For Shay Mitchell, playing a lesbian on Pretty Little Liars is no big deal — and that’s just one of the many reasons why we love her.

The Pretty Little Liars star opened up about her character’s sexuality on Bethenny today (March 14), and she admitted that when it comes to acting, she’d rather kiss a girl!

“Emily is quite the player on the show so it's always fun,” she told Bethenny. “But no, it's great.  I don't really think about it too much.  Everyone's like how does it feel to kiss another girl?  I'm like it feels normal, it's fine, yeah.  Sometimes I’d rather kiss another girl than I would some random guy I don't know.  They smell pretty, they have cute lip balm on.”

Well, she does have a point there. We bet Lindsey Shaw’s lip balm tastes pretty good. We love that Shay is so fearless in her portrayal of Emily. It’s no wonder Emily made Buzzfeed’s list of 43 Most Badass TV Heroines. Her coming out arc in Season 1 was so raw and inspiring.

Last April, Shay told Teen Vogue she “didn’t think twice” about auditioning for the role. “I have a lot of friends who are gay; my aunt had a girlfriend. It's just normal,” said Shay. “And the way that fans have reacted [to my portrayal of Emily] has been amazing: I'm not playing the gothic chick dressed in all black who eats lunch in the corner and is a lesbian. If you look at the poster, you wouldn't necessarily be able to pinpoint which one of us is the lesbian, and that was really important to me.”

We couldn’t agree more, Shay! It’s one of the many reasons we love Pretty Little Liars. Watch Shay's interview below. 


Tune into Bethenny on Monday, March 17 to watch Shay's full interview — plus, Bethenny and Shay play two truths and a lie! Catch the next episode of Pretty Little Liars on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC Family.

Crystal Bell is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident fangirl for all things Pretty Little Liars. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!