Exclusive: Katherine McNamara Talks Staying Faithful with ‘Shadowhunters’

SHADOWHUNTERS - “The Mortal Cup” - One young woman realizes how dark the city can really be when she learns the truth about her past in the series premiere of "Shadowhunters" on Tuesday, January 12th at 9:00 - 10:00 PM ET/PT. ABC Family is becoming Freeform in January 2016. Based on the bestselling young adult fantasy book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, "Shadowhunters" follows Clary Fray, who finds out on her birthday that she is not who she thinks she is but rather comes from a long line of Shadowhunters - human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons. Now thrown into the world of demon hunting after her mother is kidnapped, Clary must rely on the mysterious Jace and his fellow Shadowhunters Isabelle and Alec to navigate this new dark world. With her best friend Simon in tow, Clary must now live among faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves to find answers that could help her find her mother. Nothing is as it seems, including her close family friend Luke who knows more than he is letting on, as well as the enigmatic warlock Magnus Bane who could hold the key to unlocking Clary's past. (ABC Family/John Medland) KATHERINE MCNAMARA

With Shadowhunters gearing up to make its January debut, fans are eager to see how their favorite series will make the transition to the small screen. While adaptations are never 100 percent carbon copies of their books, the focus is always on how faithful adaptations manage to stay to its source material.

We had the chance to chat with Shadowhunters star Katherine McNamara about the challenge of staying faithful to the books and yet making it fresh, as well as portraying the strong Clary Fray, her favorite relationships in the series, her favorite thing about the show, and the rapport of the Shadowhunters cast.

STAYING FAITHFUL TO THE BOOKS │ The most challenging aspect of adapting a book series to new media is ensuring that you’re staying faithful to the source material. It’s what fans expect, but it’s something that can prove difficult. When we spoke to McNamara about the challenge of staying true to the essence of this story and these characters, she told us that it’s something that they haven’t taken lightly.

“I think Shadowhunters has found a really great balance with staying true to the original and yet taking its own interpretation and perspective on the story,” she said. “Yes, we do have the same story from point A to point B – and the first book is kind of the first season – and we do stay true to the characters in every sense, and that’s something we took great care to do throughout the season.”

But with any adaptation there are going to be changes. While the first season essentially covers the first book (City of Bones), there will be additions from books 2-4 and certain elements of the series that will be changed.

“We still want it to be entertaining for people who know the books cover to cover; we still want to surprise people,” McNamara said. “We bring in characters from books 2, 3, and 4, and we have elements of the story that are different, and certain relationships kind of change in ways you wouldn’t expect. It takes you on a ride that even as a fan of the books you’ll still be surprised, and you’ll still gasp, laugh, and cry, and experience all of the roller coaster that you would if you’d never met these characters before.”

PORTRAYING CLARY FRAY │With The Mortal Instruments fans have gotten a strong female hero to look up to and follow through her ups and downs with Clary Fray. When it comes to portraying that strong female character that so many people look up to, McNamara called landing the role of Clary “a dream come true,” but she also understands the huge responsibility that comes with portraying a beloved character.

“As you well know, when you read these books you become attached to these characters and you have such a personal relationship with them; you grow up with them,” she said. “For a lot of these people these characters are their heroes. In bringing them to life we feel that responsibility. I know that my biggest goal is to do justice to a character that Cassie (Clare) has created and to the story and to all of these fans that are so fiercely loyal to us.”

THE MALEC EFFECT │With the books being as popular and appreciated as they are, fans have become attached to the series’ central couples, and that’s something that McNamara said that Shadowhunters is being sure to take care of.

While McNamara loves the traditional ships like Clace (Clary/Jace), Malec (Magnus/Alec) and Sizzy (Simon/Isabelle), she admitted that she is partial to Malec.

“Personally, I have a real attachment to the Magnus/Alec relationship as a fan just because I see the way that Matt (Daddario) and Harry (Shum Jr.) have taken such care to portray the relationship on screen, and I think fans are really going to be excited to see the elements that they bring to that relationship,” she said. “I know that I just fell in love with it from the beginning. I give them so much respect for the care that they took to do it right.”

