The Pretty Little Liars star talks her new film, who would win in a fight between Cap and Iron Man and much more!
We recently spoke with Pretty Little Liars star Troian Bellisario during a press tour for her new horror film ‘Martyrs’ where she weighs in on who would win in a fight between Cap and Iron Man, what Avenger she would be, what drew her to the horror genre and much more!
Marvel.com: So I saw Larry King ask you what Avengers the Pretty Little Liars cast would be. Do you have any changes to that or is the line up the same as it was when you said it the first time?
Troian Bellisario: Which ones were we?
Marvel.com: I think you said you were Hawkeye and Shay (Mitchell) was Hulk and I forget the rest.
Troian Bellisario: I probably said that Ashley (Benson) was Black Widow. I don’t remember saying that Shay was Hulk and I certainly don’t know who Lucy (Hale) would be.
Marvel.com: Maybe not Shay but Shay’s character…
Troian Bellisario: I think I remember answering for my character, just for Spencer but I don’t remember doing it for the other girls.
Marvel.com: So would Spencer still be Hawkeye or what do you think?
Troian Bellisario: I mean, I don’t know. Probably. I mean, I would love for her to be Black Widow but if that’s already taken.
Marvel.com: If Captain America and Iron Man were in a fight, who would win and why?
Troian Bellisario: I don’t know. I guess I would say Iron Man because Captain America seems like he sticks to the rules while Iron Man’s got a little bit of wiggle room in him so he might pull some dirty stuff in the end.
Marvel.com: What super power would you have and why? You personally and your character on Pretty Little Liars.
Troian Bellisario: I would personally want to have telekinesis. Yeah, definitely. And I guess for Spencer she’d probably want to have telepathy so that she could finally find out who was causing her so much trouble by reading their mind.
Marvel.com: So now I want to talk about Martyrs. I gotta say even the trailer makes me squeamish. That’s tough to do. What drew you to this role in the first place?
Troian Bellisario: Oddly enough, the script. I’ve never done a horror film and I’ve never really set out to do a genre of any kind unless I’m just attracted to the material and so when my agent sent me this, I didn’t know about the French version and she just said, ‘I think you’ll really like this character.” And when I read the character of Lucy, I was first of all completely blown away because I had never see a character that starts out seemingly the bad guy and also insane and the over the course of the film becomes the hero and innocent. So I was really attracted to that arc and then also I don’t know. I don’t think I’ve seen many horror films that a. are centered around women but b. didn’t sexualize them in any way. I really that and I really like that the film is about the friendship between these two girls and the lengths to which they would go to protect each other.
Marvel.com: Correct me if I’m wrong, this was shot in a really short time. how did you manage that?
Troian Bellisario: I just didn’t sleep for a month straight. I shot it while I was shooting Pretty Little Liars. For the entire month of October, I think it was like a year ago or two years ago, I would just do one day on Martyrs, three days on Martyrs and four days on PRetty Little Liars. Two days on Martyrs, two days on Pretty Little Liars. I just did the whole month like that going back and forth between sets trying not to lose my mind.
Marvel.com: Did you grow up with films like this? Can you even compare it to anything, other than the original?
Troian Bellisario: Yeah, my aunt is a huge horror fan and she made sure that my first film- although my mom maintains that it was “Bambi,” it was “Alien.” I think when I was like four or something. So she raised me on horror films. We would watch them together and she really raised me on the classic. I saw “The Shining” when I was really young. “The Exorcist,” “The Omen.” So for me, what I really got attracted to in the beginning, what I really loved classic psychological horror films. So I kind of have a little bit of trouble with the extraordinarily gory ones of today. You know like “Saw” or “Hostel.” I’m not really into those so it was a little bit difficult for me. With this films, it’s kind of both sides. It’s intensely psychological and then there’s also this incredibly gruesome element to it. I was a little bit uncomfortable with the gore factor but the psychological territory I loved.
Marvel.com: Since this was a new genre for you as an actor, was it a different thing going on the set every day or did you just kind of do the same thing and everything was normal?
Troian Bellisario: Every character that I go to play, I really try to get into their backstory and their history, where they come from, what their childhood was like. So it’s the same approach and on my show, I’m very used to filming scary scenes and scenes where I’m threatened. The only difference is that on my show we’re not allowed to show a lot of blood and on the film, there is so much blood. I’ve never dealt with so much blood. So I would say that that’s the only difference in my experience really. Much the way that I would approach any character and probably a world in which I’m used to being scared but we just got to be gruesome or realistic with the wounds.
Follow Troian on Twitter at @SleepintheGardn and watch ‘Martyrs’ on digital download today.