Lindsey Shaw

Born on 10th May 1989, in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA, Lindsey Shaw is probably best known for her roles in “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide”, “Aliens in America”, and “10 Things I Hate About You”. The actress reportedly studied at St. Francis Xavier School and Notre Dame High School, but chose not to further her education with a college degree.

There isn’t much online information regarding Lindsey’s parents, Michael and Barbara Shaw, but the actress once shared that her mother would take her to Kansas City twice a month to shoot print ads and commercials. Lindsey has often credited her mother with her success; in 2002, they moved to Los Angeles so Lindsey could kickstart her career, where she met acting coach and mentor Jeremiah Coney.

Career

Lindsey’s career got off to an excellent start, as she was cast as the leading role in “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide” in 2004. The Nickelodeon series ended in 2007 after three seasons; Lindsey played Jennifer Ann Mosely, who was nicknamed “Moze” to differentiate from the other Jennifers in her first grade class.

Moze was known for being an academically gifted and athletic tom boy, who didn’t fit in with the popular students. Some of her friends in the show were Ned, Cookie, Suzie Crabgrass, and Jennifer Tu. During the filming of later episodes, Lindsey dated her co-star Devon Werkheiser, later describing the experience as “one of the highlights of [her] life.”

When the show ended, Lindsey was cast as Claire in the CW sitcom “Aliens in America” – despite the show only lasting eighteen episodes and being cancelled after one season, it helped boost Lindsey’s profile considerably. The other main cast members were Dan Byrd, Adhir Kalyan, Amy Pietz and Scott Patterson; the storyline revolved around an American family living in Wisconsin, who took in a Muslim exchange student from Pakistan.

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Another notable role of Lindsey’s is her portrayal of Kat Stratford in “10 Things I Hate About You” – similarly to “Aliens in America”, the show was cancelled after one season which lasted twenty episodes. Just as in the movie version starring Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger, Lindsey’s character was described as an opiniated and independent teenager. Around the same time, Lindsey appeared in a Nickelback music video.

Next up, Lindsey was voted the 2010 Azalea Queen at North Carolina’s Azalea Festival. She also had a starring role in the Ninja Theory videogame “Enslaved: Odyssey to the West”, which was released in October 2010 to positive reviews. The following year, she was cast as Paige McCullers in “Pretty Little Liars”, a major recurring character and talented swimmer who appeared in 45 episodes over the years. In the same year, Lindsey played Lisa in the ABC Family movie “Teen Spirit”.

Now in 2012, Lindsey had a starring role in “16-Love” as Ally Mash, a 16-year-old high school student and the number one American junior tennis player, missed out on many normal childhood and adolescent experiences due to her obsessive father. However, she decided to skip out on her father’s rehabilitation training after suffering an injury during a game, choosing instead to coach a low-level player named Farrell Gambles. “16-Love” received largely negative reviews due its “excessive” product placement and clichés.

From 2012 to 2016, Lindsey had minor roles in the movies “Yellow Day”, “Love Me”, “No One Lives”, and “Temps”, as well as recurring roles as Sasha Harvey in “Faking It” and June in “Suburgatory”. The actress’s career slowed down from then on, coming to a temporary halt around 2020; however, in February 2023 she started a “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide” rewatch podcast with her co-stars Daniel Curtis Lee and Devon Werkheiser.

Controversy

In July 2021, Lindsey temporarily shut down her social media after being lambasted by thousands for seemingly making fun of African-American TikTok dancers. In a short video uploaded onto the social media platform, the actress questioned and mocked a new dance trend on the app, asking: “Hey, are we okay, what the f*** is this?” before mimicking the dance in question.

This led to accusations of racism and a tearful apology video from Lindsey, which she followed up by saying on her Instagram story: “I just have to say right now that the hate in my inbox is not okay… I am learning every day, as I think everybody is. And this kind of hate just needs to evaporate from the planet, no matter who it’s directed towards.” After a brief break from social media, Lindsey returned to Instagram and other platforms and has refused to discuss the matter since.

Present Day

Many fans of the “Pretty Little Liars” star have been wondering what she’s up to these days. Lindsey was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) in August 2022, and has frequently spoken out about her experience with the condition, which is characterized by extreme emotional swings and fear of abandonment, and affects around 1 in a 100 people.

In October 2022, Lindsey was a guest on the Vulnerable Podcast and made the most of the interview to discuss her journey to sobriety, hitting rock bottom, and much more. Although the actress hid it well at the time, she revealed that she was addicted to drugs and alcohol while working on the set of “Pretty Little Liars”. Reading between the lines, some netizens deduced that Lindsey had taken a much-needed break from acting to work on becoming sober and bettering her mental health.

As for Lindsey’s love life, it’s been a while since the brunette was publicly linked to anyone. Apart from her brief-lived relationship with Devon Werkheiser, Lindsey was also rumored to have dated her “10 Things I Hate About You” co-star Ethan Peck. Coincidentally, their relationship appeared to fizzle out when the show was cancelled.

Lindsey’s net worth is believed to be in the $3 million range, thanks to the success of “Ned’s Declassified School Guide” and other shows and movies she has appeared in.

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