Dre Davis (Project Runway) is one of the latest recurring guest stars on Pretty Little Liars portraying Sara Harvey, the other girl who was kidnapped around the same time as Alison. We first hear about her in season 4 when Hanna’s digging up research but it isn’t until season 6 that we get to meet the mysterious girl. Sara most recently has stolen the heart of Emily Fields, resident…
Popsugar Reading Challenge (Follow my progress here):
A book by a female author
A mystery or thriller
A book set in high school
A book based on or turned into a TV show
How I Found It: Needed something to check off the “based on or turned into a TV show” category on the PopSugar challenge. These books/TV show have always been in the back of my mind to read/watch, so why not?
I will send a thing your way tomorrow. He hasn't quite hatched yet. So to speak. Plus it's nearly 1am.
AH- I also have a baby ready to hatch! Would mind terribly maybe messaging her too? sara-demone < is the one. It’s Acoda’s twin that she has no idea exists yet. Part of a bigger plot I had started developing for Acoda last year, and I will look forward to it > w <
Um… I think perhaps she’s Bethany? I just feel like Bethany is more important than Sara in the story of PLL and I think it would be more likely for Bethany to be involved more than Sara. Perhaps Bethany is pretending to be Sara so she could be involved with the girls and find out shit for Charles and manipulating Emily? I don’t know, she’s definitely sketchy.
Hmm, I don’t love her, but I don’t hate her. I mean, the girl was in the dollhouse for over two years and she went through some horrible things which has had an effect on her. I think if she is actually Sara and not Bethany or part of the A mystery and just Sara Harvey then I think Sara is looking for attention. I mean, she can’t find it from her mother, her family, her friends, even Charles, and Emily, compassionate Emily is showing her that attention and I think Sara is seeing this and she doesn’t want the attention to go so she makes situations up so she can be with Emily? Like with Lesli running her over?
I don’t trust Sara one bit and I think it would be a good twist to make her a villain and manipulating Emily all this time. It sure would be more interesting.
I sat down with Dre Davis, the actress and model who plays Sara, to find out more about Sara’s intentions, her sexuality, and why she’d want to get stranded on an island with Nina Garcia.
AfterEllen: Given the developments of last night, it’s clear that Sara is interested in dating Emily. Do you think she is queer or just enjoying the comfort and safety that Emily provides?
Dre Davis: That’s a very interesting question, and I’ve thought about that before, because she is only 17, so she is still discovering herself. I think that anyone at 17 is still figuring out who they are, but it is very vital that she’s been out of society for a couple of years, so she’s been essentially out of herself in relation to other people, so I think that it’s kind of new for her, that she’s discovering herself through Emily, but also getting back to anybody touching her…even a finger on her and she quivers, so I think that, you know, there’s a fine line between that. I do think that she’s gay, but this is something that, she’s not just had to discover that right away, but just how it feels at all to be touched by someone else.
AE: When you first signed on to PLL, did you know that you’d be playing a romantic love interest for Emily?
DD: I did know there was going to be a relationship with Emily, because there were two scenes I did in the audition—one of them had a kiss, so that gave it away!
AE: Yeah, I imagine that would. So the majority of your scenes have been with Shay Mitchell—what’s it like to work with her?
DD: It’s been great. She’s really funny, she’s really nice. She’s super-quick on set; they’re all pros, they’ve been doing it for years, and I’m new to TV, I did mostly modeling and theatre work, which is a completely different medium, so I’ve essentially been learning just by watching them. Shay’s been great because she’s so well-adjusted on set, and she’s been kind of guiding me, gradually. She’s been wonderful. They’ve all been very cool, actually.
AE: One of your first gigs was as a model on season 8 of Project Runway. So I have to ask, if you were trapped on a desert island, who would you rather have with you: Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, or Michael Kors?
DD: Nina Garcia, she’s quick-witted and honest. I mean, they all are, but I felt like she was pretty smart and a problem solver.
AE: I feel like Nina would get shit done, like she’d build a fabulous shelter.
DD: Michael Kors could build a shelter since he is a designer, but I would pick Nina, that’s my first instinct. She’s a grounded woman.
AE: So, will we be seeing Sara after the big time jump post-summer finale?
DD: You will see me, yes. Sara is there.
AE: PLL has a massive, rabid social media fan base with lots of intense fans. How has that been for you?
DD: Oh my gosh! When I started, my numbers jumped up like crazy, and I was so amazed by the reaction that fans had off the show and how much they enjoyed it and enjoyed interacting with the actors. I’ve definitely gotten a lot of messages, comments and stuff, and the bulk of it is incredibly sweet, it’s like too much! Not in a bad way but everyone’s been so kind. Yeah, there is some negative backlash, which is completely fine. Because I’m in a relationship with Emily, there’s definitely been fans that aren’t happy about that! But I’ve been totally surprised by the reaction I’ve gotten!
