On July 7, Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with Shay Mitchell (Emily) at her Seventeen Magazine cover signing at Barnes & Noble in New York City. In our exclusive interview, Shay opened up about how she views Maya’s (Bianca Lawson) cousin Nate (Sterling Sulieman), why she’s so excited to shoot the Season 3 mid-season finale (which airs August 28), and what it’s like filming with so many new guys on the set.

Wetpaint Entertainment: Do you think Nate is trustworthy?
Shay Mitchell: Nate is... So, he’s Maya’s cousin, and it’s actually really nice to have some extra support. Because of course she has her friends that she can always talk to, but to have somebody that loved Maya in a similar way, it’s really nice for her to be able to console in him. [Emily] didn’t even know [Maya] had a cousin because she didn’t talk about him much, but it’s nice to have an added friend for Emily.

What can we expect from the mid-season finale, Season 3, Episode 12: “The Lady Killer”?
When I go back on Monday [July 9], we’ll be doing Day 1 of the mid-season finale. It’s probably my favorite script, I will say that. I’m the most excited to shoot this episode than I’ve ever been.

Do you like shooting with all these hot guys playing new characters on Season 3?
Oh yes! It’s so exciting, I mean, well I’m sure [it’s exciting] for the fans. For me they’re like my little brothers so of course they’re very, very cute, but it’s going to be really fun to see what the ladies think about these guys. This season brings a few new characters and some crazy situations, and I’m very excited for everyone to see it.

Catch an all-new episode of PLL on Tuesday, July 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.

Molly Friedman is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @MollyFriedman.

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