Shay Mitchell, originally Shannon Ashley Mitchell, is a Canadian actress and model born on April 10, 1987 in Mississauga, Ontario, USA. Her mother Precious Garcia is a Filipina while her father Mark Mitchell is of Irish and Scottish descent. She is also known as the first cousin of Miss Saigon singer and Tony Award-winning theater actress Lea Salonga. Even at a very young age, she already has a penchant for acting and portraying roles in stage plays. At the age of five, she started attending dance lessons and even competed several dance competitions in the local area. When she moved to Vancouver together with her family, she was discovered by an international modeling agency which helped her land a career. She modeled for several companies during her teenage years and has gone through different places such as Barcelona, Hong Kong, and Bangkok. It was in 2009 when she was first highlighted on screen, portraying in an episode in TV series Degrassi: The Next Generation. She also appeared on TV series Aaron Stone and Rookie Blue. In 2010, her big break came when she appeared as the main cast in the teen drama series Pretty Little Liars alongside Sasha Pieterse , Lucy Hale, Troian Bellisario, and Ashley Benson.
Shay is a regular visitor to the gym. She usually works out five days a week. Other than going to the gym, she also resorts to varieties of exercises such as spinning, Pilates, shadow boxing, running, weight training, hiking, rope climbing, and jump roping.
Once suffered of an eating disorder, Shay nowadays observes as healthy diet. Sometimes, she also has cheat days and food cravings–which she normally entertains “I live thinking, ‘If today’s my last day, what’s gonna make me happiest?’ And I do those things. I want to try different foods and enjoy myself, not starve myself to reach a number on the scale,” she said.
She also shared her personal experience when it comes to strict dieting. She expressed, “I used to starve myself for a day, and the next day I was hungry, tired and miserable. When I felt so bad about not being able to fit into size 0 jeans, I realized I had to make a change. Being beautiful doesn’t mean being skinny. It’s about being healthy.”
Body Measurement (2014 – Age 27)
Height: 173 cm | 5 feet, 8 Inches
Weight: 57 kg | 126 lbs
Bra/Bust Size: 10B | 32B
Waist Size: 61 cm | 24 in
Hip Size: 86 cm | 34 in