Sasha Pieterse-Sheaffer South African-born American actress, singer and songwriter is known for her role as Alison DiLaurentis in the Freeform series Pretty Little Liars. Upon the success of Pretty Little Liars, Pieterse earned a supporting role as Amy Loubalu in the 2011 Disney Channel film Geek Charming.
Born Name Sasha Embeth Pieterse
Nick Name Squasha
Occupation Actress, Singer, Songwriter, Model, Producer
Years active 2000–present
Born February 17, 1996, 24, Johannesburg, South Africa
Sun Sign Aquarius
Height 5 ft 6 in or 168 cm
Hair Color Blonde
Eye Color Blue
Measurements 38-32-37 in or 96.5-81-94 cm
Bra size 32B
Genre Country, pop, rock, southern rock, country rock
Label Dan Franklin Music
She has Afrikaner (descended from predominantly Dutch) ancestry.
Sasha was homeschooled. She graduated from school at the age of 14.
Moving to the United States in 2001, she was raised in Las Vegas, before moving to Los Angeles. She became accustomed to a career in entertainment at an early age, as her parents were a professional acrobatic dance team who performed internationally.
Career – Modeling
At four years old, Pieterse began modeling and appearing in commercials. She appeared in an advertisement for Wenner Bread Products at five years old, and later appeared on a national billboard for hair salon franchise SuperCuts and modeled for Macy’s Passport fashion show.
Pieterse appeared in numerous magazines, including on the covers of BELLO’s Young Hollywood issue (December 2014), TeenProm (2015 issue), Seventeen (August 2016), Social Life (August 2019).
Film and television
At six years old, Pieterse got her start in television, co-starring in 2002 as Buffy on The WB’s remake of the CBS sitcom Family Affair (1966–1971).
She guest starred in the Stargate SG-1 episode “Grace” with Amanda Tapping as a little girl named Grace.
In 2005, she appeared on an episode of House titled Autopsy, portraying Andie, a young girl with terminal cancer. That same year, she made her film debut in The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D as Marissa, the Ice Princess, and also appeared as Millie Rose for two episodes of the short-lived TNT series Wanted, alongside her former Family Affair co-star, Gary Cole.
Pieterse appeared in the 2007 film Good Luck Chuck, playing a young goth girl who places a curse on the titular character. She played the younger version of Sarah Michelle Gellar’s character in the 2007 film The Air I Breathe, along with such co-stars as Kevin Bacon, Forest Whitaker, and Emile Hirsch.
She also played a leading character in the Hallmark original film Claire, also released in 2007.
Pieterse was 12 years old in December 2009, when she was cast in the Freeform teen drama television series Pretty Little Liars (2010–2017) as Alison DiLaurentis, the former queen bee of her high school clique. She had a regular role in the series from the first four seasons, until later became a main role in the fifth season, with one of the five girls.
Since its debut, the series has received mixed reviews from television critics, but remained a relative success for Freeform, garnering a large fandom. Pieterse reprised her role as Alison, in the spin-off series titled Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists on Freeform in 2019. On Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, she portrays the grown-up version of Alison who is working as a teaching assistant at Beacon Heights University.
Other roles Pieterse has had include a 2009 appearance in Without a Trace, and a recurring role as Amanda Strazzulla, an abandoned daughter, in Heroes.
In 2011, she appeared as Amy Loubalu in the Disney Channel Original Movie Geek Charming, and also as a teenage girl in the film X-Men First Class.
More recently, Pieterse has appeared in the film G.B.F. and in an episode of Hawaii Five-0 as a terrorist pupil named Dawn Hatfield.
Pieterse played Japonica Fenway, a young lady involved with cocaine, in the film Inherent Vice (2014), based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Pynchon.
In September 2017, Pieterse was announced as one of the celebrities to compete on the Dancing with the Stars – season 25. She was paired with professional dancer Gleb Savchenko.
They were the 4th couple eliminated, on October 16, 2017, finishing in 10th place.
Pieterse describes her music as country with southern rock. Her debut single This Country is Bad Ass was released on April 12, 2013. Pieterse described the patriotism behind the song I just love this country so much and I would never have been able to be where I am if I wasn’t in America, so we decided to come up with this track.
