When the mysterious Jason DiLaurentis — aka the late Alison’s big bro — first rolled into Pretty Little Liars‘ fictional Rosewood, we had our suspicions. And now that he’s been around for a couple of Tuesday nights (ABC Family, 8/7c), we can say without hesitation that… we love him!
Sure, he’s broody and intense, but now we’re finally getting to see what his portrayer, Drew Van Acker, calls “the softer side” of Jason — which is a very good thing. Unraveling his secrets, however, will mean trouble for the sudser’s couple du jour. (Yes, we’re looking at you, Ezria.)
Up until recently, Jason has been a big question mark. But he’s back in a big way this Tuesday — and he’s got his smoldering sights set on Aria (played by Lucy Hale).
“Aria brings out a side in him that fans haven’t seen yet,” Van Acker previews. “He finds something in her that he can relate to, so there’s definitely a connection between them.” Which means… what we think it means? “I’m definitely stirring things up for the Aria/Ezra situation,” the actor insists.
But before Ezria fans revolt, hear the man out: “Jason is not this monster that everyone makes him out to be. He’s changed his life. In the beginning, everyone thought he was bad, and while no one knows either way just yet, you will see him opening up.” To clarify, this means he’ll be opening up to all of the girls, says Van Acker, not just everyone’s formerly pink-haired fave.
In the meantime, Van Acker tells TVLine that PLL viewers can look forward to an unveiling of “what he’s been up to in his old house,” as well as finally pinning down what exactly went wrong between Jason and his kid sis. “As the episodes go on, you’ll see more and more of their brother/sister relationship [in flashbacks], and why things became so tainted.”
Look for even more backstory on the reformed badboy in this week’s episode, when Jason’s estranged mother (played by Less Than Perfect‘s Andrea Parker, as TVLine first reported) returns to town. “Things aren’t where Jason wants the to be with his mom,” he says. “But at the smart time, they’re not enemies. They will find some answers, and also some closure.”