The 24-year-old Pretty Little Liars actress opened up about scoring a regular role on the hit show and how she’s embracing the character of Emily.
“For me, [my goal] was always just to be really happy and excited about what it was that I was a part of. I didn’t want to act just to act: I wanted to always be excited about it—a script or the show itself,” Shay shared. “Knowing that I was going to be playing Emily Fields—a girl struggling with her sexuality—took it to another level for me. It’s fun to entertain people, and I love doing that, but it’s a whole other realm—and, for me, ten times better—when I can actually make a small impact on somebody watching.”
She added about the fans’ reaction to Emily, “It’s very flattering when I hear that people look up to me, but I honestly don’t strive to be a role model. I can only be the best version of myself, and that’s all that I’m trying to do. I believe that your sexual orientation does not define who you are, and if people think that that’s something that’s noteworthy and something to look up to, then that’s great.”
Posted to: Shay Mitchell