Shay Mitchell talks life post 'Pretty Little Liars' and what item she just crossed off her bucket list

After wrapping seven seasons of the wildly popular teen drama "Pretty Little Liars," you would think that Shay Mitchell would be eager to take some well-deserved time off. But downtime doesn't seem to be on the actress' radar.

Since the wrap of PLL, Shay has gone on to film a horror movie, star in a new Lifetime television series as well as partner up with Allergan to help spread the word about birth control options. We sat down with the star earlier this month to get the latest on all of her new projects.

AOL: It’s awesome to hear that you’ve teamed up with Allergan's Know Your Birth Control campaign. And it's no secret that you have a massive fan base of young women; why it is so important to you to share resources about birth control with them?

Shay: Honestly, I think it’s extremely important to just know your options and to be educated and informed so you can have those conversations with your health care provider. It's crucial that you get the right information, so partnering up with Allergan on this initiative was a no-brainer for me. I was raised in a really open, comfortable household where I was able to have those conversations with my parents and I really did know my options, and I know that that's not the case for everybody — but I want that to be. I want them to know that you can get that information...

So having campaigns like this hopefully allows women to feel more comfortable to go and use the tools that they’re providing and the resources to then go and make their own decisions.

You filmed seven seasons of "Pretty Little Liars," which was a very dark series. How did your experience filming your new horror movie "Cadaver" differ?

I shot "Cadaver" right after "Pretty Little Liars" ended and it was a trip. You know, to go from working with four other girls to really being the sole girl for the majority of the movie was crazy, but it was such a fun experience. It really is crazy playing a different character after being Emily for so long and then also playing this character who had been through a lot, it really was an interesting transition. And it was kind of like, "okay, here you go!" You just have to do it. So studying and really preparing for that role was a lot, but it was fun. I mean, I'm a zero to one hundred person, so it's like, "throw me into it!"

And shooting "You" [her new Lifetime series] which comes out soon in New York -- that was a bucket list dream. To shoot something in New York and get to live here and to have that New York City life for three months was also something that I was so excited about.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 26: Actress Shay Mitchell attends the Los Angeles Times Food Bowl - Secret Burger Showdown at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on May 26, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 22: Shay Mitchell attends Matthew Mazzucca and Ben Gorham Host a Private Dinner in Celebration of Byredo's Capsule Collection Elevator Music Designed in Collaboration with Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh at Barneys New York Beverly Hills on May 22, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Barneys New York)
LA QUINTA, CA - APRIL 14: Shay Mitchell attends #REVOLVEfestival Day 1 on April 14, 2018 in La Quinta, California. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images for REVOLVE)

Shay Mitchell attended the unveiling of Royal Caribbean's Perfect Day at CocoCay event at South Street Seaport in NYC.

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15: Actor Shay Mitchell attends the 2018 A+E Upfront on March 15, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for A+E)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20: Shay Mitchell arrives to the Council of Fashion Designers of America luncheon held at Chateau Marmont on February 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 08: Actress Shay Mitchell (R) and Matte Babel attend a basketball game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Atlanta Hawks at Staples Center on January 8, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Actor Shay Mitchell attends 19th Annual Post-Golden Globes Party hosted by Warner Bros. Pictures and InStyle at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 09: Actress Shay Mitchell attends the 2017 iHeartRadio Canada Jingle Ball at the Air Canada Centre on December 9, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by GP Images/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 06: Shay Mitchell at The Hollywood Reporter's 26th Annual Women In Entertainment Breakfast presented in partnership with FIJI Water at Milk Studios on December 6, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for FIJI Water)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 02: Shay Mitchell arrives at the #REVOLVEawards at DREAM Hollywood on November 2, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Shay Mitchell attends the 2017 Entertainment Weekly Pre-Emmy Party at Sunset Tower on September 15, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/ WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Actress Shay Mitchell is seen leaving the Naeem Khan fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 1, Skylight Clarkson Sq on September 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Shay Mitchell attends the Ann Sui fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 1, Skylight Clarkson Sq on September 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)

Shay Mitchell works out at the SoFit gym at the Sofitel Los Angeles to prepare for the first-ever Propel Co:Labs Fitness Festival. Fans and fitness fanatics, alike, will have the opportunity to work out alongside Shay during the two day festival in Los Angeles happening August 12-13.