THE LOVE TRIANGLE │One of the central elements in the first part of The Mortal Instruments is the love triangle between Clary, Jace, and Simon. That’s definitely an element of the book that we’ll see in Shadowhunters.

“I find the love triangle with Simon, Clary, and Jace so interesting because she can never truly choose; she needs both of them in her life,” McNamara said. “She needs Jace because he understands the Shadowhunter part of her, and he can teach her about this world and how to survive it. Yet she needs Simon because he understands the human side of her. He understands where she came from and her past, and he keeps her grounded through all of this fantasy she’s going through.”

LADIES SUPPORTING LADIES │More often than not television lacks a central focus on the importance of female relationships, which we often find them pitting women against women. One of the relationships that McNamara is most excited for fans to see is that between Clary and Isabelle because it really focuses on the cultivation of that relationship and two strong women being strong without tearing each other down.

“So often you get two strong female characters, one who’s established and one who’s new to a certain world, and they often clash and it becomes a competition; it becomes a cat fight,” she said. “That’s old hat; we’ve seen that story a million times over. That never happens; it doesn’t happen in the books, and it doesn’t happen in the series. Emeraude and I have had such a great time playing that relationship and appreciating that fact that we can be two strong women who have a sisterly relationship in life and on screen. That’s something that I think is really unique about Shadowhunters.

MAKING FANTASY A REALITY │While The Mortal Instruments has always been a thrilling, exciting adventure, and its core it’s been the relationships that have resonated with fans and made the series one that has had such a profound impact on so many people. For McNamara, that’s her favorite part about the books and about Shadowhunters.

“My favorite thing about Shadowhunters is that even though it takes place in this fantastical world that’s very different from our own, the characters are so relatable, and so rich and so diverse. Even though each character seems like one thing at the beginning of the story, they’ve force into these situations and they’re forced to really go to a vulnerable place and expose a part of themselves that kind if breaks their stereotype and changes your opinion of them as you read more. That’s something that’s very true about each one of us.”

THE CAST DYNAMIC │It was clear from the start that the cast of Shadowhunters was composed of a diverse group of people who all instantly clicked. Whether it was the behind the scenes photos or live streams of late night games of Werewolf, the chemistry is definitely there. McNamara called the cast “another family,” one that has already been through so much together even before the series’ debut.

“Being a bit younger than all of them it’s been really kind of amazing for me because I’ve been able to learn so much from each one of them,” she said. “Because we all come from such different backgrounds and we’re all such different people and we have different pasts and we grew up in different places, coming together it creates this weird sense of harmony because we all learn from each other, and we all have different experiences, and we all respect each other both as artists and as people.”

But aside from the fun and games of it all – which are always to be had – McNamara credits this cast with helping her grow both as an actor and as a person.

“Personally and professionally I’ve learned so much. I respect each one of them massively, and I don’t think we could get together and not have fun. Even if we tried to not have fun, I just think that’s an impossibility. I’m really grateful to have a group like that to share this experience with, and there’s no one else that I’d rather share it with.”

Shadowhunters premieres Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 9/8c on Freeform.

‘Shadowhunters’ BTS Photo from Day 2 of Filming

Happy Day 2 of filming on Shadowhunters!

While we haven’t gotten as many photos and tweets from the set as we did on the first day of filming, we did get an awesome photo from filming of Katherine McNamara as Clary Fray with those trademark green eyes and that fiery red hair, courtesy of Cassie Clare.


The first episode, “The Mortal Cup,” will be filming for 11 days. So there’s still 9 shooting days to go on the series premiere episode.

Shadowhunters premieres in early 2016 on ABC Family.

Katherine McNamara Returns to Her Natural Red Hair Color for ‘Shadowhunters’

Hello there, Clary Fray.

Katherine McNamara, a natural red head, hit the salon on Tuesday to trade in her blonde locks for Clary’s signature hair.



Earlier in the day, Kat posted a photo of the process of returning to her natural red hair color.

Shadowhunters begins filming on May 25 in Toronto and is slated for an early 2016 premiere on ABC Family.

Watch: Katherine McNamara is Excited to Work with McG on #Shadowhunters


Katherine McNamara was just named Shadowhunters‘ Clary Fray on Wednesday, but the actress is already ready to get to work. And that includes working with executive producer McG.

