Sasha Pieterse

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Sasha Pieterse
Sasha Pieterse PaleyFest 2014 (cropped).jpg
Pieterse at the Pretty Little Liars event at PaleyFest in March 2014
Born (1996-02-17) February 17, 1996 (age 18)[1]
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa[2]
Occupation Actress, singer-songwriter, model
Years active 2002–present
Notable work(s) TV works
Pretty Little Liars

Film works
Geek Charming
Musical career
Genres Country, southern rock, country rock
Instruments Vocals
Labels Dan Franklin Music
Associated acts Dan Franklin·

Sasha Pieterse (born February 17, 1996)[1] is an American actress and singer. She is known for her role as Alison DiLaurentis on ABC Family's series Pretty Little Liars.

Early life[edit]

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.[3] 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.[3] 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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]



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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

In 2009, Pieterse was 12 when she auditioned and acted in the pilot for the TV series 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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] On March 26, 2013, ABC Family renewed the show for a fifth season that will premiere on June 10, 2014.[4][5]

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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] 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].”[6] Her second single "R.P.M" was released on June 13.[7]

Her third single "I Can't Fix You" was released on July 12, 2013.[8][9] 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."[10][11]


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D, TheThe Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D Marissa Electricidad/Ice Princess Television film
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 Television film
2013 G.B.F. Fawcett Brooks
2014 Inherent Vice Japonica Fenway
2015 Burning Bodhi Aria In post-production
Year Title Role Notes
2002–03 Family Affair Buffy Davis Main cast; 14 episodes
2004 Stargate SG-1 Grace Episode: "Grace"
2005 Wanted Millie Rose 2 episodes
2005 House Andie Episode: "Autopsy"
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 cast
2011 Medium 14-year old Marie DuBois Episode: "Me Without You"
2014 Hawaii Five-0 Dawn Hatfield Episode: "Pe'epe'e Kanaka"
Year Title Role Notes
2009 Slow Burn Amanda Strazzulla 6 episodes
Music videos
Year Title Artist Role
2013 "Rewind" Skye Stevens Love interest of singer
2013 "R.P.M." Herself Lead role

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2003 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Young Actress Age Ten or Younger Family Affair Won
2003 Young Artist Awards Best Ensemble in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama)
(with Caitlin Wachs and Jimmy 'Jax' Pinchak)
Family Affair Nominated
2005 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series House M.D. Nominated
2014 Teen Choice Awards Breakout Star: Female[12] Pretty Little Liars Won


  1. ^ a b "Sweet Sixteen: Happy Birthday Wishes for Pretty Little Liars Star Sasha Pieterse". Alloy Entertainment. February 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ "TheSashaPietersePage/info". Retrieved 23 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Pieterse, Sasha. "Alison Dilaurentis by Sasah Pieterse - ABC Family". ABCFamily. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Twitter / TVGuideMagazine: This just in from @ABCFamily: ...". Twitter. March 26, 2013. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Twitter / ABCFpll: #Ravenswood premieres this ...". Twitter. March 26, 2013. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Sasha Pieterse's debut Single "This Country is Bad Ass" today". Alloy Entertainment. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "R.P.M. - Single". iTunes. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "I Can't Fix You - Single". iTunes. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Sasha Pieterse " I Can't Fix You" inspiration". Alloy Entertainment. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "Sasha Pieterse Releases new song entitled "No".". Alloy Entertainment. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "No - Single - Sasha Pieterse". Itunes. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "FIRST WAVE OF "TEEN CHOICE 2014" NOMINEES ANNOUNCED". Teen Choice Awards. June 18, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 

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