‘Pretty Little Liars’ Star Shay Mitchell: ‘I Completely Embrace’ Lesbian Character

'Pretty Little Liars' Star Shay Mitchell: 'I Completely Embrace' Lesbian CharacterPretty Little Liars star Shay Mitchell, who graces the cover of February’s issue of Maxim, , the difference between kissing men versus women, and what she looks for in a potential boyfriend.

“People ask what it’s like kissing a woman, as if there’s something awkward or weird about it,” she said. “I completely embrace it. When I step into Emily’s shoes, I’m truly in the moment, and I’m fully attracted to the women I’m fooling around with. I’m not Shay when I’m doing the scene; I’m Emily.”

Mitchell said she thinks the show attracts men because of the lesbian characters.

“It’s sexy because two beautiful girls are softer, more sensuous, slower, and also sort of educational,” she said. “Guys watch because they like to learn from it. It’s like, ‘Hey, what’s she doing to that other girl’s body that I might want to try?”

The actress spoke to  in 2013 about her experiences playing a lesbian, and said she thinks her portrayal of Emily is different than the typical lesbian character.

“I’m not playing the gothic chick dressed in all black who eats lunch in the corner and is a lesbian,” she said. “If you look at the poster, you wouldn’t necessarily be able to pinpoint which one of us is the lesbian, and that was really important to me.”

In real-life, Mitchell is a happily single 27-year-old with a few requirements for potential boyfriends.

“I don’t want a guy unless he’s mine alone,” she said. “I want eye contact, phones face down on the table. If there’s something in the room that’s more interesting than me, why are we even pretending?”

Maxim is on stands now.

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