'Pretty Little Liars' Star Shay Mitchell Won't Label Her Sexuality: 'You Love Who You Love'

by Zach Seemayer 6:21 PM PDT, May 05, 2016
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Shay Mitchell is getting candid about her sexuality, revealing that she doesn’t feel a need to categorize her romantic orientation.

"When I started, people were like, 'What are you?' I'm like, right now I'm dating a guy. I don't know what it's going to be in three years," the Pretty Little Liars star revealed in an interview with Cosmopolitan for the magazine's June issue.

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"You love who you love: Black, white, polka-dot. That’s what my dad always said," Mitchell explained. "I’m never going to label myself. I could be 50 and dating a woman and then what? I said I was straight and now I'm not?"

Mitchell's character on Pretty Little Liars, Emily Fields, also had a fluid experience defining her sexuality during the course of the show. When the series began in 2010, Emily had a relationship with a male classmate before realizing and accepting her attraction to women.

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Mitchell has played Emily for the entirety of the series' run, with the seventh season kicking off later this year. However, when the popular drama does come to a close, Mitchell hopes to go on to even bigger things.

"I’d rather have a company," the 29-year-old actress revealed. "I don’t want to be dependent on a call from my agent -- taking projects I’m not OK with because I need to. To be honest, winning an Oscar is not one of my goals."

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Season seven of Pretty Little Liars premieres June 21 on Freeform. Check out Mitchell's full interview with Cosmopolitan when the issue hits newsstands May 10.

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