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Jason DiLaurentis is a recurring character in the Freeform series, Pretty Little Liars. He was portrayed by Parker Bagley in Season 1, and by Drew Van Acker from Season 2 to Season 7.
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Jason is the older half-brother of Alison DiLaurentis, Spencer Hastings, and Alex Drake and younger half-brother of Melissa Hastings and maternal cousin/adoptive brother of Charlotte DiLaurentis.
Jason DiLaurentis was born to Jessica DiLaurentis and Peter Hastings in 1988 in Atlanta. Jason is the product of the long-standing affair between Jessica and her neighbor, Peter Hastings. When Jessica found out she was pregnant, she told her husband, Kenneth DiLaurentis that the child was his. Kenneth believed this to be true and signed Jason’s birth certificate. He was kept in the dark about Jason’s true parentage until later on in Jason’s life.
As a child, Jason was close to his adoptive sister, Charlotte DiLaurentis, as they were very close in age. When Jason was five, Jessica gave birth to her second child and Jason’s half-sister, Alison. A few months later, Charlotte was sent to Radley Sanitarium for intense psychiatric help. Because Jason was so young, he grew up believing that “Charlie” was an imaginary friend due to his parents all-but erasing Charles’ existence. He remained close to his younger sister, Alison, until they were in their teens and began drifting apart.
As a teen, he was considered the rebellious child due to him smoking marijuana and hanging out with Ian Thomas and Garrett Reynolds. In high school, alongside Ian and Garrett, was in a secret club called N.A.T. Interestingly, the Ivy League student had not participated in any other school clubs. It is also revealed in a flashback in Season 2, that he almost hated Alison because she would often go into his room and take his belongings.
Jason later reveals that he was always jealous of Alison, and had felt that his parents thought they “lost the wrong kid”. He dated CeCe Drake for over a year, without knowing she’s, in fact, his cousin. She broke up with him the day after Alison’s body was found which he took hard and resented her for it. He later takes a great interest in Aria as they start getting closer to each other because they want to help Mike and they both get attracted that they share a kiss, until she turns him down because she’s already in a relationship with Ezra Fitz.
Jason was in his Grandmother’s house when he discovered a box hidden in the floorboards of Alison’s room. Inside were love letters written between Jessica and Peter that were both romantic and serious. After Jason was born, the letters changed from romantic to a more lawful standpoint. Jason determined, from the letters, that he was Peter’s son and the half-brother of both Spencer and Melissa.
When Alison was found to be alive, he seemed shocked and often acted overly protective of her. When he assumed that Alison had murdered Mona, he “gave her away” and soon after became close to his employee, Ashley. They had a one night stand while she had a boyfriend, but soon after she felt guilty and she quit working for Jason.
After the events of the dollhouse, Jason discovered the existence of his sister Charlotte, which made him feel very empty and he even considered drinking alcohol again until Alison stopped him. A few weeks later, Jason is kidnapped and drugged by his own sister, Charlotte. After being revealed as Big A, Charlotte was interned at Welby, where he visits her along with Alison.
In the time jump, Jason took a charitable trip to Ethiopia and returned to do a training program in New York, where he acquired a property. During the three weeks of his training program, he had a secret relationship with Aria Montgomery, but they broke up and wanted different things for their future.
Jason lived in Ethiopia for about one year more, until he returned to New York, and made another trip to visit Alison in Rosewood. They had several discussions for having different points of view on Mary. Some time later, Aria revealed to Jason the existence of a second child of Mary, both came to the deduction that this child was Noel because the adoption records suggested that. After that, Jason returned to New York and not much more was heard from him.
Jason is quiet, reserved, and a little cold. He can be untrusting and tends to act impulsively. He is interested in sports, photography and charity. As a child, Jason seemed to be very close to his mother, but when Alison was born, Jason became jealous of her sister and the attention she received from their parents, which led him to have a bad relationship with her. As a teenager, Jason was involved in substance abuse problems and the bad influences of his friends, problems that lasted into his adulthood. After her sister’s disappearance, thinking that he had murdered Alison, but did not remember it for being drunk that night, he put aside substance abuse and began to help young people with the same problems. After Charlotte was admitted to Welby and Jason spent time in Ethiopia, he seems to have a more relaxed demeanor, still maintaining his distrust of people who are new to him.
Jason is a very attractive young man with shaggy, dirty blonde hair, and almond-shaped green eyes. He has a square jawline paired with soft features and occasional subtle facial hair. After the time jump, Jason returns to Rosewood with long hair and a grown beard.
