Sasha Pieterse

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Sasha Pieterse
Sasha Pieterse PaleyFest 2014.jpg
Pieterse at PaleyFest, March 2014
Born (1996-02-17) February 17, 1996 (age 27)
  • Actress
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2000–present
Hudson Sheaffer
(m. 2018)
Musical career
LabelsDan Franklin Music

Sasha Pieterse-Sheaffer (/ˈptərsə/; born February 17, 1996[1]) is a South African-born American actress, singer and songwriter.[2][3] She is known for her role as Alison DiLaurentis in the Freeform series Pretty Little Liars and its spin-off Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists. Upon the success of Pretty Little Liars, Pieterse earned a supporting role as Amy Loubalu in the 2011 Disney Channel film Geek Charming.[4][5][6]

In 2013, she starred in the teen comedy film G.B.F.. In 2017, Pieterse participated in the 25th season of Dancing with the Stars and finished in 10th place.[7][8]

Early life[edit]

Pieterse was born in Johannesburg, South Africa on February 17, 1996.[1][9] Moving to the United States in 2001, she was raised in Las Vegas, before moving to Los Angeles.[10] She became accustomed to a career in entertainment at an early age, as her parents were a professional acrobatic dance team who performed internationally.[10] Pieterse was homeschooled and graduated at 14.[11]



At four years old, Pieterse began modeling and appearing in commercials.[12] She appeared in an advertisement for Wenner Bread Products at five years old,[13] and later appeared on a national billboard for hair salon franchise SuperCuts and modeled for Macy's Passport fashion show.[14][15] Pieterse appeared in numerous magazines, including on the covers of BELLO's "Young Hollywood" issue (December 2014),[11] TeenProm (2015 issue),[16] Seventeen (August 2016), Social Life (August 2019).[17]

Film and television[edit]

At six years old, Pieterse got her start in television, co-starring in 2002 as Buffy on The WB's remake of the CBS sitcom Family Affair. She guest starred in the Stargate SG-1 episode “Grace” with Amanda Tapping as a little girl named Grace. In 2005, she appeared on an episode of House titled "Autopsy", portraying Andie, a young girl with terminal cancer. That same year, she made her film debut in The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D as Marissa, the Ice Princess, and also appeared as Millie Rose for two episodes of the short-lived TNT series Wanted, alongside her former Family Affair co-star, Gary Cole.

Pieterse appeared in the 2007 film Good Luck Chuck, playing a young goth girl who places a curse on the titular character. She played the younger version of Sarah Michelle Gellar's character in the 2007 film The Air I Breathe, along with such co-stars as Kevin Bacon, Forest Whitaker, and Emile Hirsch. She also played a leading character in the Hallmark original film Claire, also released in 2007.

Pieterse was 13 years old in late 2009, when she was cast in the Freeform teen drama television series Pretty Little Liars (2010–2017) as Alison DiLaurentis, the former "queen bee" of her high school clique.[18] She had a regular role in the series from the first four seasons, until later became a main role in the fifth season, with one of the five girls. Since its debut, the series has received mixed reviews from television critics, but remained a success for Freeform, garnering a large fandom.[19] Pieterse reprised her role as Alison, in the spin-off series titled Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists on Freeform in 2019.[20][21] On Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, she portrayed the grown-up version of Alison who is working as a teaching assistant at Beacon Heights University.[12]

Other roles Pieterse has had include a 2009 appearance in Without a Trace, 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 film X-Men: First Class. More recently, Pieterse has appeared in the film G.B.F. and in an episode of Hawaii Five-0 as a terrorist pupil named Dawn Hatfield. Pieterse played Japonica Fenway, a young lady involved with cocaine, in the film Inherent Vice (2014), based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Pynchon.[22] In September 2017, Pieterse was announced as one of the celebrities to compete on the Dancing with the Starsseason 25. She was paired with professional dancer Gleb Savchenko.[23] They were the 4th couple eliminated, on October 16, 2017, finishing in 10th place.[24]

On August 16, 2021, Deadline announced that Pieterse has been cast in Netflix's film adaptation of Annie BarrowsNew York Times bestselling book series Ivy + Bean alongside Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jane Lynch and Nia Vardalos.[25]


Pieterse describes her music as "country with southern rock".[citation needed] Her debut single "This Country is Bad Ass" was released on April 12, 2013. Pieterse described the patriotism behind 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]."[26] Her second single, "R.P.M", was released on June 13, 2013.[27]

Her third single, "I Can't Fix You", was released on July 12, 2013.[28][29] On December 10, 2013, she released her fourth single "No", an upbeat track about "standing strong in your convictions" and saying no when an unfaithful, lying ex-boyfriend asks for a second chance.[30][31]

