If there’s one person who loves Pretty Little Liars, it’s Lindsay. She has been obsessed with the series for years and when I had an opportunity to attend the press day for the Pretty Little Liars: Made Here Exhibit, I knew the perfect person for the occasion.
The exhibit features, props and costumes from the series and you can attend when taking the Warner Bros Tour.
Check out Lindsay’s full recap below and make sure and check out her site here!
The Pretty Little Liars: Made Here Exhibit at Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood
Pretty Little Liars is my ride-or-die show. Even when it’s ridiculously bad (which, hey, even the most stalwart fans have to admit it can be), I’m still hooked. So, when Mike asked if I wanted to attend a press event for the unveiling of the new Pretty Little Liars: Made Here exhibit at Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood, I couldn’t say “yes” fast enough – which is how I found myself standing shoulder to shoulder with a league of journalists on the WB lot Wednesday morning. It was definitely uncharted territory for me.
My very first press pass! (And yes, I got to keep it!)
While waiting to be let in to the exhibit, I spotted one of the PLL golf carts parked nearby. (Said golf carts should be familiar to anyone who follows the Liars on social media.) A fellow reporter and I started surreptitiously taking photos of it before finally working up the nerve to ask security if we could possibly pose for a pic on it. Amazingly, we were granted permission to do so and away we went, practically squealing the whole way! I can only imagine what the “real” journalists thought of us completely fangirling out over a pink golf cart.
Just sitting where many of the PLL girls have sat. NBD.
Notice the special message from series creator I. Marlene King on the back of the cart. Thankfully, we’ll all know who A is soon! (For those not in the know, the hit Freeform series ends its seven-season run on June 27th. Oh, say it ain’t so!)
Pretty Little Liars: Made Here is situated inside of Stage 48: Script to Screen, an interactive soundstage that all WB tourgoers get to visit as part of the tour experience. The exhibit runs from June 15th through August 15th.
I practically started drooling upon venturing inside. For a PLL die-hard like myself, Made Here is a must-see! The exhibit features a myriad of costumes, props and set décor from the show.
Want to see a re-creation of A’s lair? It’s there!
Fun fact – A’s dollhouse from the series is actually Marlene’s childhood dollhouse.
Also on display – the Liar’s Lament board game, which was featured prominently throughout the second half of Season 7.
The “game” is actually just a hollow box lit by a few circuit lights. It is not functional at all.
As a tour guide informed us, during filming, a prop master stationed underneath the box would control the movement of the structures on the board by pushing them up and down. The figurines of the girls were moved using magnets.
Visitors can also catch a glimpse of the Liars’ costumes from the pilot,
including Alison DiLaurentis’ (Sasha Pieterse) infamous yellow tank top.
Costumes from the Season 3 episode “This Is a Dark Ride” are on display, as well.
Also on site are files from Radley Sanitarium,
the infamous red coat,
the Liars’ friendship bracelets,
and copies of Then and Now, the book written by Ezra Fitz (Ian Harding) and Aria Montgomery (Lucy Hale).
I took 283 photos during my visit, so needless to say, there is a LOT to see!
Marlene King was on hand for the event, along with Sasha and Shay Mitchell, who portrays Emily Fields on the series. It was fascinating to hear them speak about their time on the show and about their favorite props and costumes.
Sasha spoke about how special it was to work at Warner Bros. every day, how she loved the lot’s vast cinematic history, the fact that there are two Starbucks onsite, and that she got to regularly walk past the stage where Friends, one of her favorite shows, was filmed. (A woman after my own heart!).
Shay recounted her favorite costume of the entire series, which happens to be featured in the exhibit. Because Mitchell’s “Emily” character was rather sporty and athletic, the role required her to wear tennis shoes every day. But in Season 3’s “This Is a Dark Ride,” Emily dressed up in a Barbarella costume, providing self-described “girly-girl” Shay her sole opportunity to don heels for an entire episode.
Though we did not get to take any selfies with the actors, it was incredibly exciting to be able to see them so up-close-and-personal.
I did get to meet and take a picture with Marlene, who could not have been nicer. She even taught me a selfie trick – tipping your camera upward will make you appear taller and thinner in photos. (Thank you, Marlene!) And she had me angle the shot so that A’s freaky clown mask would also be captured in the image. Getting camera tips from a Hollywood pro? I can’t think of anything cooler! (Sadly, the lighting from the many news cameras present made the focus of our pic a bit wonky.)
After Sasha, Shay and Marlene finished their solo press interviews (you can watch one of them here), we were led out to the backlot where the women posed for photos in front of the façade of the Rear Window Brew.
That façade can also be viewed during the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood.
We were then given our own little private tour of the Midwest Street portion of the backlot, which PLL fans should recognized as Rosewood, Pennsylvania.
I was most excited to go inside the house that masked as Aria’s on the series, which I had never done before.
That particular house is a practical set and both the interior and exterior of it were utilized on the show.
All in all, my visit was a magical experience. I cannot more highly recommend the Pretty Little Liars: Made Here exhibit or the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood. You can find out more information about the tour, as well as purchase tickets, here.