do
such great appearances with Ustream and events. A lot of
them have talked about possibly doing like a convention for
fans. Is that something that you might have envisioned or
think about maybe participating in?
M. King We would love to participate in stuff like that.
Weíre always working so much that itís difficult, and Iíve
seen online there is someóitís not some official thing that
weíre doing but thereís definitely a PLL convention in
France this year. Iím not sure who is going from our show
but yeah it feels like the fans love to come together. They
come together online so any chance that we can get the fans
together in the flesh would be such a great time for
everyone and so much fun.
Moderator Are there any plans in the works maybe to do a
book with just decoding the answers or possibly integrating
that in to the show as well?
M. King There is a book out there which I just stumbled
upon. Itís a book store that talks about Seasons 1 and 2 but
it doesnít really decode the answers. It just kind of breaks
down every episode, but I would love to do that. I think
when the series comes to an end is when we would eventually
do that because we still have stones that weíve yet to
uncover and mystery beads that we planted have not paid off
yet. Our show is so mystery intensive that we could easily
go back to something that we saw in Season 1 and make it
relevant again in Seasons 4 and 5. No, no secret keys to the
mysteries until weíre all done I think.
Moderator How will the fact that now Ezra has a child be
present in his relationship with Aria this season?
M. King I love the Ezra story in Season 3B coming up. Itís
really heartfelt and emotional, and we get to see a side of
Ezra that we havenít seen before, and also I think a side of
Aria. I think we really get to watch them go through some
real life drama and real life emotion, and they really sort
of dig deep in regards to how soulful their connections is.
Moderator Are you going to see Spencer change a bit once she
finds out about Toby?
M. King Yes. In fact, I directed my first episode this
coming season and itís the third episode, and thereís a lot
of just deep, deep emotion that begins with that episode,
and then it just carries all throughout the rest of the
season. Itís just so powerful and so gut wrenching and
Troian Bellisario did such an amazing job for us this year.
Weíre really excited to share her storyline with the fans.
Moderator Speaking of keeping secrets, how much is Ariaís
father going to be part of whatís coming up?
M. King Oh thereís some realóyou know in the Halloween
episode, which is the last upset our fans got to see, the
character of Garrett reveals on the night that Allison died
that he saw Allison arguing with Ariaís dad Byron, and we
definitely donít drop the ball on that. We come back and
explore whether or not he was telling the truth and what it
means for Aria and what it means for the Pretty Little
Moderator Speaking of Garrett - obviously heís dead so we
wonít be seeing him alive again but we will be possibly
seeing Garrett again in flashbacks this season?
M. King We donít see him again in 3B but that does not mean
we wonít see him at some point in time in the show.
Moderator Ezraís brother Wesley has been very popular among
the fans, at least on our site. I know heís coming back. Can
you give us a little like tease about what heís going to be
doing this season?
M. King He has the same parents that Ezra has and thereís a
lot of drama in that family, and he brings some of that
drama to Rosewood with him. I think that we definitely get
to learn more about the Fitzgerald family dynamic, and heís
a lot of fun. Heís a great young actor, and weíre really
happy to have him in Rosewood.
Moderator With the mystery elements of the show, how much of
that was planned beforehand and how much is that sort of
organically developed as you see how certain characters or
actors are gelling in their roles?
M. King A great deal of the mystery is planned beforehand.
We found that if we donít know sort of what the end of the
mystery story is we donít do as good a job with the
beginning and the middle part. We really try to know where
weíre going in addition to like the big overall mystery of
the show, who are they and who killed Allison, which are the
two mysteries we allówhen we have these little sort of mini
arcs of mysteries we always know the beginning and the
middle and the end before we start. But every once and a
while a character will surprise us by bringing something
special to that storyline, and we may stretch it out or
weave a little bit. Yeah and I think itís mostly well
thought out but every once in a while we have a fantastic
surprise of an actor bringing something special to the
story, and weíll integrate that in to the plan.
Moderator How popular was the Spencer/Toby relationship? Did
you have any second thoughts before revealing that Toby was
actually a part of the ĎAí team?
M. King I wouldnít say second thoughts but I did have
concern about how the fans would react to it, and actually I
think the reaction was much more positive than I thought it
was going to be. I was afraid there was going to be some
backlash of people being devastated, and some people are.
But I think the majority of our fans were so thrilled to be
completely surprised by that reveal that they allowed us to
turn that character dark and get away with it.
Moderator Are we going to find out a little bit more about
Tobyís motivations in this upcoming season?
M. King Yes we will. We left you with a big reveal there
when we found out that Toby was the guy in the black hoodie
talking to Mona. We will definitely pick up that story where
we left it in the last finale, and I think our fans are
really going to have fun with it.
