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The Hottie Stop interviews Katherine McNamara, star of Natural Selection

08.29.2016by: Eric Walkuski

Katherine McNamara is 20-years-old, has only been acting for nine years, and already has 42 credits to her name (according to IMDb). Having started off in theater as a pre-teen, McNamara moved on to film and television while going to school, ultimately getting her business degree. Her credits are varied: on television she's been in MTV's Happyland, The Fosters, and can currently be seen on Freeform's Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments. On the big screen, she was recently in THE SCORCH TRIALS (the MAZE RUNNER sequel), Garry Marshall's NEW YEAR'S EVE and NATURAL SELECTION, which was just released. The film tackles issues of high school bullying and violence in a most timely way.

I recently spoke to Katherine about her new film, as well as getting started in the business, her crazy busy schedule, what else she wants to do career-wise and more!

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What can you tell me about the film and your character?

This film was the brainchild of our director. The short film version of it was his thesis for film school and he got the opportunity to make it into a feature, and he expended it in a very interesting way. At its core, Natural Selection is about humanity, it's about people, each one of us has a dark side, each one of us has skeletons in our closet and obstacles that we have to deal with every day. It's how we deal with those obstacles that make us who we are as human beings.

Tell me about the character you play in it.

I play Paige Thomas, a girl who's grown up in this town and has loved it her whole life. Now, as she grows up, she's sort of questioning things; she's ready to leave the town and see more of the world. She's learning how to get over past relationships that have had a very negative influence on her, how to close that door and move on and open the door for new opportunities to come her way.

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What was your high school experience like?

My high school experience was very interesting. When I started high school I was working in theater in New York, figuring out what moving from Kansas City to New York was all about. High school is similar for everyone, no matter where you are, it's when you start seeing the world as adults see the world, a perspective outside your family, outside your community. It's an eye-opening experience, when you start asking questions and figuring out where your place in the world is.

Was moving from Kansas to New York difficult?

I wouldn't say it was difficult; there was definitely culture shock at first, but it was the best thing that could have happened to me. It opened my eyes and really allowed me to see what was out there in the world. I was very thankful for that.

You've been in the industry since you were a child, has it ever been a challenge balancing working and just being a kid?

I didn't start working until I was about 12 or 13 years old, so I was a very normal kid. I played sports and did all the things kids do, so I had all these experiences of life outside of the industry that I'm very glad to have had, because it grounded me and made me remember there's real life outside of this crazy entertainment industry. [Laughs]

Katherine McNamara hot sexy photo shoot Shadowhunters

Did you know from a very early age that you wanted to act?

No, when I was younger I wanted to work in finance. I wanted to run my own company or work in investments, something along those lines. When I started doing theater, it hit me like a brick wall. I was like, "Wait a minute, this is something I have to do for the rest of my life. This is what I was put on this Earth to do." I've never looked back. I still went on to get my business degree because it's another interest of mine and to make sure I'm a well-rounded individual. I want to have some knowledge outside of this industry, and it allows me to manage my career from a business and creative perspective.

That was a wise decision. When you started off, were you ever nervous being out on stage at such a young age?

You know, I never was. It was always something that was a joyful thing for me. Being out on stage or on camera, it was something I was sharing. I was sharing something that brought me joy and hopefully it was bringing other people joy or making people think about life in a different way. It's such a process, such an energy exchange, it's something that I've always loved.

Do you have a preference in terms of theater versus movies versus TV?

I love to do it all. I don't want to be stuck in one thing for too long, I like to keep learning and changing and growing. That's what I love about this industry, every couple of months or however long a project lasts, I can move on to something completely different, push yourself to lean something new. That's the fascinating thing about it, and each medium that I work in has different challenges, different aspects that make it special.

Katherine McNamara hot sexy photo shoot Shadowhunters

What haven't you done yet that you really want to do?

So many things. I want to do everything. I want to do a horror film, I want to do a gritty drama, I want to do a movie musical, I want to do a period piece where I have to wear a corset everyday. I want to do everything that I possibly can to learn, because every experience I've had has helped me to grow as a human being as well.

What do you do when you're not working and taking a break?

I'm sorry, take a break? I don't take breaks. [Laughs] I try to travel as much as I can, I visit family, I love spending time with my friends. I think travel is one of my favorite things, especially when it's not for work. I travel for work, but when I can just travel for me it makes it even more special, because then you can just explore and see the world.

Katherine McNamara hot sexy photo shoot Shadowhunters

You're also on Shadowhunters, what has that experience been like? That's a property that has a lot of fans.

It's amazing, it has been a whirlwind, but a wonderful one. When we were shooting season one, we hadn't really released anything. After it aired, we heard a lot more opinions about it and things to live up to, so coming back for season two, I think it's going to be even better. We see what works, what doesn't work. Now we've established these characters and relationships, we can play within that and take what we've learned and grow from it and explore this universe in a new way, on new levels.

Do you read the comments from the fans? Do you ever read about yourself online?

I love the community that the Mortal Instruments fans have online. They care so much about this story and about these characters. I'm lucky enough to get to do what I love for a living, so on top of that getting to be a part of a project that people are very passionate about... it's always great to hear their opinions, because they catch things that we missed, they have a different perspective on the story than we do. Even when I was at Comic-Con, talking to fans, you find out what they think, and what they see is different from what I see, and that always adds to my work.

Katherine McNamara hot sexy photo shoot Shadowhunters

NATURAL SELECTION is currently available on VOD and iTunes; check out the official site HERE. You can also give Katherine's official site a look HERE and follow her on Twitter HERE.

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