Sasha Pieterse

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Sasha Pieterse
Sasha Pieterse PaleyFest 2014 (cropped).jpg
Pieterse at the Pretty Little Liars event at PaleyFest March 16, 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 an 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]

Career[edit]

Acting[edit]

At 6 years old, Sasha 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.[citation needed] In 2005, she appeared in her first film The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl cast as Marissa the "Ice Princess" who is the daughter of Mr. Electricidad.[citation needed] During 2006 she filmed for a feature starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, The Air I Breathe and she landed a lead in a Hallmark Hall of Fame Movie as Maggie in Claire, both were released in 2007.[citation needed]

In 2006, Pieterse stars as Good Luck Chuck as a young goth girl named Anisha whom while playing a game seven minutes in heaven at a party in 1985, 12-year-old Charles "Chuck" Logan (Connor Price) refuses to have sex with Anisha. In retaliation, Anisha places a curse on Chuck, so that every single woman he sleeps with will break up with him and marry the next man who asks her out.[citation needed] Also in a short-lived series called Wanted with her former Family Affair co-star, Gary Cole as Millie Rose for two episodes.[citation needed]

Pieterse was cast on Pretty Little Liars as Alison DiLaurentis, the former "queen bee" of her clique and the most popular and beautiful girl in her school before her disappearance and death.[citation needed] Towards the end of the third season, it is revealed that she may not be dead after all and is "Red Coat" - the lead tormentor towards the Liars. Being only 18, she is the youngest actress on the show, all her co-stars being in their early to late 20s. She also became the character of Vivian Darkbloom who was Alison's secret identity that she used to hide from A and spy on A. Alison wore a long red trench coat and a black wig to become Vivian.[citation needed] Pretty Little Liars' producer I. Marlene King announced that Pieterse's character Ali would be playing a more prominent role in season 4.[4] On March 26, 2013, ABC Family picked up the show for a fifth season.[5][6]

In 2009, Pieterse made an appearance in Without a Trace as Daphne Stevens in the episode "Wanted" and Pieterse landed a recurring role as Amanda Strazzulla who is the daughter of Lydia who abandoned her because she was too young to raise her.[citation needed] In 2011, she appeared as Amy Loubalu who is Josh (Matt Prokop) love interest in the Disney Channel Original Movie Geek Charming also as a teenage girl in the movie X-Men: First Class. On October 4, 2012, ABC Family renewed Pretty Little Liars for a fourth season.[7] Filming began on March 14, 2013.[8]

Music[edit]

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 her debut single “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].”[9] Her second single "R.P.M" was released on June 13.[10]

Her third single "I Can't Fix You" was released on July 12, 2013.[11][12] On 2013 December 10, 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.[13][14]

Filmography[edit]

Film
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
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
2014 G.B.F. Fawcett Brooks
2014 Inherent Vice Japonica Fenway Post-production
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2002–2003 Family Affair Buffy Davis Main cast; 16 episodes (2 unaired)
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"
2009–2010 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"
Web
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

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2003 Young Artist Award "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

References[edit]

  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. ^ Burt, Kayti. "Pretty Little Liars Season 4 Spoilers: More Sasha Pieterse, Anyone?". Wetpaint. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Twitter / TVGuideMagazine: This just in from @ABCFamily: ...". Twitter. March 26, 2013. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Twitter / ABCFpll: #Ravenswood premieres this ...". Twitter. March 26, 2013. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  7. ^ Bibel, Sara (October 4, 2012). "'Pretty Little Liars' Renewed for Season Four by ABC Family". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  8. ^ King, Marlene (March 1, 2013). "Twitter / imarleneking: @GrandeLovers2 we start shooting ...". Twitter. Retrieved April 16, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Sasha Pieterse's debut Single "This Country is Bad Ass" today". Alloy Entertainment. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "R.P.M. - Single". iTunes. Retrieved 20 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "I Can't Fix You - Single". iTunes. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "Sasha Pieterse " I Can't Fix You" inspiration". Alloy Entertainment. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  13. ^ "Sasha Pieterse Releases new song entitled "No".". Alloy Entertainment. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  14. ^ "No - Single - Sasha Pieterse". Itunes. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 

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