From ‘Mad Men’ to a witch in ‘Sab­rina’

Kier­nan Shipka stars in Net­flix se­ries

The Standard Journal - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Ali­cia Ran­cilio

NEW YORK — Kier­nan Shipka, best-known as Don and Betty Draper’s daugh­ter Sally on “Mad Men,” is learn­ing a lot as the star of the new Net­flix se­ries “The Chilling Ad­ven­tures of Sab­rina.”

One of those les­sons: She’s al­ler­gic to cats, which can be a chal­lenge if you por­tray a teenage witch whose black cat Salem is es­sen­tially her side­kick.

In a re­cent in­ter­view, Shipka mocked a cradling mo­tion and said, “There’s a still (photo) of me pick­ing up Salem like this. That’s the ex­act mo­ment I truly learned that me and cats are not com­pat­i­ble . ... I feel like ants are crawl­ing all over my face.”

She said she first tried tak­ing a Be­nadryl to com­bat the re­ac­tion and jokes it was so po­tent, she doesn’t even re­mem­ber film­ing that day.

Shipka is the lat­est in a num­ber of “Sab­rina the Teen- age Witch” it­er­a­tions over the years. The most re­cent be­ing a 1990s com­edy with a laugh track star­ring Melissa Joan Hart.

Shipka said she’s never seen the Hart ver­sion but does in­tend to watch it one day.

“I hadn’t seen much or any of the ’90s ver­sion just be­cause it was a lit­tle bit be­fore my time,” laughed the 18-year-old. “I’m cu­ri­ous to see it. I def­i­nitely think one day I will go back and watch it. I sort of just wanted my own sep­a­rate Sab­rina.”

In “The Chilling Ad­ven­tures,” this Sab­rina is a teen strug­gling with her iden­tity. In the first episode, we meet her on the eve of her 16th birth­day when she’s sup­posed to choose to go ful­lon witch or live a nor­mal life.

“I think that a lot of her strug­gle is fig­ur­ing out a way to bal­ance her worlds in a way that isn’t cat­a­strophic, and that’s a hu­mon­gous un­der­tak­ing be­cause the witch world and the mor­tal world just don’t mix re­ally.”

Shipka met with cre­ator Roberto Aguirre-Sa­casa last De­cem­ber to talk about the se­ries, tested for it twice and waited what “felt like an eter­nity” to find if she got the part. “It was re­ally Tues­day through Fri­day,” she laughed.

She found out she got the role last De­cem­ber and shoot­ing be­gan in Van­cou­ver in March. Film­ing is al­ready un­der­way for sea­son two. “I didn’t know about any of this a year ago. It’s crazy how quickly it’s all hap­pened,” she said.

Ac­tress Kier­nan Shipka is pro­mot­ing her new Net­flix se­ries “The Chilling Ad­ven­tures of Sab­rina.” / Tay­lor Jew­ell-Invision/AP

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