Wednesday night the Liars said their last goodbye to Rosewood while we got to watch their snaps and Instagram posts and live the heartbreaking goodbye with them. It’s great to be able to see it all unfolding, but this just means two goodbyes for us, one now, and one more when we watch the final 10 episodes.
Pretty Little Liars will always hold a special place in my heart because I got to interview the cast and producers in my very first press room at New York Comic-Con. I will always cherish my time with them and be forever grateful for the opportunity this show gave me. It’s amazing that my first press room was with a cast of a show that I love so much.
I’m sad, but also looking forward to the last episodes and how it all ends.
There were so many goodbyes from the Liars on Wednesday but there were two that really had me in tears. The first was when Troian Bellisario posted the email from her boyfriend Patrick Adams. He wrote her an email as Spencer saying goodbye and it was almost the most perfect way to say goodbye to these characters and this world.
Ashley Benson also had a touching goodbye with a photo of her head in her hands in her empty dressing room. Her message and her image beautifully described what we’re all feeling at the moment.
Ashley wasn’t the only Liar to say farewell to her character in a post. Lucy Hale also posted a goodbye to Aria with a throwback photo of the little fashionista. Just like Lucy, I will also miss Aria’s style. I probably wouldn’t wear half of what she wore on screen but Aria always pulled it off and I loved how brave she was in fashion. That might speak to braveness in other aspects of her life too. She always did anything for her friends and it’s why Spencer said, “You’re small, but you are mighty.”
Janel Parrish also had a heartfelt goodbye to Mona where she thanked the fans for everything.
Today, we all series wrap on @prettylittleliars. This picture was my first ever episode as Mona, 7 years ago. I am so blown away by what an impact this show has had on my life since. We owe it all to you, #pllarmy. Don't ever stop watching and loving us. And I owe it to you @imarleneking. Thanks for trusting me and believing in me and giving me a family and role to love for 7 years. Let's do this.
Shay Mitchell probably had the perfect yearbook post to say goodbye (by the way, did you know they got yearbooks that they all signed for each other!). She also forgot she was Shay for a moment and signed as Em. Yes, Shay, you will always be Emily Fields to us.
Today we let Aria, Alison, Hanna, Emily, and Spencer go while the rest of us tried to cope by eating cake. Thank you everyone for this incredible ride. I'm trying to breathe and soak it all in and I'm just so full of gratitude that this was my life for so long. Rosewood Forever, xoxo Em. I mean Shay 💋. #PLLForever
Ian Harding’s message to Keegan Allen was so touching. It’s great to know that they have long lasting friendships from the world we fell in love with.
This isn't a good photo, but it's an important one. I snapped it quickly from across a subway platform several years ago. Keegan and I were both working in the city, but managed to catch up one afternoon. We walked and talked for hours, waxing poetic and picking apart the little moments of our lives. It's a habit he and I continue to this day. Of the many blessings this show has bestowed upon me, meeting and befriending this fellow counts as one of the most important. Much love and happy wrap my friend. @keeoone
Take a look at the rest of the farewells and try not to cry while you read them, but keep those tissues handy.
In these last hours embodying our characters, I want to reflect on a great love I have for you. Last night, I was very present and took the time to really look at you as you are now. I have grown up with you and learned so much from you. I'm a better person because of you. I will continue to look up to you as an actor, because you care so deeply for our craft, and bring the greatest truth to everything you do. I absolutely love you Troian Bellisario. And as our characters drift off into space and away from our control, I remain grateful I could inhabit their existence with you right there to ground and protect me. I will miss these subtle moments and quick, brief glimpses of you and this whole surreal experience.
As I reflect on these years together in my dressing room on stage 6 on the WB lot (apparently James Dean once climbed above it and hid in the rafters) it is silent. I am unable to find the words to equate how tremendously emotional I feel. It is unlike anything I could ever explain. I will think about this often, and look back fondly on what we all shared together. I can't even believe it. So grateful for the support of our fans and friends. I will miss this family so very much.
I have kept so little in this room over the years, by Patti and Lo have been here through all of it. I guess I had hopes it would make it easy to pack up when the end came. Well, It took very little time but nothing about the packing was felt easy. Goodbye room (and my home for 7 years). Be good to the next girl. Whoever she is.
My heart is too full from yesterday's experience. Saying goodbye was heartbreak and release and hilarity and strange and yet somehow totally right. In an effort to capture the insanity I stole @rebeccawmakeup phone and took this photo of her station set up for "Spencer". This woman has made me look beautiful, strung out, crazy, glowing, tortured and tormented and then beautiful again EVERYDAY FOR 7 YEARS And through it all she has graced me with a kindness and a friendship that allowed me to do the best work I could and be the best person I could be. Thank you Bec Bec. You know we have so much more ahead.