In an interview with People’s Choice, Katherine 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.
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