It’s not uncommon for stars of the small screen to dip their toes into the music industry: Miley Cyrus started on Disney’s Hannah Montana before she become a full-fledged recording artist; Gossip Girl‘s Leighton Meester dropped a handful of singles back in 2009 and 2010; and Shameless‘ Emmy Rossum just released her second album. Now you can add Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale to the mix, as the actress has been in Nashville for the past few weeks recording a country album while on hiatus before shooting her ABC Family show’s fourth season. (Season 3 is currently airing, and season 4 will launch in June.)
How does Hale describe the album? “It’s country,” she explains plainly, of what she’s recording. “We definitely have more mainstream songs, but then we have songs that are straight-up country.”
Hale is hoping that she surprises people with what she puts out. “I think it’s gonna shock a lot of people actually, so it’s really exciting.”
If you’re hoping to learn a song title or two now, though, prepare to be disappointed. “Oh my gosh, they won’t even let me release song titles,” she says. But one song in particular stands out to Hale, and she’s happy to talk about it a bit. “It’s a song about how I’ve always been a girl’s girl and I’ve always rooted for other girls and never had a problem with jealousy,” she says. “It’s just about the everyday battles that all women go through. It’s a uniting feeling for women and how that, at the end of the day, we’re all going through the same things. We should all be in it together.”
Could it be the next great country female anthem? “It’s really powerful and I think it will resonate with a lot of people and it shows me in a really vulnerable light and how I feel about myself,” she says, adding that it might just make you see her differently. “The image you see of me out in public is really different from who I am in real life. This is sort of an instant look at who Lucy really is. And I think that it’s a beautiful message.”
Hale says the music is coming soon — although the exact date is still TBD. “We’re hoping to have a single here in a couple of months — probably March or April. The album will come out this summer.”
Here’s an interesting article of Lucy talking about PLL bloopers, co-stars, and her first album she’s working on!
Being a fan of Pretty Little Liars is a ride in itself, but can you imagine being one of the stars of the hit show? Lucy Hale (Aria) can. And she can tell you that any new TV show is a gamble. Is the cast going to click? Will the chemistry work on-screen? Luckily for PLL, the answer to both of those questions was yes.
Lucy spoke with The Christian Science Monitor about her thoughts when she first read the script: “When I read the script, and I was like ‘This is going to be great.’ I was like, ‘But four girls? This is going to be a nightmare.’ But I’m telling you, it is the perfect experience. We’re not all necessarily best friends off set, but we all respect each other. We all get along. And it’s sort of we go there, everyone’s professional, everyone’s ready to work and excited about it.”
But just because they’re all on this crazy ride together doesn’t mean that they’ll end up in the same place.
“I think we’re all going to have very different careers. And I think we’ve realized what we have to offer. But Ashley is definitely the girl that I’ll talk about clothes with or about guys or something, so she’s like my little gossip friend. Shay is into philanthropy work. She’s really big into charity. But she’s also good at home decor, so she’s always on Pinterest, and so we’ll talk about that. And then Troian is just brilliant. She’s very intelligent. She’s the friend that I’ll go to, to talk to about deeper stuff, I guess. So it’s fun to have a lot of different types of friends. It’s a good group of people,” Lucy said.
However, they’re together now, and they’re currently making a very popular TV show. Not too shabby, if you ask us.
And as someone who enjoys watching other shows in her spare time, Lucy reveals one of her favorite aspects of television:
“Oh, I love a good blooper reel, because I love to see… because our show is so intense all the time. And it’s really not when we’re shooting, because we’re goofing off and we’ll have to do something over and over again because we’re cracking up about something that happened before we started shooting. And so I love that kind stuff, because at the end of the day, you realize it’s real people and this is their job.”
And then there’s always the other side to Lucy: her music. We got to see Lucy sing once on the show, but now that she’s recording her first album, what can we expect from her musically?
“I grew up performing and singing. And acting, the idea of it just sort of fell into my lap. And I was a little hesitant at first, but I was like, okay, I’ll try it. And so I did and I got some luck in it, which is cool. That’s why I’m here. But I’m going back to why I got into it in the first place. And I think that, you know, just me talking about it that’s my passion. That’s what I want to do. I know I have a lot to prove just because it’s like here’s an actress who’s making an album. We’ve heard that story a million times before. But I think that once you hear the music, you hear how genuine it is, because I am writing it. And it’s been a fun experience. It’s been a year, and I’m just so excited. I’m doing country. I think people that know me and knew me before the show knew that I started in music. And being from Tennessee definitely helps. But it’s been great. I’m really excited for people to hear it.”
What do you get a girl who has everything? Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale (Aria) knows exactly what she wants for Christmas — and it will probably surprise you!
“I’ve said to everyone that I really want a juicer, to try to get on that health kick that everyone’s on,” Lucy told Celebuzz in a recent interview. “My family and I have this thing now where we’re only going to ask for one thing … so I guess a juicer is what I want.”
A fun kitchen accessory that you might not splurge on for yourself? Sounds like a great (and healthy!) gift to us.
For more from Lucy, including some thoughts on her new album, check out the full interview below.