Celebuzz Exclusive: Shay Mitchell’s ‘Bliss’ Is Creamy Cheese and Creating a Life That You Love

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According to Shay Mitchell, happiness and brie cheese go hand-in-hand.

Shay Mitchell has everything a girl could want at 28 years old between her role as Emily Fields on ABC’s Pretty Little Liars, a lifestyle blog with over 75,000 subscribers, and a YouTube channel that broke 100,000 subscribers in less than 24 hours. Her tour de force has no end in sight with the upcoming release of her first Y.A. novel “Bliss“, which happens to be co-written with her Amore & Vita blogging buddy Michaela Blaney.

“Bliss” follows Sophia, Demi, and Leandra, three best friends in their early twenties navigating their way through dead-end jobs, aspirations, heartbreak and friendship. Set in Hollywood, Thailand, and London, Mitchell’s novel depicts the struggles of finding happiness in the Age of Uncertainty with the levity of being surrounded by friends.

The duo’s prose comes from a place of honesty as it was inspired by their true-life experiences. It all began with a girl’s night and a handy whiteboard as Mitchell describes in an exclusive interview with Celebuzz.

How did the writing of “Bliss” with your blogging partner and best friend Michaela Blaney come about?

Shay Mitchell: I was sitting down with Michaela one night just kind of catching up and talking about our past experiences and memories that we had, remembering what it took for us to get to this point in our lives where we both were where we wanted to be.

We had so many different ideas and points of inspiration that I thought, “It would be great to write a book.”

We ran out to my garage where I had a huge white board and we jotted down all of these different notes, kind of like a timeline of each of our lives. At the end of that, we had so much stuff and realized that it could be a series.

 

The concept lends for such a great series because it’s about coming of age, growing up, learning about where you want to be—it’s all a part of a continual journey.

SM: Exactly. And for the first one at least, it’s a fun book for a demographic that’s a little bit older than Pretty Little Liars that’s all about finding bliss in your twenties.

And what would be your definition of “bliss”?

SM: Bliss isn’t just about being happy. It’s setting a vision for where you want to be and attaining that in whatever way that it is.

For me, “bliss” is finding a career that I love, finding a group of people that I love working with, and living a life that you love that you’ve created for yourself.

Do you think that it’s possible to find bliss in your twenties?

SM: Absolutely! I certainly did and I still do since I’m still in my twenties. It’s a difficult time in your twenties. You’re now fully an adult have a share of responsibilities, but it’s definitely possible. The key is surrounding yourself with good people.

 

What are the things that you do on a regular basis to stay blissful?

SM: Hanging out with friends, working on my lifestyle blog Amore & Vita, and inviting people over to entertain, which is why my partnership with Stella Artois couldn’t be more of an organic fit. My latest project has been pairing Stella with different delicious appetizers, which is something that I already do all the time!

My usual charcuterie board consists of one creamy cheese and something uniquely different like a stilton, paired with several types of prosciutto and salami. I pair it all with a cold Stella Artois for the perfect savory, crisp combination.

 

How does your charity work with Free the Children and The Trevor Project bring you extra bliss?

SM: I think it’s all about inspiring and encouraging this next generation of youths to be their own agents of change. I want to encourage people in everything that I do— encourage them to become hosts, help others, and be comfortable doing it. With my contributions to charity I want to show others that they too can make a difference. If I can do it, you can do it too.

This summer you launched a line of athleisure apparel with Kohl’s called Fit to Wander. How important is giving in to wanderlust and seeking exploration in your twenties? 

SM: I think, especially in your twenties, you don’t know exactly what you want to do or where you want to end up, and that’s fine. Every experience that you have is a great learning experience that adds to your character and who you are, and it’s all a part of growing up. When I travel, I learn more about myself.

Like they say, “Not all who wander are lost.”  

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What advice would you share with fans who are unable to join you on your upcoming “Bliss” book tour and are struggling to find happiness in their lives?

SM: Enjoy the ride along the way. It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey.

Bliss“, co-written by Shay Mitchell and Michaela Blaney, hits bookshelves on October 6.

Launch the gallery featured at the top of the page to see photos from Shay’s Farewell to Summer Party with Stella Artois!