APPEARANCES > Kathryn’s Solo Appearances > Aug 24, 2014: MTV Video Music Awards
Kat attended the 2014 Television Critics Association Summer Tour July 11th as part of the Finding Carter segment. The cast had a Q&A panel as well as a photocall!
APPEARANCES > Kathryn’s Solo Appearances > July 11, 2014: 2014 Summer Television Critics Association – Finding Carter Panel
MEDIA > Photoshoots > Finding Carter Photo Call @ TCA Summer Tour – July 11, 2014
Kathryn Prescott Takes ‘Finding Carter’ To TCA Tour 2014
Kathryn Prescott joins creator Terri Minsky for the Finding Carter panel during the 2014 Summer Television Critics Association held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Friday afternoon (July 11) in Beverly Hills, Calif.
“In so much TV you see women who are secondary characters… they are only there be cause of their relation to a male lead,” Kathryn, who plays the title character shared during the panel.
She added, “What’s great about this is it’s about Carter, her two mothers, her relationship with them.” Her character will have relationships with boys, but “it’s not like the central story line. It’s very secondary.”
Actors Anna Jacoby-Heron, Cynthia Watros, Alexis Denisof, Milena Govich and executive producers Deborah Spera, and Maria Grasso were also on the panel.
Meet the TV Breakout of the Summer, “Finding Carter” Star Kathryn Prescott
Cosmo spoke to Prescott about her new teen kidnapping drama, being (and playing) a twin, and eating a lot of vegan frozen yogurt for work.
If you watched last night’s two-part premiere of Finding Carter, chances are you’ve already started falling in love with Carter Stevens, the 16-year-old girl whose life is turned upside down when she learns the woman she thought was her mother is actually the woman who abducted her. Now it’s time to fall in love with Kathryn Prescott, the 23-three-year-old British actress who plays Carter. Cosmopolitan.com spoke to Prescott, who is still best known for her role as Emily on the original U.K. version of Skins, about her new MTV series, being — and playing — a twin, and whether she loves frozen yogurt as much as her character does.
I was a big fan of Skins. [Prescott starred as a lesbian teen whose twin sister, played by her real-life twin sister, was homophobic.] What sort of roles were you offered after you left the show?
It was really weird — the types of roles we were offered kind of fell into two categories. One of them was basically stuff that was trying to be same thing as Skins. It was like, “Hey, let’s just call up the Skins people and see if they wanna be in it!” And I think that’s mostly because Skins was one of the first shows to do what it did. A lot of shows tried to replicate that same environment. But then we did get good things coming in, because a lot of the people who did Skins before us [in the show's first two seasons] went on to do really good work, like Nick Hoult and Dev Patel.
You’re 23, but you’ve been playing a teenager since you were a teenager – first on Skins, and now with Carter. Are you seeking out teen roles?
It’s coincidental. It’s because I look young. I would love to play someone older, but the thing that’s really cool about Carter is that she’s not written like a typical teenager. When I went into my third audition, they told me that the thing they wanted to get across about Carter is she’s kind of like an adult stuck in a 16-year-old’s body. It’s very different from other teenage roles I’ve played.
It seems like a lot of Carter’s maturity could come from the fact that her “kidnap-mom,” for lack of a better term, really seemed to treat her as an equal.
I’ve got so many mums, I kind of have to refer to her as that! I think the reason they have such a great relationship is she never treats her like a kid. She always gave her respect and the freedom to make mistakes. I don’t know for sure, but I imagine she probably took Carter on vacations — not expensive ones or anything, but she’s shown her the world a little bit and made sure to give her unique experiences. Carter’s never felt that “I’m your mum, and you’ll do what I say because of it.” Carter’s never had a real reason to rebel against her. There’s a lot of trust.
Do you think that, kidnapping aside, Carter’s “kidnap-mom” is a good mother?
Well, kidnapping aside … [laughs]. I think she was, yeah. I think she was always so grateful just to have a child that she wanted to give Carter the richest experiences she could.
