Katherine McNamara Joins the Latest Episode of ‘At Home With The Creative Coalition’
Katherine McNamara spoke with Robin Bronk, The Creative Coalition CEO, in the newest episode of the “At Home With The Creative Coalition” podcast.
The podcast gives listeners an unplugged and honest conversation with today’s biggest celebrities. McNamara used her episode to open up about various topics, such as Shadowhunters, her Broadway debut, her favorite role, and more. “At Home With The Creative Coalition” is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, SoundCloud, and more. Bronk hosts intimate conversations for each podcast episode.
McNamara played the lead role of Clary Fray on Shadowhunters from 2016–2019. “I started [Shadowhunters] when I was 19 and finished when I was 24. That’s such a huge, transitional chunk of a person’s life. And a very influential chunk of a person’s life in terms of shaping who you are as an adult. And, between the fandom who was so welcoming and lovely and passionate about the show, to our cast and our crew who are family to me — we spent 10 months a year shooting that show, and I spent more time on set in my character’s clothes in these fake rooms than I did in my own clothes, in my own spaces.”
The actress continued, saying, “So that will always be a highlight and a very special segment of my life and my career because my journey very much paralleled my character’s in that she was a young girl thrown into a situation, having to sink or swim and form a family and battle her way through whatever challenges she was faced with. That’s exactly how I felt going into the process.”
When asked about her time on Broadway for A Little Night Music, McNamara shared advice that her co-star Angela Lansbury gave her before her first show. “Right before my first show, Angela [Lansbury] pulled me aside and said, ‘Never be afraid to play when we’re on stage. If you have an idea, go for it, and I’ll go with you. If you ever have something you want to try, do it, and we’ll find it together.’ And having someone of her stature and her clout give me permission to play and give me the confidence to do so, really gave me a lot of faith in myself and freedom to find my own voice in the show.”
McNamara told Bronk that she always knew that she wanted to jump behind the camera and direct. She shared how it happened on the sets of Shadowhunters and Arrow.
She said, “I happened to be working on Shadowhunters… I was having a conversation with one of [the directors], Michael Goi… He pulled me aside one day and said, ‘You know you’re asking all the questions that a director would ask, right?’ I said, ‘No, I didn’t know that.’ He said, ‘Clearly, you approach material from a director’s perspective, so this is definitely something you need to pursue.’ And I hadn’t really thought about it much… And then when I jumped over to Arrow, I was speaking about this with one of the directors, and 20 minutes later, he comes over to me and says, ‘So you’re going to shadow me on the season premiere next year.’”
Other things she shared include how her most challenging audition was one where she had to sing and do a monologue entirely in French, that she would love to see Tom Stoppard’s play Arcadia be done as a film and play a role in it, and her role on Arrow. You can listen to McNamara’s full episode here, and be sure to check out future episodes of the podcast as well.