Check out this video message that Kat sent McG talking about getting to work on the crazy, fun ride that is Shadowhunters.

Shadowhunters is set to begin production later this month in Toronto and will premiere in early 2016 on ABC Family.

Katherine McNamara Cast as Clary Fray in ‘Shadowhunters’

Katherine McNamara

Our leading heroine has finally joined the Fray (wink) of the cast of Shadowhunters.

Katherine McNamara has been cast as Clary Fray in ABC Family’s adaptation of Shadowhunters, the network announced on Wednesday.

Clary is described as “beautiful, creative, and intelligent” and “a promising art student whose bright future is derailed when her mother is kidnapped and she learns her life has been a lie. Clary discovers a hidden Shadow World full of Vampires, Werewolves, and other unthinkable danger that she quickly learns to navigate.  As she is forced into action, she embraces her newfound powers and realizes that she will play the central role in this new world.”

UPDATE: The Shadowhunters Twitter released this photo of Kat and Alberto Rosende (Simon)’s screen test! How cute are they!

UPDATE 2: Here’s a special video message from Kat!

Shadowhunters is set to begin production later this month in Toronto and will premiere in early 2016 on ABC Family.

Here’s the press release that went out from the network:



McNamara Joins Previously Announced Dominic Sherwood as ‘Jace Wayland’,

Alberto Rosende as ‘Simon’ and Emeraude Toubia as ‘Isabelle Lightwood’

Burbank, CA (May 6, 2015) – ABC Family has found their ‘Clary’ in Katherine McNamara, it was announced today by the network. McNamara was recently seen starring in the feature film “New Year’s Eve” and will be seen next in the feature film “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” and this summer on ABC Family’s hit series “The Fosters.”

Based on the bestselling young adult fantasy book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, “Shadowhunters” follows 18 year-old Clary Fray who finds out on her birthday that she is not who she thinks she is, but rather comes from a long line of Shadowhunters – human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons. When her mother Jocelyn is kidnapped, Clary is thrown into the world of demon hunting with mysterious Shadowhunter Jace and her best friend Simon. Now living among faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves, Clary begins a journey of self-discovery as she learns more about her past and what her future may hold.

Beautiful, creative, and intelligent, Clary Fray is a promising art student whose bright future is derailed when her mother is kidnapped and she learns her life has been a lie. Clary discovers a hidden Shadow World full of Vampires, Werewolves, and other unthinkable danger that she quickly learns to navigate.  As she is forced into action, she embraces her newfound powers and realizes that she will play the central role in this new world.

“Shadowhunters” is produced by Constantin Film and executive produced by Ed Decter and McG. McG will also direct the first episode. The network has previously announced Dominic Sherwood (“Vampire Academy”) for the role of ‘Jace,’ Alberto Rosende as ‘Simon’ and Emeraude Toubia as ‘Isabelle Lightwood.’

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‘Shadowhunters’: Clary Casting Announcement Coming Tuesday! *UPDATE*

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Get ready, Shadowhunters, because Clary Fray is coming your way!

The Shadowhunters Twitter revealed that the casting announcement for Clary will be revealed on Tuesday.

Earlier on Monday, executive producer McG teased the Clary casting (and possibly Jocelyn, as well) on Twitter, including a couple of photo clues.

Who are your guesses as to who Clary is? Be sure to use the #WhoIsClary hashtag on Twitter!


Unfortunately we will have to wait a little longer until we will find out who is going to be our Clary:


Cassandra Clare shares unedited Clary and Jace cave scene from ‘City of Heavenly Fire’

I was feeling bad about being unforthcoming with spoilers, so have some Clace feels from Cassandra Jean’s postcard set for City of Heavenly Fire! (Yes, these are all scenes that happen.)

Art by Cassandra Jean

Yes, you read that right! Six months after the release of City of Heavenly Fire – can you believe it’s been half a year already? Cassandra Clare has shared the unedited Clace cave scene with her fans.

Are you ready for the complete DSES (Dirty Sexy Edom Scene)?