Her second single, R.P.M, was released on June 13, 2013.
Her third single, I Can’t Fix You, was released on July 12, 2013.
In 2013, she starred in the teen comedy film G.B.F.
On December 10, 2013, she released her fourth single No, an upbeat track about standing strong in your convictions and saying no when an unfaithful, lying ex-boyfriend asks for a second chance.
Her cookbook Sasha in Good Taste: Recipes for Bites, Feasts, Sips and Celebrations was published by Dey Street Books, an imprint of HarperCollins on October 8, 2019.
In the book Pieterse shares cooking and baking recipes, tips for inexpensive party planning, do it yourself projects and ideas for desserts.
San Francisco Book Review wrote that the book is full of good ideas.
She also has a lifestyle website called Sasha in Good Taste.
Pieterse has developed an online and social media presence, including 11 million followers on Instagram as of November 2020.
She endorses products such as beauty and wellness products on Instagram and has partnered with Lightlife Foods, and Pokemon Go.
In June 2019, Pieterse and her husband worked together with Habitat for Humanity to help build houses in New Orleans.
On December 22, 2015, Pieterse became engaged to her longterm boyfriend Hudson Sheaffer.
They were married on May 27, 2018 at Castle Leslie in Glaslough, Ireland.
At the start of season 25 of Dancing with the Stars, she revealed that she was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome, which contributed to her weight gain.
On May 27, 2020, Pieterse announced that she and Sheaffer are expecting their first child, due in October. Their son was born in November 2020.
Elaine Lively, the mother of actress Blake Lively is by profession the talent manager and, hence, has managed Sasha Pieterse’s career.
Sasha has also been signed with –
Untitled Entertainment, Talent Management Company, Beverly Hills, California, United States
William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, Talent and Literary Agency, Beverly Hills, California, United States
As a model, she has appeared in various commercials.
She played the role of Marissa Electricidad Ice Princess in the 2005 adventure fantasy stoner comedy film titled The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D.
Later in 2007, she appeared in Good Luck Chuck, and The Air I Breathe.
First TV Show
In 2002, Sasha played the role of Elizabeth Buffy Davis in a total of 8 episodes in the American sitcom Family Affair. This role won her the 2003 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Young Actress Age Ten or Younger.
Sasha likes to workout to remain in shape. For that, she workouts 4 or 5 days in the gym and do cardio. She would go daily for exercising there, but due to her busy schedule, it is not possible for her at this time. Her favorite body parts to tone up are legs, arms, and abs. Especially to tone her legs, she goes for spinning classes. To make her feel refreshed for the whole day, Sasha also does yoga. She had also included in her workout list another exercise, i.e. rock climbing. Sasha goes to Ventura for indoor rock climbing.
Sasha uses the Proactiv daily wash for her face because it is dry. She uses moisturizer to keep her face hydrated. And, yes sunscreen too. She never forgets to clean her face, before going to sleep at night.
For her hair, she uses Moroccan oil, shampoo, hair conditioner.
Sasha Pieterse Favorite Things
Actor – Matthew McConaughey
Actress – Charlize Theron
Sasha Pieterse Facts
She moved to the United States when she was 3 years old.
She grew up in Las Vegas.
Sasha’s parents are both professional dance partners.
Her interests include horse riding, traveling, cooking, photography, jewelry making.
Jennifer Aniston is her beauty icon.
Sasha is a fan of the American football team, Green Bay Packers.
She is the only child of her parents.
In a game of Date, Marry, Kill, she told she would date Zac Efron, marry Robert Pattinson, and kill Justin Bieber.
She found her jewelry line named Rigid Creations in 2010.
In 2019, she released her cooking-related book ‘Sasha in Good Taste‘.
She was criticized for her increased weight in early 2015. She replied via posting a picture on Instagram and citing Hormonal Imbalance as the main reason.
She appeared as a contestant on the 25th season of the dance competition reality series, Dancing with the Stars, in 2017.
She has appeared in the music videos for songs like Rewind by Skye Stevens.
She considers Jennifer Aniston as her beauty icon.
Both her father and mother were professional acrobatic dancers.
Sasha Pieterse moved from South Africa to United State at the age of 3.
Some of her hobbies are traveling, photography, cooking and horseback riding.