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Kennedy McMann Says Her Nancy Drew is 'Extremely Fearless & Bold' In New Series

Kennedy McMann Says Her Nancy Drew is 'Extremely Fearless & Bold' In New Series

Tonight’s the night – Nancy Drew finally premieres!

The premiere ep introduces us to the title character, played by Kennedy McMann, a brilliant teenage detective whose sense of self had come from solving mysteries in her hometown of Horseshoe Bay, Maine – until her mother’s untimely death derails Nancy’s college plans.

Devastated by her mother’s passing, Nancy swears off crime-solving while crossing off the days until she can re-apply to college. But when a socialite is murdered, Nancy finds herself a prime suspect in the crime, along with a group of other teens present at the scene.

“She is Nancy Drew as she’s always been in a lot of ways,” Kennedy shared in a recent interview about the new version of the iconic character. “She’s willing to do anything to pursue good and right wrongs and be extremely fearless and bold in the pursuit of that, but we’re seeing her in the confines of the modern world.”

She adds, “She’s figuring out who she is, what she’s capable of, how far she can push herself, and then, as a person, what her needs are as her life is just radically changed with the passing of her mother. It’s unraveling her college plans and all of that. She’s saying, ‘what is my life now? Who am I? If I’m not my mother’s daughter and I’m not this perfect student? Who am I?’ She’s fiery and commanding. She’s not afraid to stand up to authority, but she’s also emotionally numbed a little bit in her emotional jury that we get to witness throughout the season. I think it is really special.”

Nancy Drew premieres TONIGHT, Wednesday, October 9th @ 9PM ET/PT on The CW.

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Nancy Drew's Kennedy McMann Is Hooked On Playing 'Dungeons & Dragons'

Nancy Drew's Kennedy McMann Is Hooked On Playing 'Dungeons & Dragons'

Kennedy McMann and Scott Wolf pose together backstage during their appearance on Build Series earlier this week in New York City.

The two stars of Nancy Drew have been making their rounds promoting the new series, which debuts TONIGHT on The CW.

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During her appearance, Kennedy opened up about how playing Dungeons & Dragons in college brought her creative agency in her work.

“Once we [my college friends and I] moved to New York, we were playing 16 hours a week; we were playing constantly,” she shared.

Kennedy also revealed that she’s got Scott intrigued about the game, too.

Check out their interview below!

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Kennedy McMann Has Been Preparing to Play Nancy Drew All Her Life

Kennedy McMann Has Been Preparing to Play Nancy Drew All Her Life

Kennedy McMann and Leah Lewis speak on stage during the Nancy Drew panel at 2019 New York Comic Con at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Sunday (October 6) in New York City.

The two actors were joined by co-stars Tunji Kasim, Alex Saxon, Maddison Jaizani and Scott Wolf as they promoted the new CW show.

In a recent interview, Kennedy opened up about how it was fate for her to play the title role.

“I come from a super literary family. My mom’s an author. I grew up reading the books. I played the computer games all through college. I was hogging the family computer when I was a kid, and then it just became my laptop, when I was 19, (with) different ‘Nancy Drew’ games on it,” she shared. “So I was pretty well versed. When it came about I was, like, ‘Ah, ah, I’ve been doing this my whole life. I’m ready to go.’

Kennedy adds, “But then when I got the part, it had been a while since I read the books. And I intentionally did not reread them because I was confident in the history that I had with the character, and I felt like I knew her really well.”

“I feel like I wanted to just be true and dedicate myself to the Nancy that we were creating, with all the knowledge that I already had to back up the historical relevance of her traits and things like that.”

However, Kennedy‘s Nancy is a bit different from the 1930s book version: “She’s very prim and proper in the 1930s editions of the books, and we’re showing her in a more modern context. But, yeah, I think that there is just a broader market for a lot riskier material.”

Nancy Drew premieres THIS WEEK on The CW!

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Kennedy McMann Talks 'Nancy Drew' at PaleyFest: 'She's Not The Perfect Detective'

Kennedy McMann Talks 'Nancy Drew' at PaleyFest: 'She's Not The Perfect Detective'

Kennedy McMann is spilling on her favorite part of playing Nancy Drew!

The 22-year-old actress joined the show’s cast for 2019 PaleyFest‘s fall TV previews on Saturday night (September 7) at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, Calif.

She was joined by her co-stars including Tunji Kasim, Maddison Jaizani, Alex Saxon, Leah Lewis, Kennedy McMann and Scott Wolf as well as writers Kennedy McMann and Melinda Hsu Taylor and producer Stephanie Savage.

During the panel, Kennedy explained that she loves that Nancy isn’t the perfect character.

“For me it’s refreshing because she’s not the perfect girlfriend, daughter, robot, detective girl. That’s not interesting at all to me. The stuff that drives me is this realistic messiness that’s displayed in all the grey areas of life,” Kennedy said on stage.

Make sure to check out the first trailer for the upcoming series!

Nancy Drew premieres on October 9th on The CW.

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Ashleigh Murray & Lucy Hale Join 'Katy Keene' Co-Stars at CW's Summer TCA Party

Ashleigh Murray & Lucy Hale Join 'Katy Keene' Co-Stars at CW's Summer TCA Party

Ashleigh Murray turns heads in her red slip dress while arriving for The CW’s Summer 2019 TCA Party held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday night (August 4) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The actress met up with her Katy Keene co-stars Lucy Hale, Lucien Laviscount, Julia Chan, Jonny Beauchamp, Camille Hyde, Zane Holtz, and Katherine LaNasa for the event following the press panel for their upcoming series.

“Shooting the pilot for Katy was very different than Riverdale,” Ashleigh admitted during the panel, adding that “I’ve been able to play with the rest of Josie’s personality.”

She continued, “On Riverdale she’s secluded; she was good at minding her business. With this experience, it was a lot more fun for me to let Josie have fun.”

The cast of Nancy DrewKennedy McMann, Leah Lewis, Maddison Jaizani, Tunji Kasim, Alvina August, Alex Saxon, Riley Smith and Scott Wolf – are also pictured at the two events.

If you missed it, you can catch the new trailer for Katy Keene on JJJ now!

See 70+ pics of the Katy Keene and Nancy Drew casts inside!

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