Between acting, modeling, and being an entrepreneur, Shay Mitchell has built up quite the resume for herself. Most recently, she starred in popular shows like You and Dollface whilst simultaneously launching her own travel brand, Beis. But despite everything she’s done thus far, Mitchell is often remembered for her first acting role, Emily Fields in the hit Freeform show, Pretty Little Liars.
For seven years, Mitchell played the role of Emily on Pretty Little Liars. A teen drama, the show followed four friends as they coped with the disappearance of their friend and being terrorized by an anonymous stalker. The show effectively made Mitchell and her co-stars household names. In fact, Pretty Little Liars was Mitchell’s big break. Prior to landing the role of Emily, she’d only had one other cameo in Degrassi: The Next Generation.
How Shay Mitchell first learned about ‘Pretty Little Liars’
But just how did Mitchell end up joining the cast of Pretty Little Liars? In a YouTube video, the You actor shared that when she first met her manager she was asked what type of shows she was interested in. At the time, Mitchell was absolutely obsessed with Gossip Girl and Vampire Diaries and wanted to be on a show with a similar tone. When her manager sent her the pilot for Pretty Little Liars, she was plenty excited, but she didn’t have that much time to prepare. With only a day to memorize and record her audition, she ended up preparing for her audition in a very unusual way.
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