Mitchell took to her YouTube channel on Tuesday (Nov. 1) to share a beautiful farewell letter to Pretty Little Liars following her last day on set as Emily. The actress may have taken a fun approach commemorating all of the Liars’ final day on set, but it’s clear she’s saved up all of her emotions for this incredibly heartfelt video.
The video opens with a short clip of everyone clapping for the girls after their final wrap on set, before Mitchell herself appears and begins reading the farewell letter she wrote, which starts by listing all of the emotions she’s feeling.
“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,” says Mitchell, likening her final day on set to the last day of school.
From there, Mitchell goes into the fact that while she remembers what it’s like to watch her favorite shows end as a viewer, she’s never been on the other side of things until this moment.
“I don’t know what my life would have been like without Pretty Little Liars. It has changed me in more ways than I could attempt to count,” continues Mitchell. “It gave me the best years of my twenties.”
If you’re not tearing up by this point, chances are you’ll be joining Mitchell in wiping away tears as she goes into recounting filming the first ever scene of the series in Vancouver seven years ago. From there, Mitchell goes on to address her fellow cast mates.
“To my sisters, Ashley, Sasha, Lucy, and Troian, we did it. We managed to stay close through seven years of high school and that is what I’m most proud of,” says Mitchell. “I like to think that somewhere in an alternate Rosewood universe, these five women will always remain a constant in each other’s lives, just as I hope we all will in our own reality.”
Finally, Mitchell takes a moment to address the loyal fans who have stuck with PLL till the end
“I just want to stay thank you so much for being so awesome and the best support cane that there ever was,” says the actress.
Check out Shay Mitchell’s full farewell letter below: