Multitalented Canadian-born star Shay Mitchell is best known among TV audiences for her role as Emily Fields in the 7 season long hit series Pretty Little Liars (2010-17). Beyond her flourishing career as an actress, she is also a model, writer, vlogger, and businesswoman. She has appeared in music videos of some of the world’s most famous artists the most notable of which is Drake‘s 2018 hit “In My Feelings”.
Shay Mitchell Biography
Shay Mitchell was born Shannon Ashley Garcia Mitchell on April 10, 1987, in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Her multiplicity of talents manifested from a very young age as she took interest in all forms of performing arts. At age 5, she got enrolled in a dance school as a member of which she toured her home city and took part in several competitions. At age 10, her family moved to West Vancouver in the Canadian province of British Columbia and less than a year after their arrival, she got signed by an international modeling agency. She commenced her high school education at Rockridge Secondary School and later transferred to West Vancouver Secondary School where she completed her studies.
Shay Mitchell had a thriving modeling career which saw her model for companies in Bangkok, Hong Kong, and Barcelona during her late teenage years. She returned to study acting in Toronto, Canada after which she got signed to a theatrical agency. Shay marked her acting debut in 2009 with a guest appearance in the long-running Canadian teen drama series Degrassi: The Next Generation. While getting booked in several national commercials, Mitchell featured in the music video of Sean Paul‘s 2009 hit “Hold My Hand”. She equally guest-starred in the Canadian police drama series Rookie Blue (2010) followed by a 4-episode role in the Sci-fi TV series Aaron Stone (2010).
Mitchell’s breakout role came in 2010 when she landed a spot on the main cast of the Pretty Little Liars, a teen drama series based on a novel series of the same name. Despite mixed reviews among critics, the program quickly gained popularity and Mitchell appeared in all 7 seasons of the show. She equally recorded a number of film credits even as her TV career continued to soar. Shay starred in the comedy-drama musical Dreamland (2016) and also in the star-studded romantic comedy Mother’s Day (2016).
By the time the final episode of Pretty Little Liars was aired in July 2017, Shay Mitchell had become a household name/face among TV audiences. Shortly afterward, she landed a lead 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 Filipino descent. Her parents Precious Garcia and Mark Mitchell are both finance executives and she was raised alongside a younger brother named Sean.
Shay Mitchell’s Boyfriend, Is She Gay?
Shay Mitchell has been rumored to be in a relationship with Canadian-born TV host and music journalist Matte Babel since January 2017. In addition to both being Canadian natives, the two share a special friendship evidenced by their numerous public appearances and occasional vacations. However, both parties have not given any confirmation to their rumored romantic involvement.
Following her breakout role as a lesbian character Emily Fields in the hit series Pretty Little Liars, many have been curious to know the sexuality of Shay Mitchell in real life. Her portrayal of the character was so convincing that many naturally assumed that the actress is also gay in reality. Interestingly, Mitchell has chosen not to put a particular label on her sexual preferences. According to the actress and model herself, though she has dated people of the opposite sex in the past, she might just end up in a same-sex relationship sometime in the future and given that possibility, she prefers not to put a tag on it.
In addition to her thriving career as a film and TV actress, Shay Mitchell also has several other lucrative ventures. The gorgeous model and actress has enjoyed endorsement deals with major international brands including Procter & Gamble, Pantene, American Eagle, Nike, and Biore. Also a bonafide vlogger, Mitchell has garnered a massive following on her eponymous YouTube channel.
With these and several other ventures, Shay Mitchell has amassed an enviable net worth of $2 million. This sum is expected to get even higher in the near future as there seems to be no slowing down for the multitalented star.