updated 08/04/2014 AT 6:30 PM ET
•originally published 08/05/2014 AT 10:00 AM ET
Lucy Hale is going from Pretty Little Liar to country cutie.
Though she’s now Nashville-approved after playing the Grand Ole Opry, not everyone believed in the actress’s ambition when she first started out, she says in Cosmopolitan’s September issue, on newsstands Aug. 12.
“So many people didn’t want to touch the project with a 10-foot pole,” Hale, 25, tells the magazine. “Literally, I had people laughing and saying, ‘You’re making an album? Good luck.’ But if you sit down and talk music with me for 10 minutes, you know that’s my passion.”
Not that the “”You singer is giving up on Hollywood. Over five seasons, she and Pretty Little Liars costars Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson and Shay Mitchell have turned the teen mystery into the most Tweeted about show on TV.
“It was shocking, but we’re all on the same page,” Hale explains. “On the one hand, it’s like, Great, cool! I have a job for another two and a half years. But then it’s kind of weird to have your life planned out. I always try to remember how blessed I am and stay grateful.”