The Pretty Little Liars aren't so devious after all! The stars from the ABC Family hit series (the second season premieres June 14) step out of their on-screen characters and team up to make a difference. The cast has collaborated with DoSomething.org and Staples to arm teens with the tools and resources they need to make a difference in their communities this summer. Individuals are encouraged to collect school supplies and drop them off at their nearest Staples store to ensure they get into the hands of thousands of deserving kids just in time for back to school. Shay Mitchell (Emily Fields) and Troian Bellisario (Spencer Hastings) reveal to In Touch the drive behind their effort to help teens in need and the upcoming dramatic season.
“Our demographic for Pretty Little Liars is kids that are in school…We know from going to school that it’s important to have those supplies,” Shay explains. “If you don’t have those tools, it’s impossible to get out of it what other students would get out of it with those supplies.”
The young stars are working to set up ad campaigns to compel schools to participate. “School is supposed to be exciting. I was so fortunate to be able to go in and get brand new school supplies, and it is expensive,” Shay says. “It would be really nice to start off the year and have something you are excited about.”
The cast is also turning to Twitter to help raise awareness. Shay tells fans, “If you send us a photo doing a drop-off, we will retweet it.”
Furthermore, according to Troian, the campaign will help the cast identify with their teen audience and share stories of their school habits. “I brought home every book every night,” she admits. “I took notes on everything. I even got the plastic cover binders and made collages for every subject.”
As for what you can expect for the second season, both girls seem very excited for what is to come. “This season is out of this world!” Shay gushes to In Touch. “We are so fortunate to have such a great crew. There are going to be some scenes in these episodes that we are shooting that are more intense than what we saw last year.”