AE: Emily fans can be crazy.
DD: The Emison shippers, I’ve heard from them.
AE: So let’s talk about those tattoos Sara got with Emily. On a scale from one to Lauren Conrad, how basic was Emily’s “courage” tattoo?
DD: [Laughs] What are the numbers between? I don’t know how to answer that. Can I say 5? That could be anything, if Lauren Conrad can be a number, I think I’ll stick with 5.
AE: That seems fair. Now, it’s time for the PLL Survival Exercise: you are trapped in Charles’s Dollhouse and you come upon a table. There a three items you can chose from to defend yourself with. They are: a mannequin leg, a creepy old doll that shoots flames, or a beer mug filled to the brim with pot cookies. Which do you choose?
DD: That’s tricky. I’d say the second one because it’s like a weapon but the third one, I don’t like the fact that it has pot in it because I can’t smoke pot, but I do need food, so I’m gonna go with the pot cookies. I think actually that’s the most practical choice.
AE: I don’t consider that third option a weapo—.I consider it dinner. Just kidding.
DD: I need to eat and I like cookies!
AE: Fair enough.
You can catch Dre Davis as Sara Harvey on Pretty Little Liars and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @drelyndavis
You live in a church where you sleep with voodoo dolls and you won’t give up the search for the ghosts in the halls you wear sandals in the snow and a smile that won’t wash away can you look out the window without your shadow getting in the way oh you’re so beautiful with an edge and a charm but so careful when I’m in your arms
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A book by a female author
A mystery or thriller
A book with a one word title
A book you finish in a day
A book set in high school
A book based on or turned into a TV show
How I Found It: I was hopeful that after reading the first Pretty Little Liars that I wouldn’t feel compelled to read the 600 others of them, but I sort of did (I may give up and read Wikipedia summaries eventually) and as long as I was on vacation at a cabin in the northwoods, I thought, why not?
Dre Davis (Project Runway) is one of the latest recurring guest stars on Pretty Little Liars portraying Sara Harvey, the other girl who was kidnapped around the same time as Alison. We first hear about her in season 4 when Hanna’s digging up research but it isn’t until season 6 that we get to meet the mysterious girl.
Sara most recently has stolen the heart of Emily Fields, resident leather-wearing badass and I had the pleasure of chatting with Dre about their chemistry, the future of Sara and how she prepared for the post-traumatic distressed character. Check it out below!
Your character, Sara Harvey, was held hostage for a few years and when she gets thrown back into society experiences major PTSD. How did you prepare yourself for that?
“Well I thought about her physicality and vocally because she hasn’t been speaking for so many years, so how would her voice come out? I thought about how her voice would evolve from when she first got out of the bunker to each day going past that because if she hasn’t been using her voice and nobody’s really been touching her, she hasn’t had any human interaction. So there’s a lot going on physically as well as emotionally. Emotionally it’s a completely different ball game. She’s just completely on edge and fragile and afraid. So there were a lot of elements that I felt helped me in the creation of her. Coming out and almost reawakening to the world.”
Almost immediately she instantly bonds with Emily. She could have bonded with any of the other characters, they were all kind of in that situation, not as long as Sara but they were all in that isolation state. Why do you think those two really seemed to connect?
“Part of the reason is Emily came to the hospital and she opened herself up to Sara and Sara hasn’t had anybody look out for her. It’s even one of the lines, ‘I’ve never had anybody look out for me before’ and that’s Emily’s personality. She watches out for people. Sara hasn’t really had anybody like that really approach her.
So that’s part of it but I also think that with certain people there’s a certain chemistry that is unexplainable and you’re like, ‘I don’t know why I can’t be away from this person right now,” but you just gravitate towards another energy and Sara and Emily share that, they’re drawn to each other. Especially because they’re both also struggling not just with being locked up but also with understanding their sexuality and who they are. You know they’re young girls, they share some similarities.”
I really like that about Sara. She didn’t have some revelation it’s just that she had that connection and it just worked.
“I think with some people it’s instant. You know there are some people in your life that it almost seems immediate. You can’t really fake that and that’s what Emily and Sara have together.”
Going off of that you and Shay Mitchell had a lot of heavy, drama-filled scenes, so how do you guys tend to shake off that tension after filming?
“It’s a pretty light and fun set. I’m a bit different I don’t really pay attention to how other people prepare. When I’m going into a heavy scene, I usually sit in my trailer or I spend time alone, getting into a certain emotional state. But then afterwards you just step out of it. We go so fast, you only have a couple takes and there’s really not any rehearsal time. You have to get in there, get to the meat of it and then you’re on to the next scene. That’s how TV is, I have a lot of experience in theater where you had so much rehearsal time and time to work on the scene with other people. With TV it’s just not that, so that was an adjustment for me but it’s just something I had to adjust to.
