Life can be hard for the budding, young, gay lady when she’s crushing on a straight girl, not least when that straight girl also happens to be her best friend and it comes at a time when she’s trying to deal with her not-so-heterosexual feelings.
Feel sorry for Pretty Little Liars’ Emily Fields then, the gay teen in that analogy, as not only was she forced to acknowledge the fact that she was in totally-definitely-not-heterosexual love with her best friend, Alison DiLaurentis. Then Alison proceeded to disappear, presumed dead with no chance of returning alive, or returning Emily’s feelings. But then earlier this season on PLL, Alison came back, alive, well and hinting that she liked Emily back too.
But after several girlfriends and years of Emily trying to get over her would Alison and Emily, “Emison”, be able to kiss and make up? Sasha Pieterse, the actress who plays Ali has since explained.
Pieterse acknowledges that questions and alarm bells were sounded by viewers alike when Emison reunited, promptly making out when Alison stayed at Emily’s house explaining that she didn’t want to be alone.
“I don’t think the audience can tell if Ali is genuine or if she’s playing Emily to get close to her or if she just wants Emily’s protection. I wasn’t sure at the beginning of the season where they were going to go with it, and how the fans were going to react”.
But is it real or, as we have seen somewhat from Ali already since her return, is this another one of her dirty, mind-muddling tricks?
“I think Alison is so scared to show her real feelings that we never really know what’s true and what isn’t. I can’t tell you too much about that, but you will be able to see more. I think the writers do a really good job of finding that balance, and even though these characters live in a heightened reality, there’s still a trueness about being that age and not being sure what you’re feeling. Alison hasn’t really had an opportunity to figure out who she is. Emily has had such a journey with it and she’s grown into herself. You will see more of Alison figuring herself out, and I’m excited to see how the fans react.”
That Ali is just coming to terms with her feelings (and keep in mind that her time away means that she probably wasn’t able to explore her sexuality or date women – or anyone of any gender – the way Emily has) rings true to the character so with half a season of Pretty Little Liars still left to go there’s still chance yet for the popular couple.