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.
“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.
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.”
Season seven of ‘Pretty Little Liars’ premieres June 21 on Freeform.