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Shay Mitchell's 'Pretty Little Liars' Audition Tape Will Make You Feel So Nostalgic

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Shay Mitchell is talented, smart, and knows how to plan a fab "Shaycation." She's been in the public eye for quite some time, but her big break came when she scored the role of Emily Fields on Pretty Little Liars. After seven seasons, we all know the twists, turns, and mysteries that unravelled during PLL, but I'm taking you back to the beginning. Like, the way, way beginning. Shay Mitchell's Pretty Little Liars audition tape was posted on YouTube by the actress, and it will make you feel so, so nostalgic.

Mitchell said at the beginning of the video,

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Mitchell explained the reasoning behind her embarrassment by saying,

Mitchell was 22 years old in the audition tape, so her physical appearance has barely changed. SHAY, HOW DO KEEP YOUR SKIN SO GLOWING? DM ME. This video was definitely a walk down memory lane for Mitchell. She dishes on some things she loved about the audition and things she would've done different.

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The audition opens with Mitchell in a green V-neck T-shirt, which cracks her up because she totally blends with the green background. She does a great job reading lines for the scene in the pilot episode when Emily meets Aria. Mitchell even comments on how great her fake cough was.

Two things I learned from the video — no one (not even Shay Mitchell) looks back fondly on their eyebrows and apparently EVERYONE owned a pair of moccasins at one point in their life.

After the audition portion of the video, Mitchell goes into detail about her plane ride to Los Angeles for the actual audition and the hotel she stayed in. It's seriously the cutest thing ever and really cool to get a behind-the-scenes look at the process.

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Shay Mitchell on YouTube

You can tell that Mitchell starts to get a little emotional over the memories. Emily on PLL was a very dynamic character who had a lot of interesting storylines. Mitchell playing an openly gay character was well received by the LGBTQ+ community and the show even earned a GLAAD nomination.

Mitchell is fully aware of the impact Emily has on viewers. She said during an interview with Elite Daily,

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She continued,

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PLL will always hold a special place in Mitchell's heart (and mine). The seven-season run was obviously met with a tearful goodbye.

Shay Mitchell on YouTube

Although she lived through filming the last episode, Mitchell assured Elite Daily that watching it on TV would be just as emotional. She explained,

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Obviously, the finale has since come and gone. So sad. PLL was amazing, but Mitchell is on to other projects. According to her IMDb page, we'll being seeing her in some new projects come 2018 — two new series, The Heiresses and You, and a horror movie called Cadaver.

I'm glad Shay Mitchell has finally shown us her Pretty Little Liars audition tape — it was adorable and honestly not embarrassing at all. Can't wait to see what is to come with her new projects in 2018. Keep doing you, Shay.

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