Welcome back to my beginner’s guide to “Pretty Little Liars”. This is part four, and today I am introducing Emily Fields, who is played by Shay Mitchell.
About Emily Fields
Emily Fields was described very early on as a jock. She is into sports, particularly swimming, but she just doesn’t fit into the jock stereotype terribly well, at least in my opinion. Emily’s father is in the military, and her mother is very much concerned about how her daughter is perceived by others . She was not best pleased when Emily broke up with her handsome boyfriend to go to the Homecoming Dance with Toby Cavanaugh.
I will write more on Toby Cavanaugh in another article, but the basic story is that he is considered “dangerous” by the people of Rosewood and is the prime suspect for being Ali’s killer.
Emily befriended Toby, much to the dismay of her other friends, and she became very special to him. He even went to visit her while on the run to explain why he couldn’t possibly be Ali’s murderer.
Besides making friends with the town’s so-called nutcase, Emily has been battling with her sexuality. At the start of Pretty Little Liars, Emily had a boyfriend named Ben, but in the very first episode she almost shared a kiss with a girl called Maya, whose family moved into Ali’s old house. Emily broke up with Ben after he tried to force himself on her in the girls’ locker room and slowly grew closer to Maya. Emily was further confused when she started to have feelings for Toby too. Afraid of her attraction to Maya after they kissed for the first time, Emily distanced herself. Not only was she scared of what her friends might think, she was and still is desperately afraid that her family will disown her if they find out. However, as the story moved along, Emily chose to follow her heart and went on a date with Maya.
This was not Emily’s first experience of having feelings for another girl though. Emily was very much in love with Ali. In Ali’s own manipulative way, she played on Emily’s feelings, even kissing her, only to tell her that she was just using her as practice for kissing boys.
In spite of all the confusing events in her life, Emily is the sweetest, and by far the most innocent of the Pretty Little Liars. She is willing to give everyone a fair hearing and it leads to her occasionally coming across as a little naïve. Ultimately this may lead to her getting hurt in the future, but I really hope not because she is one of my favourites!
About Shay Mitchell
Shay Mitchell was born Shannon Mitchell in 1987. Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Shay was interested in dance from a very young age, and at ten years old she was chosen to work for an international modelling agency. After travelling around the world a a model she returned to Canada to study acting. Shay appeared in DeGrassi:The Next Generation, some television commercials and a Sean Paul music video before landing the part of Emily in Pretty Little Liars.
It is no surprise that Shay Mitchell was a successful model – look at her, she is stunning! Besides being incredibly beautiful, she is a fine actress and I predict that she will have a long career in Hollywood!
If you enjoyed this article, check out the rest of my guides:
Part One – Alison DiLaurentis
Part Two – Spencer Hastings
Part Three – Aria Montgomery