Shay Mitchell is most recognizable for her leading role as "Emily Fields" on Freeform's hit show "Pretty Little Liars." The show is currently in its sixth season and continues to break its own records for the most tweeted episodes in TV history.
Mitchell boasts an impressive social media following with 10.6 million followers on Instagram, over 4.6 million followers on Facebook, over 3 million Twitter followers and 3.4 million Google + followers. On average, she receives nearly 1 million views on each of her Snapchats within 24 hours.
Mitchell will soon be seen in the upcoming film "Dreamland" directed by Robert Schwartzman with Beverly D'Angelo, Jason Schwartzman and Johnny Simmons, which will premiere at the 2016 TriBeCa Film Festival. She will also appear on the big screen alongside Jennifer Aniston in the film "Mother's Day" which will hit theaters in April 2016.
Born to a Filipino mother and Irish/Scottish father, Mitchell is a native of Toronto, Canada. As a young child, she was interested in the performing arts, declaring to her parents that she would pursue such a career. She began dance lessons at the age of 5, and she and several of her classmates toured the city to compete with a variety of other dance schools.
At the age of 10, Mitchell's family moved west to Vancouver, British Columbia. Within a year of their arrival, an international modeling agency had an open casting call for teen and pre-teen girls who were vying for representation. Mitchell was one of the girls selected.
By her late teens, she had successfully modeled for a variety of companies all over the world, including Bangkok, Hong Kong, Berlin and Barcelona. Wanting to focus on her true passion, Mitchell returned to Toronto and began to study acting. She appeared in the hit series "Degrassi: The Next Generation" and booked several national commercials. She also landed a recurring role in the Disney series "Aaron Stone," appeared on the ABC series "Rookie Blue" and was featured in the music video for international recording artist Sean Paul's hit song "Hold My Hand," which has garnered over 30 million views on YouTube.
Mitchell was the first celebrity face of American Eagle's "Live Your Life" ad campaign, which ran in the fall of 2012. In February 2011, it was announced that Mitchell would complete a one-year deal as spokesperson for the Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion collection. For the second year in a row, Mitchell is part of the celebrity ensemble for "ACUVUE® 1-DAY Contest." The contest, now in its fourth year, will give teen winners the chance to meet and be mentored for a day by a celebrity. In summer 2015, she partnered with Kohl's to launch a new fitness apparel line, named "Fit to Wander." In January 2016, Mitchell was announced as the newest spokesperson for the Bioré skincare line.
Mitchell understands the importance of giving back and continually makes philanthropy a priority in her life. She works with Free The Children and has participated in numerous WeDay events around the world. She recently traveled to Africa with Free The Children to visit the villages and help build schools for the children that the organization helps and supports. Mitchell is also an ambassador for the Somaly Mam Foundation in Cambodia, which supports anti-sex-trafficking organizations and provides victims and survivors with a platform from which their voices can be heard around the world. She has visited Cambodia and spent time with the girls in the shelters.
Mitchell's passion project is her blog, www.amoreandvita.com, for which she and her best friend are editor-in-chiefs. It's a Martha Stewart-meets-Goop lifestyle site, covering topics ranging from fashion and beauty, travel, cooking, etiquette, and much more. The two personally write and edit the site, which often feature guest-features by her friends.
An avid writer, she released her first novel in fall 2015, entitled "Bliss," which follows three best friends navigating their way through dead-end jobs, aspirations, heartbreak and friendship.
Most recently, Mitchell launched one of YouTube's fastest growing channels, breaking the 100k subscriber mark in less than 24 hours and taking YouTube by storm. The launch of her lifestyle channel outperformed Taylor Swift VEVO, Markiplier and PewDiePie as the fastest growing channel on YouTube. It currently has over 1 million subscribers and is growing rapidly.
Mitchell currently resides in Los Angeles.