When "Pretty Little Liars" returns for a second season on ABC Family on June 14, the "liars" at the heart of the show will start off in the thick of controversy. Star Lucy Hale told OnTheRedCarpet.com host Rachel Smith recently that the damage the ladies have done to their reputations is almost irreversible. (Warning: Spoilers ahead!)
"I think at this point they're so deep into their lies that even if they didn't lie for the rest of their life they'd still be screwed because they're in way too deep," Hale said.
The successful television series is based on the wildly popular book series of the same name by Sara Shepard. The show has been described as the "Desperate Housewives" for the teen set.
"Pretty Little Liars" is about four girls, Hannah (Ashley Benson), Aria (Lucy Hale), Emily (Shay Mitchel) and Spencer (Troian Bellisario), whose lives and friendships come undone after the mysterious murder of their group leader Allison. A year after Allison goes missing, the group begins to receive messages from an unknown person going by the name of "A" threatening to expose secrets only Allison could've known.
The season one finale ended with Spencer being investigated in Allison's death and a series of other problems for the girls, including the missing body of Spencer's sister's fiancé Ian.
"The girls are in therapy and so the therapist has a big part in the girls' lives throughout season two," Hale said. "We sort of let everything come out and we talk more than we should to this therapist and then we find out that 'A' knows we're going to therapy and sort of messes with us in that way as well."
At the end of last season, Hale's character, Aria, had a bit of a bright spot to look forward to. Her boyfriend Ezra Fitz (who happens to be her high school English teacher) accepted a job at a local college.
"They think they've taken this to the next step, they think they did what they should do and now they can be somewhat public," Hale says about her character's relationship. "So Aria takes classes at this college, but his ex-fiancée is still around."
"Aria also has an eye for someone new too," Hale teased. "There's somewhat of a love triangle. "
Hale dishes on one more character, Emily, whose mother struggled to accept that Emily is a lesbian and whose military dad wants to uproot the family to Texas.
"Emily tells a big lie to her mother about Texas and at one point we don't know if she's going to go or stay," Hale says coyly. "I don't know how much I can share about that."
The actress also talked about how fans of the book have come around to accepting that the television adaptation will stray from the novel's storylines.
"At first people were a little upset that it wasn't, you know, exactly how it was in the books," she said. "But I think now people are beginning to realize that it's actually a good thing because it keeps the book readers excited and on their toes."
Season two of "Pretty Little Liars" begins on June 14 on ABC Family. ABC is the parent company of OnTheRedCarpet.com.
(Reporting by Rachel Smith, co-host of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" check for local TV listings.)