Credit: Veronica Summers / Splash News Photo: Shay Mitchell Poses at the QVC Red Carpet Style Party on February 25, 2011

It’s hard to imagine Shay Mitchell being bullied, especially because she’s so friendly and fearless. However, the star confesses that she’s encountered plenty of mean girls.

Shay told Teen Vogue, “Girls who used to be my friends bullied me. Instead of eating lunch in the cafeteria, I’d find the quietest place at school and eat by myself.” As hard as this was, dealing with bullies taught Shay a lot including “that bullying never has to do with you. It’s the bully who’s insecure.” Sound familiar? That’s exactly why Paige bullied Emily on Pretty Little Liars.

But Shay knows that bullies shouldn’t bring you down. Just like Emily stood up to Paige on PLL, Shay faced her so-called friends at school. She explains, “So I went back to the cafeteria and sat myself down, and when the girls walked by, I just smiled like they didn’t bother me.” Shay’s advice is to kill ‘em with kindness and to just be yourself. Considering she's experienced bullying firsthand, she knows what she's talking about.

Source: Teen Vogue

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