Lucy Hale Talks Fighting Dating Violence, Her Dream Duet + More [INTERVIEW]

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As her character learned in last week’s “Pretty Little Liars,” relationships can be very confusing. While Aria is figuring things out, Lucy Hale is moving ahead at a superhero’s pace and fighting teen dating violence along the way.

We caught up with the country crooner to find out how she’s helping mark fight teen dating violence, what her dream volunteer gig looks like and more!

ACT: February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness month. For your fans who want to get involved, how can they help raise awareness?

HALE: Working with m.powerment by mark I’ve learned that one in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime and women between the ages of 16 and 24 years old experience the highest rate of abuse.

m.powerment by mark works with some great organizations like No More, Break the Cycle and LoveIsRespect.org, a unique partnership between Break the Cycle and the National Dating Abuse Helpline that helps teens and young adults ages 13-24 navigate the spectrum of healthy relationship behaviors. I want to help bring awareness to these resources and let people know that they have a place to turn if they’re experiencing dating abuse or partner violence.

ACT: You just filmed a video showing off two new “Mighty Pretty” bracelets. What can you tell us about them?

HALE: I love the Mighty Pretty Bracelets! It’s a great bangle that I wear as a statement piece, and the best part is that 100% of the net proceeds from each item sold are donated to the cause.

ACT: We’re so excited about your upcoming album! When will it be released? What do you love the most about the new album?

HALE: Thank you! My debut single, “You Sound Good to Me,” is out now on iTunes, and my full album will be out later this spring. Working on the album was an incredibly powerful journey for me. Music will always be my first love and passion, and I’m so excited to share it.

ACT: How do you have time to act, record an album, hang with family and friends and everything else? Any tips on getting things done?

HALE: It’s definitely a lot to have on my plate, but fortunately I love what I do. The hardest part is not seeing family as much. Thank God for technology! I’m texting my mom & sister constantly.

ACT: If you could do a duet with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?

HALE: That’s a huge question, but maybe Dolly Parton. She’s done so much for women in country music and has always had a strong point of view.

ACT: If you could volunteer with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?

HALE: I love St. Jude and am so impressed with all that they do. So, probably them! Or Operation Smile.

ACT: We want your words of wisdom! What do you wish you knew when you were 17 that you know now?

HALE: To not be so hard on myself. To love your quirks, love what makes you stand out from the crowd.

ACT: Any tips for having fun, even if you’re not dating someone?

HALE: Surround yourself with friends! I’ve always considered myself a girls’ girl, and some of my best memories are nights just hanging out with friends who support me.

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