In a new interview with Byrdie, Lucy Hale is opening up about finally discovering herself at 27 years old.
“I’m almost 28, but, I think I only just figured out who I was a year ago,” she admitted. Hale says she felt most liberated when she cut her hair short because it set her free.
“I know it seems silly because it’s just hair, but at a point, I was like, ‘Why don’t I just own that I’m different?’ I guess cutting my hair off was like me finally saying, ‘I don’t give a f**k,” she said.
The “Pretty Little Liars” actress says that discovering herself was a layered experience. In surrounding herself with people who better her life, she decided to quit drinking completely, saying that the young Hollywood party scene is no longer for her.
“I’m just always trying to surround myself with better people and be the best version of myself possible,” she said. “I know it sounds obnoxious to hear people say that, but why not?”
“I tried really hard to be the social butterfly,” Hale admitted. “Becoming a part of this popular show, everyone just says yes to you, so you get away with a lot, and then you make mistakes.”
Hale also admitted that she’s totally become a Los Angeles girl, which includes crystals and SoulCycle classes. “I go home, and my dad’s like, ‘You L.A. hippie with your crystals and your SoulCycle!'” she revealed. “I always used to make fun of those people, but now I think it’s just magic.”