“Pretty Little Liars” has introduced multiple new faces over the years, but the addition of actor/ model Caleb Lane was different. The newcomer left fans with their jaws on the floor when he made his first appearance in episode 8 as Rhys Matthews, an employee at the Carissimi group … and Jason DiLaurentis’ doppelganger.
Season 6 has been all about finding Charles DiLaurentis, the twisted older brother of Jason (Drew Van Acker) and Alison (Sasha Pieterse). All signs seem to be pointing towards Rhys. But is he really “A,” the person responsible for torturing Aria (Lucy Hale), Emily (Shay Mitchell), Hanna (Ashley Benson) and Spencer (Troian Bellisario) for all these years? Even Lane doesn’t know!
“From a personal perspective, I think that it’s amazing to come on kind of at the end of the show,” he told International Business Times of his role as the latest “A” suspect.
“It’s like being on a championship basketball team and coming in at the very end and hitting the shot that people remember,” he added, laughing. “Just sort of being on the bench or not even on the team for the entire franchise’s history. So it feels a little like that.”
Lane’s character has definitely made a lasting impression on some of the folks in Rosewood. From the girls to their moms, everybody suspects him of being the mysterious DiLaurentis son. Although his time on screen has been limited, he’s been able to send chills down the backs of viewers. And it doesn’t hurt that Rhys looks eerily like Jason.
“Before I saw the show I didn’t know about Drew [Van Acker] or a lot of what was going on,” he explained of his look-alike. “So, my first kind of exposure to Drew was his work on the show as Jason. When I got on set it was so funny because everyone was like, ‘Oh my god, you look just like Drew.’”
“You know, that’s the idea, but it was funny,” he laughed. Lane added that cast member Lucy Hale even confused him for Van Acker one day.
“I was coming out of the studio once and Lucy was like, ‘Hey, Drew!’” he continued. “I took my glasses off and she was like, “Oh my god, that’s weird. It’s creepy.’”
Lane gets the comparison between the two, although he jokes that Van Acker is “better looking” and in “better shape.” But surprisingly, Lane didn’t audition for the role of Rhys. He was actually auditioning for the role of Clark, Aria’s photography friend. According to Lane, casting told him that they had a different role for him, which is how he landed the part of Rhys.
But Rhys’ fate is currently up in the air with the summer finale just a couple hours away.
“I don’t know what Rhys’s future is going to be in the show, the storyline,” he confessed. “I don’t know anything about that stuff. We’re just kind of waiting to see what’s going on.”
And the same goes for Rhys’ involvement with Clark. At the end of episode 8, viewers discovered that Clark had followed Rhys into an abandoned doll factory. It was later revealed that Clark is an undercover cop working on the DiLaurentis case, but it’s still not clear why the two were together.
“I would assume in the finale it’s going to be wrapped up through the other characters explaining, maybe Clark explaining himself,” Lane said. “I don’t know. I honestly don’t know. It’s very tight lipped around there.”
“Pretty Little Liars” fans know that anything is possible in Rosewood. Multiple characters have died, some have faked their death, while others have simply left town to resurface later. It’s not clear what will happen with Rhys or how he’ll be connected to the Charles DiLaurentis mystery, but one thing is certain – Caleb Lane isn’t ready to leave the show.
“I would have loved to have been part of the show for as long as it’s been running,” he told IBT, explaining that the whole cast and crew is wonderful to work with.
“I’ll go back and do craft services for them, if they need me to clean trailers,” he joked. “I genuinely made some friends. The cast is amazing, the crew. It’s really just a special situation to jump on, especially people that have been going at it that long. For them to still love it as much as they do, to be so excited to go to work, is really inspiring.”
The “Pretty Little Liars” Season 6 summer finale airs on ABC Family on Tuesday, Aug. 11, at 8 p.m. EDT. Do you think Rhys Matthews is Charles DiLaurentis? Tweet your thoughts to @AmandaTVScoop.