Thestand, Arrow

Thestand, Arrow

Kat McNamara Takes 'The Stand'

The 'Shadowhunters' and 'Arrow' alum on tackling Stephen King and making movies in quarantine.

1/24/2021 8:30:00 AM

.Kat_McNamara talks tackling Stephen King's TheStand, the future of Arrow , and making movies in quarantine

The 'Shadowhunters' and ' Arrow ' alum on tackling Stephen King and making movies in quarantine.

—all of whom had to do their own filming, lighting, costume design, special effects make-up, and stunts. “I am a monster now at self-tapes and lighting!” McNamara jokes.“I was surprised by the chemistry of the cast,” she adds. “Half the cast I had never met in person, and a lot of the script is this quick-paced ensemble comedy. It clicked instantly. It was a great outlet for us to play and distract ourselves from reality.”

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It’s always fun to work with friends—“the ice is broken and there is a level of comfort,” McNamara says—and right before lockdown, she also worked with anotherShadowhuntersco-star, Matthew Daddario, on the upcoming filmPush.But the two had to “have a conversation” before signing on, as the project sees them play lovers. They not only had to navigate that dynamic as actors and friends, but also determine whether their fanbase—that loyal, vocal

Shadowhuntersfandom—would be open to seeing them that way.“It was a thought process,” McNamara admits. “We were looking at the script going, ‘How will other people feel about it?’ It was a fun exercise because there were moments where we wondered if we could get through scenes without cracking up. Romantic scenes on set are so clinical, and it can actually be enjoyable if it’s with someone you trust.”

During the brief periods of downtime she found herself in throughout the year, McNamara also began developing an adaptation of the YA novelDevouring Graywith YouTube stars and actors Gregg Sulkin and Cameron Fuller. The announcement, made on YouTube, revealed the trio’s desire to keep fans in the loop throughout production.

“I’ve had a lot of questions at conventions over the years about process,” says McNamara. “I can talk about it and describe it, but if we have a unique opportunity, and know folks have a desire to learn about how the magic is made, it’s nice to be able to include people who are passionate.”

As for what’s next in McNamara’s career, she says she’s always had a mind to direct, but doesn’t know if that will happen this early in her career. She shadowed her directors onArrow, and worked closely with theShadowhunterscrew, learning as much about their process as possible. Now, she wants “a seat at the creative table.”

This content is imported from Instagram. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.A post shared by Katherine McNamara (@kat.mcnamara)Last year was a “test of patience” for the TV star, she admits—she planned to have wrapped at least four new projects by December, all of which were placed on hold. “My biggest fear is not utilizing every opportunity that has come my way,” she says. “My whole career has been this series of jumping in with both feet and taking chances that just happen to come up, taking leaps of faith and seeing what happens, and it has served me well, so I don't want that momentum to stop.”

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In the meantime, well, there’s one indulgence McNamara’s allowing herself: binge-watchingLove Island(the U.K. version, of course). “I went back to the original season 1,” she says, “they were stuck in a house and I was stuck in a house and it made me feel so alone, but I am also wondering…sign me up? Can I go on

U.K. Love Island?”With everything she has lined up over the next few years, she won’t have the time.Rebecca LewisRebecca Lewis is a freelance journalist covering culture and celebrity.This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at

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