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Katherine McNamara Looks Back on How 'Shadowhunters' Role Changed Her Life & What She Took From The Project

Katherine McNamara Looks Back on How 'Shadowhunters' Role Changed Her Life & What She Took From The Project

Katherine McNamara looks like she was snatched out of a 1960s movie in her new feature with Bello magazine.

In the new issue, the 22-year-old actress is opening up about how the role of Clary on Shadowhunters changed her life.

“One of the biggest gifts of being with Shadowhunters – and it’s something I give the writers credit for — is that every single woman on the show stands up for themselves, fights their own battles, and each is empowered in their own way,” Katherine revealed.

She continued, “And just as importantly, they are such a diverse range of women. What that does is show the next generation of young girls that strong, empowered, badass women are not of one stripe — they are every woman.”

When the role of Clary came to her, Katherine knew she had to have it, because she had been looking for it her entire life.

“When I was a little girl I wanted nothing more than to find a character like Clary to look up to, and characters in whose footsteps I could follow,” she says. “I was lucky enough to be raised in a household of badass women who balanced career and family and were able to do it all. It was never a question of ‘or’ — it was always a question of ‘and’. You can be anything you want to be, no matter what society says, and if you work hard enough.”

The role was deep and taught her how to handle weapons, too.

“When I began work on Shadowhunters I didn’t know how to throw a punch or hold a sword. I didn’t know what I was doing,” she says. “With Clary I was immediately thrown into the fire, and we had an amazing team of stunt professionals and stunt doubles. They were world class martial arts experts and teachers, and they were always there to teach us any time we wanted to take time to learn, so I never missed an opportunity.”

Katherine adds, “It was such a huge gift and it changed my world. Now I’m such a gym rat, I love working out, and martial arts and boxing have become one of my biggest passions. Now with Arrow I get to continue my boxing and fighting skills in a whole new universe.”

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Lily Collins & Katherine McNamara Encourage Voting at Telethon For America!

Lily Collins & Katherine McNamara Encourage Voting at Telethon For America!

Lily Collins and Katherine McNamara are encouraging people to rock the vote!

The two stars were both in attendance at the Telethon For America held at YouTube Space LA on Monday (November 5) in Los Angeles.

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Lily and Katherine both play the role of Clary: Lily in the Mortal Instruments movies and Katherine in Shadowhunters on TV.

The non-partisan event, which was hosted by Olivia Munn and featured stars like Nina Dobrev, promoted voting ahead of the midterm elections on Tuesday (November 6).

In addition to encouraging viewers to vote and making calls to voters to ask about their plans to vote, some of the stars also made short speeches during the event.

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'Shadowhunters' Gets Return Date - Here's When the Final Episodes Will Premiere!

'Shadowhunters' Gets Return Date - Here's When the Final Episodes Will Premiere!

The final episodes of Shadowhunters now have a premiere date!

Freeform announced on Saturday (November 3) that the series will return on February 25, and the episodes will be followed by the two-part wrap-up movie The Final Hunt.

Shadowhunters wrapped the first half of its third season back in May.

Although the finale appeared to take the lives of Clary (Katherine McNamara) and Lilith (Anna Hopkins), showrunner Todd Slavkin reminded TVLine, “You can never kill a greater demon, you can only banish them back to Edom. So Lilith is not gone. In fact, you’ll see her again. But the poor thing is stuck in Edom, and she’s not too happy about that.”

We can also expect to see Clary’s real brother Jonathan again – this time played by by Luke Baines – as he challenges the Shadowhunters with a “new level of evil that they can’t even imagine.”

On Alec (Matthew Daddario) and Magnus (Harry Shum Jr.), Todd said, “It’s heartbreaking, but it’s also beautiful. [Magnus] learns how to live in the moment, something he never had to do when he had powers. Season 3B is such a rollercoaster ride for Magnus Bane. We loved his arc in 3A, but for Harry Shum, Jr. as an actor, it’s a hell of a journey. It’s beautiful and profound and it’ll break your heart. You’re in for a ride that’s really intense to watch.”

Todd added, “When Maia (Alisha Wainwright) comes back in 3B, we get to really see what’s going on at the Jade Wolf — the pack politics. She’s forced to step up in a way she never thought she was capable of. She’s someone who has always chosen to run away when things get difficult. Alisha Wainwright is so good … and she comes back in a really cool way that fans will dig.”

Katherine McNamara, Darci Lynne Farmer & A Bunch Of The Best Celeb Halloween Costumes You Missed

Katherine McNamara, Darci Lynne Farmer & A Bunch Of The Best Celeb Halloween Costumes You Missed

Katherine McNamara and Darci Lynne Farmer are just two of the celebs who had some of the most amazing costumes for Halloween this year.

The former Shadowhunters star’s costume was fairly simple as Where’s Waldo, and Darci Lynne‘s was fierce as Riverdale‘s Jughead Jones for the annual holiday last night.

Other stars’ costumes you might’ve missed include Baby Ariel, Liza Koshy, Veronica Merrell, Cameron Boyce, Jordan Doww, JoJo Siwa and many more.

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Katherine McNamara Wears Butterflies in Her Hair for Unicef's Masquerade Ball 2018

Katherine McNamara Wears Butterflies in Her Hair for Unicef's Masquerade Ball 2018

Katherine McNamara adds a little pop to her all black look for the 2018 UNICEF Masquerade Ball held at Clifton’s Republic on Thursday night (October 25) in Los Angeles.

The 22-year-old actress was joined by God Friended Me star Violett Beane, pregnant Claire Holt, Mollee Gray and longtime couple Gigi Gorgeous and Nats Getty.

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The UNICEF Masquerade Ball is UNICEF Next Generation’s signature philanthropic event. NextGen Members study issues that affect children around the world and choose UNICEF projects to support through education, advocacy, skill sharing/remote volunteering and fundraising.

FYI: Violett is wore a Galia Lahav dress. Katherine wore a Versace dress with Christian Louboutin heels.

35+ pics inside of the stars at Unicef’s Masquerade Ball…

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