8 Ways Playing Wren On ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Prepared Julian Morris For ‘Hand Of God’
Although there are many good reasons why we should all start marathoning our way through Amazon's latest series, Hand of God , as soon as possible, the one that sticks out most prevalently in my mind has to do with the actors themselves. As if big names like Ron Perlman and Dana Delaney weren't impressive enough, the streaming series has also roped in Pretty Little Liars star, Julian Morris, who plays a sleazy preacher going by the name of Reverend Paul Curtis. And although he may preach about Christianity, his true intentions are less than holy thanks to his con-artist ways. However, this isn't the first time Morris has taken on a role where his character isn't always as he seems.
Diehard PLL fans like myself are very familiar with his portrayal of Dr. Wren Kingston on the ABC Family hit series, who has also proven on my occasions to possess a very suspicious demeanor. In fact, I'd even go so far as to say that there are a few very important lessons Morris most likely learned from his Pretty Little Liars character. Wren may not have turned out to be A like we originally thought, but it still helped to prepare him with an arsenal of knowledge for his super shady role in Hand of God. And here's how…
1. He Knows A Smile Can Go A Very Long Way
A good rule of thumb for any con-man is to be charming above all else. It's a great way to get people to instantly trust you and keeps them blind from suspecting your true motives. I can't tell you how many times those pearly whites had me doubting my Wren suspicions, regardless of the clues against him.
2. And How Important It Is To Establish Common Ground With Your Target
Because when you're relatable, you're completely off everyone's radar.
3. He Understands That Vigilance Is Key
A true con artist knows that trust doesn't come easily. So if you want to fool your target, you have to work at it pretty much everyday.
4. And Sometimes A Hands-On Approach Is Best
Which can sometimes be in a very literal sense. But hey, if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.
5. He's Learned To Say It Like You Believe It
It doesn't matter what you're trying to sell, if you sound like you believe in what you're saying, then so will everyone else. And if it's done in a British accent, well then that's just a bonus.
6. He Knows Hot Beverages Can Be A Great Distraction
I'm a lot more inclined to do what you want if I have some sort of caffeinated drink in my hand. Just saying!
7. He Gets That Wardrobe Is Everything
I don't care if it's a white lab coat or clerical collar, if you dress the part, then you are the part. Plain and simple.
8. And Most Importantly, He Knows That Everybody Lies
And if you can't beat them, you might as well join them, right?