It’s so much fun and it’s strange because I’ve been acting for years but when I got into the TV set I was a little scared because it’s such a different medium. It’s a great medium but it’s different how it affects your process.”
Were you a fan of the show before you got involved with it?
“Years ago when it came out I thought it was so great that these girls booked the show. It’s such a great opportunity so now looking back on it it’s exciting to see that I’m involved in it. I didn’t watch every episode but I watched it when it first came out.”
So you were already aware of the type of reception audiences gave the show before joining. What have you learned being part of such an incredibly provocative and highly social media integrated show?
“I wasn’t expecting that people would make edits of me on Instagram or have a reaction to me. So it was exciting but I also see it as an opportunity. So many girls reach out and are like, ‘growing up is difficult’ and what’s so great is that we [on the show] have the opportunity to sort of reach out to these young girls and even in the writing, in the characters, they’re all struggling with things. Which I think helps young girls realize that they’re not alone and feel like they can relate to the characters on the show.
I’ve seen this as an opportunity to have a voice and help people in a way. And not everyone likes me but that’s totally cool! [laughs] I like them anyways!”
I know your character has definitely gotten some backlash because of who your character is dating. I will say I was one of them and then I saw this week’s episode and I thought, ‘okay…I get it. It’s okay’.
“[laughs] Yeah you never know what to expect with the show! I just tell myself I’m not the writer, I’m not Sara, we’re just actors. I’m not really in a love relationship with Shay. I don’t take it personally.”
The summer finale is coming up in about two weeks can we expect to see Sara in the next few episodes and hopefully in the next season as well?
“I don’t even know how many episodes I’m signed on for. They let me know as I go but you will see me in the time jump and then we’ll see.”
Far we hope!
“Absolutely [laughs] I’d love to stay!”
Your interaction on the show has been kept mainly with Emily and her mom. Will audiences get to see you interacting with the rest of the cast and if not, who from the show would you like to see Sara interacting with?
“I’ve been in scenes with everyone but I haven’t had much interaction, like one-on-one interaction with everyone. I think…Aria. It would be cool to have a scene with Aria I haven’t had a one-on-one scene with her.”
That would be interesting. She’s kind of against Emily immediately bonding with Sara so that’d make for an interesting dynamic.
“I agree, I think Aria has a strong character and I think Sara has silent strength. So it would be interesting to see what would happen, if sparks would fly, I don’t know [laughs]. I also think Lucy’s a really great actor so it would be cool to do a scene with her.”
I think that’s the thing with Sara is that there’s so much we don’t know about her. What do you think audiences would be most surprised to find out about her?
“Well I can’t really say! [laughs] She is a surprising character, she’s very mysterious so you just have to stay tuned and see! But honestly I’m surprised by her every week because I get the scripts as they come and I’m just like, ‘Oh my God Sara! Sara what are you doing?’ it’s so fun!”
There’s only two more episodes left this summer so be sure to tune in and check out Dre Davis and the rest of the cast on ABC Family’s, Pretty Little Liars and you can follow Dre on Twitter and Instagram @DrelynDavis.
CW In Early Stages Of Developing An ARROW/FLASH Superhero Team-Up Spinoff Series
Deadline is reporting that the CW is in the early stages of developing an additional Arrow/Flash spin-off series with Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Marc Guggenheim at the helm. The potential series would put the focus on several fan-favorite characters already established in the Arrow/Flash universe including headliners Brandon Routh, Victor Garber, Wentworth Miller, and Caity Lotz.
While details about the project remain scarce, Routh, Garber and Miller are all set to reprise their current roles, and while he isn’t mentioned in the report, it would probably be safe to assume the other half of Firestorm, Robbie Amell, will also be involved in some capacity. Lotz’s role is the only one that remains a bit of a mystery as her Sara is currently six feet under. Could this mean Sara is a little less dead than Arrow wants us to believe? Or will she be playing a new character?
Additionally, the new project is going to feature three major DC characters who have never appeared in a live-action TV series before. As to who these characters may be, your guess is as good as mine. Green Lantern? Nightwing? Hawkgirl? Starfire? Batgirl? The Question?!?
The show is not expected to be a part of the current pilot season, but could go straight to series in time for midseason next year.
Four years after the sudden death of his wife, forty-year-old bestselling novelist Mike Noonan is unable to write and plagued by vivid nightmares set at the Maine summerhouse he calls Sara Laughs. Mike reluctantly returns to the lakeside getaway and finds his beloved Yankee town held in the grip of a vindictive millionaire, Max Devore, who is trying to take his three-year-old granddaughter away from her widowed young mother, Mattie. As Mike is drawn into Mattie’s struggle – and begins to fall in love with her – he is also drawn into the mystery of Sara Laughs, now the site of ghostly visitations and escalating terrors. What do the forces that have been unleashed here want of Mike Noonan?