You probably heard that Penn Badgley can see the similarities between his new Lifetime character and the one that made him famous, Dan Humphrey on Gossip Girl. But his new co-star on You, Shay Mitchell says the obsessive person she’s now bringing to life on Lifetime couldn’t be more different than her most famous role as Emily Field on Pretty Little Liars. On You, which is based on a novel by Caroline Kepnes, Penn’s Joe Goldberg finds himself enamored with Guinevere Beck, played by Elizabeth Lail. The crush quickly escalates to dangerous levels – but Joe isn’t the only one who’s got his eyes set on Guinevere. Shay’s Peach Salinger has been holding a torch for her BFF, as well.
Shay recently sat down with Extra to talk about how her character differs from Emily Fields – and what happens when Joe and Peach go head-to-head for Guinevere’s attention.
“Everything down from the wardrobe to just how she carries herself is completely different from Emily… I think her and sort of fight for Beck’s attention,” Shay mentioned. “So the claws kind of come out for her.”
While Shay’s new show doesn’t sound too far off from PLL – multiple stalkers, some dangerous love affairs, and more – the 31-year-old actress finally gets to play the bad guy.
You premieres on Limetime on September 9, 2018. Oh, and if you just thought that it was a mashup between Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars, think again. Greg Berlanti, an executive producer behind Riverdale and Dawson’s Creek is the brain behind the operation. So, yeah, start counting down the days.