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Pretty Little Liars' Andrea Parker Reacts to Season Finale Twists, Previews Mary Drake's Next Move: 'I Love to Be Bad'

Pretty Little Liars‘ Mary Drake may not be big on smiling, but Andrea Parker assures TVLine, “I’m having the time of my life.”

Tuesday’s season finale re-introduced Parker as Mary — mother of the late Charlotte and twin sister of the even-later Jessica DiLaurentis — and Parker promises that the twisted reveals have only just begun.

“When I was hired [back in Season 2], I thought this was going to be an episode or two, maybe,” she says. “I had no idea that the character was going to recur. And, thankfully, it’s become so much more.”

Below, Parker reveals her personal reaction to the Mary Drake bombshell, shares her biggest challenge in the role and offers a not-so-subtle warning to “each and every one” of the Liars.

TVLINE | Mary seems like a huge departure from Jessica. How did you prepare to step into her shoes?
It was a quick turn. We started shooting right after we got the script at the table read, which was days before we shot the scenes with Mary. I didn’t have a lot of time to process what the character was going to be all about, so I just jumped in and flew by the seat of my pants.

TVLINE | At least you had Huw Collins there to help you through it.
I had just met him that day! I was so confused shooting that scene; I didn’t realize he has an English accent in real life, and Detective Wilden was there, and we were peeling each other’s faces off. It was a challenge to keep all of the information straight, but it was fun nonetheless. Come on, we all know how much I love to be bad.

TVLINE | So it must have been difficult for you to keep this all to yourself.
We shot this in October, so I’ve had this secret for six months, which has been really hard. I love the fans, we’re very close and I feel like I’ve been lying to them. I’m relieved that the secret is finally out.

TVLINE | Let’s talk about Mary’s look, which is very fun and dark. Are you a fan?
I think it’s amazing. Listen, I loved Jessica; she dressed with a lot of color, and she was very chic with her turned-up collars and little scarves. But she was also a little frumpy, so I’m excited to get away from those khakis. Mary, I’m assuming, wears a lot of black. She’s got an edge that I’m sure will be portrayed in her wardrobe.

TVLINE | The finale also reunited a lot of the show’s former couples. Do you have a personal favorite?
Personally, I ‘ship “Emison.” Mrs. D also shipped “Emison.” But it remains to be seen if Mary is even capable of ‘shipping at all. [Laughs]

TVLINE | Then you must be glad that Elliott is evil, for Alison and Emily’s sake.
It leaves room, yes it does!

TVLINE | So what you’re saying is that Mary’s real master plan is to make “Emison” happen.
[Laughs] Of course. Obviously.

TVLINE | We’re talking about Mary as a villain, but do you think there’s a sympathetic angle to her?
Oh, I think that’s a must. That’s what will make it interesting for me, and I expect for the fans as well. The love she has for Charlotte — and any other people that may or may not be in her past — would bring another dimension to her.

TVLINE | Has Marlene King shared her plans for Mary with you yet?
We’re getting together next week before we start Season 7 to have a big pow wow and make sure I’m up to date with all the goings-on of Mary Drake. … I’m ravenous. I need to find everything out.

TVLINE | What are you most excited to learn about her?
I think I’m most excited about investigating Mary Drake as a mother.

TVLINE | During that Facebook stream, Marlene referred to Season 7 as “the beginning of the end.” Are you excited to play arguably the largest role in that ending?
Marlene! Our beautiful matriarch. She is a champion for these characters and their relationships, and I trust her implicitly. The beauty, for me, is that friendship and loyalty are at the heart of this show. … I don’t think any of the Liars are safe. I think each and every one of ’em better watch their backs.

TVLINE | Wow, you really are having fun with this.
[Laughs] I get to work out my aggression at work. It’s all good.

TVLINE | As long as you don’t take the character home with you.
You’d have to talk to my husband about that. He’ll be your next interview.

Your thoughts on the big Mary Drake reveal? Hopes for Season 7? Drop ’em all in a comment below.

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24 Comments
  1. NM says:

    “I love the fans, we’re very close and I feel like I’ve been lying to them. I’m relieved that the secret is finally out.” – lol yes, us fans are so close to her and the characters she’s played. This is the worse kept secret and storyline to come out of a good season. No wonder this seasons ratings are going right down the drain. I hope season 7 is the last so I can finally give up on this ridiculous and repetitive storyline that keeps redirecting back to Alison’s unstable, crazy lunatic family.

    • liam5794 says:

      Just curious, but if its that bad, then why bother keep watching?

      • Saif says:

        hahahahhaha love ur reply! I hate when people complain, shows has their ups and downs u watch it through or you don’t!

      • Cornelius says:

        For me it is cause I started this show from day 1 so 6 years of my life watching this show . I was intrigued first 2 seasons about the A mystery but it got so stupid and messy that I only watch for the characters now could care less who A is. And this Mrs. D twin was so obvious.

        • NM says:

          Yes! Thank you.
          There are so many shows that go of course but you stick with it out of loyalty.
          I don’t hate the show but there are some storylines I don’t like and this is one of them.

        • Emma Eden says:

          lol so you spent 4 years of your life watching a show you dont even like? well done.

      • NM says:

        I never used the word “bad”, so please don’t put words in my mouth.

    • jamie says:

      Don’t watch it if you don’t like it. Duh.

    • KC says:

      Lol you’re crazy! That twist has given me chills! I am not ready for this roller-coaster to end! Lol I love shows that run past 8 seasons.All the nay-sayers are irrelevant.

  2. Leo says:

    Finding out Mrs. D had a twin and the doctor was evil is definitely the most boring convoluted twist in any shows I’ve ever watched.
    Do I even wanna know how a random file patient was hidden in that room which you need a frickin’ carpenter to get into?
    Also Ezria sex scene tried too hard to be fierce and sexy, it made me throw up a little in my mouth.

    • letstalk says:

      for me it was strange.
      especially when mrs D(in this case Drake) told – we finally will take what is mine.. and she was talking on the dilaurentis business. by which side did it belong to her? it is not her inheritance… totally crazy.

  3. Paige says:

    Although the writers picked an obvious choice for the twin, I thought they did a good job making her creepy! I think she will make a good villain. As for season 7, I hope that Nerd Toby makes another appearance! He had me swooning!
    What do you think the chances are for a season 8?

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  5. I’ve always enjoyed Andrea Parker’s villain roles. She has a certain fell for them that make them deliciously fun to watch. I can’t wait to see where she takes this one.

  6. jamie says:

    LOVED it! I loved seeing the old couples together, loved the twists too! I’ll be so sad when this show is gone. :(

  7. So Bryce Jhonson was really there?I thought it was a real mask.Anyway I love Andrea,I’m happy for her.

  8. Estefania Quintero says:

    I was sooo happy with this season finale!! Definitely worth the wait! I missed the good old plot twists and scary days of PLL. Cannot wait for Season 7!!!

  9. jenny says:

    Your show is awsom.

  10. Television says:

    This last episode seemed to last two seconds because it was so good. And it was actually creepy like old episodes.

  11. Andrew Cantone says:

    In the ending. We saw the Liars and the boys found out that Mrs. D is the twin. Then a text was recieved and it says. Thanks for giving me Hanna. You’re free to go. A.D. And we do know that A.D is Uber A. At the Bell tower we saw Hanna being kidnapped by Uber A. Is Uber A trying to kidnap Aria and Spencer next? It’s a little bit possible for now once Season 7 begins.