Who is Shay Mitchell? Wiki Bio
Shannon Ashley Garcia Mitchell was born in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, on 10 April 1987, so her zodiac sign is Aries and she holds Canadian nationality. She is an actress, model, author, and an entrepreneur, best known from portraying Emily in the TV series “Pretty Little Liars” between 2010 and 2017.
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Early life and education
Shay was raised in Mississauga by her parents Mark Mitchell and Precious Garcia, both of whom are working in finance. Mark was born in Scotland, while her mother is from the Philippines. Shay has a younger brother called Sean.
She became interested in dancing at the age of nine, and within a year started taking dance lessons after her family moved to West Vancouver in British Columbia. When she was 11, she attended her first modelling casting, and was signed to an international modelling agency. She studied at Rockridge Secondary School before transferring to West Vancouver Secondary School. Upon matriculation, she didn’t enroll at college but rather pursued a career in acting.
Career as an actress, model, and other ventures
By the time she turned 20, Shay was already modelling for companies from all around the world, such as those based in Hong Kong, Barcelona, and Toronto.
She made her debut TV series appearance in 2009 in the episode “Up Where We Belong” of the TV series “Degrassi: The Next Generation”, then made her film debut in 2010, portraying a model in the short movie “Verona”. She gained recognition in that year after she was invited to portray the lead role as Emily Fields in the TV mystery romance drama series “Pretty Little Liars”, which stars Troian Bellisarios, Ashley Benson and Lucy Hale, and follows a band of four friends who are trying to find out who is the anonymous person who is threatening to reveal their secrets to the public. Shay was shooting for the series until it ended in 2017.
She also appeared in two other TV series in 2010 – “Aaron Stone” and “Rookie Blue” – and was in 2012 invited to star as herself in the short documentary film “Just Yell Fire: Campus Life”. In the same year, she appeared in the TV series’ “Punk’d” and “Glee”, then portrayed Marissa in the short film “Immediately Afterlife” in 2014, and was in 2015 invited to serve as the guest judge in the episode “Fashion Week: Who’s In and Who’s Out” of the competition show “Project Runway”.
She appeared in her first full-length film, “Dreamland” in 2016, which stars Johnny Simmons and Frankie Shas, and follows Monty Fagan who is a pianist and who starts seeing a girl who turns his life upside down.
In the same year, she was cast to play Tina in the movie “Mother’s Day”, and the following year she appeared in the TV series “Shay Mitchell: Chapters” about her own life. In 2018, she was a guest judge in the competition show “RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars”, and played the lead role of Peach Salinger in the TV series “You”.
Three of her latest appearance have been in the film “The Possession of Hannah Grace” in 2018, the two TV series in 2019 – “Almost Ready” and “Dollface” – while she is still shooting the latter, as she is portraying the lead role as Stella Cole.
Shay has been nominated for various awards over 10 years, but only winning Young Hollywood Award for a cast to watch with three others “Pretty Little Liars” cast members, Troian Bellisario, Lucy Hale and Ashley Benson. Shay has been featured in several music videos, such as Sean Paul’s “Hold My Hand” in 2009, Nick Jonas’ “Under You” in 2016, and Drake’s “In My Feelings” in 2018. She is also a writer, and co-authored the book “Bliss” with Michaela Blaney in 2015.
Shay is also a YouTuber, having launched her channel on 7 October 2011 – part of her bio section reads ‘Subscribe for my fashion, hair, and makeup tips.
My favorite food recipes, travels and the fitness routines that keep me healthy! Join me backstage on the Pretty Little Liars set, on photo shoots and my crazy wild adventures!’ The channel is currently subscribed to by over 4.26 million people, and her videos have been viewed almost 215 million times.
Love life and relationships. Who is Shay’s husband and is she married?
Shay kept the details of her private life to herself, before she was seen with her boyfriend Matte Babel in January 2017 – while it was later revealed that the two were had already been dating for several months. She became pregnant in January 2018, but later that year announced that she had suffered a miscarriage.
On 28 June 2019 she revealed that she was expecting a child with Matte, and on 20 October 2019 gave birth to their daughter named Atlas Noa. Matte is currently working with DreamCrew and Ransom Music Group, and is one of the people who are managing Drake’s career and his portfolio.
Before meeting Matte, Shay dated Keegan Allen from 2012 to 2013, and after him Jacob Artist, star of the TV series “Glee”. She was also in a relationship with Ryan Silverstein who is Drake’s assistant – the two were together for a year and a half. Finally, she dated Jimmy Butler, a basketball superstar in 2016, but the two broke up after three months.
Hobbies and other interests
Shay is keen on travelling and has been to every continent except Antarctica at least once, while she lived in Bangkok, Thailand for a year. She has been all around the US and Canada, and has visited several European countries such as Croatia, Slovenia and Switzerland. She has her own favorite actors and actresses, who are Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves, and Anne Hathaway; some of her favorite movies are the franchise “Harry Potter”, the trilogy “Matrix”, and the romantic comedy “One Day”. She is a lover of animals and has a pet dog. She likes to exercise, and has three to four training sessions at the gym each week.
— Shay Mitchell (@shaymitch) January 31, 2020
Shay is a philanthropist too, and was a supporter of the Somaly Mam Foundation which was fighting sex trafficking, until it closed in 2014. She is currently working with the WE Charity, which is ‘helping communities develop educational resources’.
Appearance and net worth
Shay is 32 years old. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, is 5ft 7ins (1.71m) tall, and weighs around 130lbs (59kgs). As of early 2020, her net worth is estimated at over $6 million.