She reveals what path the show is taking when Katherine McNamara talks about SHADOWHUNTERS, and it won’t follow the movie’s interpretation.
Katherine McNamara, who plays Clary Fray in the upcoming ABC Family TV Show Shadowhunters, spoke with Hypable about the show and her upcoming movie The Scorch Trials, the second film in the Maze Runner series.
The actress says she’s lucky to take part in book adaptations, but it’s a tricky business:
“One of the most nerve-wracking things a person can do is to take on a character that is part of such a beloved book series, and I’m fortunate enough to be part of two different interpretations of different book franchises. It’s exhilarating and it’s nerve-wracking, and my main goal within it is to make sure I do justice to the written story and stay true to the character as they are written in the books.”
But the difference between film and television helps keep her on her feet:
“Film, we have a lot more time to do things and the sky’s the limit, pretty much. Whereas, in television, we have 45 minutes to get each little story across. We have time limits and restrictions we have to deal with, but we’re still able to somehow come together and make this story come to life in a way that I really think fans are going to be happy with, both fans of the book and people who are newcomers to this wonderful world.”
For Shadowhunters, things moved so quickly that the cast is training on the go:
“We kind of rushed right into production when we first got here, so we didn’t have much time to train before, but we’ve been training while we’re shooting, and it’s been a whirlwind, which means with a physical trainer and then doing fight training, learning to work with swords and bow and arrows and knives and bo staffs and all other manner of demon killing devices. And on top of that we’ve been doing some gymnastics training as well, so we can incorporate some flips and tricks and stunts into our fight scenes.”
Perhaps not easing fans’ minds much? Katherine admits that the show isn’t too interested on being faithful to the original The Mortal Instruments book series:
“We’re not doing Cassie’s interpretation of the books,” McNamara says. “We’re not doing the film’s interpretation of the books. We’re taking our own path, for each character and story, and making it our own new incarnation of it.”