You demand zee sexytimes? Fine, here they are! I break! My will = shattered. Okay, so basically this is just the Jace and Clary cave scene (yes, THAT one) from CoHF before it was edited down for length and Less Obviousness About What Was Happening. I don’t think they actually do anything different here, and really it’s a scene about people having feelings about sex rather than particularly about sex. But enjoy! Um, happy Thanksgiving!

…For a moment Jace just looked at her in astonishment, his lips parted slightly; Clary felt her cheeks flush. He was looking at her like she was the first star that had ever come out in the sky, a miracle painted across the face of the world that he could barely believe in. He swallowed. “Let me —“ he said, and broke off. “Can I kiss you? Please?”

Instead of nodding, she leaned down to press her lips to his. If their first kiss in the water had been an explosion, this was a sun going supernova. A hard, hot, driving kiss, a nip at her lower lip and the clash of tongues and teeth, both of them pressing as hard as they could to get closer.  They were glued together, skin and fabric, a heady mix of the chill of the water, the heat of their bodies, and the frictionless slide of damp skin.

Jace lifted her, dragging her up his body, and she felt him suck in his breath at the contact. His hands slid under her, grasping her thighs as he walked them both out of the lake. The cold air hit her body and she shuddered; Jace went down on his knees on the powdery sand beach, laying her gently atop the pile of their heaped clothes.

Clary stretched her body out, trying to line herself up with him, and saw his eyes darken as he watched her. Her wet underclothes clung to her body as Jace’s clung to his. She let her eyes roam over him, taking in what was familiar and what wasn’t: the flare of his shoulders, the curve of his waist, the scars on his skin … her gaze dipped lower …

He laughed, a low, dark rasp. “It’s a little unfair,” he said, breathlessly, “that you can tell how much I want this just by looking at me and I can’t tell the same thing about you.”

She shifted under him. Their bodies scraped together and his pulse jumped, his hands digging into the sand on either side of her. “Look at me,” she said.

His eyes had been half-lidded; he opened them wide now, and stared at her. There was hunger in his, a hot devouring hunger that would have frightened her if it had been anyone else but Jace. But it was Jace, and she trusted him. “Look at me,” she said, and his eyes raked her, adoring, devouring, swallowing, and her body felt as if burning liquid were surging through it everywhere his gaze touched. He dragged his eyes back up to her face: they fixed on her mouth. “I do want you,” she said. “I always have.” She kissed him, slow and hard. “I want to, if you do.”

“If I want to?” There was a wild edge to his soft laugh. She could hear the soft rasp of sand between his fingers, saw the hesitation in his eyes, the concern for her, and she lifted herself up and wrapped her legs around his hips. He pressed his hot face into her throat, his breath ragged. “If you do that — I won’t be able to stop —“

“Don’t stop, I don’t want you to stop,” she said, and tightened her grip on him, and with a growl he took her mouth again, hot and demanding, sucking her lower lip into his mouth, his tongue sliding against hers. She tasted him in her mouth, the salt of sweat and cave water. She had never been kissed like this before, even by Jace. His tongue explored her mouth before he moved down her throat: she felt wet heat at the hollow of her collarbone and almost screamed. She grabbed at him instead, running her hands all over his body, wildly free in the knowledge that she could touch him, as much as she liked, however she liked. She felt as if she were drawing him, her hands mapping his shape, the slope of his back, flat stomach, the indentations above his hips, the muscles in his arms. As if, like a painting, he were coming to life under her hands.

When his hands slid underneath her bra to cup her breasts, she gasped at the sensation, then nodded at him when he froze, his eyes questioning. Go on. He unsnapped the front and the bra fell open and for a moment he just froze, staring at her as if she shone like witchlight.

Then he bent his head again and the feel of his mouth on her breasts did make her scream. She clapped a hand over her mouth, but he reached up and pried it away. “I want to hear you,” he said, and it wasn’t a demand, but a low, prayerful yearning. She nodded and buried her hands in his hair.

He kissed her shoulders and her breasts, her stomach, her hips; he kissed her everywhere while she gasped and moved against him in ways that made him moan and beg her to stop or it would all be over too soon. She laughed through her gasps, told him to go on, tried to hold herself still but it was impossible.

