Pretty Little Liars alum,Lucy Hale stunned in series of designer dresses as she cover Haute Living
Los Angeles. The 28-year-old talked about how she experienced sexual assault,her career and being addicted to social media.
“I’ve experienced stuff on the small side, but assault is assault,”
“I think there are a lot of people who have been intoxicated and taken advantage of. It’s happened to me and people I know. It’s very common,” she says. “Luckily, I’ve been unscathed; nothing’s hurt me too badly.”
“It’s been really fun, but [taxing] to find an identity outside of my public persona. For a while, that’s who I thought I was,” she admits. “I thought I had to live up to certain expectations, of who people expected me to be. It was miserable trying to keep up with that and keep up a perfect image.” She pauses, then adds, “I’ve had to let that go.”
She had her epiphany shortly after wrapping Liars in late 2016. “I went through this weird phase, and it wasn’t the happiest I’ve ever been,” she recalls. “I was going through real human s**t that we all go through, and it was shortly after that that I told myself I was going to make some major changes that would make me happier. Part of that is cutting out all the bulls**t and making decisions for me, not for anyone else.”
“Fame and this preconceived notion of what my lifestyle is, it isn’t real,” she maintains. “It’s so artificial, so fake, and it could go away. It’s not real, and that’s what I’ve had to learn. Yes, I’m blessed: I have a house, a job, notoriety and people recognize me, and that’s what so many people would ask for. And that’s part of me, but not the whole picture. I have to find things that normalize me and keep me down-to-earth.”
“I’m just figuring it out just like everyone else. I’ll try to keep it real,”“It’s almost like a disease,” Hale notes. “We’re all so addicted to it, and to what other people are saying. Honestly, I know it sounds cheesy to say that social media was affecting my happiness, but it really was. It was important for me to disconnect from that, to put down my phone occasionally and live the life around me.”
Lucy’s show Life Sentence was cancelled after its first season with 13 episodes. She also won’t be reprising her role as Aria Montgomery in Pretty little liars: The perfectionists (i am so happy about the show by the way) which is set for release in 2019.