Pieterse at the Pretty Little Liars event at PaleyFest in March 2014
February 17, 1996 |
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
|Occupation||Actress, singer-songwriter, model|
|Notable work(s)||TV works
Pretty Little Liars
|Genres||Country, southern rock, country rock|
|Labels||Dan Franklin Music|
|Associated acts||Dan Franklin·|
Sasha Pieterse was born in Johannesburg, South Africa on February 17, 1996. Immigrating to the United States when she was three years old, she was raised in Las Vegas before moving to Los Angeles. She became accustomed to a career in entertainment at an early age, as her parents were a professional acrobatic dance team who performed all over the world. She soon met with an agent who quickly signed her to an acting and modeling contract. She started in the business at the age of 4 1/2 working on commercials and print work.
In 2004, she appeared in Stargate SG-1. Pieterse has done numerous television commercials including long-running national spots for “Nesquick” and “Firestone Tires.” She was featured on a billboard for “Supercuts” that appeared throughout the country then she sang and modeled in the Macy’s Passport Fashion Show, performing throughout California.
At 6 years old, Pieterse got her start in television, co-starring in 2002 as Buffy on the Warner Bros. comedy series Family Affair. She started to rise to fame as an actress when she played in House portraying a young girl named Andie with terminal cancer. Her performance in House M.D was later considered for a daytime Emmy in 2005. In 2005, she appeared in her first film The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl cast as Marissa the "Ice Princess" who is also the daughter of Mr. Electricidad. During 2006 she filmed for a feature starring Sarah Michelle Gellar called The Air I Breathe and she also landed a lead in a Hallmark Hall of Fame Movie as Maggie in Claire, both of which were released in 2007.
In 2006, Pieterse appeared in Good Luck Chuck as a young goth girl named Anisha who, after having her sexual advances rejected by Chuck, places a curse on him so that every single woman he sleeps with will break up with him and marry the next man who asks her out. Around this time, Pieterse also appeared as Millie Rose for two episodes of a short-lived series called Wanted with her former Family Affair co-star, Gary Cole.
In 2009, Pieterse was cast as a series regular on Pretty Little Liars as Alison DiLaurentis, the former "queen bee" of her high school clique and the most popular and beautiful girl in her school before her disappearance, a role she still plays today. Being only 18, she is the youngest actress on the show, as all of her co-stars are in their early to late 20s or older. On March 26, 2013, ABC Family renewed the show for a fifth season that will premiere on June 10, 2014.
Other roles Pieterse has had include a 2009 appearance in Without a Trace as Daphne Stevens in the episode "Wanted" and a recurring role as Amanda Strazzulla, an abandoned daughter, in Heroes. In 2011, she appeared as Amy Loubalu in the Disney Channel Original Movie Geek Charming and also as a teenage girl in the movie X-Men: First Class. More recently, Pieterse has appeared in the film G.B.F. with one of the lead roles of Fawcett Brooks and in an episode of Hawaii Five-0 as a terrorist pupil named Dawn Hatfield.
Pieterse describes her music as "country with southern rock". Pieterse was signed to record label Dan Franklin Music. Her debut single "This Country is Bad Ass" was released on April 12, 2013. Pieterse added about the song, “I just love this country so much and I would never have been able to be where I am if I wasn’t in America so we decided to come up with this [track].” Her second single "R.P.M" was released on June 13.
Her third single "I Can't Fix You" was released on July 12, 2013. On December 10, 2013, she released her fourth single "No", an upbeat track about standing strong in your convictions, even when your "up-to-no-good, loser ex comes around and begs you for another chance."
|2005||Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D, TheThe Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D||Marissa Electricidad/Ice Princess|
|2007||Air I Breathe, TheThe Air I Breathe||Young Sorrow|
|2007||Good Luck Chuck||Young Anisha Carpenter|
|2007||Claire||Maggie Bannion||Television film|
|2011||X-Men: First Class||Teenage girl|
|2011||Geek Charming||Amy Loubalu||Disney Channel Original Movie|
|2014||Inherent Vice||Japonica Fenway||Post-production|
|2002–03||Family Affair||Buffy Davis||Main cast; 16 episodes (2 unaired)|
|2003||Stargate SG-1||Grace||Episode: "Grace"|
|2005||Wanted||Millie Rose||2 episodes|
|2007||CSI: Miami||Beth Buckley||Episode: "Stand Your Ground"|
|2009||Without a Trace||Daphne Stevens||Episode: "Wanted"|
|2009–10||Heroes||Amanda Strazzulla||5 episodes|
|2010–present||Pretty Little Liars||Alison DiLaurentis||Main Role|
|2011||Medium||14-year old Marie DuBois||Episode: "Me Without You"|
|2014||Hawaii Five-0||Dawn Hatfield||Episode: "Pe'epe'e Kanaka"|
|2009||Slow Burn||Amanda Strazzulla||6 episodes|
|2013||"Rewind"||Skye Stevens||Love interest of singer|
Awards and nominations
|2003||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Young Actress Ten or Under||Family Affair||Won|
|Best Ensemble in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) (with Caitlin Wachs and Jimmy 'Jax' Pinchak)||Nominated|
|2014||Teen Choice Awards||Female Breakout Star||Pretty Little Liars||Pending|
- "Sweet Sixteen: Happy Birthday Wishes for Pretty Little Liars Star Sasha Pieterse". Alloy Entertainment. February 17, 2012.
- "TheSashaPietersePage/info". Retrieved 23 March 2013.
- Pieterse, Sasha. "Alison Dilaurentis by Sasah Pieterse - ABC Family". ABCFamily. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
- "Twitter / TVGuideMagazine: This just in from @ABCFamily: ...". Twitter. March 26, 2013. Retrieved April 16, 2013.
- "Twitter / ABCFpll: #Ravenswood premieres this ...". Twitter. March 26, 2013. Retrieved April 16, 2013.
- "Sasha Pieterse's debut Single "This Country is Bad Ass" today". Alloy Entertainment. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
- "R.P.M. - Single". iTunes. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
- "I Can't Fix You - Single". iTunes. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
- "Sasha Pieterse " I Can't Fix You" inspiration". Alloy Entertainment. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
- "Sasha Pieterse Releases new song entitled "No".". Alloy Entertainment. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
- "No - Single - Sasha Pieterse". Itunes. Retrieved 18 March 2014.