Sasha Pieterse (/ˈpiːtərsə/; born February 17, 1996) is a South African-born American actress and singer-songwriter. She landed her first major role at the age of thirteen, as Alison DiLaurentis on ABC Family's series Pretty Little Liars, becoming the youngest cast member. Upon the success of the series, Pieterse earned a supporting role as Amy Loubalu in the 2011 Disney Channel film Geek Charming. In 2013, she starred in the teen comedy film G.B.F. which became a commercial and critical success.
Pieterse was born in Johannesburg, South Africa on February 17, 1996. Moving 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 acrobaticdance team who performed internationally. Pieterse was homeschooled and graduated at 14. She soon met with an agent who quickly signed her to an acting and modeling contract. Pieterse got her start in the business at the age of four, when she began working on commercials and print work. Pieterse has done numerous television commercials, including long-running national spots for Nesquick and Firestone.
When Pieterse was younger, she was featured on a national billboard for Supercuts, and modeled in the Macy's Passport Fashion Show, performing throughout California. Pieterse was featured on the cover of BELLO magazine "Young Hollywood", December 2014 issue. Pieterse appeared on the cover of the 2015 issue of TeenProm magazine.
In December 2009, Pieterse was cast in the ABC Family series Pretty Little Liars as Alison DiLaurentis, the former "queen bee" of her high school clique. She has had a regular role in the series since its premiere on June 8, 2010. In June 2014, Pretty Little Liars was renewed for a sixth and seventh season.
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 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].” Her second single, "R.P.M", was released on June 13, 2013.
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" and saying no when an unfaithful, lying ex-boyfriend asks for a second chance.