One of the things I think is great about this series is that it’s about women’s relationships with other women. Is there a relationship in the mix that you find particularly interesting or rewarding to explore and play?
You’re right — the thing I really like about this show is that the female characters have standalone relationships with each other. They’re not all based on men. But the relationship between Elizabeth [Carter's birth mother] and Carter in particular is really interesting because when Carter first meets Elizabeth, straightaway Carter’s got a barrier up. In Carter’s eyes, it’s almost as though her abductor-mum dies. She’s just gone and people are telling her that the person she thought she knew never even existed. So she has all these conflicting emotions about that, and then she meets Elizabeth, who’s all, “Hi, I’m your mum,” and of course, Carter’s immediate response is, “No, you’re not.” There’s this barrier she puts up because she’s grieving the loss of the only mother figure she’s ever known but she’s meeting her [birth] mother at the same time.
Your American accent is really good. Is there anything in particular you did to develop it?
I was auditioning for American things for three years on and off before I got my first job here — so really, for three years I’ve been practicing and working with dialogue coaches and stuff. It’s mainly just practice and being taught by the right people. But when we did the pilot I spoke in the American accent the whole time, and now when I’m on set I use it whether we’re filming or not.
I’m especially interested in the relationship between Carter and her twin sister Taylor. In the past when you’ve played a twin, you acted with your own biological twin sister. How has this experience been different? How’s it been working with Anna Jacoby-Heron?
It’s really weird working with your real sister. I spent 23 years knowing her, and then when we were working on Skins together, we were living together and working together. It was a little too much. It’s like if you were hanging out with your best friend that much, you’d kill them.
To be honest, I forget that I’m a “real” twin most of the time when I’m working until we do a scene that actually references it. We were shooting a scene a few weeks ago where Taylor says something to Carter about being her twin, and it’s a really sad thing for her to say, and I pictured what it would be like if my twin were saying it to me. It definitely helps — thinking about it was awful.
In the States, there’s this real culture of fear for children and families around the idea of kidnapping — it’s something that parents drill into kids, there are missing children on milk cartons, things like that. I’m wondering if there’s a similar culture in the U.K. or if it’s more unique to America.
The milk carton thing is definitely American. And I remember watching American television when I was younger and there was an overly extreme amount of fear and attention paid to child abduction. Obviously, kids do get abducted in the States and in the U.K., and it’s horrendous. But I don’t know why there’s more constant fear around it in America.
Do you watch a lot of TV?
In England I was watching Misfits before I left. And my favorite British comedy show is called Black Books. And I got really into Luther.
Idris Elba, man.
My sister met him once. She said he was so cool.
He seems like the coolest person in the entire world, yeah.
Oh, and I’m watching the new [season] of Orange Is the New Black.
Another great show …
… about women! It’s really cool. They’re like on the rise, all these TV shows. And all of these diverse women and they’re really funny.
One last thing: Your character eats a lot of frozen yogurt on the show, at least so far. Do you like frozen yogurt?
Um, I don’t eat dairy! So whenever they give me frozen yogurt on the show it’s this vegan one they’ve made for me. And in the pilot, the day we were doing that scene [where Carter and her kidnap-mom have a froyo date], we went to a frozen yogurt store where they had a vegan dark chocolate yogurt. And the props department bought me vegan gummi bears. Whenever we’re doing an eating scene, it’s a vegan substitute of whatever I’m meant to be eating.
Kathryn Prescott on “Finding Carter,” “Skins Fire” and being recognized in America
Kathryn Prescott will always be Emily Fitch to us, but she’s now got two new identities on MTV’s Finding Carter. Kat plays a teenager she thinks is named Carter Stevens, but finds out that she was abducted as a three-year-old, formerly named Lyndon Wilson. Now Carter has to meet her biological parents, twin sister (played by Anna Jacoby-Heron), younger brother and grandparents while also figuring out why the woman she thought was her mother (Milena Govich) has lied to her all these years.
