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Kara Royster Talks the End of ‘Pretty Little Liars’


Kara Royster is just like you. She is a fan of the TV shows and especially loves the ones she is a part of. When she booked the role of Yvonne on Pretty Little Liars, she was just as shocked as fans to learn that she would be Toby’s love interest, ending the Toby and Spencer relationship during the show’s time jump. As Pretty Little Liars comes to a close this spring, Royster is saying goodbye to the character everyone loves to hate and hello to the new roles where she will be stirring the pot and making your favorite shows much more exciting.

Cliché: What was your first acting role and what did it teach you?
Kara Royster: My very first acting role on TV was in Bucket and Skinner’s Epic Adventures (2011) on Nickelodeon. It was so much fun, and it made me realize that it takes many people to put on a production. It also showed me just how much fun I could have on a set. I got to be close with everyone and even stayed friends with some of them to this day, which shows that true friendships do exist in this industry.
Is acting the career you always wanted?
It is something that I have always wanted since I was very, very young. My sister, who was an aspiring actress, introduced me to it. She taught me that is was just a fun profession and was enjoyable even when acting in the saddest dramas. I was always having a good time creating these characters, diving into their stories, and bringing them to life. It was just something that was deep rooted in me that I always wanted to do.
Fans of Pretty Little Liars may know you as Toby’s new love, Yvonne. What do you love most about your character?
Being a part of Pretty Little Liars in general is insane to me. I was such a huge fan of it. I love how Marlene (the show’s creator) and that whole team created the character of Yvonne. Instead of her coming on as a mean girl or being the bitter girlfriend hating his ex, she was very mature and confident and very poised. I love her strength and how she handles all the situations. I think it is something very different that we don’t typically see with new love interests, so I was really happy that they had a different spin on it. It shows that you don’t always have to be so defensive.

I was always having a good time creating these characters, diving into their stories, and showing them off.

As the series comes to a close, what was it like joining such a beloved television show?
It was a dream come true. It was also kind of crazy coming in-between a love triangle. I remember when I was auditioning for the show, they finally revealed to me that I was going to be reading with Keegan Allen (Toby). I thought, “That can’t be right. He’s with Spencer—why would I?” Then, “Oh my gosh, oh no!” I already knew in my head that was going to be an issue, even if I didn’t get it yet. I was watching the show waiting for Toby and Spencer to happen. Coming in-between them was daunting, but the fans have actually been great about keeping it separate, like, “Hey Kara, you’re doing a great job. We hate Yvonne, but you’re doing great.” I’m a fan of the show, too, so just to be a part of the end of it is so much fun.
Is there anything you can tell us about the end?
It just gets so crazy very much at the start. You get a lot of good info, so that the rest of the time it’s about getting those answers and getting into the mystery of it [before it comes to an end]. It’s more mysterious, more dangerous…it’s everything a Pretty Little Liars fan would want.
Outside of Pretty Little Liars, you have been in many TV shows and movies. Is there one that you prefer over the other?
The bulk of my work has been in TV and I have always loved TV. I love that you can take a character’s arc over multiple seasons versus the hour or two-hour span of a movie. For example, you’ve seen the arc of these characters on Pretty Little Liars over seven seasons. However, I recently worked on Mono and it really opened my eyes to working on movies. I liked sitting down with the whole cast, reading this one story and then executing it. I also kind of learned to love that. I think TV is where my first love will always be, but I am very much open to the magic of the movies.
What’s coming up for you in 2017? What are you most excited about?
I am going to be doing a recurring role on The Fosters. I will be returning back to Freeform, which I love very much. I’ll be back at it, doing some more love triangle things and coming in-between the couples. There are a couple other things in the works that I will be able to talk about soon enough. I am excited about all the opportunities and I’m excited to see where 2017 takes me. I’m going to be open to trying out some different ventures, maybe getting involved in voice-over roles or something new.
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Kara Royster Talks the End of ‘Pretty Little Liars’: Photographed by Brandon Showers

A Look at Lucy Hale’s “Pretty Little” Street Style


If there’s one person that can rock anything, it’s Lucy Hale. The Pretty Little Liars star wowed fans when she returned in season 6 with short hair–and it looks like she isn’t growing it back for now. One thing that I love about Hale is that she’s so fashionably dynamic. From long to short hair, gown to bomber jacket, bold to natural, Hale can pull it off. She doesn’t stick to just one look, and the fact that she can make any and everything look good is inspiring. Admired for her sharp jawline and on-fleek eyebrows, Hale’s cuteness can’t be compared. On that note, let’s continue to admire some of Hale’s street style.


Courtesy of @lucyhale on Twitter

Hale pulls off a 90s street-look in this outfit: bomber jacket, denim, a white T-shirt, glasses, and a long necklace with a hint of messy hair.

The Perfect Summer to Fall Hairstyle


September is a month of transition — transitioning from vacation to a new school year, and from one season to another. So how does one make a smooth hair transition without totally kissing the summer spirit goodbye and quitting it cold turkey? Well, Nick Stenson, Creative Director for jcp salon and Matrix, and Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell are here to help you get the perfect summer to fall hairstyle: a “some hair up, some down” fishtail braid look!
A brush, a comb, a blowdryer, bobby pins, curling iron, Biolage Blow-In ControlBiolage Smoothing Shine MilkBiolage Style Freeze-Fix

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STEP 1: To prep the hair, use the Biolage Blow-In Control. This product is amazing for giving the hair flexible hold and and beautiful shine throughout the styling process.

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STEP 2: Another product to use on the hair before blow-drying is the Biolage Smoothing Shine Milk. What is amazing about this product is the fact that it is a protein base. It is really going to seal down the look all the way to the hair cuticle.
This product will also add a lot of shine and it will easily blow-dry into the hair so there will be no slip or fly-aways.

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STEP 3: For the fishtail braid, a lot of people think it is really hard, but it is actually very simple. Take two sections, start on the outside of one section and take a small piece and drop it to the center of the two sections. Repeat on the opposite side. Then take the two pieces that dropped into the center and cross and hold. Repeat the same movement till the end of the strands when you run out of hair. Secure with a small elastic.

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STEP 4: Pin the braid on the top and the bottom to secure its placement as you wrap around the back of the head.
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STEP 5: Finally, pin the hair from the opposite side to meet braid, pin the hair to continue the side ponytail look. This is where you create the 2-in-1 look where you can have it pulled up on one side, while allowing it to be down on the other.

STEP 6: To finish the look, curl the ends with a curling iron and apply Biolage Style Freeze-Fix to seal the look and you are done!
Photographed by Lisa Rose / Step by Step Tutorial by Nick Stenson