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    • Troian: (on her struggles regarding appearances and the comparison with her Pretty Little Liars co-stars)Honestly, it's an ongoing struggle. Especially for a woman on a show that has the word 'pretty' in it! Sometimes I feel like I'm trying too hard, like I don't belong. I just look around at Lucy, Shay and Ashley and I'm just like, 'Why am I on this show?'

    • Troian: (on getting compliments on her beauty) Getting compliments is wonderful and everyone should feel beautiful in their own skin. But I get my hair and make up done professionally. For a job. That's not beauty. That's make up it's a curling iron and hairspray. What's beautiful is inside you. It's your creativity. It's your intelligence. Your empathy and your kindness to your fellow man

    • Troian: (her opinion on climate change) We are the polar bear - Not our grandchildren or their grandchildren. Climate change is happening now, to us.

    • Troian: (on her liking Paris) Merci à Paris- U r the craziest most beautiful home away from home. I will never forget you and I will run to come back. À bientôt mon amour

    • Troian: (on her character in Pretty Little Liars having an addiction) Portraying a character's addiction is a challenge. I'm grateful to the writers of Pretty Little Liars for helping take it on with respect and authenticity.

    • Troian: I think I am so far from perfect. In fact I don't know anyone who is, perfection is boring, flaws are what make human.

    • Troian: (on doing the noir themed episode Shadow Play of season 4 of Pretty Little Liars) There was a about it, a deliberateness, & a feeling that we were making something beautiful and different together!

    • Troian: (on doing the hair and makeup for the noir theme episode Shadow Play of season 4 of Pretty Little Liars) Usually we have about 1.5 hrs of hair and make up to look "normal. so I was happy to do that same time to look period.

    • Troian: I have a lot to be happy about and a lot more I want to do.

    • Troian: (on having been challenged to achieve since childhood) My high school was a private school where you went to an Ivy League. That's just what was expected of you and nothing less. So I grew up never being okay with a 'B' because a 'B' was not good enough.

    • Troian: (on having grown-up with fame around her) I've always known people in the spotlight and people who just grew up in LA and had nothing to do with the industry. It's not a glamorous thing to me. It's just a different type of business. I've seen friends go down the path of drugs or letting the spotlight go to their heads. I've witnessed that. It's not a very good option if you want to have a long career like I do and do a lot of different things.

    • Troian: I'm not a glamorous girl. I don't know how to do my hair. I'm very bad with makeup.

    • Troian: As an actor I really want to be challenged, and I thought that this was a story that needed to be told. It spoke to me not just as an actor, but also as a person.

    • Troian: I'm partial to slouchier, more free clothing. My icon is Patti Smith, so the more rips, the more punk, the more comfortable I feel.

    • Troian: (on preparing for her role in Lauren) You know, my father was in the military and one of the first things I said was that I need somebody who is military trained, who can teach me how to walk and salute like a soldier and who will not placate me, or be like, "that was really good for an actor!" I was like 'No Bullshit! I need to know when I'm looking bad and when it's wrong and when I'm doing it right'.

    • Troian: That's really what changed for me: learning how to juggle and learning how to be easier on myself. I'm like Spencer at this point in my life: I get stressed out really easily, and the first thing I have to do is not let myself go down that road.

    • Troian: (on her name) I've never met any other Troians. I've only been told of them. I came really close. One of my best friends in elementary school went to a different school. Her math teacher heard about my name, and she was going to name her kid that. I remember this whole week where I was freaking out that there was going to be another Troian in the world.

    • Troian: I was definitely a tomboy. My mother liked to dress me differently, but it was her loss when I came home with mud in my hair every day. I've always been more comfortable with guys, I don't know why. But I have always had one best girl friend, and no one gets closer than her.

    • Troian: I was also drawn to the story because it made me aware of an issue that I really had no idea about. I really believe that when taking on a new role, you, as an actor are expanding yourself. You are learning more about another human being's experience in the world and with Lauren, my eyes were opened to a very different world, and also a very tragic one.

    • Troian: I absolutely looking forward to having my own family, but personally, I have a lot of things to work out before I get there. Right now I'm in this blessed period of having a family that I choose to run with in this kind of pack of friends.

    • Troian: Not only do I want to be an actress, I want to be one on my own and be good at it on my own.

    • Troian: (on nepotism and on wanting to get success on her own) I had the opportunities and I took them for the experience. I was always aware of the nepotism. I didn't feel respect on the set. I didn't focus on what I was doing. I focused on, 'These people think I'm only here for one reason, because of my dad.' I didn't like it.

    • Troian: Everybody's really been positive about the show, and I'm really grateful and want people to enjoy it. But I don't know how much I'm really into celebrating. What you have to love is the work, not the success.

    • Troian: (on handling criticism) My dad told me that night after seeing me in The Crucible that I had done a great job, but the next day one of my favorite teachers told me I had ruined the play for her - that in so many ways I could have gone further. So it's like, I can't attach myself to a negative position, or a positive position. I just take them in.

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