Shay Mitchell is gracing the June cover of Cosmopolitan, the Pretty Little Liars star looks flawless in a red cutout one-piece. The actress gets candid about a number of topics, ranging from social media to her sexual orientation.
The 29-year-old plays a lesbian on Pretty Little Liars, but in real life, her sexuality is a bit more fluid. “When I started, people were like, ‘What are you?’ I’m like, right now I’m dating a guy. I don’t know what it’s going to be in three years. You love who you love: black, white, polka-dot. That’s what my dad always said. I’m never going to label myself,” she says. “I could be 50 and dating a woman and then what? I said I was straight and now I’m not?”
One thing is for sure: Shay knows about the value of hard work. Before she hit it big on TV and in movies like Mother’s Day, she would go on auditions during the day and work bottle service at night. “I have so much respect for waiters, waitresses, girls who work in clubs,” she says. “It’s tough. I’d have old guys saying ‘You’re so pretty. Why are you working?’ or ‘Come live with me, honey.’ Like, what, so I can be taken care of? That’s the last thing that I want. What I wanted to say was, ‘[I work] so I will never end up with someone like you.'”
As for life after Pretty Little Liars? Shay’s sights aren’t limited to winning an acting award. “I’d rather have a company. I don’t want to be dependent on a call from my agent—taking projects I’m not OK with because I need to,” she says. “To be honest, winning an Oscar is not one of my goals.”