The Pretty Little Liars star reveals to Seventeen her secret to feeling confident, the type of guy who takes her breath away, and which PLLco-star she turns to for advice.
The Key To Her Heart:
“If you can make me laugh, my heart is yours! I think there’s nothing more attractive than someone who doesn’t take themselves too seriously.”
On Her PLL Co-Stars:
“I’m so close with each of the girls for different things. Troian is my go-to when I want advice on something. She’s literally like her character — so smart. Lucy is so cute and southern. We joke around a lot on-set. And Ashley is like the fun, carefree little sister I never had.”
Declaring Body Peace:
“Take that one thing you don’t like about yourself and more often than not that’s the one thing that makes you more special. Whether it’s that gap in your teeth, or that mole you never liked, or your skin color.”
On Inspiring Others:
“When I was in high school, I wanted to be a counselor and I wanted to work with kids. I’ve been through the worst of high school. And I want to motivate people to live the best life that they can, because we’re only here for one life.”
Secrets From The Set:
“All the [PLL] girls have different body types…I’m not going to fit into the size Lucy wears, or what any of the other girls wear. Some clothes work on me that don’t work on them and vice-versa. But we all go into the dressing room feelingconfident. It’s about appreciating what you were born with and putting your own sparkle on it.”
What Shay Wishes She Knew When She Was 17:
“Growing up, I wish I hadn’t tried so hard to fit in. I’d tell myself to just embrace what you were born with because it’s beautiful and you were made like that for a reason. It’s tough being a girl. I think we need all of the support we can get.”
For more visit seventeen.com where you will find ‘Shay’s Seventeen Spotify playlist’, ‘Shay’s most confident moments’, ‘Watch Shay Host Beauty Smarties Showdown’, ‘Peek Inside her beauty bag’, ‘The Ultimate PLL Guide’, ‘Her workout secrets’ and ‘Shay answers your twitter questions’!
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Hey guys! Shay did a photoshoot for Complex Magazine! Take a look below!
What is your general view on sexuality?
I think it’s the same now as it was before I’d played the character. I’ve always felt like you should love who you love—sexuality doesn’t matter. It would be so awesome if I didn’t get questions like, “How did you feel?” It would be so cool in the future if it weren’t even an issue to anybody anymore. People would see two girls kissing on TV and it wouldn’t be like, “On this show, two lesbians! Dun-dun-dun!” It wouldn’t ever even get brought up.
Typically lesbian roles are overly sexualized in movies and TV. How do you think PLL handles it differently?
The show doesn’t shy away from my character’s sexuality at all, but it’s done in a tasteful way. There are no fans in the room blowing our hair as we’re making out. But even when I was telling my guy friends about the character I was playing, they were like, “Oh my God! Do you know who the girls [you'll be hooking up with] are?” And I said, “It’s not gonna be like that!” [Laughs.]
Did you do any special prep to play a lesbian?
Honestly, I didn’t do anything. I know people who’ve played gay characters and they’d hang out at a gay bar or ask questions. I know what it’s like to love somebody, and my character loved a girl, so that’s how I played it.
Emily hooks up more than anyone else on the show. Have you learned any game from her?
[Laughs.] She definitely has good game. She has a revolving door of girls! You’d think I’d pay more attention to Emily in that department, but no, I haven’t thought about bringing any of her swag into my own life.
Did you sneak out a lot when you were a teenager, like the girls on PLL do?
[Laughs.] I was the queen of sneaking out. My parents gave me the basement suite, so I had an easy time getting out from that window. One time, I had friends staying over and we went downtown and got into a club with fake I.D.s. We were there for 45 minutes and I was dancing with a guy when I felt a tap on my shoulder. I turned around and it was my dad. He was like, “Can I have this dance?” We all walked out of the club like little ducklings.
Did he ground you?
