TORREY DEVITTO’s Beauty Runs Deep

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The marvelously versatile Torrey DeVitto has graced our screens for over a decade. The former fashion model, musician and actor has played a bevy of characters in America’s most beloved dramas. With Carrie, the infamous psychotic nanny in CW’s iconic One Tree Hill (who could forget her!) and the beautiful, mysterious Melissa Hastings in ABC’s Pretty Little Liars, DeVitto has exemplified her sheer talent–clearly she’s not just a pretty little face!

From the overwhelming support of One Tree Hill fans, to viewers’ mixed reactions, to the reveal of A’s identity in Pretty Little Liars, and now her upcoming role in Chicago Med, this creative powerhouse of an actress recently took a breather and sat down with BELLO mag and revealed a bit about her iconic roles and some juicy backstories.
BELLO mag: So obviously one of your most iconic roles is playing Melissa Hastings in Pretty Little Liars, which has such a dedicated fan base, do you find that daunting at all?
Torrey DeVitto: Yeah, I mean I didn’t know the show was going to end up doing what it did, running for this long and to have this much of a following, so it’s definitely very cool and surreal. I’m honoured to be part of a show that has this sort of impact.

BM: The fans had quite a mixed reaction to the reveal of A, what was your reaction when you found out?
TDV: I thought it was really cool. Before I knew, I kept thinking to myself, ‘how are they going to reveal that it’s someone who none of the fans have suspected before?’ There were so many theories flying around and people were so invested, so no matter what your reaction was, positive or negative, the fact that they were still able to shock people, I think is amazing. I liked the whole twist they had on it.
BM: As an actress in the show, do the directors keep you in the dark with what’s going on?
TDV: [We’re] very in the dark, I don’t know anything that’s going on. They only reveal to me what I need to know to make that scene work. They’re very secretive and for good reason, they’re really good at protecting the script!




BM: You play Spencer’s older sister in the show and there were definitely some scenes throughout where they would hint at you being A, or at least being associated with A’s shenanigans. Did you ever wish your character were revealed as A?
TDV: I guess it would have been cool but to [be] honest I think Melissa has too many other things going on to be A. It’s nice to know that at some point she was genuinely trying to protect Spencer, no matter what they’re relationship is. Melissa’s been in the show since the pilot so it’s good know this is a character than can carry through to the end.
BM: Aside from Pretty Little Liars, you have appeared in two huge CW series, The Vampire Diaries and One Tree Hill. Do fans still recognize you from your One Tree Hill days?
TDV: Just this year I’m getting recognised more for Pretty Little Liars but I still get recognised from One Tree Hill, I swear those fans are the most intense that I’ve come across! They are very loyal; I will have people coming up to me all the time about it. I adopted a rabbit for a little bit and everyone was like ‘Oh no’ and saying all this stuff, and I thought, ‘Why do they think I’m going to kill this bunny?’ People remember everything! No matter what I do, the fans always relate back to crazy nanny Carrie!
BM: You had a One Tree Hill reunion a few weeks ago, which the fans went nuts for! How was it being with the cast again?
TDV: Yeah it was so much fun, I keep in touch here and there. I’ve done a couple of these One Tree Hill conventions now so I’ve gotten to know the cast even more in different ways than when I was working on the show because I didn’t get to work with everyone–which is kind of cool.
BM: Do you miss being on The Vampire Diaries? It seems like a real family oriented cast.
TDV: Yeah it was great, I feel like I did my thing on there and it was a fun character. I loved being on that show, I felt very grateful to be on it. Everyone received me so well, it really is like a family over there.
BM: You’ve been cast as Dr. Lilly Manning in the upcoming series Chicago Med. What can you tell me about your character that we don’t already know?
TDV: I am so excited to play this character because I feel like it’s a dream job for me, it’s everything I’ve been wanting and putting energy out into the universe, I absolutely love it. It’s been an absolute pleasure so far and we haven’t even started filming yet! I also had the chance to be in Amy Makes Three and it was probably one of my favourite projects I’ve ever worked on. I really loved the script, I loved everyone I worked with, Mike Doyle and Ursula Parker. It’s a drama, psychological thriller and it was the most emotionally demanding thing I’ve ever done and I felt like I grew so much from that project. It’s the first time in my career that I’m like, ‘Okay, I can’t wait to sit down with all the people that I love and watch this!’
photography TREVER HOEHNE
makeup NICOLE WALMSLEY at THE WALL GROUP using Charlotte Tilbury
hair JEN BLANCHARD at OPUS BEAUTY using Kevin Murphy hair resort beach texturiser and GHD eclipse iron
location and special thanks to HUDSON LOFT


About The Author

Stephane Marquet
Creative Director

First of all, excuse my French! … I was born in the South of France. Lived in Paris for 10 years and travelled the world until I moved to Los Angeles in 2008, because obviously recession was a great time to move to a new country! I also arrived around Halloween and was greeted at the Social Security offices by a nurse who directed to the window Number 6 so a witch could hand me my social security number. Welcome to America. I am a painter, a photographer and the creative director of BELLO mag.

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