Parrish, 35, who performed Mona on the Freeform teen drama, solely informed Us Weekly that PLL viewers shortly suspected she was behind the Gazelle masks after digging up outdated clips of Mona singing on the present.
“I noticed a hilarious remark from one of many PLL followers,” she recalled forward of the Wednesday, December 20, season finale. “They had been like, ‘You possibly can’t cover, Mona, we all know it’s you!’ I used to be like, ‘Oh, wow.’ These PLL followers, they’re little sleuths! They know what’s up. … There’s a complete community of PLL followers who had been like, ‘We all know it’s you, Mona!’”
One among Gazelle’s clue packages included a take a look at paper with an A-minus on it, main savvy viewers to suspect that Parrish was behind the masks. (Mona was the unique A on PLL, which ran from 2010 to 2017.)
Parrish’s household, nonetheless, didn’t want the clues to determine it was her. Contestants on The Masked Singer are sworn to utmost secrecy about their participation within the present, however no quantity of denial might persuade Parrish’s aunt that she wasn’t Gazelle.
“She mentioned she thought that it was my voice, however then when she noticed my mannerisms, at the same time as Gazelle with the filter on my voice, she knew that it was me simply from my physique mannerisms,” Parrish informed Us. “I did plenty of mendacity — apparently some dangerous mendacity to some members of the family who had been like, ‘I do know you’re mendacity, however it’s positive, you most likely can’t inform me.’”
Whereas followers primarily know Parrish as an actress from her roles in PLL and the To All of the Boys I’ve Liked Earlier than movie franchise, she’s additionally labored in musical theater, showing in productions of Grease and Spring Awakening.
“My first job ever was as Little Cosette on Broadway in Les Misérables,” she informed Us. “I assumed that my profession would turn into theater as a result of I used to be a child and I assumed that’s the place the course of my life was going to take me, and as destiny had it, it led extra towards TV and movie, and as that occurred, I did much less and fewer singing. So, it kind of turned a bit little bit of a concern and a vulnerability. Like, ‘I used to be a child singer — am I nonetheless a singer?’”
After making it to the season finale alongside musical heavyweights Ne-Yo and Macy Grey, Parrish can relaxation assured that she’s nonetheless obtained it. (She was the one contestant to be saved this season by the “ding dong preserve it on” bell, that means her efficiency so impressed the judges that they didn’t need her to go residence the night time she was initially set to be eradicated.)
“This present actually gave me the chance to beat that concern anonymously, with no preconceived notions about who I’m or what I do or whether or not or not I’m a singer,” Parrish gushed to Us. “I obtained to come back out and sing and discover my voice and discover that braveness, and I used to be met with nothing however love and positivity. It gave me a lot confidence to have the ability to kind of say, ‘You already know what? I’m a singer.’ And that meant a lot to me. I simply really feel so grateful that this present gave me the stage to do what I like in a really non-scary manner by popping out as this creature and seeing what occurred.”
After The Masked Singer, Parrish is targeted on producing “some actually enjoyable initiatives which are close to and pricey” to her coronary heart, however she’s additionally pondering it may be time to plot a return to her musical roots.
“I type of hope that I can return to doing a little music stuff like I did after I was a child,” she informed Us. “To return to Broadway as an grownup could be a dream come true.”