Lucy Hale, star of the hit ABC Family series Pretty Little Liars, is making herself into a double threat with a budding music career and her debut album Road Between. “I think a lot of people thought I was going to go in a different direction and just being a part of a commercially popular show, I think they just assumed that I would go, you know, that way, but at heart I’ve always, I mean I’m from the South. I grew up on country music,” Hale told uInterview in an exclusive video. “There really was no other option for me. It kind of was the only way to go.”

Hales’ Pretty Little Liars character is going to darker places this season. “This whole season in general is a little different because Allison is back… and then she’s dealing with Ezra and so there’s that whole romance roller coaster that’s pretty much constant throughout the show,” Hale told uInterview. “But, I think that out of all the seasons, this one’s definitely my favorite for that reason.”

This summer, Hale is partnering with Nestle to send girls to camp with the sale of their limited-edition Girl Scout Cookie Bars. You can find out more here.

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Q: Transitioning from acting into music, was there pressure for you to record a pop album? - Uinterview

No. I mean, I started out in music and then, sort of, acting was a surprise to me. It was a surprise that I fell in love with it. And, so because of the success of PLL, music kind of got put on the back burner. And then because of the success of the show, it opened up so many doors and I got to go back to my first love, which is music. And, for me, I think a lot of people thought I was going to go in a different direction and just being a part of a commercially popular show, I think they just assumed that I would go, you know, that way, but at heart I’ve always, I mean I’m from the south, I grew up on country music. There really was no other option for me. It kind of was the only way to go.

Q: What song from your album was the scariest to share with the world? - Uinterview

I mean it was kind of my first introduction as Lucy because before that, you know, I’ve been working out in L.A. since I was like 15, so I’ve been doing this for about 10 years, but always as TV characters. I mean releasing an album is almost as vulnerable as you can get so just to kind of wear my heart on my sleeve and just be completely open and honest, I mean, that’s kind of terrifying. But, I’ve been really lucky. People have been really supportive and kind of want to see me succeed in that area of my career. [I’m] really enjoying it, really just trying to take it all in and riding the wave. It’s fun.

Q: Your character on ‘Pretty Little Liars’ is dealing with some heavy stuff this season. What do you think of all these plot twists? - Uinterview

I was pretty excited. This whole season in general is a little different because Allison is back and the previous four seasons were about, you know, we were searching for Allison, we were figuring out if she was alive or dead, or if she was A. And, so now that she’s back, it kind of changes the dynamic for all the girls and I think you see a lot of growth and development for each of the characters. Especially Aria, I mean she’s kind of holding a lot of resentment towards Allison and then she’s dealing with Ezra and so there’s that whole romance roller coaster that’s pretty much constant throughout the show. But, I think that out of all the seasons, this one’s definitely my favorite for that reason.

Q: You recently performed at Grand Ole Opry. What was that moment like for you? - Uinterview

Oh, man. It was a dream come true for real. I mean, I think that out of everything I’ve done in my life so far, that’s got to be the coolest moment of my life. Which is cool to say because that’s something I’ve built up in my head since I was a little girl. So, for it to exceed my expectations was pretty incredible. I’m still kind of, it was last weekend, so I’m kind of still on Cloud 9 over it all. It was absolutely amazing, such an honor.

Q: You are partnering with Nestlé to send girls to camp. How’s that going to work? - Uinterview

So, Nestlé Crunch has partnered up with Girl Scouts of the USA and it’s called the Nestlé Crunch Girl Scout Candy Bar’s “Let’s Get Her To Camp” Campaign. What they’re doing, they’re just raising a lot of money to send girls to camp that wouldn’t necessarily get to go. I’ve always really believed in what the Girl Scouts stand for and I love female empowerment, so when they approached me to partner with them, I sort of jumped on board ‘cause I think that it’s such a great cause and it’s really easy for the public to help out. All they have to do is use the hashtag “Let’s Get Her To Camp” on Twitter or you can go to their website and submit a campfire story. So, it’s pretty simple and Nestlé Crunch is pretty committed to donating a lot of money to send thousands of girls to camp.

Q: Your song “Nervous Girls.” Is about girls’ self-hatred. What do you hope girls get from that song? - Uinterview

I think that often times, us as girls, like obviously we’re so hard on ourselves and we’re so hard on each other and I think that there lies the problem. I think that we often forget that we’re all human, we all struggle with something no matter what it is and we all deal with the same emotions and you know, you strip away everything that what you look like, what you do, how much money you make, where you live, at the end of the day we’re all kind of the same. We’re all a bunch of nervous girls and I think that that is my way of showing my girl empowerment. I think that I’ve always been a girl’s girl and I think that we got to be there for each other and be a little more understanding I guess.