No. It was funny to him. He couldn’t believe that he actually found us. He got a huge kick out of it when the bouncer said, “You have to go to the back of the line.” My dad was like, “Oh really? Because I think my underage daughter and her friends are in this club, so I think you want to move me to the front of the line.” [Laughs.]
You once said your dream role would be in an action movie, doing stunts in heels.
I love all the Bond movies. I love the cute girl who can kick ass. As much as I’m a girly-girl and I like to dress up, I’m also adventurous. I’ve gone skydiving and I really want to learn how to surf and rock climb this year.
What is your action sequence fantasy?
I’m terrified of heights, but I get a sick thrill out of being on an edge, so maybe scaling the side of a building. Then there’d be an explosion and I’d fly off into shark-infested water. You got me daydreaming! [Laughs.]
All Bond girls have great names. What would yours be?
Shay Buttah. [Laughs.]
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There’s not a showrunner working in Hollywood today who is as in touch with her fans as Pretty Little Liars boss Marlene King. She commands the largest Twitter army on the internet. Last season, the social media typhoon about the “A”-revealing finale made PLL the most-tweeted about and Facebooked show ever. Fans love to talk to Marlene, and Marlene loves to talk back. But what really makes her a rarity in the TV-writing world is that she also loves to listen. With four days to go until the PLL Season 3 premiere, Marlene took time out of her crazy schedule — they’re simultaneously filming episodes 3.09 and 3.10 right now — to talk to me about fans, rumors, and what’s in store for our favorite lesbian Liar this season.
AfterEllen.com: Thank you so much for carving some time out to talk to our AfterEllen.com readers. We’re really excited about season three over here.
Marlene King: Thank you for taking the time to chat with me. All of us on the Pretty Little Liars set love AfterEllen. We all read the recaps and the commentary from your readers. Shay [Mitchell] and I were just talking about you guys yesterday.
AE: Yes, our readers really are the best. They make me laugh all the time. And boy, do they love Shay. OK, let’s jump right into it. Season 3. Red is the new black, right? Tease me about what we can expect in the upcoming season.
MK: You can expect new secrets, new mysteries, new characters, some poor judgment on the girls’ part that leads them into jeopardy, and added trouble with the Rosewood Police Department.
AE: Just what I wanted to hear! How are you going to keep the pressure on them that you had in the previous two seasons, now that “A” has been revealed?
MK: I’m really happy with the way we’re launching Season 3, the premiere episode next week. I feel like we really hit the reset button — in the way Sara Shepherd does every couple of books — by relaunching and introducing a Big Bang Mystery. I feel like it will be really satisfying. By the end of the episode you’re going to realize these girls are in a boatload of trouble again, and the pressure is totally on.
AE: I’ve watched a couple of preview clips and it looks like Emily is still reeling from Maya’s death.
MK: Definitely. The Season 3 premiere takes place five months after the Season 2 finale. The finale took place in April and we come back on Labor Day Weekend, so it will be the second anniversary of Alison’s death. And yes, Emily is still very much devastated about Maya’s death. She went to Haiti for the summer to build houses for the poor, so the girls are playing catch-up with her. She’s really in that anger stage of grief as opposed to sadness.
AE: I have to ask you this because you know how it is in Rosewood — is Maya really, seriously dead?
MK: Yes, Maya is dead.
AE: JK Rowling always said you’ve got to be a ruthless killer if you’re going to write good stories.
MK: It’s kind of true! I call it “killing your babies.” And it’s really terrible. Sometimes you have to kill your babies, and it’s such an agonizing decision. I actually tweeted yesterday — and I’m serious about this — that I might write some Emaya fan fiction, and just go off in a direction like, “Well, what if…” Like Pretty Little Liars: What If, so I can explore a different dimension of, “What if that character were still alive?” I think that would be really fun. Because killing Maya was agonizing. I feel like it was really important for our story, and people will see in Season 3 that it really invigorates the drama and the mystery of the show having done that. Good storytelling has to embrace significant loss and pain and hardship. Without the bad, there can’t be any good.