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WATCH: Pretty Little Liars' Troian Bellisario Stars in Queer-Themed Romeo and Juliet

WATCH: Pretty Little Liars' Troian Bellisario Stars in Queer-Themed Romeo and Juliet

WATCH: Pretty Little Liars' Troian Bellisario Stars in Queer-Themed Romeo and Juliet

"A rose by any other name..."

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The Bard’s oft-retold love tragedy Romeo and Juliet gets a queer reimagining in the short film Still a Rose, currently making the LGBT film festival rounds.  And what’s even better is that it stars Pretty Little Liars Troian Bellisario (who plays the magnificently type-A yet often unhinged Spencer Hastings on our favorite little ABC Family series). 

In Still a Rose, Troian stars as one Juliet in the famous balcony scene, while Will Branske portrays the film's other Juliet. Meanwhile, Tinuke Oyefule and Brandon Crowder play the two Romeos, making for a series of same and opposite sex pairings.

The excellent tagline for the film, from Hazart Films, is “The greatest love story ever told reimagined through the lens of equal love.”

If Hazart sounds familiar it’s because it’s the same film company that brought us Troian and Shay Mitchell rolling around in bed sheets with tousled hair inImmediately Afterlife. That was not a queer-themed short per se, but there’s probably room for that sort of interpretation. Still, Troian did appear in Head and the Heart’s video for “Another Story,” which depicts tragic love between two young women in the oppressive environment of the ‘50s/early /60s.

Follow Still a Rose on Facebook to see if it’s playing at a festival near you, and watch the trailer here. 

 

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Tracy E. Gilchrist

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.