Troian Bellisario is an American actress who is best-known for her role as Spencer Hastings on Pretty Little Lairs. However, it is important to note that she has appeared in, produced, and even co-wrote a number of other projects, meaning that there is much more to her than most people would expect based on nothing but cursory knowledge.
Here are five things that you may or may not have known about Troian Bellisario:
Started Acting At the Age of Three
Bellisario is the daughter of producers Donald Bellisario and Deborah Pratt. As a result, she got her start in acting at the age of three in the 1988 movie Last Rites, which was both written and directed by her father. That was not the only time that she has acted in something with her father’s involvement as shown by TV shows such as Quantum Leap, First Monday, and NCIS.
Became Valedictorian of Her High School Class
She has said that she relates to her most famous role because she felt some of the same pressure to excel when she was still in school. Part of that pressure came from her family, who wanted her to do well, but most of it actually came from her belief that she would be nothing if she was not the best. With that said, Bellisario did manage to do quite well in school, as shown by the fact that she was valedictorian for her high school class.
Has Numerous Nicknames
Troian is a Slavic name that means “Father of Triplet Sons,” which somehow managed to become unisex at some point. It is not exactly the most common name in the United States, as shown by how the Social Security Administration recorded fewer than a hundred instances between 1880 and 2015. As a result, it should come as no surprise to learn that Bellisario has numerous nicknames because of people who struggle with her name. Some people choose to call her T, while other people choose to use nicknames that start with a T, with examples including but not limited to T-Rizzle, T-Bones, T-Bird, and T-Rex.
Wanted to Become a Forensic Scientist When She Was a Child
When interviewed, Bellisario has stated that she would want to be a rock star if she wasn’t an actress. However, she also mentioned that when she was a child, she was fascinated by the prospect of working with the dead. As a result, Bellisario harbored ambitions of becoming a forensic scientist at one point in her childhood, which extended to a fascination with morticians and their line of work.
Is Following In Her Parents’ Footsteps
In 2013, Bellisario wrote, produced, and acted in a short film called Exiles. Later in 2016, she wrote and acted in another short film called We Are Here. Furthermore, she is involved in the writing, the producing, and the acting for a third short film called Feed, which is expected to be released in 2017. Summed up, it seems safe to say that she is following in her parents’ footsteps in addition to her career as an actress.