Casting News: Sydney Penny Joins Pretty Little Liars Season 5!

Janel Parrish and Sydney Penny on Pretty Little Liars Season 5 Episode 12

Photo Credit: Sydney Penny via Twitter

Considering how Mona Vanderwaal once ran over her best friend Hanna, got her hands dirty as part of the “A” team, tried to drive Spencer over a cliff, conned her way out of Radley Sanitarium and then got into a bitch slap showdown with Alison DiLaurentis inside a church, it’s safe to assume she’s the spawn of some hellbeast. As much as we adore her, girlfriend tends be cray cray and scary at times, and basically has super powers. Lo and behold though, we discovered some shocking news. Are you sitting down for this? Mona has parents. Yes, she is indeed human (as far as we know) and came into this world just like the rest of us. In fact, the role of Leona Vanderwaal has just been cast and will be played by none other than gorgeous soap opera veteran and Emmy nominated actress Sydney Penny! (FYI: It’s about time yo!)

Here’s the scoop according to Deadline:

Sydney Penny has booked a recurring role on ABC Family’s hit drama Pretty Little Liars, from Warner Horizon and Alloy. Penny will play Leona Vanderwaal, mother of Mona Vanderwaal (Janel Parrish).

Do you think Mona’s mom is every bit as fabulous, intelligent, and manipulative as her daughter? Or do you think she’s just another hard-working Rosewood parent trying to raise a child in a shovel-loving, murder-rate-rising hyperadrenalized reality? Post your thoughts in the comments!


  1. Ernest Said:

    I would like to see her on that annoying show.

  2. Fanzene Said:

    Seriously Ernest? Why are you on the pretty little liars homepage then? Why even comment?
    PLL rocks. I was not ever expecting to see Mona’s mother in the show, very interesting. Clever. And I’m super excited!! :))))

  3. Summer Said:

    Holy crap, perfect casting is perfect.

  4. Farah Said:

    Seriously Ernest? It’s not an annoying show. You just wasted 1 minute of your life hating on a show that wouldn’t cause anything to the show..haha.

  5. Rachel Said:

    ahhh can’t wait! I think she’ll be on mona’s side – and just as manipulative!!

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