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Pretty Little Liars

Exclusive! Shay Mitchell: The Halloween Episode Will Be One to Watch

Shay Mitchell plays reserved Emily Fields on Pretty Little Liars, but in person, she’s anything but quiet: She’s confident, dynamic, and — obviously — drop-dead gorgeous. Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with Shay at the Teen Vogue Haute Spot this weekend during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City, where she chatted with swarms of fans and dished about the Halloween episode, Emily’s relationship with “A,” and her character’s crazy love life.

Pretty Little Liars showrunner Marlene King has said that “A” targeted Emily during Season 2 because “A” saw Emily as the weakest link — an assumption that Shay says she bristled at. “I was angry!” Shay exclaimed of “A”’s hijinks. “I was like, ‘Really, “A”? You wanna see the weakest link?’ I mean, ‘A’ definitely put everything toward Emily this past season, but Emily’s becoming a lot stronger.”

“Obviously, she’s made a complete 180 from how we saw her in the pilot to how she is not,” Shay said. “‘A’ can bring it and Emily will take care of herself!”

Fans are already waiting with breathless anticipation for the show’s special Halloween episode (airing on October 18), which Shay says is a can’t-miss. “It’s crazy! It’s so exciting,” she said. “The preview — I was watching it, and even I was like, ‘Oh my goodness!’ It’s going to be a really amazing episode. The costumes are wonderful. And everything that takes place that night, it’s going to be one to watch. They all are, but this one especially.”

Emily’s journey with her sexual identity has been a major thread throughout Pretty Little Liars, and it’s a storyline that’s generated a certain amount of controversy. However, Shay reports that she’s proud to play an out-and-proud character: “It means the world to me,” she said. “There should be more characters like Emily. Her storylines, her love life, all of her different girlfriends — that should be out there as much as any girl with her boyfriends. I’m all about it.”

But with the dramatic return of Maya to complicate Emily’s love life even further, and Samara and Paige in the not-so-distant past, who does Shay herself want to see Emily date? “All of them!” she laughed. “All of the girls bring something different. Or maybe even somebody new!”

Pretty Little Liars is (sadly) on hiatus but the next new episode will air on Tuesday, October 18 on ABC Family.