The April issue of Teen Vogue is getting a visit from Rosewood!
“Pretty Little Liars” star Shay Mitchell takes over the cover of the magazine where she opens up about what scares her, her character looking different than the book description, her passions and more.
TEEN VOGUE: So, you obviously don’t have a fear of heights. Is there anything that scares you?
SHAY MITCHELL: I’m terrified every time I go into an audition. I think that it’s more about facing your fears. But, honestly, there are times when I look back at the stuff I’ve done and even I can’t believe it. Like, I think of myself at eighteen, moving from Vancouver to Toronto on my own, and I’m like, “Who is that girl?” It was brave, sure, but also kind of crazy.
TV: In the books the series is based on, your character is described as having pale skin, strawberry blonde hair, and freckles. . . .
SM: Right. I remember being so excited to get the part, and then I started getting messages on Twitter saying, “You are not right for this.” In the casting breakdown, the producers said they were looking for the girl next door. Who’s to say I’m not the girl next door in this day and age?
TV: Totally. Did you have any trepidation whatsoever about playing a lesbian?
SM: No. The casting directors told me Emily was gay and asked if I was cool with that, but I didn’t have to think twice. I have a lot of friends who are gay; my aunt had a girlfriend. It’s just normal. And the way that fans have reacted [to my portrayal of Emily] has been amazing: I’m not playing the gothic chick dressed in all black who eats lunch in the corner and is a lesbian. If you look at the poster, you wouldn’t necessarily be able to pinpoint which one of us is the lesbian, and that was really important to me.
TV: Besides acting, what is your passion?
SM: I work with a cause called the Somaly Mam Foundation, and that is my purpose in life, above anything else. Everything that I do, I’m thinking about girls. As strong as we are, we’re also sensitive, and I feel like men take advantage of that. I’m not talking about adult [prostitutes], about the red-light districts. That’s a whole other thing. I’m talking about children; they don’t have a say, and they’re being brought into [slavery].
Read more of Shay’s cover story here and be sure to pick up the issue!