Pretty Little Liars star Tammin Sursok has given birth to her first child. The 29 year old and her husband, Sean McEwen, welcomed daughter Phoenix Emmanuel Sursok-McEwen on Tuesday (08Oct13).
Sursok took to Twitter.com to share the good news and wrote, "Everyone is happy and healthy. A gift from God today. Pure love."
Sursok and her actor/director husband wed in August 2011.
Damn. That was one hell of a ride. In the too short hour-long Halloween Special, fans of Pretty Little Liars were bombarded with so much information that we’re now left feeling a bit nauseous, slightly dizzy, and a whole lot of confused. Now that [spoiler!] is dead and the PLL’s have been through yet another traumatic experience, the questions is: What is going to happen when the show returns in January? To help answer all of your burning questions, I caught up with the pretty little cast at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery last week to help clear up some of the crazy haze that just creeped across our TV screens.
SPOILER ALERT: Do not cross this line unless you’ve already seen the Pretty Little Liars Halloween Special. We’re about to discuss everything that happened!
The Rosewood Halloween Ghost Train was seriously disturbing. I’m sure many of you — myself included — found it difficult to pay attention while you were peeping out from behind your pillow. So let’s go over everything we learned, shall we?
— After spilling (what seems to be) everything he knows to Spencer (Troian Bellisario), Garrett (Yani Gellman) was killed. Actually if we want to be more accurate, Garret was murdered — by "A." Cause of death? No freaking clue, but he did look extremely creepy lying in that wooden crate next to Aria.
— Toby (Keegan Allen) and Noel’s (Brant Daugherty) “who’s a bigger badass?” fight knocked over a large cooler. It seems that the drinks for the party were sitting in the same container that a body bag from “Charon & Sons Funeral Directory” was chilling in. Whether or not it’s Ali’s (Sasha Pieterse) body is still to be determined but we do know one thing for sure: That’s so freaking gross!
— Mona (Janel Parrish) has perfected an escape route from Radley Sanitarium and it seems she is now free to come and go whenever she pleases. She’s also a really creepy singer and a really, really talented paper-mache mask maker.
— In a flashback we learned Garrett was thisclose to bludgeoning Ali in the head with a field hockey stick on the night of her murder. He didn’t actually go through with it… but Jenna (Tammin Sursok) thinks he did. — Ali takes the word super-skank to a whole other level. On the night of her death, Ali was looking mighty cozy with Aria’s dad. “I’m not the one that makes people do these things. If you don’t pay for your mistakes, how can you become a better person?” she cooed. Basically their conversation was laced with some major statutory rape vibes.
— Toby is still an “A” and it seems for now his job is to keep calm and continue his charade as the brooding boyfriend. Spencer is eventually going to find out about her man’s hypocritical hobbies, but for now she remains blissfully unaware.
Sheesh! That was a lot of crazy to jam-pack into one episode and, unfortunately, we have to wait until January before we have more answers. Luckily for all you little liars out there, I’m overly eager and I’ve gathered up a healthy heaping of spoilers for what’s to come when Season 3 continues. Consider it an early Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Years present…
She’s a Hoe fo Sho: We caught up with Sasha Pieterse to gush about her inappropriate relationship with a much older man — a man who just so happens to be the father of one of her best fiends. (Totally against girl code.) "It’s really exciting and kind of bizarre and it’s very on the creepy side and it’s so funny how Ali dominates everyone she comes in contact with,” she says. (I’m not sure if I’d describe it as “funny,” but, yes, Ali’s domination skills are a force to be reckoned with.)
Pierterse continues, “You will see this kind of new dimension and you look at Ali in a totally different way. It's so exciting and I can’t wait for the viewers to see it and see what they think. They might hate me a little bit but, they might hate the other person more.” Agreed. As effed up as Ali may be, Aria’s dad seems to be one sick and twisted man.
Cruel Intentions: We know that Toby is an “A,” but there are still so many questions left just begging for answers. For instance, was his entire relationship with Spencer an elaborate lie or does he truly care about her deep down? Keegan Allen — always the romantic — says he believes his character really does love his little liar. “Oh yeah, I feel like he does but it’s tough to say at this point,” Allen says, “But he is 'A' and 'A' is evil and 'A' is destructive and dangerous, so whatever we see I can’t really even tell if it’s all an act or if it’s all real.” When the show returns, be prepared to learn a whole lot more about Toby’s past. For example, did you know that he and Ali had a secret past? Get excited for some drama-filled flashbacks!
Rosewood’s Power Couple: Noel and Jenna are without a doubt two twisted individuals, but together they’re downright terrifying. We asked Tammin Sursok if fans can expect more from this demented duo. “I think we’re both really evil so I think it’s exciting to not just be doing it by myself but to get to do it together,” she says. Brant Daugherty echoed his on-screen girlfriend's thoughts: “There is definitely something there. I think we’re kind of bonded in fire. Kind of joined forces and there is a mutual respect. [We] kind of fell in love from there.”
Love, huh? Well, it seems like Sursok has a slightly different view on their relationship: “I would assume that Jenna is worse than Noel so I would say that Jenna is probably using Noel for something and he probably cares about her. That’s my take.” Hell hath no fury like a (formerly blind) woman scorned!
Crazy Little Liar: It’s only a matter of time before Mona is out of Radley for good, but will we learn the secrets of her insane asylum escape route? Yep! “You will find out, yes you will,” Janel Parrish nods with a devilish smile. “You’ll find out exactly how smart Mona is and how manipulative she is to get her way at any time. She’s a genius. She’s been playing dumb for a very long time but she gives Spencer a run for her money.” When we return to Rosewood, fans may be surprised to see Mona strutting down the high school hall as if nothing has happened. “I’m excited for fans to see Mona’s return … [in] the first episode, she comes back to school and she has no idea how people are going to react to her."
