Here’s a little treat for all of the Pretty Little Liars fans out there: Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we managed to get dating advice (and so much more) from one of our favorite young actresses out there, Shay Mitchell. I got to chat with Shay the other day, and as expected, she was super friendly and sweet – and willing to give us so much amazing advice that I know you guys need to hear.
Shay has partnered up with SweeTART® Ropes (the newest candy from SweeTART) for it’s new Get Roped In Dating Show, which is “a one-of-a-kind, live dating experience, with fun and flirty challenges (on-air with Shay Mitchell) made especially for millenials, many of whom have been roped into online dating but are now looking for new ways to make fun and flirty connections.” The show involves three digital celebrities as well (Ryan Tellez, Meghan Rienks, and Catherine Valdes), and involves fans trying to spark a connection with them through a series of challenges. The winners actually get to go on a date with the YouTube stars after the show.
It sounds like so much fun, and Shay agrees. When we asked her about it, she said: “I’ve always been a fan of SweeTARTs candy, but when I found out they were coming out with the new SweeTARTs® Ropes, I was really excited to try it, and it’s now become my new guilty pleasure. But, not so guilty, because there are no artificial flavors or coloring in the SweeTARTs® Ropes, so I’m excited about that. I’m really excited to host it and get to play Cupid!”
What else did Shay have to say? We got advice from her on what to wear on a first date, how to be more confident, and how to look your most beautiful at all times – plus, behind-the-scenes info on Pretty Little Liars. Here is the life advice you never knew you needed from Shay Mitchell:
The Most Important Dating Tip Ever:When we asked Shay for her best dating tips, she said: "Always be yourself. Don’t try to be somebody you are not, because it never works out in the end. So always just be you. Second, I think, have fun with it. You want to go out there with a positive attitude and have a great day no matter what happens. And then number three, I’d say, do something fun, try something you've never done before." Image Source: Instagram
How To Have A Good V-Day No Matter What:Shay says, "My plans for Valentine's Day are just to get a bunch of people together, some of my friends and loved ones, and just kind of have a great dinner and possibly go and see a movie, who knows? But I think it’s all about just spending time with people you care about, romantically and not romantically. I think it's okay to buy your girlfriends flowers. It’s that fun day where you can do that… and eat a lot of candy. Just have fun." Image Source: Instagram
The Best Dating Advice She's Ever Gotten Is:Shay talks about the best dating advice she's ever heard: "I mean, honestly, it’s just to have a positive outlook. Even if it doesn't turn out in the romantic way that you planned, hopefully you get a friendship out of that. And if not, then you have a fun story to tell. There’s just nothing bad that can happen from that if you’re safe and you guys are both going into it with a positive frame of mind. So I think just have fun." I love Shay's emphasis on being positive no matter what. That's so important in the dating world! Image Source: Instagram
How To Be More Confident:Shay always seems super confident. She tells us how to be the same way: "I would say to celebrate you. When I was growing up in high school, if I could have given any advice to myself, it would be to not try and conform to my friends and the people around me, or who I thought I should be. Had I celebrated myself and the fact that I was unique and that we’re all unique, it would have been a lot easier. And I think it is difficult for girls in school and all that because you’re trying to live up to these photos you see in magazines and things on TV. Even with us, i always say to all the girls that watch the show: we have a professional makeup team and hair team and there’s lighting and there's a lot that goes into that. But I think just celebrating being you, that’s what makes you so special is that there is only one of you, so why try to change to be somebody else? Image Source: Instagram
The Best Beauty Tip She Can Share:Shay's refreshing beauty advice actually has nothing to do with makeup. She says, "Honestly, I think it all starts from within, I really do. I think it's about sleep, it's about drinking enough water, and just being happy. I mean, the most attractive thing to me about other people is when they smile and you can see that they’re happy people within themselves. So I think that’s kind of my best beauty tip. Even if you don’t feel great, smiling completely changes your look." Image Source: Instagram
The Best Thing To Wear On A First Date Is:"Something that you’re comfortable in. Ugh, I couldn't imagine anything worse than going on a first date and being either uncomfortable with the shoes that you’re wearing or the outfit or the dress that you’re wearing, or whatever it is. I think that you need to be comfortable so that you don’t have to focus on what it is that you’re wearing, and you can just enjoy the date and that person. So I would say wear a cute pair of flats. There are so many options these days. And then either a dress or a cute pair of pants. And layering! So in case you go somewhere it’s a little cooler, you have your jacket, and vice versa if it’s hot. But I think when you are dressing for a first date, you don’t want to pay too much attention to that. It’s more about the person that you’re with than what you’re wearing." Exactly! Image Source: Instagram
How To Maintain Great Friendships:Shay and the rest of the Pretty Little Liars cast seem to get along so great, so we asked about their friendship. Shay said: "There are so many fun moments. A lot of people always ask, are you guys really good friends or is just a façade? And honestly our relationship on set is just like a bunch of sisters who support each other and uplift each other, and that’s kind of what it is. With any of your girl friends, you always want to look at them more as sisters as opposed to jealousy and an opponent. So we really keep that mentality on set and it’s great, we have so much fun, there’s so much laughter. I mean… Ashley’s a prankster on set. Actually I think we all kind of play that part every once in a while. But it’s so great and I’m getting to go to work with some of my closest friends, so I’m really lucky." Image Source: Instagram
What's Coming Up On Pretty Little Liars:According to Shay, we should all be excited about the next few episodes of the show. She said: "Well, I mean there obviously is a new character in town, Talia, so I think it’s going to be interesting to see how their relationship sort of pans out… but all of these episodes are leading up to the season finale, which is honestly one of my favorite episodes and a lot of the girls' favorite episodes. It’s all about staying tune and watching these next episodes because they’re all going to piece together into one big puzzle. Image Source: Instagram
Are you a fan of Shay Mitchell or Pretty Little Liars? What was your favorite part of the interview? Tell us in the comments.