Shay Mitchell Covers Seventeen August 2012

Posted Tuesday June 26, 2012 10:41 AM GMT

She has quite the promising career thanks to her "Pretty Little Liars" role, and Shay Mitchell garnered herself a little added exposure by covering the August 2012 of Seventeen magazine.

Set to hit newsstands on July 3rd, the 21-year-old actress opens up about the her relationship with her Pretty Little Liars co-stars, the bullying she experienced in high school and the advice she’d offer her younger self.

Highlights from Miss Mitchell's interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to Seventeen!

On her PLL costars:
"I’m so close with each of the girls for different things. Troian is my go-to when I want advice on something. She’s literally like her character—so smart. Lucy is so cute and southern. We joke around a lot on-set. And Ashley is like the fun, carefree little sister who I never had."

On inspiring others:
"When I was in high school, I wanted to be a counselor and I wanted to work with kids. I’ve been through the worst of high school. And I want to motivate people to live the best life that they can, because we’re only here for one life."

On what she wishes she knew when she was 17:
"Growing up, I wish I hadn’t tried so hard to fit in. I’d tell myself to just embrace what you were born with because it’s beautiful and you were made like that for a reason. It’s tough being a girl. I think we need all of the support we can get."

Photo Credit: Stewart Shining for Seventeen