Troian Bellisario Goes to Bat for “Pretty Little Liars” Emmy Consideration
She’s tired of being overlooked for awards consideration and Troian Bellisario isn’t going to take it anymore.
The “Pretty Little Liars” babe hopes that the powers that be at the Emmy Awards will open their hearts to her hit ABC show this season and she’s written a guest column in The Hollywood Reporter to that effect.
Troian begins, “There are so many different ways to tell a story, with a variety of styles and genres all being celebrated and explored. So why is it that with all the different types of shows being recognized this Emmy season, the ones like mine, ‘teen shows,’ are written off as fluff? What if they are telling good stories too, just in a different way?”
She continues, “Girls, Veep, House of Cards and Breaking Bad could not be more different in their style of storytelling, and yet we love and value them all. I believe it’s because no matter how different the method of storytelling, they all seek to express the same thing: truth, truth that represents a human experience. Otherwise, we wouldn’t watch them. So, can there be truth in a teenage soap?”
“They see a version of their truth, their struggle to feel safe in high school, their loyalty to their best friend, their fear of their first broken heart. When a teenager likes a more mature show we congratulate them on their elevated taste, but when someone older enjoys a teen show, they hide it, they call it their “guilty pleasure.” Why? Weren’t you in high school once? Don’t you remember what it was like?”
“I’m not comparing our show to any other show, I’m not comparing myself to any other actor (especially not Bryan Cranston —please God, no!), but as someone on a teen soap I can tell you that I work with a cast and crew that searches for those same human truths, and who strives to convey those truths with compelling depth and excellence. We are just beholden to a different style of storytelling. And that is also worthy of serious consideration.”