Moderator Could you give us a hint of
any of the guest stars that will be coming up in the next
M. King/Publicity We have the wonderful Betty Buckley coming
back playing Hannahís grandmother. We are also really
thrilled to haveóI believe sheís five time gold
medalistóMissy Franklin; the swimmer from the London
Olympics will be making an appearance
Moderator If you could have any guest
stars to make an appearance who would some of your top guest
M. King I think we would love to have some just like fun
mystery people on the show. Weíve always thought it would be
really fun to have Steven King arrive in Rosewood, and I
think that it would definitely be sort of more dark and
mysterious people like that.
Moderator What made you want to make an ĎAí team rather than
just one person because Iíve always wondered about that?
M. King Well, it just felt like as ĎAí became more devious
and was accomplishing these huge sort of feats that thereís
no way just one person could be achieving everything we
needed to achieve in terms of how menacing ĎAí was to the
Pretty Little Liars.
Moderator Did Toby ever really have a part of him that cared
for Spencer or even his friendship with Emily for that
M. King Well, I really want to let the fans discover the
answer to that question themselves, which you will learn the
truth of that in Season 3B.
Moderator Iím going to ask the gay question because so much
is about Emily on this show, which is fantastic. Where are
the gay guys in Rosewood?
M. King Where are the gay guys in Rosewood? Itís a good
question. We actually have been talking about revealing that
a character weíve already established on the show might be
questioning his sexuality so itís possible that youíll be
Moderator In interviewing the actors of the show Iíve
noticed that they like to mention that thereís this
incredible attention to detail in the script and possible
future plot elements. You donít know that theyíre
significant at the time. Whatís your process like for
planning something like that out, and when you started out
(you created the show) how far in the future did you have
that mapped out?
M. King I certainly didnít have the future mapped out for B
but we did know what the end game of the series was going to
be. What the ultimate reveal will be in the final episode so
itís been really fun just being on this path and this
journey to get to that place.
I will give a big shout out to our props department. Chris,
who is our prop master does such an amazing job with detail
in the show. There are so many props in the show that end up
being everything from an ink pen that says, ďDohertyís
LandingĒ and thatís how the girls find out Aliís clue. Like
those things I try to keep as many of those props as I can.
My office started to look like a Pretty Little Liars museum,
but there is so much detail in the show and we have so much
fun. The table reads, too like even lines of dialog whenever
thereís somethingóthere might be something that, for example
thereís something Spencer says in the pilot, and then she
says again in the Season 3B finale, and they raise their
hand and they scream, ďCall back!Ē They know. They remember
all those details too.
Moderator Since Pretty Little Liars is kind of a juggernaut
could you describe any sort of series or projects that you
have in the works now for the future?
M. King Iíve been developing a show with ABC Family based on
a movie that I wrote called Now and Then, and so weíre
really excited down the line to get in to that too.
Moderator Weíve talked a little bit about Toby, and weíve
pretty much seen family for the majority of the cast for the
show and characters, and I wanted to find out if there is a
plan to see some of Toby and Jennaís family?
M. King Yeah. We donít see Tobyís family in Season 3B but in
our very first Halloween episode we learned that Tobyís
mother, not his stepmother, but his mother passed away when
he was a younger boy. Weíre going to learn more about his
mother in this upcoming season. Itís really exciting to sort
of start that storyline.
Moderator When you have family and friends watching the show
how do you feel watching them kind of connect the dots with
like specific items or different hidden clues like bobble
heads and the boots and things like that? Do you take a
little bit of pleasure in kind of twisting the knife for
them as well?
M. King Oh yeah. I do. I have so many friends who are just
dying to know who ĎAí is and my family as well. My mom
watches every episode, and I love to get her feedback, and
my children who are a little young to be watching the show
(ten and eight) watch every episode too, and they give me
the most honest feedback of anyone I know. Itís a lot of
fun, and theyíve known some plot twists ahead of our fans
and they make friends very quickly with their high school
peers who they meet at camp and things like that.
Moderator About Pretty Dirty Secrets, how is that coupling
in with the show coming back as well?
M. King Definitely. Thereís a character we meet in Pretty
Dirty Secrets that plays a significant part of 3B. Iíll wait
and let you discover who that is once we come back, and
there are clues and definitely plot points that weíre seeing
in Pretty Dirty Secrets that pay off in Season 3B. If you
havenít seen it yet you should make sure to watch it before
the show starts. It is still available on ABCFamily.com.
M. King Thatís great. Yeah people should really tune in if
they havenít like seen all those episodes yet. You donít
have to watch it before we premier but itís really fun to
get that extra sort of bonus flavor before the show
Moderator Everybody loves these juicy love triangles so do
you think that we might see a love triangle between Aria,
and Ezra and his brother, Wesley?
M. King Well, I think that you definitely should watch and
decide for yourself if Aria and Wesley have a connection. I
think itís going to be fun for our fans let that unfold as
Season 3 progresses.
Moderator Could you share a little tidbit from Mortal
M. King I did some work on that script and it looks amazing.
Iím excited about that cast, and I canít wait to see the
movie along with the fans.
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