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TORONTO, ON - JUNE 18: Shay Mitchell arrives at the 2017 iHeartRADIO MuchMusic Video Awards at MuchMusic HQ on June 18, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Isaiah Trickey/FilmMagic)
BURBANK, CA - JUNE 14: (L-R) Sasha Pieterse and Shay Mitchell attend the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood Launches Special Exhibit Celebrating Final Season Of 'Pretty Little Liars' at Warner Bros. Studios on June 14, 2017 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood)
HOLLYWOOD, FL - JUNE 7: Shay Mitchell is seen at the Ocean Drive Magazine May Issue Cover Party at Kuro at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on June 7, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 06: Shay Mitchell and Stella Artois 'Host One to Remember' this summer at the Stella Artois Braderie in New York City on June 6, 2017. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Stella Artois)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 03: Shay Mitchell and Ashley Benson are seen on June 03, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 07: Actress Shay Mitchell poses in the press room at the 2017 MTV Movie and TV Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on May 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 07: Actor Shay Mitchell attends the 2017 MTV Movie And TV Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on May 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/MTV1617/Getty Images For MTV)
INGLEWOOD, CA - APRIL 27: Actress Shay Mitchell arrives at We Day California 2017 at The Forum on April 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: Actress Shay Mitchell attends the 9th Annual Shorty Awards at PlayStation Theater on April 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Actress Shay Mitchell is seen walking in Midtown on April 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: (L-R) Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, I. Marlene King, Shay Mitchell, Lucy Hale, and Sasha Pieterse attend Freeform 2017 Upfront at Hudson Mercantile on April 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Shay Mitchell attends the Freeform 2017 Upfront at Hudson Mercantile on April 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
LA QUINTA, CA - APRIL 13: Shay Mitchell attends the KALEIDOSCOPE: LAWN TALKS presented by Delta Air Lines & Cannabinoid Water on April 13, 2017 in La Quinta, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Kaleidoscope )
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Actress Shay Mitchell enters the 'Good Morning America' taping at the ABC Times Square Studios on April 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 25: Actress Shay Mitchell arrives at The Paley Center For Media's 34th Annual PaleyFest Los Angeles - 'Pretty Little Liars' at Dolby Theatre on March 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 25: (L-R) Actresses Sasha Pieterse, Shay Mitchell and Ashley Benson appear on stage at The Paley Center for Media's 34th Annual PaleyFest Los Angeles presentation of 'Pretty Little Liars' at Dolby Theatre on March 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
ROSEMONT, IL - MARCH 01: Shay Mitchell attends WE Day Illinois 2017 at Allstate Arena on March 1, 2017 in Rosemont, Illinois. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images for WE)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Actor Shay Mitchell attends Vanity Fair and L'Oreal Paris Toast to Young Hollywood hosted by Dakota Johnson and Krista Smith at Delilah on February 21, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: Shay Mitchell seen at the Tory Burch fashion show during New York Fashion Week - Day 6 on February 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Shay Mitchell attends the Philipp Plein collection during, New York Fashion Week: The Shows at New York Public Library on February 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Shay Mitchell and Olivia Culpo attend Zimmermann fashion show on February 2017 New York Fashion Week on February 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
Shay Mitchell from ABC's 'Pretty Little Liars' poses in the Getty Images Portrait Studio at the 2017 Winter Television Critics Association press tour at the Langham Hotel on January 10, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Maarten de Boer/Getty Images Portrait)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 08: Actress Shay Mitchell attends the 2017 Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes after party on January 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 10: Shay Mitchell arrives at the Marie Claire's Image Maker Awards 2017 on January 10, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 29: Actress Shay Mitchell arrives at the celebration for Freeform's 'Pretty Little Liars' Final Season at Siren Studios on October 29, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Actress Shay Mitchell arrives at the 23rd Annual ELLE Women In Hollywood Awards at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 23: Actress Shay Mitchell attends the 12th annual Outfest Legacy Awards at The Vibiana on October 23, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
PRETTY LITTLE LIARS - USA Olympic gold medal gymnast Simone Biles visits the set of 'Pretty Little Liars.'' (Byron Cohen/Freeform via Getty Images) SIMONE BILES, SHAY MITCHELL
PRETTY LITTLE LIARS - 'PlAytime' - After Noel Kahn's abrupt death, the Liars try putting their lives back together again in 'Playtime,' the first of the final ten episodes of Freeform's hit original series 'Pretty Little Liars,' airing TUESDAY, APRIL 18 (8:00 - 9:02 p.m. EDT). Fans can catch up on where the Liars left off with an all-day marathon of season seven starting at 11:00 a.m. EDT and running up to the one-hour spring premiere at 8:00 p.m. EDT. (Eric McCandless/Freeform via Getty Images) SHAY MITCHELL, LUCY HALE, TROIAN BELLISARIO
INGLEWOOD, CA - JULY 31: Shay Mitchell arrives at the Teen Choice Awards 2016 at The Forum on July 31, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - JULY 31: (L-R) Actors Ian Harding, Tyler Blackburn, Shay Mitchell, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Troian Bellisario, Janel Parrish and Sasha Pieterse accept the award for Choice TV Show: Drama onstage during Teen Choice Awards 2016 at The Forum on July 31, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Fox/Getty Images for Fox)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0507 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress Shay Mitchell during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on July 25, 2016 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Actress Shay Mitchell attends the Jonathan Simkhai fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 1, Skylight Clarkson Sq on September 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images For NYFW: The Shows)
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"You" has an amazing cast including Penn Badgley, Elizabeth Lail and John Stamos. What can you tell us about the series?

I'm so excited! When I read the script, I knew that even if I wasn’t involved, I wanted to watch it. It's based off of a book series and you know Penn Badgley's in it who I love and Elizabeth was so amazing in it, and it's kind of on the borderline between romantic and stalker and like how much is too much to really know about a person before actually meeting them.

