Pieterse at PaleyFest, March 2014
|Born||(1996-02-17) February 17, 1996
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
|Labels||Dan Franklin Music|
|Associated acts||Dan Franklin|
Sasha Pieterse (/ˈpiːtərsə/; born February 17, 1996) is a South African-born American actress and singer-songwriter. She is known for her role as Alison DiLaurentis in the Freeform series Pretty Little Liars. Upon the success of the series, Pieterse earned a supporting role as Amy Loubalu in the 2011 Disney Channel film Geek Charming. In 2013, she starred in the teen comedy film G.B.F.. She also starred in the Netflix Original film Coin Heist, which premiered in 2017.
Pieterse was born in Johannesburg, South Africa on February 17, 1996. Moving to the United States in 2001, she was raised in Las Vegas, before moving to Los Angeles. She became accustomed to a career in entertainment at an early age, as her parents were a professional acrobatic dance team who performed internationally. Pieterse was homeschooled and graduated at 14.
On December 22, 2015, Pieterse became engaged to her longterm boyfriend, Hudson Sheaffer. At the start of season 25 of Dancing with the Stars, she revealed that she was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, which contributed to her weight gain.
Pieterse was featured on the cover of BELLO magazine “Young Hollywood”, December 2014 issue. Pieterse appeared on the cover of the 2015 issue of TeenProm magazine.
At six years old, Pieterse got her start in television, co-starring in 2002 as Buffy on The WB‘s revival of the CBS sitcom Family Affair (1966–1971). She guest starred in an episode of Stargate SG-1 with Amanda Tapping as a little girl named Grace and in 2005, she appeared on an episode of House titled “Autopsy“, portraying Andie, a young girl with terminal cancer. That same year, she made her film debut in The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D as Marissa, the Ice Princess, and also appeared as Millie Rose for two episodes of the short-lived TNT series Wanted, alongside her former Family Affair co-star, Gary Cole.
Pieterse appeared in the 2007 film Good Luck Chuck, playing a young goth girl who places a curse on the titular character. She played the younger version of Sarah Michelle Gellar‘s character in the 2007 film The Air I Breathe, along with such co-stars as Kevin Bacon, Forest Whitaker, and Emile Hirsch. She also played a leading character in the Hallmark original film Claire, also released in 2007.
In December 2009, Pieterse was cast in the ABC Family series Pretty Little Liars as Alison DiLaurentis, the former “queen bee” of her high school clique. She has had a regular role in the series since its premiere on June 8, 2010. In June 2014, Pretty Little Liars was renewed for seasons six and seven.
Other roles Pieterse has had include a 2009 appearance in Without a Trace, and a recurring role as Amanda Strazzulla, an abandoned daughter, in Heroes. In 2011, she appeared as Amy Loubalu in the Disney Channel Original Movie Geek Charming, and also as a teenage girl in the film X-Men: First Class. More recently, Pieterse has appeared in the film G.B.F. and in an episode of Hawaii Five-0 as a terrorist pupil named Dawn Hatfield. Pieterse played Japonica Fenway, a young lady involved with cocaine, in the film Inherent Vice (2014), based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Pynchon.
Pieterse describes her music as “country with southern rock“. Her debut single “This Country is Bad Ass” was released on April 12, 2013. Pieterse described the patriotism behind the song: “I just love this country so much and I would never have been able to be where I am if I wasn’t in America, so we decided to come up with this [track].” Her second single, “R.P.M“, was released on June 13, 2013.
Her third single, “I Can’t Fix You“, was released on July 12, 2013. On December 10, 2013, she released her fourth single “No”, an upbeat track about “standing strong in your convictions” and saying no when an unfaithful, lying ex-boyfriend asks for a second chance.
Dancing with the Stars
In September 2017, Pieterse was announced as one of the celebrities to compete on the Dancing with the Stars – season 25. She is paired with professional dancer Gleb Savchenko. They were the 4th couple eliminated, on October 16, 2017.
|2005||Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D, TheThe Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D||Marissa Electricidad / Ice Princess|
|2007||Air I Breathe, TheThe Air I Breathe||Young Sorrow|
|2007||Good Luck Chuck||Young Anisha Carpenter|
|2011||X-Men: First Class||Teenage girl|
|2014||Inherent Vice||Japonica Fenway|
|2017||Coin Heist||Dakota Cunningham|
|2002–03||Family Affair||Buffy Davis||Main role (8 episodes)|
|2004||Stargate SG-1||Grace||Episode: “Grace“|
|2005||Wanted||Millie Rose||2 episodes|
|2007||CSI: Miami||Beth Buckley||Episode: “Stand Your Ground”|
|2009||Without a Trace||Daphne Stevens||Episode: “Wanted”|
|2009–10||Heroes||Amanda Strazzulla||5 episodes|
|2009||Heroes: Slow Burn||Amanda Strazzulla||6 episodes|
|2010–17||Pretty Little Liars||Alison DiLaurentis||Main role (113 episodes)|
|2011||Medium||Marie DuBois (age 14)||Episode: “Me Without You”|
|2011||Geek Charming||Amy Loubalu||Movie|
|2014||Hawaii Five-0||Dawn Hatfield||Episode: “Pe’epe’e Kanaka”|
|2016||Sing It!||Destiny||Episode: “Destiny Is Calling!”|
|2017||Dancing with the Stars||Herself/Contestant||Season 25|
|2013||“Rewind”||Skye Stevens||Love interest of singer|
Awards and nominations
|2003||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Young Actress Age Ten or Younger||Family Affair||Won|
|Best Ensemble in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama)
(shared with Caitlin Wachs and Jimmy “Jax” Pinchak)
|2011||ShoWest Awards||Breakthrough Performer of the Year||Pretty Little Liars||Nominated|
|2014||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Female Breakout Star||Won|
|2015||Independent Spirit Awards||Robert Altman Award (shared with director, casting director and cast)||Inherent Vice||Won|
|MTV Fandom Awards||Ship of the Year (shared with Shay Mitchell)||Pretty Little Liars||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV: Scene Stealer||Nominated|
|2017||Choice TV Actress: Drama||Nominated|
|Choice TV Ship (shared with Shay Mitchell)||Nominated|