Please, Do Talk About Me When I’m Gone
Jason came back to Rosewood with a new clean cut look that surprised most of the girls. His purpose in returning to Rosewood was to help organize Alison’s memorial. (This eventually turned into him directing the project). He is now guarded and keeps secrets. Jason reveals to Spencer what Alison also told him about “The Jenna Thing”, specifically her revision in which Spencer was behind everything, including being the one to throw the stink bomb, which exploded and burned down the Cavanaugh’s garage and severely injured Jenna Marshall. Jason speaks about the incident to Spencer. She asks if he believes his sister’s story but he does not reply which causes her to tell him that he’s just like Alison. To this, he replies that he is even worse than Alison. The day after the memorial, he decides to give the girls Alison’s bracelet and leaves.
If At First You Don’t Succeed, Lie, Lie Again
Jason returns to Rosewood again. After finding “A’s” picture of Alison the day she disappeared, Spencer seeks him out to show it to him. Spencer finds Jason working out on some bleachers. Jason tells Spencer that he and his family have received similar photos of Alison taken during the night she disappeared and goes on to tell her that a private investigator has determined many of them to be fake. Still, he is willing to see if this one is real. Later, Spencer comes home to find him waiting for her. He opens up to Spencer about his past with drugs and lets her know that it is possible that he took that picture of Alison because he doesn’t remember that night or most of that summer, as it turns out. The vantage point of the photograph was his house and, quite possibly, his bedroom window. In this episode, Jason also reveals that planning Alison’s memorial was one of the biggest challenges he has ever faced.
The Goodbye Look
Jason returns once again, however Parker Bagley has been replaced by Drew Van Acker. He moves into his old house, in which he once lived with Alison, after inheriting some money. Spencer visits him and offers to help him move in properly, however he declines her help and questions Spencer about Alison’s death, asking whether Ian really admitted to killing her. Jason seems dissatisfied with Spencer’s vague answer. At the end, Jason is building a fence around his house in order to keep people out. Spencer, Hanna, Emily and Aria see this and they think he is keeping someone in, like no good for nothing Ian.
My Name Is Trouble
Jason hires Toby Cavanaugh to help him build the fence. After her field hockey practice, Spencer stops by Jason’s house and asks where Toby is. Jason says that he left about an hour ago. Spencer asks Jason if he is the only one living in the house and Jason says yes and tells her that he’ll let Toby know she stopped by.
Jason and Toby work on the fence and Jason asks Toby if he wants to take a break since he is working so hard. But Toby says it’s all right. Jason asks Toby if people around here are still giving him a hard time and Toby gives him a look that indicates people are. Jason says that he never thought Toby had killed Ali and the only thing he was guilty of was being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Just then, Spencer comes by and Jason thought it was Melissa. Spencer asks why he thought she was Melissa, and Jason says that the mailman keeps on giving his mail to their house. Jason goes inside and asks if Toby or Spencer wants anything but they say no thanks. Jason brings some garbage bags outside but they fall over and bloody tissues come out while Spencer and Toby watch, but Jason says that he cut himself.
At the basketball court, Aria goes to find Mike, but only finds Mike’s friends and, unexpectedly, Jason. Mike’s friends let her know that he hasn’t been around in months, and Jason theorizes that Mike is doing things his family obviously wouldn’t approve. Aria is worried, but grateful to Jason. For a moment, it seem that Jason is flirting when he tells her he remembers her pink hair highlight and misses her bold fashion statement. Aria is flattered.
The Devil You Know
Jason sees someone trying to break in to his house. He catches the burglar’s hand and it turns out to be Mike. Jason brings Mike to Aria’s house but doesn’t call the police. Jason explains that he didn’t really get into his house, he caught him at the window. Aria says thank-you to him for not calling the police and he says not to worry because he has seen enough cops at his house for one year.
Jason goes to Ian’s funeral but sits on a bench. Aria sees him and goes over to talk to him. He tells her that he was always very jealous of Alison, and he feels he should have died instead of his sister. Jason confides to Aria that it is possible that he killed Alison, as he has no recollection of what happened that night and knows that he could be violent when jealous. Jason shows Aria a piece of paper he received the next day, warning him that someone knew what he did, though the reference is vague. That slip always made him worry that he might have been the one to harm Alison. However, he admits the relief he feels from the closure that Ian’s confession had brought him.
Never Letting Go
Jason meets with Aria outside Emily’s house to talk about the sensitive information he revealed to her at Ian’s funeral. The next day after school, the two meet to discuss what photos to use for Alison’s tribute at the fashion show. Aria begins asking him questions, hoping to “shake a memory loose” about the day of Ali’s disappearance. Jason feels like he is being interrogated and leaves somewhat angrily and disappointed.
Backstage at the fashion show, Aria and Jason exchange a meaningful look before he is introduced on stage. During the “unplanned finale” fiasco, Jason escorts his mother away from the chaos. Later, he appears backstage just as Noel is handing Aria the disc that could theoretically incriminate her and her friends. Jason steps in, takes the disc, and snaps it, not allowing Noel to bully Aria. He then offers Aria a ride home, and she accepts.