Mona’s first order of back-to-school business will be to mend things with her former best friend. Parrish says, “Mona may come to her and say, ‘I’m all better and I want to be friends. I want to fix this.’ And the question is: What will Hannah do?”
What did you think of the Pretty Little Liars Halloween Special? We’re you surprised when Garrett died? Are you excited to see what’s coming up when season three continues next year? Scream it out in the comments below!
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All aboard the crazy train! The Pretty Little Liars Halloween Special is almost here and fans should be prepared for heart-pounding, fear-inducing, Fant-A-stic thrill ride! After their completely traumatizing experience with Nate (aka Maya’s fake cousin) the four friends—Aria, Hannah, Spencer, and Emily—are hoping to leave their troubles at the station and hop aboard the Rosewood Halloween Ghost Train for a little All Hallows' Eve fun. However their hopes for a low-key night are quickly derailed when they realize that there are multiple “A’s” working together to turn their journey into the train-ride from hell.
SPOILER ALERT! Do not proceed unless you really want to know more about tonight's thrilling new episode of Pretty Little Liars. No seriously stop reading right now!
Hollywood.com braved the beyond-creepy Hollywood Forever Cemetery last week to catch up with the stars of Pretty Little Liars and find out just how terrifying Tuesday’s Halloween special will be. The lovely Lucy Hale can sum up the craziness of the hour-long episode in just three words: “Someone will die.”
Executive producers Marlene King and Joseph Dougherty admit that this episode is unlike anything PLL fans have seen before. King boasts, “This is a movie. This is not a typical episode of Pretty Little Liars in any, way, shape or form. We set out to make a movie and that’s what we’re bringing the fans.” Dougherty stresses that viewers should pay close attention to each and every little detail that fills the screen. “Be prepared to look at it again because you’re friends are going to be screaming during the whole episode.” He explains, “There’s a lot of stuff going on. You’ll be looking at things in the frame that you won’t know what you’re seeing until the end of the episode.”
One of the most unbelievable and shocking moments in PLL history was finding out that Toby (Keegan Allen) is actually apart of the “A” team. (Our jaw are still on the floor!) So of course we had to ask the EP’s what the oh-so attractive two-timer is up to on this mobile Halloween bash. King reveals, “It’s safe to say that Toby maintains his rouse during the Halloween event and it’s not until we come back in January that the PLL’s are going to start to question his motives.” Dougherty warns, “But keep your eye on him when he doesn’t think that anyone is looking.” Yikes!
Unfortunately it’s not just Toby who will be causing havoc on the tracks. The showrunners revealed that there are “multiple foes” aboard the train who are going after the liars. Dougherty concludes, “Yes it’s bad enough when you’re on the train and you can’t get off. It would be bad enough if it was only “A” on the train—but there are other forces at work on this train.”
To get more details on these other forces, we caught up with the original A, and recent asylum escapee herself Janel Parrish, aka Mona. The 23-year-old actress says fans can expect to see a whole lot of “WTF!” moments in the 13 Nights of Halloween Special. “There’s a lot of twists and turns and people working together that you’re going to be like ‘What is that? How do they know each other? Why are they talking to each other?!’ Just connecting the dots a little bit and keeping people on their toes, as per usual.” Parrish admits that she was floored once she found out who dies at the end of the episode, but she would expect nothing less from Rosewood. She laughs, “It’s a creepy small little town, everyone has their secrets.”
Tammin Sursock, who plays Jenna, echoes Parrish’s thoughts saying that this death is definitely not someone that she would’ve ever expected. “Someone dies and it’s someone that is a main character. I think that when any main character in any show dies it’s a big deal, but for this it’s even bigger because it shows you so many more clues about the show and I think more people will die too,” she said.
When asked if this character dies at the hands of an “A,” Sursok was quick with her response: “Yes. Yes, yes, yes!” The South African native says the mysterious details about her on-screen stepbrother Toby will eventually be addressed. “I don’t think in this special, but definitely the next couple of episodes you find out who is connected to him, and just how evil he really is and how connected Jenna is to that whole sort of saga.”
It’s hard to believe that Spencer’s (Troian Bellisario) ab-tastic beau is in fact a true member of the “A” team. So to help clear up some of these rumors we made sure to catch up with Allen on the carpet for some mano-a-(wo)mano bonding to get the scoop. Allen begins by saying that the backlash from August’s season finale has been brutal. “I feel like I did something wrong and I didn’t I just play a character on TV that did something wrong.” He continues, “Okay it’s really really wrong. Actually pretty unforgiveable. He is an “A” and I would never forgive him for this.” It's nice to know we're all on the same side here!
Many fans are hoping that Toby is working as a pretend “A” to defeat Rosewood’s psychotic cyber-bullies from the inside. When we brought up this speclation to Allen he just smiled and said, “That’s a great theory but I can neither confirm nor deny that.” Aw shucks! But there is one thing we do know for sure: Spencer is definitely going to find out about Toby’s double life! Whether it’s in this Halloween special or not is something that we can’t reveal just yet, but Allen does warn us that tonight’s episode is definitely not one to be missed. “What is so great is the audience is going to watch this episode and they’re going to know that Toby is “A” and nobody else except for Mona knows and that’s gut-wrenching to watch.” Allen says darkly, “The worst nightmare for a lot of people has come true.”
The Pretty Little Liars Halloween Special airs tonight on ABC Family at 8 PM. Plus check back to Hollywood.com for a PLL Post Mortem to discuss tonight’s devilishly daring episode!
How are you feeling about tonight’s Pretty Little Liars episode? Which character isn't going to make it off the train? Who do you think is apart of the “A” team? Send us your sppoky speculations in the comments below!
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