Storytelling changes the world!

Troian Bellisario, of Pretty Little Liars fame, in the lead role of Lauren on the YouTube channel WIGS. (Courtesy WIGS)

Troian Bellisario, of Pretty Little Liars fame, in the lead role of Lauren on the YouTube channel WIGS.
(Courtesy WIGS)

Lies, and secrets, and games…oh my! This is life that Troian Bellisario usually lives on the set of “Pretty Little Liars” as her role of the character, Spencer Hastings.

But that’s not all she does.

I had a chance to chat with Troian and fellow actress Jennifer Beals about their scripted drama “Lauren”, which is currently into its second season on YouTube.

Troian stars as Lauren, a soldier facing hardships by her superior officers. Jennifer’s character, Major Jo Stone, is her commanding officer who has to decide if she should help solve these issues or watch from the sidelines.

Since this show examines the life of women in the military, I asked the co-stars what they felt the message was conveying to women and how they developed their characters to achieve that goal.

“There are many different stories going on,” Jennifer said. “Lauren is the truth teller and although Stone has had a similar experience to Lauren’s, she does not know how to find justice for herself.”

Jennifer Beals as Major Jo Stone on "Lauren." (Courtesy WIGS)

Jennifer Beals as Major Jo Stone on “Lauren.”
(Courtesy WIGS)

There is a generational difference on how to deal with the same situation.

Jennifer also explained how they want women to tell the world if there is a problem that needs to be solved. “Speak up for yourself and advocate for yourself,” she said. “Storytelling changes the world.”

Troian agreed completely with Jennifer.

“It was amazing to read the script for the first time,” she said. “Bottom line is that you need to get the message across no matter what.”

It was great for LSY to see two young women helping others in the world by filming this show. Always share your story with the world and with us!

Francesca Harvey, LSY teen editor

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