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MEDIA > Photoshoots > Kat for The Laterals – June 2015
Best known for playing Emily Fitch on the teen drama television series Skins, Kathryn “Kat” Prescott is not your average English Rose; Kat is set to leave a mark in the world and pursue her American Dream. After countless flights back and forth from the UK to L.A., Kat landed herself as Carter Stevens, the leading role for MTV’s latest new hits drama, Finding Carter. Unlike her characters on screen, Kat is lively and vivid, winning many with her honest outlook and passion for life.
How did acting come into your life?
I have wanted to act for as long as I can remember. I wanted to be a singer for a while when I was really young and then a chef but both of those ideas came crashing down when I realized I couldn’t sing or cook. I almost went to university to study to become a counselor when I was 18, then I got into photography when I was 19 but acting has always been there. My twin sister and I always wanted to do it. Neither of our parents is in the entertainment industry so we had no idea how anyone went from taking drama classes on a Saturday morning to actually getting paid to act. One day my Dad said he had spoken to a friend and heard that you need an ‘agent’. We did a Google search for agents in London and had a meeting with one who we eventually signed with. We had only a couple of auditions in the two years after that and we did one episode of a medical drama. Then one day we got a call saying that a British show called Skins – which had already aired two seasons – was looking for twins for its new cast. They said they were looking for identical twins so we lied and said we were. We got to the audition waiting room and there were four sets of IDENTICAL looking and identically dressed twins, we just assumed we weren’t going to get it so weren’t nervous during the first audition. We then screwed up every single call back we had after that first audition because we were so nervous and couldn’t believe we were even being considered for a show that big. To this day I have no idea how we got those parts!
Tell us about your first gig.
Skins was an amazing experience. I had always wanted to go to drama school but had realized towards the end of college (high school as you call it in America) that there was no way I could afford it (in the UK it can cost $12000 a year for a three year course and you can’t get a normal student loan for it). Doing Skins was like our version of drama school. We had to move away from home and live in another city during the week, we would come home on weekends but we had only just turned 17 and were suddenly in a very different environment with people we didn’t know. It was kind of scary but really exciting to be learning on the job like that. It was nice to experience living away from home and having to keep to a schedule, act professionally, etc. at a young-ish age, I feel like it gave us all a good work ethic and it was nice to have my sister there to experience everything with (despite the fact that we didn’t always get on at the time). Bryan Elsley (the creator and executive producer of Skins) literally taught us everything we know about TV, film and acting. He gave me some of the best advice I have ever been given and I still think about today. It literally scares me when I think about starting in this career without hearing some of the stuff he taught us when we were 18 years old.