Shay Mitchell is a Canadian actress, model, entrepreneur and author. She is best known for her role as Emily Fields in the Freeform series Pretty Little Liars. Let’s see some interesting facts and trivia about her!
1.Her full name is Shannon Ashley “Shay” Mitchell.
2. She was born on April 10, 1987.
3. She is from Canada (Missisauga, Ontario).
4. She is the daughter of Precious Garcia and Mark Mitchell.
5. Her parents work in finance.
6. Her father is of Scottish and Irish descent and her mother, a Filipina, is from Pampanga, and left the Philippines at age 19.
7. She has one younger brother, Sean, born in 1996.
8. Her idea of a perfect world is the one without world hunger, without diseases, without wars, and celebrating everybody’s uniqueness.
9. Her favorite singer is Beyonce.
10. Her celebrity crush is Ryan Gosling.
11. Her favorite actress is Rachel Mcadams & Natalie Portman.
12, She is a second cousin-niece of Lea Salonga, singer and Tony Award-winning theater actress well known for originating the lead role of Kim in the musical Miss Saigon.
13, As a young child, Shay Mitchell was interested in performing arts, declaring to her parents that she would pursue such a career. Mitchell began dance lessons at the age of five, and she and several of her classmates toured the city to compete with a variety of other dance schools.
14. At the age of 10, Shay Mitchell’s family moved to West Vancouver, British Columbia.
15. Within a year of their arrival, an international modeling agency held an open casting call for teen and pre-teen girls who were vying for representation. Mitchell was one of the girls selected. She attended Rockridge Secondary School and then later transferred to West Vancouver Secondary School where she graduated.
16. By her late teens, Shay Mitchell had successfully modeled for a variety of companies in cities as varied as Bangkok, Hong Kong and Barcelona, but she later returned to Toronto to study acting.
17. After signing with her first theatrical agency Mitchell appeared in the Canadian teen drama series Degrassi: The Next Generation and booked several national commercials.
18. Mitchell guest starred in the Global series Rookie Blue.
19. She appeared in the music video for “Hold My Hand” by Jamaican rapper Sean Paul.
20. In 2010, Mitchell appeared in a four-episode arc on the Disney XD series Aaron Stone as cheerleader Irina Webber.
21. In December 2009, Mitchell was cast in the ABC Family (currently Freeform) planned adaptation of the book series Pretty Little Liars.
22. Initially, Mitchell auditioned for the role of Spencer Hastings.
23. In January 2010, the series was picked up by ABC Family. The series centers on four friends up against an anonymous foe who threatens to reveal all their secrets whilst unraveling the mystery of the murder of their best friend. Mitchell portrays the role of Emily Fields, the “jock girl” of the group. The program gained quick popularity despite mixed critical reviews.
24. It has since been renewed to a seventh season, with the sixth season currently airing.
25. In January 2011, Shay Mitchell signed a contract with Procter & Gamble to be the spokesperson for the Pantene Nature Fusion shampoo line.
26. Subsequent endorsements include American Eagle, Nike and Biore.
27. She coauthored the novel Bliss with Michaela Blaney (2015).
28. Mitchell supported Somaly Mam Foundation, a non-profit organization that fought sex trafficking until it ended operations in 2014.
29. She has also worked with The Trevor Project alongside the Pretty Little Liars cast and the NOH8 Campaign.
30. She has also taken Spanish-language lessons to expand the range of roles she can take.