Shay Mitchell by Derek Kettela

For the last three years, audiences have had their eyes fixated on actress Shay Mitchell as she plays the role of Emily Fields on Pretty Little Liars. Having a lead role in a television show of that magnitude can take over a person’s life. Not only does filming 24 episodes a season not leave time for much else, but with that many devoted fans clinging to your character, it builds a persona that is hard to step out of. Perhaps that is one of the reasons why Shay’s co-star Ashley Benson took a sharp left turn from her Pretty Little character to slip into a controversial role in Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers.

Like Ashley, Shay seems eager not necessarily to reinvent herself, but to show fans another layer of who she is. To help reveal this new side of herself, Shay chose to work with photographer Derek Kettela. Kettela’s photos have adorned the pages US Vogue, Instyle, Esquire and the cover of the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue with Kate Upton and he has shot with actresses such as Jessica Chastain, Mary-Kate Olsen and Shailene Woodley. His crisp, elegantly sensual images captured Shay’s sexy new look as she spent a lazy Sunday hanging around one of the studios at Milk.

You can see Shay again real soon in the Halloween episode of Pretty Little Liars premiering Oct. 22 on ABC Family.

Photography: Derek Kettela @derekkettela (twitter and instagram)

Stylist: Moses Moreno

Makeup: Valery Gherman @valgherman (twitter and instagram)

Hair: Dennis Gots @dennisgots (twitter and instagram)

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