Ian Harding Loves Connecting With Fans Online—Until They Show Up at His House

The Pretty Little Liars star talks crowdfunding, social media and more


Specs
Age 28
Claim to fame Stars as Ezra Fitz on ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars; five-time Teen Choice Awards winner
Base Los Angeles
Twitter @IANMHARDING

What's the first information you consume in the morning?
I wake up, I'll meditate, and then I'll read something. I try to wake up 45 minutes prior to actually needing to do anything just so I can have that moment.

What's been on your morning reading list lately?
I just finished this book called Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan. Another book I read was A Billion Wicked Thoughts, which was about the study of human desire based on Internet searches for pornographic content. It was pretty eye-opening. And sometimes a little too much to be reading in the morning.

Tell us about your social media habits.
I'm on Twitter and Instagram. The thing with social media as an actor is that if you want to do varying things throughout your life, you have to be very careful with how much content you put out and how often. You want to be respected by an audience of some sort. I get a little antsy when actors post things like, "Yeah, we gotta do something about name-your-geopolitical-conflict," because, first of all, you probably have no idea what you're talking about unless you've been working with these people, and you just end up looking like someone who's trying to attract attention through a cause. And I've done that, too. I learned my lesson with the whole Joseph Kony thing. It was like, "Oh yeah, I feel like I've got to speak out," and once I did, I was like, "I'm an idiot." Everybody jumped on a bandwagon that we weren't 100 percent certain about.

Your film Dynamite is currently crowdfunding on Indiegogo. Have you ever crowdfunded anything before?
Not for a movie, per se, but for other projects, yes I have. Sometimes I feel bad because I'll do something for the Lupus Foundation and then I'll do something for the Children's National Medical Center and then I'll have fans tweeting me, "I literally can't give you any more money!"

You probably have a lot of rabid Pretty Little Liars fans following you online. Does it ever get weird?
There are always people saying, "You should follow me!" and spamming me, but I don't go on enough for it to really matter. Although people came up to my house once, which was not cool. If you want to be in my good graces, don't be a sketchball and try to climb up my wall.

What's your favorite app?
Everybody needs a time waste of some sort, whether it's Angry Birds or Pinterest. I have a couple of apps like that that really make me feel like a middle-aged white guy. There's the Realtor.com app—I love looking at land that I'm never going to buy—and, of course, there's Untappd, which is like Pinterest, but for beer.

What TV shows do you watch?
I just started The Affair, which is pretty great. I watched a little bit of House of Cards. Game of Thrones makes me sweat so much. It's so good. That's pretty much it. I think when you do something for a living, you're not excited to spend your free time doing it. An ice cream maker isn't going to be like, "You know what I want to do tonight now that I'm off of work? Go get an ice cream."