Fast five with Shay Mitchell
TV's Pretty Little Liars makes her movie debut in the star-studded ensemble comedy Mother's Day
Name Shannon Ashley Mitchell
Born April 10, 1987, Toronto, Canada
Filmography Pretty Little Liars (TV Series, 2010-ongoing), Mother's Day (2016)
1 PRETTY LITTLE THING
Mitchell's exotic good looks can be attributed to her mixed heritage, courtesy of her Filipino mum and Scottish-Irish Hispanic dad. The former model is a spokesman for American Eagle, Nike and Biore. The 29-year-old is perhaps best known for her role as Emily Fields in the TV mystery drama Pretty Little Liars.
2 SMALL TO BIG SCREEN
She makes her movie debut in US director Garry Marshall's star-studded ensemble comedy Mother's Day.
Opening here tomorrow, it features three intertwining stories that revolve around lonely television host Miranda (Julia Roberts), divorcee Sandy (Jennifer Aniston) and Jesse (Kate Hudson), who wants to repair the estranged relationship with her mother.
Mitchell plays Tina, the gorgeous young wife of Sandy's ex-husband Henry (Timothy Olyphant). Her surprise appearance unsettles Sandy, who is jealous of her sex appeal and having to share her two kids with their new stepmum.
3 GETTING 'FRIENDLY'
Mitchell became a huge fan of Aniston ever since she watched the latter in the long-running hit TV sitcom Friends, so going to set every day was a "pinch me" moment, Mitchell told Hello! Canada.
"Playing opposite Jen was quite surreal," she said.
"(Jen, Julia and Kate) made me feel comfortable, and there was a really positive energy on set. They showed me that even with all their successes, you can still be excited to be where you are and very grateful."
4 STRIPPING DOWN
A scene in Mother's Day has Mitchell donning a teeny-weeny bikini - something she not only was reluctant to wear but was unprepared for as it was not in the original script and she was only told 10 minutes before the shoot.
She told the Today show: "I was at craft service, and (Marshall) was like, 'Shay, can you please take off the cover-up?' And I'm like, 'What? After eating a bag of Hot Cheetos! You want me to what?' He's like, 'Please do it for the movie.' Only Garry Marshall could get me to do that!"
5 FIT AND FAB
Mitchell is proud of her toned physique and credits it to a regular boxing routine. The Los Angeles resident told Hello! Canada that she also loves to "take advantage of being outside in LA because the weather is so nice".