Jason’s character is developed to a great extent. He visits Rosewood High on a school day to talk to the guidance counsellor; he wants to help at-risk high school students by showing them that there is life after high school. Aria finds Jason sitting in Ella’s classroom, thanking her for the kind note she sent his mother. Ella lets Aria know that Jason is also invited to dinner that night, and Aria gives him a half-smile. Ella has invited Jason, thinking he could use some “human companionship” while going through this tough time, especially living in the old house, alone.
That night, Jason arrives at Aria’s house with flowers, which he hands to Aria. Jason and Ezra Fitz meet for the first time. Aria steps out of the party to answer a call from Spencer, warning Aria that Jason may have been involved in Alison’s death and to be alert with Jason in her house. Spencer and Aria both remember the incident last summer when Jason nearly hit Ali with a hockey stick. He had come looking for her on their mother’s orders, not pleased to have to do it. He had grabbed the stick from her and then threatened to hit her with it. After that, Ali had tried to whack her brother with the stick, but Jason had moved quickly and mockingly warned Ali that she wouldn’t get a second chance. Spencer finds it awfully incriminating to have found that same hockey stick buried on her property near where Jason was building a fence. She finds it doubly incriminating that Jason doesn’t remember anything from the night Ali disappeared.
Later, back at the party, Jason and Ezra to know one another, sharing their stories about biking and traveling. Then, the dinner party is interrupted with news of Mike’s arrest. Jason and Aria exchange knowing looks, at which Ezra raises an eyebrow. Byron Montgomery and Ella leave to pick him up, leaving Ezra, Jason, and Aria alone in the house.
After cleaning up a bit, and speaking with Ezra, Aria goes back out to the living room, where Jason is sitting, to offer him coffee. Aria and Jason discuss Mike’s arrest; she lets him know that Mike had promised her that he wouldn’t repeat his mistake, and he wisely lets her know that he probably meant it at the time. He also tells her that if this is his first time getting caught, he has probably raided multiple houses before. Afterwards, Aria rushes down the stairs, suddenly telling Ezra and Jason to leave. So they leave, pausing briefly at the doorstop for an awkward stare-down before going their separate ways.
Spencer goes over to Jason’s house and spies on him from the bushes. He is working around his house when one of the workers tries to go into the shed. Jason quickly runs over and tells the worker not to go in there. The worker walks away and Jason locks the door and puts the key above the doors, unbeknownst to him that Spencer is watching him.
Jason goes over to Aria’s house where she is shocked to see him. She begins to act weird around him but that is due to the dreams she had about him. He explains that her dad let him in and he gives her a card for a person from a youth center that could help Mike. Aria then confesses to him that she is worried about Mike and Jason puts his arm on her shoulder. After he takes his arm off, Aria tries to get him to leave saying she has to study for some tests even though she doesn’t. Aria pushes him out the door saying thanks for helping and Jason sees that Aria put the books back and knows something is up.
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Spencer and Emily break in to Jason’s shed where they find pictures of Aria. They hear him come in and quickly leave but Emily drops her flashlight. Jason comes in and finds the flashlight and knows someone broke in.
Jason later sees Aria walking on the street and he stops to talk to her. He tells her that his shed was broken into but Aria says that Mike didn’t do it because he hasn’t left him room. Jason replies “I didn’t go there.” He also adds that he didn’t think it was Mike anyway. Jason finally gets the courage and lays his heart down to her, telling her how he feels. He said, (quote): “The truth is I do care about your brother but I also care about you, and I wanted to tell you as an off-chance you might feel the same way.” Jason then leans in slow enough for her to move if she didn’t want to kiss him, which she didn’t she kissed him back but not for long since she remembered Ezra. She breaks the kiss and says she’s ‘unavailable’ and leaves him standing there.
Touched by an ‘A’-ngel
Emily tells Aria about the pictures, so when she spots Jason in school, she confronts him. He is aggravated to hear that her friends were the ones who broke into his home. He lets her know that he had found a roll of film among Alison’s belongings and had only figured out what the photographs were when he developed them in his dark room. Additionally, after seeing they were all of Aria, he had planned to give her one of the framed photographs as a gift.
Later, Aria is at the Grille by herself; Jason joins her and tries to make her feel relaxed instead of scared of him. He presents her with the frame. He also invites Aria to come over and see some more of Alison’s belongings in the box he found hidden under her floorboards while he was renovating her room. He had found the roll of film in that box, and Aria is curious about what else is in there. Aria seems nervous during their conversation, and Jason picks up on Aria’s twisting straws. Aria is still not completely trusting of Jason, though she is not totally wary of him either. Unbeknownst to both of them, Spencer and Toby watch their encounter from outside the restaurant’s window.