He stopped before removing each piece of clothing from either of them, asking her with eyes and words if he should keep going, and each time she nodded and said yes, go on, yes. And when finally there was nothing between them but skin, she stilled her hands, thinking that there was no way to ever be closer to another person than this, that to take another step would be like cracking open her chest and exposing her heart.

 She felt Jace’s muscles flex as he reached past her for something, and heard the crackle of foil. “Good thing I brought my wallet,” he said, his voice unsteady.

Suddenly everything seemed very real; she felt a sudden flash of fear. “Wait,” she whispered.

He stilled. His free hand was cradling her head, his elbows dug deep into the sand on either side of her, keeping his weight off her body. All of him was tense and shaking, and the pupils of his eyes were wide, the iris just a rim of gold. “Is something wrong?”

Hearing Jace sound uncertain — she thought maybe her heart was cracking, shattering into pieces. “No,” she whispered. “Just — kiss me,” she pleaded, and he did, not moving to do anything else, just kissing her: hot languorous slow kisses that sped up as his heartbeat did, as the movement of their bodies quickened against each other. Each kiss was different, each rising higher and higher like a spark as a fire grew: quick soft kisses that told her he loved her, long slow worshipful kisses that said that he trusted her, playful light kisses that said that he still had hope, adoring kisses that said he had faith in her as he did in no one else. Clary abandoned herself to the kisses, the language of them, the wordless speech that passed between them. His hands were shaking, but they were quick and skilled on her body, light touches making her want more and more until she pushed and pulled at him, urging him against her with the mute appeal of fingers and lips and hands.

And even at the final moment, when she did flinch, she pressed him to go on, wrapping herself around him, not letting him go. “Jace,” she whispered, and he bent his head to kiss her as he carefully, carefully started to move. She could see in the tension of his body, his grip on her shoulder, that he didn’t want it to be over too quickly: he closed his eyes, his lips moving, silently shaping her name.

 In the past days, weeks, her body had been torn by weapons, by shards of glass, flung through Portals, broken and bruised. Now she let all that fall away, let her body remind itself that it was also a thing that could give pleasure to her, and to the person she loved most in the world.

“I love you,” she said, her hands in his hair. “I love you.”

She saw his eyes widen and something behind his expression crack. The last wall around his heart, the last piece of self-protection he’d held in place. It crumbled away into blazing light as he came undone against her, like sunlight bursting into a room that had been walled up for a long, long time. He buried his face in her neck, saying her name over and over before he collapsed against her shoulder. And when finally Clary closed her eyes she thought she saw the cavern blaze up in gold and white, wrapping them both in heavenly fire, the most beautiful thing she had ever seen.

By the Angel, who needs a cold shower? ;-)

Cassie also tweeted about the bonus content from the different City of Heavenly Fire editions:

Tell us your thoughts and share your fangirling about the DSES in the comments!

E! Online asks what YA franchise has the fiercest heroine?


E! Online asked which Young Adult franchise has the fiercest heroine? Here’s what they had to say about The Mortal Instruments‘ Clary Fray.

Clary Fray, The Mortal Instruments (Lily Collins)

Strengths: The Shadowhunter can see monsters mortals can’t—which comes in handy when they’re trying to kill her and the people she loves. Clary also possesses the ability to create new runes because of the extra angel blood running through her veins.

Weaknesses: Clary can be quite stubborn at times. Not long after her mother goes missing, she learns that her father, Jonathan Rhys Meyers‘ Valentine Morgenstern, has been experimenting on the Downworlders and demons, making him one of the most dangerous men she’s ever encountered. For a time, she even believed that that her boyfriend, Jamie Campbell Bower‘s Jace Lightwood, might be her biological brother. Talk about a head-trip!

Get Clary’s ‘City of Lost Souls’ cover look

Halloween is fast approaching, and in case you needed any help with possible costume ideas, Simon Teen created a post about how you can re-create cover looks from your favorite Young Adult books, including Clary from City of Lost Souls.

Clary COLS

Don’t forget to enter our third annual Halloween Costume Contest, which runs through November 2.

