Friendly reminder that the kid you had a crush on in Disney channel’s “The Luck of the Irish” grew up to be super creepy on “Pretty Little Liars”

Remember the 2001 Disney Channel Original Movie The Luck of the Irish?


Of course you do. In fact, I bet you totally crushed on Kyle Johnson — the basketball-playing main character who turns out to be half-leprechaun and has to protect his family from an evil leprechaun when his lucky gold coin gets stolen?


Look at him sing and dance!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Our spiky-haired heartthrob, Kyle Johnson, was played by young actor Ryan Merriman, a DCOM regular who also appeared in Smart House.

Ryan Merriman grew up to be a very successful adult actor who has appeared in horror sequels such as The Ring 2 and Final Destination 3, and the recent Jackie Robinson biopic 42. His IMDb page shows SIX television shows and films in the works. GET IT, KYLE JOHNSON.


But, perhaps most notably, Ryan Merriman went from sweet, innocent, precious half-leprechaun, Kyle Johnson, to mega-creep Ian Thomas on Pretty Little Liars.


Ian Thomas was married to Spencer’s sister, Melissa. He was also disgusting and preyed on teenagers, Spencer and Allison. Moreover, he was a founding member of the N.A.T. Club, a horrific group of high school boys in Rosewood who secretly filmed teenage girls through their bedroom windows without their consent. Ian even tries to KILL Spencer, but is later killed by A himself.


PRETTY LITTLE LIARS – “For Whom the Bell Tolls” – The Pretty Little Liars decide to go to an unlikely source for help to put an end to “A’s” game, in “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” the Season One finale of ABC Family’s hit original series, “Pretty Little Liars,” premiering Monday, March 21st (8:00 – 9:00 PM ET/PT). Fans can track all of “A’s” moves in an all-day marathon starting at 11:00 AM (ET/PT) and running up to the season finale at 8:00 PM (ET/PT). (ABC FAMILY/ADAM ROSE) RYAN MERRIMAN

Ryan Merriman was a lead on PLL’s first season in 2010, and also appeared in flashbacks for Seasons 2-4.

Oh Kyle, you were once so innocent.


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