BUTTKICKING BABE

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WHAT’S IT LIKE BE­ING THE LEAD­ING LADY OF SHADOWHUNTERS? It’s a very ex­cit­ing time to be a young wo­man in tele­vi­sion play­ing a hero­ine, ’cos there’s this surge in strong, heroic lead­ing ladies and it’s a great com­mu­nity to be a part of. WHY DO YOU THINK PEEPS ARE SO HOOKED ON THE SHOW? Every­one loves a bit of fan­tasy and to es­cape to an­other world and be­lieve magic ex­ists. But aside from the su­per­nat­u­ral el­e­ments, this story is re­ally about a bunch of young peo­ple grow­ing up and fig­ur­ing out their place in the world, which is a univer­sal thing. DO YOU FEEL A CON­NEC­TION TO YOUR CHAR­AC­TER CLARY? I felt a con­nec­tion to Clary from the mo­ment I read the script. She’s such a strong, in­de­pen­dent young wo­man, but she’s also flawed; she’s not per­fect and she doesn’t al­ways make the right de­ci­sions, but that’s what helps her grow. I re­late to that. AS AN AD­VO­CATE FOR ANTI-BUL­LY­ING, DO YOU HAVE ANY AD­VICE FOR GIRLS WHO ARE BE­ING BUL­LIED? I was bul­lied as a kid – it’s hor­ren­dous. No one should have to go through it. Sur­round your­self with pos­i­tive peo­ple who build you up in­stead of tear­ing you down. The only peo­ple you should be lis­ten­ing to are the ones who love and care for you and see you for how spe­cial you are. DO YOU HAVE A MES­SAGE FOR DOLLY READ­ERS? Yes, I do! There’s a real trend in so­ci­ety right now for teen girls to be per­fect and to rise to some stan­dard and be like every­one else, but I think peo­ple for­get the beauty of in­di­vid­u­al­ity. It’s our dif­fer­ences that make us spe­cial.

The brand-new sea­son of su­per­nat­u­ral se­ries Shadowhunters is com­ing to Net­flix, so we got all the goss from lead star Kather­ine Mcna­mara.

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