Check out more costume ideas here

Sneak peek at ‘The Shadowhunter’s Codex’ – A note from Clary

Simon Teen has shared their second sneak peek at The Shadowhunter’s Codex by Cassandra Clare and Joshua Lewis, coming October 29. This sneak peek features a note from Clary (as it is her copy) inside of the Codex. Stay tuned for more sneak peeks from The Shadowhunter’s Codex from Simon Teen!



‘Shadowhunter Chronicles’ calendar: Clary and Tessa

In addition to working on a calendar that features the male characters from The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, The Dark Artifices and TLH, Cassandra Clare and Cassandra Jean are also collaborating on a calendar which will feature the girls.

Have a look at Clary who represents August and Tessa as Miss September:

Clary and Tessa as August and September for mine and Cassandra Jean’s calendar of Shadowhunter girls. Clary looks as if she is thinking ravishing thoughts about angels and Tessa is thinking ravishing thoughts about books: fitting!

Only 3 months left! Who else do you want to see? Sound off in the comments!

Adorable set photo of younger Clarys from ‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’

Cassandra Clare shared this adorable set photo of the two girls that played younger versions of Clary Fray in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. How cute are they?!


Going through and clearing out my camera I found this totes cute picture of the little girls who played Past!Clary in the TMI movie.


The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (Chroniken der Unterwelt – City of Bones) was released in German cinemas on August 29 and we have found a new German movie poster for you:

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Here’s a closer look at our heroine Clary Fray:


© Constantin Film Verleih GmbH

So gorgeous, right?

UPDATE: Thanks to Constantin Film Verleih GmbH we also have bigger versions of two other movie posters.

Exclusive: Lily Collins talks journey, fan interaction and challenges in ‘THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES’

Lily Collins;Jonathan Rhys Meyers

We had the pleasure of chatting with Clary Fray herself, Lily Collins at The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones press junket on August 9 in Los Angeles, along with Page to Premiere and TMI Examiner.

Lily opened up to us about the long and arduous journey she went through to get to this point, how thrilled she is to interact with fans, the challenge of having to convey an array of emotions as Clary, and how Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Valentine genuinely terrified her.

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Can you talk about the process you’ve gone through with this project?

Lily Collins: I was a fan of the books before I was cast and so it was a story that resonated a lot with me. The relationship with her mom, I’m super close with my mom. The fact that she’s never victimized. She’s passionate, compassionate, loyal. All these attributes that she has are so important to me in a character. And the opportunity to be an actress to play a character like that is one that you just don’t want to give up. You don’t want to threaten that. The idea that I was signed on for three years I think everything happens for a reason. It allowed me – because it kept pushing or changing hands – it allowed me to do Mirror Mirror, The English Teacher, Stuck in Love and other projects that had it gone when it was originally supposed to go I wouldn’t have had the chance to do. I think it fell into the appropriate hands and casting worked out. At that time, Jamie (Campbell Bower) they were looking at going into a second season of Camelot and had it gone at that time he may not have been able to do it. And I can’t ever imagine Jamie not having been Jace. It’s like Kevin Zegers playing Alec and Jemima (West) and Robbie (Sheehan). Like everyone that became a part of the project did so organically and for the right reasons. I’ve just always loved the character. I never wanted to give it up. And luckily they didn’t make an ultimatum like, ‘Either we go now or you can’t do it.’ It all just really happened. It’s always had this positive glow about it. Nothing really bad ever happened with it.

In the movie your character is thrown twists and turns every five minutes. What was it like portraying that?

