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Interview: Kathryn Prescott

Kathryn Prescott as Carter

March 31st is turning out to be a very important day in the life of actor Kathryn Prescott. Not only is she one of the stars of the four hour miniseries The Dovekeepers premiering on CBS, but it is also the season two premiere of the hit MTV series Finding Carter.

The series follows Carter Stevens, a young girl who has a perfect life with her single mother Lori. After a prank lands Carter in jail, it reveals that Lori had abducted Carter as a child. Now, Carter returns to her biological family and must navigate through her new life while vowing to be reunited with Lori. The series became an instant hit for MTV and has received critical acclaim as well.

Kathryn sits down with the Pop Culture Principle to look back at the first season of the series, how the show could be emotionally draining for her and what fans can look forward to with the new season.

Pop Culture Principle - The last time we saw Carter, she was drugged and abducted by Lori. Will Season 2 pickup right after that event?

Kathryn Prescott – The show picks up pretty soon after. It’s like a couple of hours after the abduction.

Pop Culture Principle – Were you surprised how fast the series became a hit and a fan favorite?

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Kathryn Prescott – I’m not a pessimist, but I always look at everything with managed expectations. I feel you get the most out of life and you are the most happiest if you do that. If it exceeds your expectations then you are very happy. So, it’s crazy and amazing to have this show being so well liked and doing so well.

Pop Culture Principle – Why do you think this show has resonated so much with its fans?

Kathryn Prescott – I think there are a lot of teen dramas that are just about who is kissing who and I feel that the reason the first season did so well was because it didn’t talk down to people. Finding Carter doesn't treat the audience like they wouldn’t understand some of the emotional relationships and concepts that are a bit complicated. I also think that the roles were so well cast that the actors actually were their characters and that was a big part of it as well.

Pop Culture Principle – Looking back at Season 1, Carter went on a tremendous emotional roller coaster. As an actor, what is it like to play a character with so many layers?

Kathryn Prescott – It was really good and I really liked it. Playing an emotional role like that it really takes you places. After a while, I was crying all the time and it got to a certain point where I was sleeping so little and working so long that I kind of wanted to cry all the time anyway. It got easier towards the end and was very interesting.

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Pop Culture Principle – Many see Lori’s character as the “bad guy” in the series. Do you think Carter now sees Lori as a bad guy?

Kathryn Prescott – I think now she certainly does. I feel that Carter is one of those people who doesn’t think that people are bad people or do bad things for no reason. No one acts for no reason and there is always a reason behind everything even though it may be out of the blue. I feel she is way more sympathetic to people who others may be quick to dismiss like Crash or Lori. Crash did a bad thing, but she understand he’s a person, he’s come from a bad place and there are reasons why he did what he did.

When it comes to Lori, Carter kept giving her chances and the chance to prove herself. Maybe their relationship could have been rescued slightly had Lori not kidnapped her again. The kidnapping is one thing, but drugging someone is the height of deceit. You are deceiving them so much that you need to take away their physical abilities to get them to do what you want them to do. It’s taking away their freedom in such a weird way that I think that was the point where Carter drew the line.

Pop Culture Principle – Carter and Taylor have had an up and down relationship in Season 1. Will they still have a rocky relationship in Season 2?

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Kathryn Prescott – Their relationship this season is a lot more settled as is Carter’s relationships with a lot of people. They have fought the fact that they are relations, Carter has fought the fact that this is her family and finally accepted it. Carter’s role now is more about trying to hold the rest of the family together more so than it is about Carter trying to hold her own life together. Carter is definitely a bit more selfless this year and she has reason to be because everything is not so messed up with her. Now, everything is messed up with everyone and she has to be more selfless.

Pop Culture Principle – It was reported that Max’s character was actually supposed to die in episode 10. How do you think his death would have affected the dynamic of the show?

Kathryn Prescott – I said from the minute I found out that his death would have made Finding Carter a very different show. It would have made the series suddenly about this really sweet guy dying and everything surrounding his death. I think the rest of the season would have been about people’s reactions to his dying rather than other storylines that were happening. It would have been too much if he had died and then Carter was kidnapped again. People might think that would be too depressing.

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Pop Culture Principle – Emily Whitesell has come on board as the new showrunner. Are you looking forward to what she will bring to the show?

Kathryn Prescott – I am excited to see the reaction people will have with the new season of the show. There is a lot more drama this season and I think people will really like what’s coming up and it makes the show new, fresh and exciting.

Pop Culture Principle – What can fans look forward to with Season 2 of Finding Carter?

Kathryn Prescott - Definitely more drama and that big truth that everyone is talking about finally comes out. I feel that all of the first season was teasing this big truth and finally it will be revealed.

The Pop Culture Principle would like to thank Kathryn for sitting down to talk with us. Don't forget, the season two premiere of Finding Carter is this Tuesday, March 31st at 10/9c. Also The Dovekeepers will air on March 31st and April 1st at 9/8c. You can stay up to date with all of Kathryn's latest news and projects by following her official Twiiter account here and you can also visit her official website here to see some of her amazing photography.

***Photos used courtesy of MTV***

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