Here’s what the 27-year-old Pretty Little Liars actress had to share with the mag:
On playing one of the first openly gay characters in an ABC family show: “It’s just been amazing. Every single day I get a tweet from fans saying how much they can really relate to Emily. That she’s the first character they feel isn’t a stereotype.”
On escaping the daily grind: “You need to take care of yourself-especially in this industry-because if you don’t you’re going to break. You’ve got to set aside and take time for yourself. That can honestly be just me in my bed reading a book or watching a documentary I’ve wanted to see, or going to the spa. It’s always great to hang out with my friends and family and that’s all wonderful, but I think it’s nice to have a digital detox and put the phone away, put your laptop away, and spend time with just you. As crazy as that sounds it’s extremely important for me, especially because I’m surrounded by so many people every single day. You need to reconnect.”
On the future of her career: “I see myself in a villa in Italy doing things from my computer, having a successful brand-whether that’s in clothing or home décor-and with everything that I do having a positive message that goes along with that.”
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