LC: Oh my God, that’s what I was probably most nervous about. As a reader of the books, you really love the fact the she is so tenacious and yet she shows this vulnerability. When you read somebody reacting to this news every five minutes obviously you can be upset because of anger, frustration, fear, hesitation, confusion. There’s so many emotions that you could play. As the actress every five minutes wanting to play her never as a victim and also allowing her to show vulnerability and reacting different ways every time she’s thrown something, that’s hard to think about playing. You want to show this journey of her character and you don’t want it to be one note. You don’t want it to be fear all the time or sadness all the time. It was kind of pinpointing exactly which emotion at which moment she was showing. I think the script itself did a great job of allowing moments of vulnerability and Jace taking over for her or at least emotionally helping her get to a place where he’s like, ‘You have to come with me.’ Because why would a girl who’s seen what she’s seen really willingly go with a guy like that? She has to have a breakdown moment, which she does in the film and he lifts her up. But then at times she has to combat him with his comments, like a Katharine Hepburn-Spencer Tracy, which she doesn’t take his crap. And she’s like, ‘Wait a second. Now this is actually what I need to do and what I want to do and this is how I’m going to do it.’ So it really was a challenge to come up with different inspirations for each emotion. But I think once we did that it kind of flowed a little bit better as opposed to being stop-start. It’s never like, joke here, fear here, confusion here. It’s very much kind of a normal – as normal as a teenage girl going through an identity crisis would be. I mean teenage girls are all over the place anyway, and so I think it’s ok for Clary to be like that. It’s ok to be confused.

How has it been interacting with fans at WonderCon, ComicCon and the mall tour?

LC: How crazy is that?! I think it’s crazy that we got as many fans as we did at each location wearing costumes, fainting or crying and the first one hasn’t even come out yet. I kept saying to them, ‘I really hope you like what I’ve done,’ because everyone has this idea in their heads of what it is. No one has seen the movie, it’s not the sequel yet. But seeing that passion I think – not that any of us needed re-igniting passion-wise – but it just furthered the excitement. It’s felt like this progressive up, up, up, up anticipation. And then it’s like going to be next Monday and you’re like, ‘Woo, the premiere!’ I think when I did Mirror Mirror, for me, the best thing was having little girls come up to me and be like, ‘Oh my God, you’re Snow White.’ It was seeing the little girls that loved the story so much. For this movie, the best part has been going to these malls and interacting with true fans and the readers of the books and those people that are going to buy tickets. Meeting the parents that have slept overnight with their kids and they’re like, ‘Oh my God, my daughter is a huge fan,’ and I’m like, ‘You’re the best mom ever.’ And they bring their friends and they get so excited for like two seconds of interaction time with us. It’s been the most humbling and exciting experience to just be one-on-one with people. I never thought I’d get the chance to do that. I didn’t do that with any other movie.  It does kind of go, Wow, this is just for the first one.’ Obviously we’re starting the sequel next month so I’m sure we’ll be doing something like this again. Like, how can we top that? It was really cool though.

Was there an added sense of pressure with the built-in fan base?

LC: I didn’t know how big the fan base was when I signed on three years ago. I literally was a fan of the books, saw that Stephenie Meyer had that quote on the front and I was like, oh, wow, obviously it’s got a fan base. But I had no idea because I’m not in the whole social media world like at that point also I wasn’t very aware, and all of a sudden social media blew up. Like blogs and Twitters and Facebooks about my casting and my hair color was wrong like all of these things and I was just like, Oh my God, I had no idea. I knew it had sold over 22 million copies, and obviously that number has become that number since the movie was being made. Like I just had no concept of how many true fans there were. I didn’t sign on for that reason. I thought, wow, this fantasy world, this character, why would I say no? I love her and I love the world she lives in and I’ve always wanted to do something like this. And I love the dark undertone. I’ve always loved dark, grittier, edgier, gothicy things, and so the blending of the two worlds together was so intriguing to me. But I had no concept of the fandom until I was cast. Then when Jamie (Campbell Bower) was cast and the whole backlash and it was just like [gasp]. For every positive comment you find two or three negative. But that’s always what it’s going to be like and, again, I was a fan so I can’t say as a fan that I wouldn’t have had an opinion on actors that were cast, too. I wouldn’t have tweeted about it, but as a fan you always have an envisioned person in your head and if that person’s not who gets cast a lot of people can’t see past the fact that there’s going to be hair and make-up and wardrobe. That’s what makes me laugh so much is when certain people are cast and they’re like, they look nothing like the character and then all-of-a-sudden they see the first image and they’re like, oh my God, that’s it! Yeah because it’s hair, make-up, wardrobe, acting. You’re an actor because you take on these different roles and it allowed me to see all of that in action from a fan perspective and the actor perspective. Being a part of the production so early on and being involved in casting and involved in writing certain things in the script. The involvement was really important for me over that span of time because any nerves that I had originally with this kind of interaction with fans it was able to be kind of smoothed out. By the time I started filming, I already felt like I was Clary because I’d had all that time.

