Troian made her acting debut in the 1988 film Last Rites, which was directed by her father, Donald Paul Bellisario. Two years later, she appeared in an episode of her father’s other project, Quantum Leap.
With the passage of time, she emerged from her father’s shadow, starring in short films such as Intersect, Archer House, and Unseen.
Her breakthrough came when she was cast in Pretty Little Liars as Spencer Hastings. The parents of Troian Bellisario are detailed below.
Because of her parents, Troian Bellisario grew up on film sets
Troian Bellisario was born to Deborah Pratt and Donald Paul Bellisario on October 28, 1995. Troian’s mother is African-American and Creole, while her father has Italian and Serbian heritage. The actress grew up with Nicholas, who came in 1991.
Troian has three half-sisters, one half-brother, and two step-brothers from her father’s previous relationships. Donald was divorced twice before his 1984 wedding to Deborah Pratt.
Shortly after Nicholas’ birth, Paul and Deborah separated, and Paul went on to marry Vivienne Murray in November 1998.
Because of Deborah and Donald, Troian grew up on film sets. Deborah worked as a producer and an actress on Quantum Leap, Happy Days, Airwolf, and Benson. Donald, a renowned writer, and producer, contributed to the production of Magnum P.I., Tales of the Gold Monkey, and Last Rites.
Currently, he is a writer and director for the long-running television series NCIS. In some manner, Troian’s career path was predetermined. She told Interview Magazine, “Growing up on a set, I felt like it was my permanent microcosm.
” I didn’t know if I would be at video village with you, my mother, or my father, or in the writers’ room, or in wardrobe, set design, or hair and makeup, but it was the world I knew best.”
Her siblings, the majority of whom work in cinema and television, also caught the acting bug.
Due to her desire to satisfy her parents, Troian suffered from an eating disorder
Troian has disclosed that she struggled with an eating issue throughout high school. The Mirror reports that Troian’s eating condition arose in part from her desire to satisfy her parents. She elaborated:
“I was the youngest daughter and the ideal child. My school was a rigorous college preparatory institution. Therefore, it was about striving to satisfy my parents and being flawless in the eyes of everyone.”
“I simply believed that they would disown me if I ever voiced grief, rage, or anything else that was going on in my life to them. I locked up a lot of my emotions, which led to self-destructive behavior.”
The parents of Troian supported her when she disclosed her problem and sought treatment. Troian’s mother, however, never truly understood her son’s issues until she created the script for Feed, a film based partially on Bellisario’s experiences with an eating disorder, she told Entertainment Tonight.
“She [Deborah] spoke to me about it and said, ‘I love you, and I loved you during your sickness,’ but I didn’t get it until I read the screenplay. Despite the fact that this is not my tale, it is incredibly personal. And she endured everything in her own manner with me.”
“The fact that she told me she got it for the first time after reading my script made it all worthwhile.”