On this episode of Spill It, we take a look at what’s inside Shay Mitchell’s bag. The actress spills what she carries in her everyday travel bag. Press play to learn a little more about Shay!
Most people with functioning vision would agree that it’s not hard to feel a little awe-struck when catching sight of Shay Mitchell. Impossibly long-limbed, pore-less and waterfall-haired, more often than not her on-screen presence provokes an audible sigh.
She first graced our TV screens back in 2010 as sweet, high-achieving teen Emily Fields in seven-year-long hit show, Pretty Little Liars. Then came horrifying cover-your-eyes exorcism flick, The Possession of Hannah Grace. But very recently it’s the undeniable viral success of Netflix’s teen thriller series, You, that has had everyone (the internet) talking. Penn Badgely stars as Joe Goldberg, a sociopathic book store manager who becomes infatuated with student, Guinevere Beck. Mitchell plays Beck’s wealthy, fabulous, but manipulative best friend, Peach Salinger (what a status surname) – a complete 180° from her gentle long-running character on PLL.
Many stars would feel lucky to snag one such opportunity, let alone two, but the actress’ upcoming project, Hulu comedy series, Dollface, could see her on a winning streak. The show follows a young woman (Kat Dennings) who has to go back and salvage her female friendships after her longterm relationship ends. Mitchell plays her friend, charming and hedonistic free spirit, Stella Cole.
We caught up with the actress ahead of the new show and talked social media, sociopaths and becoming a back-up dancer for Beyoncé…
You were fantastic in You as Peach Salinger – what attracted you to the script?
I actually remember reading the pilot while I was on a plane back home to LA. I loved it and remember calling my entire team as soon as I landed to tell them that I needed and wanted to be a part of the project in some way, shape or form. There were three main things that pulled me in straight way: the character was a complete 180 from the other character that I had been playing for so many years; the location was in NY which I was super excited about; cast-wise I have always been a big fan of Penn and his work.
Your character, Peach Salinger, seemed amazing at absolutely everything – did you relate?
I don’t know if Peach was necessarily good at everything; I really think she excelled at orchestrating the people in her life to do things for her, which can be both a positive and negative quality. All that said, she certainly was a good spy and I admired her tenacity and ability to follow her intuition.
In your career, what character have you related to to this most?
So tough to say. I think all actors bring pieces of themselves to their roles, so you organically and naturally relate to them on innate and visceral levels, and vice versa. From Pretty Little Liars, I always admired and related to Emily’s strong sense of loyalty. From The Possession of Hannah Grace, Megan’s courage. From You, Peach’s style.
How did you feel about all the social media fallout of everyone joking about being in love with Penn Badgley’s sociopathic character in You?
I think it’s really important that we acknowledge that people are attracted to Penn or the idea of Joe sans the sociopathic tendencies. I mean does someone really want a weird strange man breaking into your house and stealing your underwear? Even if he is cute? I think there is a super fine line in today’s society regarding mental health – with everything that happens in media and the real world, no person in their right might would ever want a truly sociopathic partner, or wish that for someone else that they care about.
Do you miss Pretty Little Liars?
PLL provided me with a lifetime of memories and lifelong friends, but with anything in life all good things come to an end to make space for new. I don’t miss it because in having that exciting chapter of my life come to a close I have been able to grow and evolve in so many different ways.
Tell us about your upcoming show Dollface?
I’ve never done comedy before so the role is a new challenge and avenue for me to pursue; the style lends itself to an entirely different pace than past projects as well, which I’m enjoying. While the comedy role is certainly an exciting change of pace, I am delighted to once again find myself in another group cast filled with incredible women. Esther Povitsky, Brenda Song and Kat Dennings are all such talents, and amazing people in general. I’m so excited about this project!
I’m so happy and excited to share lots of new/old photos of Shay with you. This time: Appearances & Events from 2018. Some may noticed that the gallery (specifically A&E’s from 2018) were last updated in January 2018 and I’m happy to present 1,477 HQs with you. Hope you enjoy these photos.
Many celebrities sat down with Allure to try 9 things they’ve never done before. This time, Shay took part in this segment.
Shay Mitchell tries nine things she’s never done before, from flipping mini pancakes and biting into a sandwich with vampire fangs, to fixing a broken bicycle and making art with frosting.
