She also did a little interview on her acting goals and her thoughts on the public’s reaction to Pretty Little Liars.
“For me, [my goal] was always just to be really happy and excited about what it was that I was a part of. I didn’t want to act just to act: I wanted to always be excited about it—a script or the show itself. Knowing that I was going to be playing Emily Fields—a girl struggling with her sexuality—took it to another level for me. It’s fun to entertain people, and I love doing that, but it’s a whole other realm—and, for me, ten times better—when I can actually make a small impact on somebody watching.”
“It’s very flattering when I hear that people look up to me, but I honestly don’t strive to be a role model. I can only be the best version of myself, and that’s all that I’m trying to do. I believe that your sexual orientation does not define who you are, and if people think that that’s something that’s noteworthy and something to look up to, then that’s great. I’m so lucky to have been brought up in a home where skin colour, religion—none of that mattered. What mattered was how a person treated you and how they treated others. I didn’t have to think twice about playing this role or worrying what people were going to think.”
I really like how Shay addressed all the issues that the media had for her as she plays a somewhat controversial character in the television series. For more photos of her shoot with Fault Magazine, click here.
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