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"Pretty Little Liars" star Lucy Hale just recorded a country music album, but that doesn't mean she's leaving acting behind. In fact, she told Cosmopolitan she auditioned for one of the most sought-after -- and raciest -- roles out there: the part of Anastasia Steele in the upcoming "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie.
“That audition was so uncomfortable!" she said. "It’s exactly what you thought it would be: a big monologue but very, very sexual…there were some things that I was so embarrassed to be reading out loud, but it’s one of those things where you have to commit wholeheartedly or you’re going to make a fool of yourself.”
Hale said working on "Pretty Little Liars" made her aware of what Hollywood teaches young women.
“[Pretty Little Liars] is about how we look too," she said. "That’s terrifying sometimes because you’re breaking out or you feel gross and you still have to be in front of the camera," We’ll post pictures on Instagram and people will be like, ‘Y’all are so flawless.’ Little do they know it’s fake hair, fake eyelashes, and a good filter. Little girls see that and think they have to be like that.”
Hale has no such qualms, and is eager to get moving with her country music career.
“So many people didn’t want to touch the project with a 10-foot pole. Literally, I had people laughing and saying, ‘You’re making an album? Good luck,’" she said. "But if you sit down and talk music with me for 10 minutes, you know that’s my passion.