On this very special day, Shannon Ashley Mitchell was born in Mississauga, Ontario as the oldest child of Precious Garcia and Mark Mitchell. This very special woman, who we now simply call Shay, celebrates her 32nd birthday today. The team of Shay Mitchell Daily has a special message for our amazing idol:
My dearest Shay,
you may not know who I am but that hardly even matters. The fact that matters is that you’ve brought back joy to my life when I saw you on Pretty Little Liars and You, when I discovered how strong and independent you are outside your roles on shows and movies. Just very recently I (Sarah) adopted this fansite to keep your Mitchies updated and to be able to support you and your work even more than before. And let me tell you the following, it’s a pleasure and a blessing. I’m incredibly proud to call you my idol. You’ve been through so much, yet always kept your faith, confidence and smile which did inspire me to continue doing what I love. It brought me to the point in life where I’m doing great enough to slowly get off my antidepressant and to get further in therapy. You’ve made this unfaithful, sad and almost numb human being a strong woman again. How am I ever able to give you back what you’ve done for me? I just simply want to let you know how much I adore you and how much you mean to me. I really hope you’re able to enjoy this very special day with the people in your life you love and appreciate the most. Eat as much pizza as you like ’cause if there’s one person deserving it it’s you babe. Love you lots. Thank you for the past years and here’s just to many many more. 🎉🍕🥂
EXCLUSIVE: Former Pretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell is set as a lead opposite Kat Dennings and Brenda Song in Dollface, Hulu’s 10-episode comedy series starring and executive produced by Dennings, in a recasting. Mitchell will play Stella Cole, Madison’s (Song) other best friend from college, free spirit, and charming hedonist. She replaces Lex Scott Davis, who was originally cast in the role.
Dollface hails from writer Jordan Weiss (Harley Quinn), ABC Signature Studios and producers Margot Robbie and Brett Hedblom from LuckyChap Entertainment and Bryan Unkeless and Scott Morgan from Clubhouse Pictures (I Tonya).
Written by Weiss, Dollface follows a young woman (Dennings) who – after being dumped by her longtime boyfriend – must deal with her own imagination in order to literally and metaphorically re-enter the world of women, and rekindle the female friendships she left behind.
Dollface is Mitchell’s first lead role in a comedy series. She is best known for her leading role as Emily Fields on all seven seasons of Freeform’s Pretty Little Liars. She most recently starred on the hit Netflix series You based on Caroline Kepnes’ bestselling novel from executive producers/writers Greg Berlanti & Sera Gamble. On the big screen, Mitchell led last fall’s Screen Gems’ thriller The Possession of Hannah Grace. She is repped by UTA, Untitled Entertainment and attorney Robert Strent.
Welcome to Second Life, a podcast spotlighting successful women who’ve made major career changes—and fearlessly mastered the pivot. Hosted by Hillary Kerr, co-founder and chief content officer at Who What Wear’s parent company, Clique Brands, each episode will give you a direct line to women who are game changers in their fields. Subscribe to Second Life on iTunes, and stay tuned. We’ll be releasing new episodes on Mondays.
Acting on not one but two hit shows may be satisfying enough for some, but Pretty Little Liars and You star Shay Mitchell is determined to pursue a variety of other interests. She’s already written a YA novel and has developed a successful YouTube lifestyle channel, but now she’s pivoting once again to travel entrepreneurship with her brand Béis. On the newest episode of Second Life, Mitchell talks to host Hillary Kerr about her numerous career transitions and why she started her new brand.
When asked about the strategy behind Béis, Mitchell explained that it was important to design true essentials. “I wanted to come out with the basics first,” Mitchell says in the podcast. “If I were to come out with 30 different items, that would be very overwhelming for the consumer. Everybody needs a backpack. Everybody needs a weekender and passport holder. And from that, we just kind of came up with the assortment that we had for our first launch.” The collection also includes four other basics: a duffle bag, luggage tag, a spill-proof bag for liquids, and a cosmetics case.
“I came out with this to create something that was functional, chic, and affordable,” Mitchell told Kerr about the brand. And we have to say: mission accomplished. Subscribe to Second Life on iTunes to listen to the episode and scroll down to shop Mitchell’s brand.
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