I am a major fan of your Youtube channel and your "Shaycation" travel series. Do you have any fun travel plans coming up this summer?

I'm actually going to Vancouver at the end of the month, which is pretty awesome because Toronto and Vancouver are my hometowns. I'm excited to be able to show people kind of where I grew up and the best parts of Vancouver! So we're going to go shoot that at the end of the month.

I have Dubai on the forecast, a possible Japan trip, but I mean it's awesome I'm getting to travel and share my experiences with people. So I'm super excited about it and seeing Shaycation and what it's turned into with Youtube, and not at the beginning was Youtube so welcomed in acting and the acting space, but now we have people like Will Smith coming on, and it's really cool because I feel like I am still a newbie to the Youtube scene. But it was something I wanted to try out and experience and so I did and I didn’t really care what people were saying about it. And now it's turned into something that's another extension of my brand and what I do. So it's really fun to be able bring the two together: my love of traveling and then recording it and sharing it with people.

What are some of your absolute must-haves when you're traveling?

I always have my airplane bag with essentials, so I have like my face masks and moisturizer, hand cream, sleeping mask, ear plugs, socks (cold feet on an airplane are never good) and then snacks, bring your own snacks always too! And an extra water bottle because they never give you enough -- those kind of essentials to make you feel comfortable on that long flight. I definitely learned the tips and tricks when it comes to traveling, so my travel bag is fully stocked. I could survive on it for a week even if I didn’t get to my destination!

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Sarah Jessica Parker broke out in laughter while filming a commercial for Italian lingerie brand Intimissimi on Tuesday in Manhattan.

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Kourtney Kardashian and sister Kendall Jenner stopped by the Broken Coconut in NYC on Tuesday, the morning after the CFDA Awards.

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Jennifer Lopez walked the walk -- with a Birkin bag on her arm! -- at the "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" studio on Tuesday.

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Beyoncé and Jay-Z on stage for opening night of their OTR II tour, presented by Live Nation in association with Parkwood Entertainment and Roc Nation, at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

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Friendly exes Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck were spotted at a kids' event on Saturday in Los Angeles.

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Hilary Duff was all smiles posing with fans outside of the Build Series NYC studio while promoting "Younger" on Tuesday.

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Chrissy Teigen and John Legend were spotted out on a lunch date on Tuesday in Beverly Hills.

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The Row designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen waved to fans outside of the Brooklyn Museum while walking to the CFDA Awards on Monday.

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Olivia Culpo attended the Jewelry on 2 opening with Saks Fifth Avenue and Town & Country Magazine at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City on Tuesday night.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger was spotted riding his bike in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

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Donatella Versace and Gigi Hadid posed for paparazzi while entering the Brooklyn Museum ahead of the CFDA Awards on Monday.

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Bella Hadid was spotted before walking in the Alexander Wang resort fashion show at Pier 17 on Sunday evening.

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Demi Lovato didn't look too thrilled to be arriving in Paris on Sunday, where she was spotted rocking a boot, one Givenchy slide-on, oversized aviators and a black hoodie.

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"Ocean's 8" star Awkwafina attended the film's after party, where guests sipped specialty Johnnie Walker Black Label cocktails.

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Channing Tatum posed for a selfie with a fan outside of his hotel in London on Tuesday.

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Adriana Lima rocked a sparkling sheer dress for the "Ocean's 8" premiere in NYC on Tuesday.

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Gigi Hadid attended the "Ocean's 8" premiere on Tuesday in New York City.

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Kim and Kourtney Kardashian posed for paparazzi outside of the Brooklyn Museum before the CFDA Awards on Monday evening.

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Alicia Silverstone posed for the paparazzi before entering the Build Series NYC studio in NoHo on Tuesday.

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Hilary Duff rocked the red while promoting "Younger" in NYC on Tuesday.

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Nick Viall and an unidentified lady friend were spotted leaving West Hollywood hotspot Craig's on Saturday night.

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Kendall Jenner flashed a smile while entering the Brooklyn Museum for the CFDA Awards on Monday evening.

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Kesha wore a stars-and-rainbow bodysuit for her flight out of LAX on Monday.

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Zoey Deutch attended the red carpet premiere for “The Year of Spectacular Men” sponsored by Guillotine Vodka in Los Angeles on Wednesday night.

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Anna Wintour was photographed arriving for the Alexander Wang resort fashion show at Pier 17 on Sunday night in NYC.

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Jodie Foster walked with one crutch and a cane while entering the "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" studio on Monday.

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Channing Tatum was all smiles leaving Claridge's in London on Monday.

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Demi Lovato was spotted out and about in Paris rocking a boot on one of her feet on Monday.

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Kaia Gerber was photographed arriving at the Alexander Wang resort fashion show at Pier 17 before she walked in the show on Sunday night in NYC.

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Pusha T hosted Beats by Dre's official Governors Ball after party at PHD Rooftop Lounge at Dream Downtown this past weekend.

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Nicole Scherzinger was spotted leaving Craig's in West Hollywood on Tuesday night.

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Lisa Ling attended  Neocell presents Bloom Summit at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday.

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