How was it like working with Jonathan Rhys Meyers? Because he is scary in this movie.

LC: Isn’t he scary?! Honestly, he’s like the coolest guy. He’s super sweet, not a mean bone in his body, but he is the definition of intense. When he walked on set everyone just froze because he brought that intensity that only Valentine can. It was perfect because in the scenes with him I was genuinely terrified of him. He would improv things. Like when I’m standing there and he has the [Mortal] Cup and he’s like, ‘Drink it,’ and I’m like, ‘I’m not going to drink it.’ And then he added that ‘Drink it!’ That was totally not scripted and that’s why I’m like shaking. He did that all the time with things or he’d like make a motion and then I’d jump. He really became Valentine and I was genuinely terrified. I think when he came into the set, with the scenes with Jamie and I and him, it just elevated our fear but also elevated our performance because he brought something totally new to the table. He’s like the perfect Valentine because he’s just so alluring and appealing but at the same time so evil, and that’s what Valentine is. I think he was drop-dead perfect casting.

Can you talk about your involvement in the whole process with getting this movie to the big screen?

LC: It was a different director and I think it was way more CGI heavily based at the beginning, and then when Harald [Zwart] came on it really became character and emotion and the CGI was like icing on top. It felt way more real and raw of a script the second time around because it wasn’t reliant on a lot of post-production things. The Jace auditions started with the original director [Scott Charles Stewart], who is a lovely man. Again, things happen for a reason. It just changed hands. He’s a fabulous person. I read with a couple of guys before Jamie and I had actually put Jamie’s name up for it from the get go because I had met him years ago. But I had always felt like I’ve known him for longer than I have. Like it was this weird kind of – you know when you meet someone and you’re like, ‘I swear I know you.’ That’s how I felt with Jamie and so I just put him forward. I didn’t realize he’d already gone in for an audition and then he came in for the read and he came in and just – literally as he was walking in – we just knew, well I knew. Him as Jamie was Jace. He didn’t need to act. He already had all the qualities there and not to mention he looks like a Jace. It just all kind of worked out. So he was cast and then we were both on it for a long time with no real other progress. I’d never started reading with Simons until it was announced that we were starting again with Harald. And then I read with a couple of Isabelles. Never met Jemima. She was cast. I’d never read with her, but she was cast and then the other people I didn’t read with. It all just kind of just then – once the ball starts rolling people are cast left, right and center. Kevin [Zegers] was cast like two weeks before we started shooting. He said that he got flown to Toronto, had a wardrobe fitting, still didn’t know the film was his and he left going, ‘I think it went well.’ He didn’t even know that he was cast. It really just all kind of happened – the ball rolling. It was just great to be involved with some of the rewriting of it. I had a meeting with all the scriptwriters and we just sat there and they literally were like, here’s the script, come back tomorrow and let us know some notes. I went home, took a bunch of notes and then everything was taken into consideration. Having Cassie (Clare) on set there was amazing because near the end of shooting, the ending started to change on how we were dealing with the end of the movie. Jamie and I were like – we felt so strongly about how certain changes were affecting the characters and we brought it up to Cassie and she agreed with a lot of it. She literally overnight rewrote it, submitted it and we all talked about it and collaborated and the ending is what the ending is now. It’s kind of amazing that you can do that on a set and have the ability to have people believe in you enough to have that input. That really was amazing especially for the sequel. It’s like, wow, what are we going to be able to put together this time?

What are you most looking forward to in the sequel?

LC: More action.

What every day mundane tasks do you think runes would be really useful for?

LC: Doing up the dishes, laundry. I would love a rune that could just transport you anywhere, anytime so for all these mall tours we wouldn’t have to go to so many airports. Honestly, the getting to the airport and the packing takes longer than the actual flight itself. If we could just be there we could go to so many more malls, think about it. We could do all 50 states. It would be so much easier.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is in theaters now.


Shadowhunters! Take a look at photos of Clary Fray (Lily Collins)’s room from The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, thanks to the Clary Fray Pinterest page.

Interior Fray Apartment





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