Saturday 21 October 2017

Lucy Hale reveals why she quit drinking: 'I want to be the best version of myself'

Actress Lucy Hale arrives at the People's Choice Awards 2016 in Los Angeles, California January 6, 2016. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
Actress Lucy Hale arrives at the People's Choice Awards 2016 in Los Angeles, California January 6, 2016. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
Actress Lucy Hale attends the Teen Choice Awards 2016 at The Forum on July 31, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Actress Lucy Hale attends the 23rd Annual ELLE Women In Hollywood Awards at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for ELLE)

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Lucy Hale has quit drinking to become "the best version" of herself she can be.

The Pretty Little Liars star has been in Hollywood since the age of 15, and tried for years to fit in with the Los Angeles "it crowd". But after finding it difficult to find her place in that circle, Lucy has now decided to give up alcohol once and for all.

"I’m just always trying to surround myself with better people and be the best version of myself possible," she said an interview with Byrdie.

"I know it sounds obnoxious to hear people say that, but why not?"

Actress Lucy Hale attends the Teen Choice Awards 2016 at The Forum on July 31, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Actress Lucy Hale attends the Teen Choice Awards 2016 at The Forum on July 31, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The 27-year-old actress added she now has "no interest" in going out clubbing. Instead she prefers working up a sweat by heading to a SoulCycle spin class, which she said has become her "version of church".

"I went through a phase that was almost like my freshman 15,” she smiled. "It’s so weird to see your weight fluctuate on a TV show. I go home, and my dad’s like, 'You L.A. hippie with your crystals and your SoulCycle!'"

Lucy has been a fan favourite in recent years due to her role as Aria Montgomery in Pretty Little Liars. The programme is coming to an end after seven seasons later this year, and Lucy is keen to make a move onto the big screen.

"Film is what I’ve always really wanted to do. There’s nothing that I wouldn’t try," she said.

Actress Lucy Hale attends the 23rd Annual ELLE Women In Hollywood Awards at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for ELLE)
Actress Lucy Hale attends the 23rd Annual ELLE Women In Hollywood Awards at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for ELLE)

Movie stars such as Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon have found success in television shows recently, starring in HBO miniseries Big Little Lies.

And following in Reese's footsteps would be a dream for Lucy too.

"Reese Witherspoon is one of my idols," she gushed. "I love, love, love her."

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