Shay Mitchell gets candid about 'Pretty Little Liars,' the perfect selfie and the story behind her name

Shay Mitchell & Ashley Benson HOT 2016 Teen Choice Awards Fashion

By: Marah Alindogan

Shay Mitchell has bad news for "Pretty Little Liars" fans -- she has all the secrets but she's definitely keeping them.

While the 29-year-old actress, who plays tomboy Emily Fields on the hit show, kept her lips sealed on the identity of PLL's mysterious villain, A, she did provide some reassurance.

"It's going to blow your mind," Mitchell said in an exclusive interview with AOL. "Once all the answers come out, you will have no more questions."

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The best snaps from Shay Mitchell's Instagram
I like to start each week with a fresh we decided to do a little chop chop and go hang with the wildlife this morning with @bioreus (more on their snapchat @bioreus )๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ… ! Special thanks to @chrisappleton1 for my Monday 'do and @bartolistyle for my Monday blues! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ‘—
Throwback to silver swimwear for @cosmopolitan . Getting ready for a new secret cover shoot coming soon ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป// Q. Any guesses what I'll be shooting for?!
Morocco is calling my name again... #wanderlustwednesday #isthatevenathing #iwanderlusteveryday
Hoop game ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฝ @plukka ... Big hair and glam thanks to @chrisappleton1 and @1maryphillips ๐Ÿ’‹
All I can say is... #TGIF ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ˜œ
When you've taken 100 selfies to see whether or not it looks like a wig ๐Ÿ˜†
...when I hear them call "lunch" ! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿด
Guns N' Roses (and chokers) #ootd ๐ŸŽค๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿผ๐ŸŒน
The look for today's @thetalkcbs ! Hair inspired by "I dream of Genie" and/or me circa third grade.. ๐Ÿ˜œ Thanks @chrisappleton1 for the 'do and @makeupbyariel for the face! ๐Ÿ˜˜
Big hair, big dreams. Thanks to the glam squad today: @patrickta & @cesar4styles ๐Ÿ’‹ #lifedeliziosa
// only seek to be more of yourself //

And when Mitchell isn't blowing up your Snapchat feed with scenes from her daily life, which may include goofing off on set or breaking a sweat during her many boxing workouts, she's probably jet-setting to her next "Shaycation."

The travel junkie has visited many envy-inducing locations, including Dubai and Bali. She revealed her favorite destination in 2016 was surprisingly only a 10-hour flight away.

"My favorite spot this year would probably have to be Fiji. It was so beautiful and really fun," the celeb gushed.

While you may not be able to join Shay on her next glamorous getaway, following her on social media may be the next best thing. The actress makes sure to keep her 13.9 million Instagram followers updated with her latest moves -- and of course selfies are abundant!

And fear not, Mitchell got candid about the secret to the perfect selfie.

"Lighting is key," the Biore ambassador admitted while talking about the launch of the brand's limited-edition animal-print pore strips.

While the actress reveals a lot about herself through her well-curated collection of stunning photos, you may not know that "Shay" isn't actually her real name.

Mitchell, whose actual name is "Shannon," told the funny story about how her famous moniker came to be.

"When I was younger I kind of had an obsession with J. Lo and wanted people to start calling me 'Shay Lo.' And I dropped the 'Lo,'" she revealed.

It has also helped her career in a surprising way.

"It was another minute that I got to stay in the room when I was auditioning. Because people would say, 'Oh, that's an interesting name.' Then I would get to explain the story to them. It was my little trick," she confessed.

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