The first two episodes of Finding Carter premiered on July 8 and Kat Prescott attended the MTV TCA day in Los Angeles to talk the new series, being recognized in America and Naomi’s untimely death on Skins Fire.
AfterEllen.com: So firstly, one question people want me to ask is why is Meg not playing your twin sister on the show?
Kathryn Prescott: Yeah, I’ve seen that question a lot. It’s such a weird question! It’s so weird. I think because if she did, people would be like, “Is it Skins?” And also my sister’s writing now. She does do some acting but her thing now is writing. I love Anna. Anna’s awesome and plays my sister really well. I forget that we’re supposed to be twins in it. I’m so pleased they cast Anna. I would have worked with Meg again. It would have been a weird casting choice for them to just pick my sister. We’re not like the Olsen Twins, we don’t always work together!
AE: What do you think Skins fans will like about Finding Carter?
KP: I think it’s got that youthful vibe. A lot of it is youthful and it’s very, very different from Skins, firstly, but I do think there are some things that are good about Finding Carter that were so good about Skins. One of them is that it takes relationships—this show deals a lot more with adult relationships as well. But it takes the relationships of teenagers and shows them in a way that is as credible and as important that teenagers really feel that they are. Because I think on a lot of shows it’s diluted down or exaggerated extremely, like, “Look at these silly relationships this teenagers are having!” But it’s not how you feel at the time and it’s not how it is. The relationships you have when you are young kind of shape who you are a little bit, whether that’s with your family or romantic partners and I don’t think it’s just or fair to show them as these silly things and I think, yeah, it shows that very well. Both of them did that and that’s what I liked about Skins as well.
AE: But less drugs and sex, I assume.
KP: Carter has this one thing where she takes the pill and has a seizure so I don’t think she’ll do that again. By no means were they saying that every time you take them you have a seizure, but the drugs in this case—Carter was so broken inside and upset that she is doing anything to make herself feel better and she’s making bad choices and you see the consequences of these choices. It’s shown in a very different light.
AE: The last time we saw you in Skins Fire, you were in a very dramatic situation. So far Finding Carter is kind of heavy, too. Do you get to have any lighter moments?
KP: People ask me this—it’s obviously about some kind of crazy storyline that’s really big but that is the undertone of the whole thing. it doesn’t filtrate really through every single scene. Even I when I’m reading them, you’ll go for a whole episode and think “Oh, she’s better or something.” You see the second episode and think “Oh she’s a wild child, she’s having fun. She’s partying. She’s getting better!” But then you’re like no because when people go off the rails like that, they’re not wild and like that and having fun. She’s doing that to escape this pain. I think there are a lot of times you watch it—same thing with Elizabeth. You watch her —”Oh, she’s not mentioned Laurie in a while. Maybe she’s able to forget about it.” And then something will happen and you’ll see, no, it’s always there but they’re not always talking about. The abduction is definitely something that is hanging over them, but it’s not hanging over them in every scene. Yes it is dramatic but it’s not like melodramatic. Also there are some hilarious—when you meet Carter new friends and like Max is so funny. I couldn’t even do the scenes with them because I was laughing so much. I have really light scenes with the friends.
AE: How did you feel about the way Skins Fire ended?
KP: I was shocked when I read it because, “Woah! OK.” It’s extreme, but at the same time, it’s something that happens and what Bryan Elsely, the creator, always used to say was “We don’t dumb things down for our audience. We don’t dumb things down ever. We’re never going to write something because that’s what we think people want to see. ” He’s like “We’re going to write something we feel is true; we feel is something that happens.” And I think they wanted to show—in a way it’s kind of good. I like these stories that I’m reading and seeing now more where there’s not just some happy ending. And I know it’s horrible and I’m sad it ended like that in a way because it’s a lesbian couple that’s not well represented in young TV especially so it was great but it still existed. They still were there, it still was well represented. Just because Naomi died doesn’t mean that their relationship never happened and I think that lives on.