Other ventures[edit]

Her cookbook Sasha in Good Taste: Recipes for Bites, Feasts, Sips & Celebrations was published by Dey Street Books, an imprint of HarperCollins on October 8, 2019.[12] In the book Pieterse shares cooking and baking recipes, tips for inexpensive party planning, do it yourself projects and ideas for desserts.[12][32] San Francisco Book Review wrote that the book is "full of good ideas".[33]

She also has a lifestyle website called "Sasha in Good Taste".[14]

Pieterse has developed an online and social media presence, including 16 million+ followers on Instagram as of January 2023.[34] She endorses products such as beauty and wellness products on Instagram and has partnered with Lightlife Foods,[35] and Pokemon Go.[36]


In June 2019, Pieterse and her husband worked together with Habitat for Humanity to help build houses in New Orleans.[37]

Personal life[edit]

On December 22, 2015, Pieterse became engaged to her long-term boyfriend Hudson Sheaffer.[38] They were married on May 27, 2018 at Castle Leslie in Glaslough, Ireland.[39] On May 27, 2020, Pieterse announced that she and Sheaffer were expecting their first child.[40] Their son was born in November 2020.[41] As of 2022, the family resides in Nashville, Tennessee.[42]

At the start of season 25 of Dancing with the Stars, Pieterse revealed that she was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome, which causes symptoms such as irregular periods and weight gain.[43][44]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D Marissa Electricidad / Ice Princess
2007 The Air I Breathe Young Sorrow
2007 Good Luck Chuck Young Anisha Carpenter
2011 X-Men: First Class Teenage girl Cameo[citation needed]
2013 G.B.F. Fawcett Brooks
2014 Inherent Vice Japonica Fenway
2015 Burning Bodhi Aria
2017 Coin Heist Dakota Cunningham
2018 The Honor List Isabella Walker
2022 Ivy + Bean: The Ghost That Had to Go Ms. Aruba-Tate Netflix movie
2022 Ivy + Bean: Doomed to Dance Ms. Aruba-Tate


Year Title Role Notes
2002–2003 Family Affair Buffy Davis Main role
2004 Stargate SG-1 Grace Episode: "Grace"
2005 Wanted Millie Rose 2 episodes
2005 House Andie Episode: "Autopsy"
2007 Claire Maggie Bannion Television film
2007 CSI: Miami Beth Buckley Episode: "Stand Your Ground"
2009 Without a Trace Daphne Stevens Episode: "Wanted"
2009–2010 Heroes Amanda Strazzulla Recurring role (season 4), 5 episodes
2009 Heroes: Slow Burn Amanda Strazzulla Web series; recurring role, 6 episodes
2010–2017 Pretty Little Liars Alison DiLaurentis Main role
2011 Medium Marie DuBois (age 14) Episode: "Me Without You"
2011 Geek Charming Amy Loubalu Television film
2014 Hawaii Five-0 Dawn Hatfield Episode: "Pe'epe'e Kanaka"
2016 Sing It! Destiny Wood Episode: "Destiny Is Calling!"
2017 Dancing with the Stars Herself Contestant (season 25)
2019 Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists Alison DiLaurentis Main role
2019 Epic Night Shook Web series; 2 episodes
2020 Beat Bobby Flay Herself Celebrity judge; episode: "Pretty Little Fryer"
2020 Sugar Rush Christmas Herself Guest judge; episode: "North Pole"

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Role Notes Ref.
2013 "Rewind" Skye Stevens Love Interest [45]
2013 "R.P.M." Sasha Pieterse Reckless Driver Girl Also executive producer [46]
2014 "Hey! (The Last Party Ever)" The New Average Girl [47]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association 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
Best Ensemble in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama)
(shared with Caitlin Wachs and Jimmy "Jax" Pinchak)
Family Affair Nominated
2011 ShoWest Awards Breakthrough Performer of the Year Pretty Little Liars Nominated
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Female Breakout Star Pretty Little Liars Won
2015 Independent Spirit Awards Robert Altman Award (shared with director, casting director and cast) Inherent Vice Won
2015 MTV Fandom Awards Ship of the Year (shared with Shay Mitchell) Pretty Little Liars Nominated
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Scene Stealer Pretty Little Liars Nominated
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Scene Stealer Pretty Little Liars Won
2017 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Drama Pretty Little Liars Nominated
Choice TV Ship (shared with Shay Mitchell) Pretty Little Liars Nominated


  • Pieterse, Sasha (2019). Sasha in Good Taste: Recipes for Bites, Feasts, Sips & Celebrations. Dey Street Books.


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