The 23-year-old English actress stars in the new unconventional family drama that centers on Carter, a teenage girl who thinks she has the perfect life until one night after a police bust at a high school party she is told that the woman who she believes to be her biological mother actually abducted her as a toddler.
Now Carter must return to the family who thought they had lost her. As she navigates brand-new parents, a twin sister, high school and boys, Carter vows to find Lori before the police capture the only mom she’s ever known and put her behind bars.
Finding Carter premieres TONIGHT @ 10PM on MTV! In case you missed it, watch the trailer now!
JustJaredJr.com: First of all, we read that it took them a while to find you! They wanted to get the role of Carter just right. What was your audition process like?
Kathryn Prescott: I was in England and I got this audition, and put myself on tape. I had three auditions and found out after that they had auditioned a crazy amount of girls. I didn’t know that.
JJJ: Tell us about your American accent and training for that. It’s so good!
KP: I went back and forth to L.A. for two or three years, just coming back for two or three months [at a time] and auditioning. So all of the auditions for three years, and even when I was in England videotaping them, were in an American accent. So I had been working on and off with a coach in England. But more than anything, I just do it all the time. It’s muscle memory. Just remembering the shape your mouth makes when you do an American accent. The more you do it, the easier it gets. So when we are shooting, I just do the accent all the time unless I’m not on set. But even then, I’ll go out sometimes and buy coffee and I’ll use an American accent.
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JustJaredJr.com Interview – Kathryn Prescott
JJJ: So the show is about a girl who was abducted when she was younger. Things like this, sadly, happen all the time. Did you do any research prior to shooting?
KP: I actually didn’t because my sort of thinking was that, Carter wasn’t brought up with abduction being on her mind. You know what I mean? Her biological parents and sister, they were. It was something that completed surrounded their entire lives. So I guess if I was playing the parents or the sister, maybe I would have done it. But at the same time, if you have a sister or you have kids like Cynthia [Watros] and Alexis [Denisof] do, who play my parents, they were telling me that it’s so awful to even imagine. It’s the most awful thing. But with Carter, she just grew up living a normal life. Abduction was never on her radar. So I felt like I wanted to come at it from that perspective. She wasn’t an expert on abduction or anything. She was just a normal girl who suddenly finds out she was, and then kind of rejects the idea for [several] episodes. I look at it like that.
JJJ: That makes sense! So when she finds out, what is her priority – to get the full truth or to get back to her old life immediately?
KP: I think she completely rejects it at first. It’s probably so scary to be told that everything you ever did, but everything you ever knew, and all the family you ever had, is not real. And she’s not who she says she was. I think your brain probably goes straight into denial. It’s like when people go through a really bad breakup, they are in denial for a really long time because that’s the way their brain processes it. It’s so painful and huge that it’s almost like their brain is protecting them from having to deal with the sadness, and the trauma of that not actually being real. So for a long time Carter’s doing that. But obviously, there’s only so much…even in the first episode, she’s not fully accepting it. It’s just this massive internal shock and she’s being pulled in two different directions.
JJJ: After watching the pilot, we love the relationship between Carter and her twin Taylor. As opposed to a more expected dislike for one another right away, they connect pretty instantly. Will we see their relationship grow throughout the season?
KP: Their relationship is really sweet. And I don’t mean that it’s all cutesy and nice, because it’s definitely not. I’m a twin in real life, and I really think the way they are connected as twins, is really like how a lot of twins that I met are. Even though they haven’t known each other for 13 years, and Carter didn’t even know she has a twin, I just think when you share so many genes with someone, and a womb, you develop this connection – that I honestly think if I had been away from my twin for 13 years – when I met her, I guess it’s just like an understanding. That relationship has blossoms a bit, and there are bumps and you see that play out.
JJJ: But we hear a boy might get between them…
KP: I don’t know how much I can say. Its weird. Carter makes kind of a dumb mistake in the first episode because I don’t think she’s used to dealing with that [kind of situation]. I don’t think Taylor even knows she even likes this guy. So I can understand why Taylor gets annoyed with not picking up on the fact that she likes him But I [also] understand why Carter didn’t pick it up. She introduces them as very platonic friends. She kind of likes him. But there are way bigger things that affect them than the Gabe thing [laughs].
JJJ: Any fun set stories you can share, or a favorite memory from filming?
KP: Last night, after we finished shooting, the props department man turned on their disco light and music, and everyone was in there dancing. So that was pretty cool. One of my favorite moments, we did this scene – I don’t know how much I’m allowed to say – there are photocopied pictures of my face literally lining the walls of our school. It was so weird. That was surreal to come in and have that there. It’s definitely not good [laughs].
JJJ: Yeah, that sounds bizarre! Final question – what advice would you give Carter going into the pilot? Anything you’d want to tell her?
KP: I would tell her to try to see the grey areas in people and how much people fall into grey areas. Not just thinking “this person is good” and “this person is bad.” Just seeing all the things that people do and trying not to put anyone on a pedestal, or not [judging] anyone at the same time. Just be understanding of everyone and that there is a reason for everything that person does. She won’t stress out as much if she doesn’t try to put people in boxes. I understand why she does that, but I think if she can, I would tell her to understand that no one is all good or all bad.