But I like stories that show that even when you think everything will be alright from that point, it isn’t because life does this. There’s this really good book called 100 Years of Solitude and it gets kind of depressing at some points and then kind of happy and then you’re just not sure how you feel about it because at the end the whole thing is that nothing ever stops. It just keeps going. So whatever happens, you just keep living. And that’s kind of the best story other than bombarding people with these images and stories about people getting married and being happy ever after and people being disappointed when it’s not what they thought it would be. It was good, it was sad, but it was good in some ways.
AE: So have people have come up to you and said they liked it?
KP: [laughs] It’s not the main response. I’ve had people say they thought the show was good, they the liked the writing real well, the acting…I have not yet had someone come up to me and say that they liked that that happened. But they said the show was good. They just were sad that that happened.
AE: At first Americans had to find Skins illegally if they wanted to watch it but then it became available on Hulu and Netflix. Do you get recognized a lot here?
KP: Very rarely. Not as much as in England, but far more often than I would think. When I first came out here someone said that to me and I was like [slowly], “Yeah…” And it was weird because she was from Australia and I was from England and we met in Venice Beach. It’s bizarre, it’s everywhere randomly, but rare. I was in Hamburg and a girl came up to me and said it.
AE: Is there something you hope people will take away from Finding Carter?
KP: What I would really like for people to take away from the show is that it’s really good to see the grey areas in people and life and everything. Noone is ever completely black and white. They fall in between. And it’s not good to pigeonhole people. In the pilot, I feel like people are going to be like “This person’s good, he’s bad, he’s good, she’s good, she’s bad.” But the more you get to know them, the more you’re like “Oh my god wait—she’s awful!” And then something else happens and you go “Wait!” and you get really confused. Like when you put people on pedestals, it’ snot fair on them because then it’s like every time they do anything that isn’t perfect, they feel like they’ve got to keep that up. At the same time you think of someone as all bad, you never give them the opportunity to prove otherwise. And you never give them a reason to prove otherwise because you already think they’re a terrible person. Nothing happens for no reason. No one is just evil. Everyone is just a product of other things; cause and effect. If people were to take anything from Finding Carter, just look in the grey and embrace it.
Finding Carter airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on MTV.
Kat’s done an new video interview with PopSugar, where she talked to the reporter about Finding Carter and her photography.
MTV’s Finding Carter Star Kathryn Prescott on Why She “Hated” Her Own Teen Years
On MTV’s new drama Finding Carter, Kathryn Prescott plays a teenager who discovers that the woman she’s always called mom isn’t her mom at all — she’s her kidnapper. Kathryn, who got her start on another teen drama, the British hit Skins, stopped by our LA studio to talk about taking on the weighty role. She also chatted with us about her passion when she’s not on set: photography. Finding Carter airs Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. EDT/9 p.m. CDT.
See What ‘Finding Carter’ Star Kathryn Prescott Does Behind The Camera
Bird made her pal Carter Stevens the subject of her latest portrait on last night’s “Finding Carter” episode. But actress Kathryn Prescott, who plays the title character, is the one making art in real life.
Prescott, who’s got a serious talent for photography (just look at the collection of portraits on her website!), recently told MTV News she appreciates any chance to organically capture passersby on film, but that the task of ensuring her subjects remain sincere isn’t always easy.
“Unless they trust the person who’s taking their photograph, you don’t get anything real, and you can see it,” she explains in the video below. “It’s this hard thing, because in one sense, you are coming up to someone, and by asking them to take their photo, you are kind of objectifying them.”
Clearly, though, Kat has a knack for putting people at ease. And her work, which includes shots of singers, dancers and landscapes, too, could be ripped from the pages of any magazine. WHERE’S THE NEAREST EMPTY GALLERY?!
Check out the segment, and tune in to a new “Finding Carter” episode next Tuesday at 10/9c!