Canadian multi-talent Shay Mitchell is best known to television audiences for her role as Emily Fields in the 7-season hit series Pretty Little Liars (2010-17). In addition to her flourishing career as an actress, she is also a model, writer, vlogger, and businesswoman. She has appeared in music videos by some of the world’s most famous artists, of which Drake’s 2018 hit “In My Feelings” is the most notable.
Shay Mitchell Biography
Shay Mitchell was born Shannon Ashley Garcia Mitchell on April 10, 1987, in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Her diverse talents manifested themselves at a very young age when she became interested in all forms of the performing arts. At the age of 5, she was enrolled in a dance school, as a member of which she toured her home town and participated in several competitions. At the age of 10 her family moved to West Vancouver in the Canadian province of British Columbia, and less than a year after her arrival she was signed by an international modeling agency. She began her high school education at Rockridge Secondary School and later moved to West Vancouver Secondary School where she graduated.
Shay Mitchell had a flourishing career as a model, working for companies in Bangkok, Hong Kong, and Barcelona during her late teenage years. She returned to study acting in Toronto, Canada, where she was signed by a theater agency. Shay made her acting debut in 2009 with a guest appearance in the long-running Canadian teen drama series Degrassi: The Next Generation. While she was booked for several national commercials, Mitchell starred in the music video for Sean Paul’s 2009 hit “Hold My Hand”. She also played a guest role in the Canadian police drama series Rookie Blue (2010), followed by a four-episode role in the sci-fi television series Aaron Stone (2010).
Mitchell’s groundbreaking role came in 2010 when she secured a spot in the main cast of “Pretty Little Liars,” a teen drama series based on a novel of the same name. Despite mixed reviews among critics, the program quickly gained popularity and Mitchell appeared in all 7 seasons of the series. Also, while her TV career continued to skyrocket, she made a number of movies. Shay starred in the comedy-drama-musical Dreamland (2016) and also in the star-studded romantic comedy Mother’s Day (2016).
When the final episode of Pretty Little Liars was broadcast in July 2017, Shay Mitchell was already a household name and a familiar face to television audiences. A short time later she was given a leading role as Peach Salinger in the psychological thriller series You.
Her Parents and Ethnicity
Shay Mitchell was born in the city of Mississauga in the Canadian province of Ontario. She is of European-Asian descent as her father is of Scottish and Irish origin and her mother is of Philippine descent. Her parents Precious Garcia and Mark Mitchell are both Chief Financial Officers and she grew up with a younger brother named Sean.
Shay Mitchell’s Boyfriend, Is She Gay?
Rumor has it that Shay Mitchell has been in a relationship with Canadian-born television presenter and music journalist Matte Babel since January 2017. Apart from the fact that both are native Canadians, the two have a special friendship, as evidenced by their numerous public appearances and occasional vacations. However, both parties have not provided any confirmation of their alleged romantic involvement.
After her outburst as the lesbian character Emily Fields in the hit series Pretty Little Liars, many were curious to learn about Shay Mitchell’s sexuality in real life. Her portrayal of the character was so convincing that many naturally assumed that the actress was also gay in real life. Interestingly, Mitchell chose not to label her sexual preferences in any particular way. According to the actress and the model herself, although she has dated people of the opposite sex in the past, she may end up in a same-sex relationship at some point in the future, and given this possibility, she prefers not to label.
In addition to her flourishing career as a film and television actress, Shay Mitchell has several other lucrative ventures to her credit. The gorgeous model and actress have signed sponsorship contracts with major international brands such as Procter & Gamble, Pantene, American Eagle, Nike, and Biore. Mitchell is also a true vlogger and has gained a large fan base on her YouTube channel of the same name.
With these and several other ventures, Shay Mitchell has accumulated an enviable net worth of $2 million. It is expected that this sum will be even higher in the near future, as there seems to be no slowdown for the multi-talented star.