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I have also added scans and the shoot from Cosmopolitan.
And we have a stunning new gallery design by A Timeless memory.
There are two types of people in this world,” Shay Mitchell tells me. “Those that take their pictures in the camera roll and the ones that take them in the Instagram app.” It’s 10 minutes into my interview with the Pretty Little Liars star, and we both laugh at the of-the-times dichotomy. As we continue to chat, I can’t help but mentally scroll through my feed, noting the friends who throw up hastily snapped shots with total abandon and those who post only carefully edited, magazine-worthy images. It’s easy to attribute the difference to a certain level of vanity, but later, when I watch Mitchell as she searches for the best possible lighting, adjusts her poses and tries various angles while documenting her FLARE shoot for our Snapchat, I realize it all boils down to being driven by either impulse or control. Mitchell (who has 11.5 million Instagram followers, plus 4.8 million on Facebook and 3.2 million on Twitter, along with 1.1 million YouTube subcribers) falls into the latter category; she’s deliberate about every single thing she does. And that’s what has enabled her to amass so many titles—actor, model, author, social entrepreneur and, most recently, Bioré ambassador—by the dewy age of 29 and stay sane in the process. Just in time for Mitchell’s latest accomplishment—her first feature film, Mother’s Day, hits theatres this month—here are 30 things you need to know about the quintuple (and counting) threat.
Prior to PLL, her resumé was pretty spare, bolstered by bit parts on the Canadian television shows Degrassi: The Next Generation and Rookie Blue, for which she’s credited as Model and Cute Girl, respectively.
While hustling toward that big break, she made ends meet by working at the now-closed Toronto nightclubs Circa and The Guvernment. “I might have been the worst bartender in history. I didn’t enjoy it,” she admits. “But that’s the work I had to put in to get where I am today.”
Putting in the work also involved pounding the pavement and introducing herself to every local agent she found on Google. “I put together 30 packages, and I drove around Toronto in my friend’s car, handing them out one by one.” From those 30, one woman, Robyn Friedman, called her back—and she’s still Mitchell’s agent today.
She knew from a young age that she wanted to act—specifically in dramas. “Renting movies with my dad was always one of my favourite things. I loved how actors can make you feel and knew that at some point that’s what I would do for other people.”
But she didn’t start training until she reached her 20s—Mitchell didn’t even take a single drama class in school. She made sure to do the usual formative things instead, like finish high school and travel, before launching into an all-consuming career.
She even dabbled in modelling—a consequence of her try-everything-once attitude that becomes more apparent the more you get to know her.
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Teen Vogue: What is your a.m. skincare routine? What about before you go to bed?
Shay Mitchell: Morning and night I use the Biore baking soda cleanser. When you sleep you have oils and dirt on your pillowcases, it’s just important to keep your face clean.
TV: Which Biore product do you absolutely swear by and why?
SM: Other than the baking soda cleanser, I love the one minute self-heating mask. It’s kind of like magic, it heats up in your hands and it’s quick and it’s easy. I could throw it on before I start work, and have it in my bag.
TV: Do you have any weird/unexpected makeup or skincare tips or tricks that you’ve picked up from the amazing artists you work with?
SM: Yeah! Just seeing how they apply it and use their own blending techniques, which is really important when applying makeup.
TV: Have any of your costars on PLL taught you any beauty secrets? If so, who and what?
SM: To be honest, my costars would probably come to me for beauty advice! I love to try everything and go to a bunch of different spas. I learn a lot from watching my makeup artist, too.
TV: What’s the one beauty trend you’d never try? Anything that you are dying to try?
SM: I don’t think I would ever try the “morning after” look that’s trending. I’m not sure if you’ve seen it, but it’s like undone makeup, almost like you just woke up or had a rough night. I’d love to try tattooed freckles, I think those are kind of cool.
TV: What are your secrets for maintaining such long and shiny hair? Would you ever totally change it up, hair-wise?
SM: I always say one day I’d love to chop it off. But maybe I’ll just try on a short wig so it looks like I chopped it off.
TV: What do you do if you break out before a major event?
SM: Honestly I don’t like to stress too much about it. I try to take care of my skin and keep it very clean so that none of those big breakouts ever happen.
TV: What is your go-to date night makeup and why?
SM: I think it’s more natural especially on a first date. I want them to see who I really am, especially on a first date. I don’t like to experiment on a first date.
TV: How are you and Emily, your character on PLL, the same and what makes you two different?
SM: I think we’re the same in a lot of personality traits. Physically, I lean more toward having more fun with makeup and accessories. I can see Emily in myself with how she is with her friends, and how her friends go to her for advice and to have somebody to talk to.
TV: Your YouTube channel is so fun! What is your favorite type of video to film?
SM: Thanks! My favorite would have to be Shaycation. My love for traveling is what makes it so much fun. I get to meet so many people and try new foods, I just love sharing that. Today’s video is about floral arrangements; it’s about taking those cheaper bouquets that you can get at the grocery store, and learning how to turn them into these fun, high-end-looking arrangements.
TV: What are your favorite cooking tips/what’s your favorite recipe?
SM: I have a really good salmon recipe. I use half a cup of teriyaki sauce and half a cup of Italian salad dressing and then put it in the oven for 15-20 minutes. It’s a really good delicious glaze over the salmon.
TV: You recently wrote a book — do you plan on writing more? What would be the next topic you’d like to write about?
SM: I do! We’re currently working on Bliss 2, there’s a lot more stories to go into that..I’m currently living blissfully. There’s other books I’d love to try and work on.
TV: Who is your ultimate role model and why?
SM: I have to say my mom, because growing up looking up to her if I could be half the woman she is then that would be enough.
TV: What advice do you have for your 15-year-old self?
SM: I would say to my 15-year-old self, not to try and change who I am. Celebrate the fact that you’re unique and don’t try to be like everyone else. There’s only one you!
TV: What’s next for you in terms of acting after Pretty Little Liars is over? Is there anything new you think you’d break into?
SM: My first movie Mother’s Day comes out on April 29th! Gary Marshall is a legend and the cast is so fun. I saw a screening the other day and I’m excited for everyone to get to see me in a different role. I’d love to do more movies!