For three years, Lindsey Shaw played everyone’s favorite middle school tomboy, Jennifer Ann “Moze” Mosely, on Nickelodeon’s Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide. She followed it up with the CW’s Aliens in America before she made the leap to ABC Family for 10 Things I Hate About You. Most recently, she has become an AfterEllen.com favorite on Pretty Little Liars, where she plays Paige McCullers, a teenager trying to come to terms with her sexuality and her hatred-turned-attraction for Emily Fields.
Before flying off for her next ABC Family project, Teen Spirit, Lindsey chatted with me about her time on Pretty Little Liars and why playing a lesbian meant so much to her.
Lindsey Shaw: I apologize for my voice. It’s really hoarse. I’ve been in voice lessons all morning.
AfterEllen: Practicing for your karaoke follow up?
But no, I’m doing an ABC Family TV movie. I’m going to North Carolina next Monday to do it, and I kind of have to be a rocking singer in it. I’m actually going in to do the recording this afternoon. It’s super fun and cool, and it’s very, very exciting. I’m just hoping I can do what I need to do with this voice.
AE: You’d probably better take Shay Mitchell with you for backup.
AE: So let’s talk about your Pretty Little Liars experience.
AE: How did you land the role of Paige?
I got the part and I was so excited. When my manager called to tell me I’d gotten it, he was like, “But they want to do something even more drastic with your hair.” Hence the shorter ‘do and the bangs. Anyway, the three-episode arc turned into a six-episode arc, and it was like a fairy tale the whole way through. It was a like a cornucopia — yes, I just said cornucopia — of really wonderful experiences.
AE: So Paige was only supposed to be a three-episode character?
AE: So will Paige be back for the second season?
AE: Lindsey, I swear to God, if Paige is A, I will lose it.