Shay Mitchell has joined the cast and creators of ABC Family's mystery drama Pretty Little Liars in recording an It Gets Better video.

Twenty-three-year-old Canadian beauty Mitchell plays gay teenager Emily Fields on the television show, which was recently renewed for a second season.

“When my character Emily came out on Pretty Little Liars she was lucky to have friends who accepted and loved her unconditionally,” Mitchell says in the video. “Not everyone has a supportive community around them. But, like Emily, you might have more than you think.”

Mitchell's best friends on the show, Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson and Lucy Hale, back her up in the video.

Series creator Marlene King says her family includes her partner of 17 years and two young boys.

“We're a typical family just like any other family,” King says.

Executive producer Oliver Goldstick says he wouldn't have believed 30 years ago that he would become the father of two sons and be in a relationship with an “amazing” partner for over 20 years.

“There you have it,” Goldstick says, “it definitely gets better.”

(View this video at YouTube)