'Pretty Little Liars': Chloe Bridges first-look photos as Sydney, Emily's new friend

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chloe-bridges-pretty-little-liars-abc-family.jpgA new "Pretty Little Liars" character is about to join the girls of Rosewood, Pa., in the form of "Carrie Diaries" actress Chloe Bridges. Bridges plays Sydney, a swim-team member who befriends Emily and Paige, and now ABC Family has released the first photos of the latest addition to the series.

Creator Marlene King tells IBTimes that this role was written specifically for the actress, which is a rather intriguing tease.

"[Sydney's] storyline, interesting enough, is something we came up with a couple seasons ago," says King. "We've been waiting for her to be available. We specifically wrote some of this just for this actress, and you'll understand why as you get to know her character. That's a little bit of a clue that pays off later.

"She's a swimmer and she befriends Emily and Paige, becoming very instrumental in helping Emily and Paige reconnect as friends -- at least in the beginning of our story. Last we left them, things were very estranged."

Let the speculating begin, "PLL" fans. Bridges makes her debut as Sydney in the third episode of Season 5, "Surfing the Aftershocks," though these photos are from "Thrown from the Ride," which is episode four.

"Pretty Little Liars" airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.

Photo/Video credit: ABC Family