The tears over ‘Pretty Little Liars’ ending are so real, you guys. In an all-new video, Shay Mitchell cries and reads a loving farewell letter that she wrote to her ‘PLL’ family. Warning: You’re going to cry. A lot. Click to WATCH.
Shay, 29, posted her “Farewell Letter” to Pretty Little Liars on YouTube Nov. 1, and the nearly 10-minute video will have you sobbing about 30 seconds in. The video starts out at 12:15 a.m. on the final day of filming the show. The cast and crew give everyone a round of applause, and Lucy Hale, 27, and Ashley Benson, 26, are clearly emotional. The video cuts to Shay in her dressing room, and she’s got tears in her eyes.
“Sad, anxious, excited, terrified, inspired, gratified, nervous, unsure, proud, upset, accomplished, relieved, devastated, lucky: I didn’t know it was possible to feel so much at once, yet I sit here with all my feelings,” she says. “It feels like the last day of school with just an extra bit of emptiness.”
Shay can barely speak she’s so emotional. “Our show ending is such a weird, unique thing that I have only experienced from where you all are sitting: the viewer’s side,” she continues. “I remember shows I watched growing up ending and all that came along with a series finale, yet where I am seated now is so different. I don’t know what my life would’ve looked like without Pretty Little Liars.”
Pretty Little Liars shaped Shay’s life forever, and she’s eternally grateful for the experience. Playing Emily Fields for 7 seasons was a gift for Shay. “As a whole, PLL and Emily Fields shaped me into something that I’m not could ever be taught, and I’m still awestruck by the whole experience and I can’t believe it’s over,” she says.
Shay also honors her castmates in the video, who she calls her “sisters.” She even talks about what she hopes for their character after the final episode airs.
“I’d like to think that somewhere in an alternate Rosewood universe, that these five women will always remain a constant in each others’ lives, just as I hope we all do in our own reality,” she says.
The final episodes of Pretty Little Liars will begin airing in April 2017. The cast and crew wrapped up filming for good on Oct. 26. While the girls may not see each other every day from now on, they’ll always be family.
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