We sat down with Katherine McNamara, star of the hit show Shadowhunters.

What’s your favorite class you are taking right now?
I’m taking a very interesting class at the moment that is exploring the use of monsters, animals, and other creatures as symbols and characters in literature. We are diving into the art and culture of each society whose literature we study as it gives insight into the imagery common for the people who originally wrote and consumed the works. Being on a show that heavily involves characters of this nature, it’s a rather exciting class for me.

Favorite songs at the moment?
Shape of You – Ed Sheeran
The Hamilton Musical Soundtrack
Somebody Else – VERITE
Overdose – Alessia Cara

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If you could play any character in any show which one would it be?
I’m a huge fan of ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK. I think the show is so smart, funny, and fearless with an incredible cast of characters and amazing women who play them. I think a role on that show would allow me an opportunity to grow and stretch myself as an actor as well as learn by watching the other cast work.

Favorite shows?
Orphan Black, Game of Thrones, UNREAL, American Horror Story, Orange is the New Black, Jane the Virgin, Catastrophe, and Big Bang Theory

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How would you describe your style? What’s your go-to outfit?
I always describe my style as classic with an edge. I love classic basic elements and silhouettes but then I keep it interesting by adding a pop of color, a print, an unexpected accessory, or even just a pair of badass boots to add a bit of edge to the look. My go to outfit is usually blue jeans, Chelsea boots, and a black shirt of some kind. Give me a leather jacket and a black choker and I’m ready for anything.  

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I’m dying to move back to New York. I love the lifestyle there and the energy of the city. I have a feeling though that I need to see more of the world before I really make that decision.

What’s it like to work with Wallflower Jeans?
Wallflower is a great company. They have a wonderful image of youth and fun while providing styles that are comfortable, stylish, and fit girls of every shape and size.

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What is something on your bucket-list?
Travel. I love traveling and making memories with friends and family. If I’m going to invest time, money, and energy into something outside of work, the life long experience that travel provides is more than worth it. I think it’s so important to see as much of the world as possible. It informs your life and understanding of humanity and the global community as well as expands your horizons literally and figuratively. I think my bucket list consists entirely of travel destinations and career goals.

I think it’s so important to see as much of the world as possible. It informs your life and understanding of humanity and the global community as well as expands your horizons literally and figuratively

What do you enjoy most about filming Shadowhunters?
It is a dream job for me. I have an amazing character who continues to grow and develop amongst a cast of other intricate characters played by some of the most incredible people I have ever met and who I genuinely care about. I’m learning skills and being pushed physically to develop as well into a fighter and to live a healthy lifestyle. Everyone involved in the production from the producers and directors to the designers, the actors, and the rest of the crew are all insanely talented and passionate individuals that truly are applying their gifts to make the best show possible. The greatest thing about shooting Shadowhunters is having the opportunity to work on a production with an incredible group of people who really care about the work. I couldn’t ask for anything more.


Words by Ana Sandoval
Photos by Anna Zhang
Hair and makeup by Emily Zempel
Styling by Christina Buscarino

Originally published in Volume II, Issue No. 002 – Spring 2017.

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