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Kier­nan Shipka ( Mad Men) and Ross Lynch ( My Friend Dah­mer) have cast quite a spell on view­ers and crit­ics in the first episode of the darker, funkier re­boot of Sab­rina The Teenage Witch. As love­birds Sab­rina and Har­vey, they’ve brought fan-favourite char­ac­ters roar­ing back to life...

Did you guys watch the TV show from the ʼ90s?

Kier­nan: I knew the ba­sics of the show, but I never watched it – I was scared it would mess me up!

Ross: It was be­fore my time! But fun­nily enough, when I booked this show, my mum started watch­ing [ Sab­rina The Teenage Witch]. How is the se­ries dif­fer­ent from its pre­de­ces­sor? K: This Sab­rina is really dark. As far as my char­ac­ter [is con­cerned], she’s su­per pas­sion­ate about do­ing the right thing. She’s pow­er­ful, but hasn’t fully come into her pow­ers yet. She’s still grow­ing, still fig­ur­ing it out.

R: Peo­ple are ex­pect­ing the sit­com ver­sion. I’m ex­cited, more than any­thing, to shock them with the dark­ness of the show! Sab­rina and Har­vey are still the same loved-up teens though, right? K: Sab­rina’s re­la­tion­ship with Har­vey is so beau­ti­ful and pure. They really, really adore each other.

R: They’re still young, so that in­no­cence of first loves is ap­par­ent. He knows she’s very spe­cial. Spe­cial like a witch? R: I don’t think Har­vey would as­sume that she has pow­ers or that she’s a lit­eral witch!

K: The thing that kills Sab­rina is that she is hid­ing part of her­self from Har­vey. Watch­ing that un­ravel through­out the sea­son is one of my favourite parts of the show.

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