Aria agrees to go with him to his house, but she doesn’t enter his shed and opts to wait for him outside instead. While waiting, Ezra pulls into Jason’s driveway to “save” Aria from Jason. The two kiss, and Jason finally comes back, just in time to witness the lip-lock. He gives Aria the box of belongings to keep and stares intently at her, acknowledging that Aria is “unavailable”. He watches enviously as Aria enters Ezra’s car.
Later that night, he sits subdued on his porch steps. Garrett Reynolds swings by and Jason greets him with the causality of old friends. Garrett offers Jason a can of beer, but when Jason gives him a look, he says “I forgot” and keeps it for himself. He makes himself comfortable and Jason nonchalantly asks him what he’s thinking about. Garrett says that he wants to know that their secret is still under wraps, as he is a cop and his reputation is on the line. Jason stares at him, but doesn’t say anything. The two then sit, kicking back.
In the next episode, Garrett is seen leaving Jason’s house again. As well, Peter Hastings is seen exiting the house later that day, though he won’t explain why he was there. Jason finally removes the newspaper boarding up the windows of Alison’s room. When Spencer and Toby leaf through Ian’s yearbook, they note that Garrett, Jason, and Ian must have been friends as they were all in a secret club together. Jason had written a comment in Ian’s yearbook about the N.A.T. club and the caption for that club is listed under all three yearbook pictures, though it is not in the glossary of clubs. Spencer finds a shirt with the words “Nos Animadvertus Totus” which had to be the full name for the N.A.T. club. It leads her to believe that N.A.T. loosely means “We See All” and that the three were all stalkers together, creating videos and taking pictures of the local Rosewood girls when they weren’t looking. This assumption has yet to be confirmed.
I Must Confess
Based on information, it seems that Jason had been able to afford buying back his old home thanks to the money left to him in his grandmother’s will. It is suggested that Jason had tried to sell a family heirloom, prompting his grandmother to change the will to exclude him a week before Alison’s disappearance. After his grandmother’s death some months later, Peter Hastings had doctored the documents to revert the will back to an earlier version, in which Jason was included. Peter explains to his daughter that this was done so as not to make Jason look responsible for killing his sister. The money is still rightfully his, as after Alison’s death it would pass to the next relative. It is also very likely that Alison had something to do with the changed will, as she was asking questions, seemingly plotting to get the money all to herself.
Over My Dead Body
The argument between Peter and Jason in I Must Confess is referenced when Jason shows up to the police station upon hearing the girls were arrested. Peter immediately approaches him on the side and begs him to leave. But Jason is firm in his belief that his sister would have wanted him here, to which Mr. Hastings says he did things to protect Jason. Jason underlines that he didn’t kill Ali, so there was never a need to protect him. Jason tells Peter that he bought the house because Ali was great at keeping secrets and punishing people with the truth. Peter admits he was honest with Jason the night before because he thought it would help. Jason cryptically says, “I didn’t give you a choice. Why do you think I bought that house?” We also learn that Jason no longer believes he could have killed Ali and that Garrett and Jenna wrote the note he had found the next day. Then Jason asks whether Veronica Hastings knows, mysteriously implying something that Peter comprehends immediately. Peter says no and insists that Veronica not find out whatever secret they are keeping that night with everything else that is going on.
The First Secret
Jason enters Alison’s room without knocking, as Alison sits sprawled on her bed writing in a notebook. As soon as she sees him, she shuts the notebook. Jason starts to ask her questions and she questions him in return. Ali asks what Jason and his friends are doing behind his locked door, to which Jason responds, “if you want to know, it’ll cost you.” Ali asks the price and he says $20. When Ali gives him the cash he tells her that he & his “stoner buddies” are making a movie. Jason then gives her a package and says this was on the front porch for you. As Ali is opening it she tells Jason to leave her room. We then see the voodoo doll make its first appearance.
A Hot Piece of A
Although Jason is not present in this episode, he is mentioned to have been out of town during the past month.
The Naked Truth
Jason comes back to town. He sees Spencer in the courtyard in school and they begin to talk. He asks her if she can tell her dad to give him a call. He also says that he was away working on his grandmother’s house. Ella walks up and asks him if he can chaperone “The Truth Up Day” but he says he can’t, but he agrees to when Ella asks Spencer about her parents helping and he learns that Spencer’s mom and dad will be there.
Jason is a chaperone in the class that Aria, Caleb Rivers and Jenna are a part of and Spencer’s mom is also chaperoning as well. Spencer’s mom and Jason have a run in and she looks surprised to see him. He also asks where Peter is but she says he is out of town.
Jason later gets some boxes and Spencer comes up to him. She says that her mom and he are in the same group and he mentions that he wished it was her dad. Spencer then asks why it is so important for him to talk to her father. Jason tells her to ask him but Spencer says he doesn’t say anything. Spencer also mentions that she knows about how her dad changed the will and again wants to know but Jason doesn’t say why.