Pop Goes The News – Pretty Little Liars star Janel Parrish is about to start another run as Sandy in the Toronto production of Grease The Musical while planning a wedding that’s only four months away.
“I sure am, I sure am,” she said. “I’m accepting prayers.”
Luckily, prep for the special day has been drama-free. “You know, thankfully we haven’t had any bridezilla moments yet,” said Parrish. “Let’s circle back when we’re a month out, but so far it’s been pretty smooth sailing.”
Parrish, 29, is tying the knot in September with Chris Long in her native Hawaii, “in this beautiful, beautiful setting that just takes your breath away.”
Parrish said she and her fiancé have discussed the perfect song for their first dance as a married couple.
“We have a couple of options,” she said. “Those we’ll keep to ourselves because, fingers crossed, we’ll get a band that we really love that will perform the song and I don’t want to jinx it.”
Parrish can’t wait for the big day. “It’s going to be like our dream wedding,” she said, “and I’m so happy that I found the perfect guy.”
Parrish said Long, who works as an engineer, is still learning about show business. “He has to hear about all the industry stuff from me. I have to tell him all the lingo,” she explained. “It’s great because he finds it so fascinating.”
Long popped the question at Berczy Park in downtown Toronto last October with a radiant cut diamond on an 18k rose gold and platinum band from West Hollywood jeweller Jean Dousset.
Working in Toronto again means Parrish can relive the moment.
“It’s such a special place for us both so now every time he comes out to visit we have to go to that park and stand in the spot where he proposed,” she said.
“And we went to Canoe after for dinner so I told him, ‘We have to go to Canoe, that was like our engagement dinner.’”
One thing’s for sure, the newlyweds won’t be jetting out of Hawaii for a honeymoon. Parrish said their work schedules mean it will be the new year before they can get away.
As for the destination, “it honestly changes every time we talk about it.
“The last time we talked about it, it was Greece and then it was Thailand and then it was Bali. So it changes quite often but I guess we need to start locking that down.”
Grease The Musical starts at the Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto on May 24. For tickets go to greaseonstage.com.