Vanessa defends CeCe’s good name to HollywoodLife.com. She might not be as bad as you think!
I understand why you’d think CeCe Drake is a villain on Pretty Little Liars — she did try to kill Emily (Shay Mitchell) at a saw mill on the summer finale, after all — but her portrayer, Vanessa Ray, insists the lovely lady is simply misunderstood. “I think CeCe’s good!” Vanessa told HollywoodLife.com at the opening of TAO Downtown on Sept. 28.
“I just think she’s really messed up, like, really weird,” Vanessa explained. “She hangs out with high schoolers and she’s obsessed with them, which is weird. … But I still think she’s good. I think she’s going to be a buddy to them.”
To be fair, anything’s possible on Pretty Little Liars. Remember when we all thought Toby (Keegan Allen) was a murderer at the beginning of the series, then we liked him, then thought he was a murderer again? The residents of Rosewood may not wear flip-flops, but they certainly seem to enjoy doing it.
Vanessa Ray Reveals Her Villainous Inspir-A-tion
Regardless of whether or not CeCe turns out to be the liars’ ally, she’s obviously supposed to seem devious. Vanessa admitted she was “terrified” to play a villain, for fear she wouldn’t live up to people’s expectations, but told us she got some much-needed inspiration from some of her favorite nasty ladies.
“I watched a lot of Cruella De Vil, and I loved [Leighton Meester as] Blair Waldorf on Gossip Girl,” she told us. “I think she played that perfect line of vulnerability and bitchiness, so I was really excited. I mean, CeCe’s like a sociopath! She probably plays with dolls that look like the four Pretty Little Liars! You know she’s a weirdo, so I liked playing that.”
Cruella and Blair? I totally see it.
HollywoodLifers, do you think CeCe might secretly be a good guy? Drop a comment with your thoughts below!
— Andy Swift, reporting by Emily Longeretta