Today is a very special day, Pretty Little Liars fans, because it marks Shay Mitchell’s 27th birthday! It’s been a big year for the Canadian starlet — she’s traveled the world, started dating hunky beau Ryan Silverstein, and began filming the fifth season of Pretty Little Liars. In honor of the big 2-7, we’ve made a list of 27 of the things we love about Shay!
1. She traveled to Kenya with Me to We to support the charity Free the Children.
2. Her idea of a perfect Valentine’s Day is a romantic dinner on the beach with the person she loves.
3. She rang in the New Year with a trip to Disneyland with bestie Ashley Benson.
4. She can totally rock the biker chic look.
5. She’s #Sorrynotsorry that she owns a necklace that is also an Internet meme.
6. She has dance parties with Glee star Jacob Artist.
7. She traveled all the way to London to support Free the Children for UK’s We Day.
8. She plays an openly gay teen with grace, strength, and complexity!
9. She came up with the shortened version of her real name -- Shannon -- as a teenager working as a hostess at a sports bar in Vancouver.
10. Her first concert was the Spice Girls -- and she dressed up as Posh! We’re extremely jealous.
11. Her favorite show is TV classic I Love Lucy.
12. She’s double-jointed.
13. She once tackled Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul.
14. And then wore her underwear on the outside of her pants for the Breaking Bad finale.
15. She fell in love with co-star Ashley Benson at first sight.
16. And protects her on haunted hayrides.
17. She starred in a short film with co-star Troian Bellisario. It was made by two members of the PLL production team, and dreamed-up over dinner.
18. She plays one of TV’s badass heroines — and makes it look easy.
19. She knows how to jetski and how to make s’mores.
20. She volunteered in Cambodia during one of her PLL breaks.
21. One of her dream roles is playing a Bond girl. We think she should play Bond.
22. One of her guilty pleasures is reality TV. Girl, we can totally relate.
23. She’s not afraid of jumping out of a plane, but she is afraid of rodents and small spaces.
24. She started working as an international model when she was only 15.
25. Her first television appearance was on DeGrassi with one of our other favorite TV stars: Vampire Diaries’ Nina Dobrev!
26. She basically hugs dogs for a living.
27. She is gorgeous — inside and out!
What are some of your favorite things about Shay? Share them in the comments below!
Catch the next episode of Pretty Little Liars on June 10, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.