"Ravenswood," the new supernatural spinoff of "Pretty Little Liars," films in one of the most haunted places in America: New Orleans. No one could blame the cast — some of whom play ghosts themselves — for being a little spooked sometimes.
Star Tyler Blackburn was especially unnerved while filming one upcoming episode.
"We shot in an abandoned [children's] psych hospital, which was the creepiest," he admitted to reporters during a set visit. "There have been some scary moments."
That shoot "had a particular influence on Tyler," added Steven Cabral, who plays creepy mortician Raymond Collins. "His [script] went missing at one point and he told everyone the ghost kids took [it]."
And the older Aussie actor took advantage of Blackburn's fear to exact his revenge for "disrupting" him during an earlier scene.
"These young actors can get a little cocky, so you have to put them in their place," Cabral said with a wicked grin. So the day they filmed a scene at the morgue (shiver!), "I [recorded] some creepy kids laughing. … I wanted to scare him, but he obviously had to be alone [for it to] work.
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"So I saw him leave to go to the bathroom and I followed him. The timing was perfect, because I had to go to the bathroom as well. So I went into the stall and was doing my business and pressing play [on the recorder]. He started to freak out in the bathroom."
Nicole Anderson, who plays Miranda's ghost, confirmed the prank's success: "Tyler [believed] he was hearing spirits and voices — little kid ghosts. He went around for a whole week thinking that [the set] was haunted, [even telling] production, 'We can't shoot there anymore, that place is not safe.' Steven was sitting there cracking up the entire week. It was really funny."
"He needs to know: Don't mess with Mr. Collins," Cabral said gleefully. "I was crying — with laughter, of course — in the back. I think he's learned his lesson."
"Ravenswood" airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC Family.
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