Shay Mitchell is a Canadian Actress, model, entrepreneur and author best known For playing the role of Emily Fields (one of the main role) in the ABC Family series Pretty Little Liars since 2010.
Born Name: Shannon Ashley Mitchell
Nick Name: Shay, Shay Buttah, Shay Mitch
Occupation: Actress, model, entrepreneur and author
Years active: 2007–present
Born: April 10, 1987, 32 years and 10 months, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5 ft 7½ in or 171 cm
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Measurements: 37-25-34 in or 94-63.5-86 cm
Bra size: 34C
Shay Mitchell attended Rockridge Secondary School. Later, she enrolled herself in West Vancouver Secondary School in West Vancouver, B.C, Canada.
Father – Mark Mitchell
Mother – Precious Garcia
Siblings – Sean Mitchell (Younger Brother)
Shay Mitchellrose to prominence starring as Emily Fields in the ABC Family/Freeform series Pretty Little Liars (2010–2017). In 2018, Mitchell starred as Peach Salinger in the psychological thriller series You, and headlined the horror film The Possession of Hannah Grace.
Mitchell was born in Mississauga, Ontario, the daughter of Precious Garcia and Mark Mitchell. Her parents work in finance. Her father is of Scottish and Irish descent and her mother, who is Filipino, is from the province of Pampanga and left the Philippines at age 19. She has one younger brother named Sean. She is a first cousin-once-removed of Lea Salonga, a singer and Tony Award-winning theater actress well known for originating the lead role of Kim in the musical Miss Saigon. Even as a young child, 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. At the age of 10, Mitchell’s family moved to West Vancouver, British Columbia. 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. She got the nickname Shay because she is a big fan of Jennifer Lopez aka J. Lo, so her friends called her “Shay Lo”.
Acting and modelling
By her late teens, 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. After signing with her first theatrical agency Mitchell appeared in the Canadian teen drama series Degrassi: The Next Generation and booked several national commercials. Mitchell guest starred in the Global series Rookie Blue and appeared in the music video for “Hold My Hand” by Jamaican rapper Sean Paul. In 2010, Mitchell appeared in a four-episode arc on the Disney XD series Aaron Stone as cheerleader Irina Webber.
In December 2009, Mitchell was cast in the ABC Family (now Freeform) planned adaptation of the book series Pretty Little Liars. Initially, Mitchell auditioned for the role of Spencer Hastings. On January 2010, Pretty Little Liars was picked up by ABC Family. The series centers on four friends up against an anonymous foe who threatens to reveal all their secrets whist 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.[The show ran for seven seasons and the series finale aired 27 June 2017.
In August 2017, Mitchell was cast in a starring role on the former Lifetime television series You, in the role of socialite Peach Salinger which was released in September 2018. On 3 December 2018, it was announced that You would move to Netflix as a “Netflix Original” title, ahead of the premiere of the second season. In September 2017, she was cast in the lead role in the ABC television pilot, The Heiresses, adapted from the book with the same name from Sara Shepard and created by I. Marlene King.
Charity and activism
Mitchell supported Somaly Mam Foundation, a non-profit organization that fought sex trafficking until it ended operations in 2014. She has also worked with The Trevor Project alongside the Pretty Little Liars cast and the NOH8 Campaign. She works with the WE Charity, which helps communities develop educational resources, and she partnered with Represent Clothing to promote tees where half the proceeds went to GLAAD.
On 1 January 2019, Mitchell revealed on her Instagram profile that she had suffered a miscarriage in 2018. On 28 June 2019, Mitchell revealed on her Instagram account and her YouTube channel that she was expecting her first child, a baby girl, with her partner Matte Babel. On 20 October 2019, she announced the birth of her daughter, Atlas Noa, on social media, with an image of her holding the baby’s hand.
Shay is signed with these agencies –
Agency for the Performing Arts L.A.
AMI Artist Management Inc.
She has Filipino ancestry on her mother’s side and Irish / Scottish ancestry on her father’s side.
Silky black hair
She is the spokesperson for Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion. Also, she is an ambassador for Somaly Mam Foundation.
In 2013, Shay played the role of Marissa in the short film Immediately Afterlife.
First TV Show
In 2009, she guest appeared in the Canadian teen drama television series Degrassi: The Next Generation for her role as a model in an episode titled “Up Where We Belong”.
She likes to climb ropes as a way to stay fit. She also takes help from personal trainer Andrew Schuth, who is very motivating as per Shay. For instance, sometimes Andrew would motivate Mitchell to do 10 more reps.
She is a foodie also and she does not hesitate to accept that. Shay likes pizza and pasta, the most.
Shay Mitchell Favorite Things
Food – Italian, Thai, mother’s cooked food
TV Shows – Entourage, Californication, Oprah
Movies – Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), The Little Mermaid (1989), Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
Holiday Destination – Moorea, Tahiti
Shay Mitchell Facts
She started learning dancing at the age of 5.
Her fans or followers are known as “Mitchies.”
Shay is the first cousin of singer and actor, Lea Salonga.
Being an actress, her dream role is to play the Bond girl.
Shay loves cooking. She can cook nice pizza and pasta.
Mitchell became an international model at the age of 15. Have a look at her pics.
She has a road rage.
She is afraid of rodents and small spaces.
Mitchell had her first kiss at 13 during the spin-a-bottle game.
Like many other celebs, she was also bullied in school.
She has a celebrity crush on Paul Walker and Ryan Gosling.