Lucy Hale is no stranger to traveling the world and taking her 22 million Instagram followers along. Fans eagerly tracked Hale as she trekked through Cambodia and Paris in the spring, visited Mexico in the summer, and hosted New Year’s Eve from New Orleans. But, despite all her jet-setting, the Pretty Little Liars star reveals she’s a homebody at heart and loves spending time with her dog, Elvis (who now has nearly 100,000 followers of his own). So it made sense that the 29-year-old teamed up with Honey Nut Cheerios for its Good Rewards charity program and the ASPCA. “You buy a box of Cheerios, scan the Buzzcoin symbol, and then choose your team,” Hale told AD. “There are three teams, and if I win, then $100,000 goes straight to my charity of choice: the ASPCA.” As part of the partnership, the actress—who is about to film the highly anticipated Fantasy Island movie—chatted about how her pup rules the house, her love of Pinterest, and what item she stole from the set of PLL.
Architectural Digest: Why was the ASPCA the charity of your choice?
Lucy Hale: I just love animals. I have a dog of my own, and I relate to animals more than humans. They need people fighting for them too. I love that the ASPCA is the leading voice for them.
AD: Is your dog with you?
LH: Elvis is not here, unfortunately. He’s back in L.A. at a dog hotel living his best life.
AD: What’s involved with a dog hotel?
LH: It’s actually really cute. They have just an open room where they have beds everywhere, and they take them on hikes. It’s ridiculous. And there are cameras so you can check in. He’s very social. I’m very impressed. He’s a social butterfly, and he gets a lot of attention.
AD: Do you have a special room for Elvis in your home?
LH: Elvis has sort of claimed the whole territory as his. But he loves the kitchen table.
AD: The kitchen table?
LH: Yes! When he was a puppy, I would leave him crated in the kitchen. Gradually, as he got older, I think he wanted to see what was happening. So, now every time I come home I find him sleeping on the kitchen table. That’s his spot.
AD: That’s so funny! How would you describe your design style when it comes to your home?
LH: It’s more of a rustic feel. I worked with an interior designer, and we went through Pinterest to get inspiration. I wanted everything in my house to be original. I didn’t want my house to look like anyone else’s. So each piece in the house is either one of a kind or was made for the house. It almost feels like an antique store in a way.
AD: So, you collect antiques?
LH: I love antiques, and I really appreciate older things. I like it when things have a history. My home is a pretty eclectic mix, but it feels cozy. I wanted my house to feel like it’s been lived in. I appreciate all types of architecture, but I wanted mine to feel like you can just kick your feet back and relax.
AD: Do you have a particular piece that you love the most?
LH: My kitchen table! It’s super long, wooden, and very, very old. I think it was built in the late 1800s. Then I have a wooden sign in my living room that’s huge, like floor to ceiling, that says “Olympia.” It’s from France somewhere and is beat up. Those are my two favorite pieces.
AD: Have you ever taken anything from set that you have in your house?
LH: I have, and it’s framed. There’s a huge poster in my media room that was in Ezra’s—who was my love interest from Pretty Little Liars—apartment. I took it because there’s a girl in the poster that looks like me in cartoon form.
AD: Do you have a favorite room in your house?
LH: I love my bathroom. It has a huge shower, a steam room, a tub, a chair, and a really old chandelier. I spend a lot of time in there. It just feels like really cozy.
AD: And you’re getting ready to film Fantasy Island soon. Do you get to go to an actual island?
LH: Yes! I haven’t done a lot of location shooting. A lot of my work has actually been in L.A. I’m excited to get out and do that. But I’ll be there for a while, so I might get island fever a little bit.
AD: Do you bring any of the comforts of home with you when you travel?
LH: Unfortunately, I can’t bring Elvis because it’s an island and you have to quarantine dogs. But I’ll take my candles, crystals, and books. I’ve also taken up painting. So, I’m going to bring all of my painting stuff. I’m such a homebody that being away from home is really difficult. I try to bring everything that makes me feel comfortable.
AD: Do you have any of your own paintings hanging at the house?
LH: Not yet because I’m really bad at it. But, hopefully by the end of shooting, there will be something worthy of hanging.