When I heard that Pretty Little Liars is filmed on the same backlot used for Stars Hollow on Gilmore Girls, I knew I had to take a closer look. Sure enough, you’ll recognize a lot of same houses and streets if you’re a G.G. fan like I am.
The show is about four high school girls–Aria, Spencer, Hanna, and Emily–who are dealing with the mysterious disappearance of their friend Alison. They live in the posh town of Rosewood, Pennsylvania, in four beautiful houses.
Aria’s family lives in a beautiful old Craftsman-style home in Rosewood.
Holly Marie Combs plays Aria’s mother Ella. The photo above and below were taken from the pilot when the Montgomery family was moving into the house. Check out that old stove behind her:
The police show up at the girls’ houses a lot on this show–the minute they get out of one scrape, they get into another!
Chad Lowe plays Aria’s dad Byron, whose affair with a fellow teacher has put his marriage in jeopardy.
Aria’s brother Mike’s bedroom:
Aria is played by Lucy Hale. How I Met Your Mother fans may recognize her as Robin’s little sister.
Spencer, Hanna, and Emily gather in Aria’s bedroom to discuss the latest mystery in their search for Alison’s killer:
The show is based on a popular book series by Sara Shepard.
A close-up of Aria’s desk:
Hanna Marin (Ashley Benson) lives in a traditional two-story with a white-picket fence. Since her dad left them, she and her mom Ashley (played by Laura Leighton) are having to work hard to keep up appearances.
Most of the scenes in Hanna’s house play out in her white kitchen:
Hanna was supposedly “the fat one” who went to great lengths to lose the weight and reinvent herself after Alison disappeared. In flashbacks they make her wear baggy sweats to try to convince us she was chubby.
We finally got a look at Hanna’s bedroom recently, in Season 2.
Her yellow lamp looks like the ones Rachel Zoe has in her dining room, doesn’t it?
Emily Fields (Shay Mitchell) and her mother Pam (Nia Peeples) in the kitchen:
The house is painted in shades of soft green and tan.
It almost feels like pages out of a furniture catalog to me.
Norman Buckley, who has directed episodes of the show, wrote about creating the look for it:
The town of Rosewood doesn’t feel so much like a real town as a state of mind. Since PRETTY LITTLE LIARS is shot almost completely on the Warner Brothers lot, there is a dream-like quality to some of the compositions that feels melancholy and mysterious, very Hopper-esque.
It’s a really interesting discussion about how Edward Hopper’s paintings have influenced the show. You can read the rest on Buckley’s blog.
Spencer’s family is the wealthiest of them all. They always seem to come and go through this back door to the kitchen, so I haven’t been able to snap a pic of the front of the house yet.
At the beginning of the series, the kitchen looked like this:
At some point during Season One it got a makeover:
Rich-girl Spencer Hastings is played by Troian Bellisario.
If you watch closely, sometimes you can spot landmarks from Stars Hollow, like the classic white church in the center of town. Interesting to note the production designer is Rachel Kamerman, who also worked on “Gilmore Girls.”
P.S. Visit Houses Onscreen to see more, including…