To fans of the teen mystery-thriller television series, Pretty Little Liars, Sasha Pieterse needs no introduction. On the Freeform series, she portrayed one of the main roles – Alison DiLaurentis, who appeared throughout the entire 7 year period that the show ran. Her performance on the show earned her several award nominations, a couple of which she won including the 2014 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Female Breakout Star and the 2016 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Scene Stealer.
Before Pretty Little Liars, Perterse had gained some level of fame with her role as Buffy Davis in Family Affair. In 2019, she got the chance to reprise her famous role of Alison in the short-lived sequel series, Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists. Though acting would forever remain a part of her, Pieterse told People in October 2019 that she would henceforth spend a lot of time on her lifestyle blog and YouTube channel.
How Old was Sasha Pieterse When Her Career Began?
Having been born with artistic genes, Sasha Pieterse made up her mind on pursuing an entertainment career from a very tender age. She was born on the 17th of February 1996 in Johannesburg, South Africa, to parents Sean and Zizi Pieterse who are acrobatic dancers.
Pieterse’s parents performed internationally and would often take their little girl along with them to their shows. The family later relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada, USA when she was five years old. A year later, when she turned 6, she began her career in the entertainment industry.
Sasha Pieterse’s first role was that of Buffy Davis in Family Affair in 2002. The following year, aged 7, she won her first award – a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama). With such recognition at a very tender age, Pieterse was set to achieve even more.
For the next 5 years, she scored parts in a number of TV shows and films. She appeared in films like The Air I Breathe and Good Luck Chuck. Her next major gig then happened to be in Pretty Little Liars. Pieterse was 14 years old when the show began airing in 2010, the same year that she had graduated from homeschooling which her parents had resorted to in order to help her have more time for her career.
Interesting Facts About Her Family
Other than her parents, Sasha Pieterse has no other known family members. She has, however, started making strides towards starting her very own family after she married her longtime boyfriend Hudson Sheaffer. While the couple do not yet have children of their own, they have two dogs named Lady and Levi.
Pieterse and Sheaffer were childhood friends whose friendship gradually grew into a romantic one. After 6 years of dating, Sheaffer popped the question on December 22, 2015, and on May 27, 2018, the duo got married at Castle Leslie in Glaslough, Ireland.
Sheaffer was born on the 8th of September 1989 making him 7 years older than his significant other. Unlike, Pieterse, her husband seems to be more like a behind-the-scenes type of guy. His IMDb page shows that he has experience working in the art department as well as in movie stunts. From his Instagram page, however, it appears that his primary passion is writing.
What to Know About Sasha Pieterse’s Weight Gain
While weight gain could be attributed to a number of factors that include lifestyle and diet, a number of people pack on body mass due to situations that are a little over their control. This is exactly the case for Sasha Pieterse who added weight because of a hormonal disorder.
As expected from someone who makes a living by appearing on camera, Sasha tries her best to maintain her body. She is said to eat healthily and also visits the gym where she does cardio and yoga among other exercises regularly. It, therefore, came as a surprise to her when she began to add weight from nowhere. It further did not help her situation as she was body-shamed in the media. Many had speculated that she was pregnant but that was not the case.
During her appearance on Dancing with the Stars, the actress revealed that her weight gain was caused by a condition known as Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) which research reveals is common in women who are of reproductive age. The symptoms among others include weight gain which was what Sasha was experiencing. She gained 70 pounds in two years but gracefully dropped 37 pounds while starring on the reality dancing competition.
On the show, Sasha Pieterse expressed her displeasure with the way fans handled the situation. She also revealed that the immense support she received from her family and friends was what helped her to get through the tough period. She would later launch a bullying prevention campaign tagged #Choosekindess in order to educate on the subject of bullying.