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Kat McNamara discusses movie and TV Shadowhunters adaptation & more

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In an interview with People’s ChoiceKatherine McNamara sat down to discuss Shadowhunters. She talks the difference between the City of Bones movie and adapting the books for TV, her favorite episode to film and lots more.

People’s Choice: What was your audition process like for the show?

Katherine McNamara: It was quite a long audition process, but it was obviously worth it in the end. I went to several auditions and eventually, I ended up chemistry testing with Dom [Sherwood], who plays Jace, and with Alberto [Rosende], who plays Simon. And Emeraude [Toubia] was also part of that group of us that were auditioning, and when we all got to the end of it, it was really exciting to be able to look around and go, “Hey, we all sat in so many waiting rooms together and we all spent so much time going over sides and being in our own space and we made it through, and we made it out the other side.”

Have you seen The Mortal Instruments movie, or did you not want it to influence your performance of your character? 

No, I have seen the movie because I’m a huge Lily Collins fan and I have so much respect for her and her work. It’s exciting to see a different take on the story. And that’s what’s so great about the television series. We have the opportunity to look at the series through fresh eyes and get a new perspective on the story that so many people love. It’s a different medium with television. We have a lot more time to dig in and explore and dig into these characters and actually take the time to really develop the relationships.

Besides allowing for more time to develop relationships, how is the TV series different from the books and the movie? 

We take a darker, more raw, grittier edge to the story. We take a different pathway. The overarching skeleton of the story is basically the same. We get from point A to point B and we stay very true to characters, but the way in which we do that is a little different.

What’s your favorite episode that you’ve filmed?

We’re completely finished with the first season. We’ve done 13 episodes and looking back on it, it’s a whirlwind. It’s a miracle that we’ve got everything accomplished in the time that we had. We have the relationships and the romance of it all, then we have the sci-fi/fantasy aspect of it. And we have all these fight sequences and special effects.

There’s so many! And as I go back to do ADR for each episode, I remember things that I completely forgot about. In every episode, something else happens that draws you in even more. But I will say this, episode 12 is very special for all of us. Something big happens that doesn’t happen in the books, at least at that point in the story, and it’s a big step for the channel, it’s a big step for each of us, and really a big step for a lot of the creatives of the show, as well. When we were shooting, we all kind of had this feeling of ‘Wow, we just did something really special.’ So, I can’t wait for people to see that.

Read more here.

Watch: Lily Collins addresses ‘Mortal Instruments’ TV speculations

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Lily Collins talked to MTV on the press day for  Love, Rosie where apart from the movie, she also addressed what all Shadowhunters are dying to know – her return as Clary Fray to the TV show.

Watch the interview below:

Lily says that she “found out about the TV series the same day the world did.”

I’ll take that as another sign that the movie’s cast will not be returning. Personally, I’m very used to the idea of Lily and Jamie Bower as Clary and Jace – as with the rest of them. However, I also understand that Constantin seems to be taking a right step by taking the expansive franchise to TV. If a new cast is the way to go, then so be it.

Here’s to hoping for the best for the show!

Photos: Lily Collins interview and outtakes from Marie Claire UK

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Lily Collins graces the cover of the October issue of Marie Claire UK, available to buy now. In the feature, Lily talks about her career, her dad Phil Collins, and other young actresses including Jennifer Lawrence and Kristen Stewart.

Check out outtakes from the photoshoot in the gallery here.

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‘Jennifer and Kristen have done such a great job of navigating that; they’re witty, strong, funny, cool, young women. It’s really just nice to see that it’s possible to go through something like that and still be genuinely awesome people.’

‘When I first met with agents I was asked, “Well, what makes you so special? Everybody in LA is a cousin or a daughter of someone.”‘

She adds: ‘At the beginning, that was the most interesting thing about me. Now I’ve done eight films, it’s an afterthought. I get kids who say, “Oh, I love your movie, but my mum loves your dad.” It’s really nice to be able to share that with him, but it doesn’t define who I am career-wise.’

Read more at Marie Claire UK.

Watch: Lily Collins completes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

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Alec Lightwood actor Kevin Zegers challenged Lily Collins to complete the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which Lily posted on her Instagram!

Watch it below:


The Ice Bucket Challenge is a social media campaign to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a disease which leads to total paralysis with the mental abilities staying intact, followed by death.

To complete the challenge, you must record dumping a bucket of water on yourself and post it on your social media account, challenging 3 other friends to do the same and/or donate $100 to the ALS Association.

Lily Collins addresses the future of ‘City Of Ashes’

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In the recent feature with the Spanish magazine, Yo Dona, Lily Collins talked a bit about City of Ashes, saying she has “no idea whether there will be a sequel.”

“This business operates so mysteriously, that it’s hard to predict the future of a movie. There is too much politics around, so you need to be patient and let go. I’ve shot two movies since then and I’m happy with the projects,” she said.

The last we heard about the movie was when Cassie Clare talked about the script, which was being re-done.

You can check out Lily’s outtakes from the feature in the gallery here.

Let’s all hope for the best, Shadowhunters!