Having starred as the wide-eyed yet head-strong Aria Montgomery in Pretty Little Liars for seven years, Lucy Hale knows a thing or two about retaliation and revenge. While her character in PLL, along with her four best friends—Emily, Spencer, Alison, and Hanna—received the brunt of the beating from the enigmatic and malicious A, Lucy’s role in her new film, Blumhouse Productions' Fantasy Island, wears the shoe on the other foot.
Based off the TV series of the same name, Fantasy Island, a supernatural horror thriller, follows five strangers as they embark on an island that promises to grant their deepest desires. Amongst the group is the feisty Melanie who, after being humiliated by one girl her entire high school life, is now out to get sweet, sweet revenge—even if her sought after payback comes in the form of her arch nemesis’ hologram. Thus, kickstarts her own fantasy. But, as Melanie and her comrades will soon find out, oftentimes our greatest wants come with terrifying consequences.
Find out why in our exclusive interview with the actress, below.
What about the role or the story made you say yes to this project?
"I think Melanie has quite an interesting arc in the movie, and there's so many different sides to her. She was very dimensional, which I thought was very cool. Obviously shooting in Fiji for two months was a wonderful selling point and I love the genre. It was really fun. I read the whole script and I thought it seemed like a lot of fun, and sure enough, it was. I got to do things I hadn't ever done before."
By the end of the film, what would you like the audience to take away from your character specifically?
"Um, don't hate her. No. [Laughs.] I mean I think that there's so many takeaways from the movie, but ultimately I think I just want people to have fun watching it. But on a deeper level, I think that if people are going to take anything big away from it, I think that you can see the long term effects of bullying and what it can do to someone. It's a very real issue that we deal with."
If you were to have one fantasy come to life, what it would be?
"I'm an Elvis Presley fan. So, I would love to just get to meet him. I love him so much I named my dog Elvis."
Fantasy Island is out now in cinemas, nationwide.