‘Shadowhunters’ Star Katherine McNamara Reacts To Season 2 Renewal: ‘I’m Still In Shock’


For those unfamiliar with the Freeform series, Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments is the television adaptation of the novels by Cassandra Clare and is a supernatural drama that centers around Clary Fray, played by Katherine McNamara. Clary goes out among the dark creatures of the night, becoming a hunter of all things supernatural, when her mother is kidnapped.

Katherine McNamara Reacts To The News That Shadowhunters Has Been Renewed For A Second Season

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Shadowhunters bears a close resemblance to a few other shows currently running on television, but it seems fans of supernatural horror have room in their hearts to love just one more show. Following a successful freshman season, Shadowhunters has been renewed for a second year to the shock and delight of series star, Katherine McNamara.

“I’m still in shock but all I can say is thank you,” McNamara said in reaction to the Shadowhunters renewal. “Thank you to the fans for watching the show and coming on this journey with us. Thank you to Ed Decter, McG, and the teams at Freeform, Constantin, and Netflix for giving us the resources, the platform and the support to make something really special.”

Katherine went on to comment that the Shadowhunters cast and crew have become close and that she thinks of them as one big family. Shadowhunters’ McNamara thanked them all for the positive energy they contribute to the series. The Shadowhunters actress also thanked Clare for creating the fictional world upon which the show is based, adding that she feels grateful for the opportunity to portray Clary Fray.

“I am so honored to be entrusted with a character as rich and unique as Clary and to have the opportunity to continue telling her story.”

McNamara also excitedly promised that Season 1 was only the beginning and that she could see many more seasons of compelling storytelling for the Shadowhunters family.

“There is no other family I would rather share this with! Thank you, thank you thank you,” exclaimed Ms. McNamara. “Get ready for season 2, angels! This is only the beginning.”

Harry Shum, Jr. On Perfecting the Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments Character Magnus Bane

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As news of a Season 2 renewal was made public, another Shadowhunters star, Harry Shum, Jr., sat down to talk about creating his character for television and doing all he could to remain loyal to the Cassandra Clare books.

Harry says Magnus, as Shadowhunters fans have met him on the Freeform series, is a melding of what Clare has written in the books and what comes through in the Shadowhunters scripts. Shum says he read the books to prepare for his Shadowhunters role, but there was only so much he could incorporate into the live action adaptation.

“He’s a very wise character. He’s met individuals that we have only read about in history books. At the same time, I think there is a sense of boredom that comes with everyday life,” Shum says of his centuries old Shadowhunters character.

In the television series, as well as in the books, Magnus is a 400-year-old High Warlock of Brooklyn, so there was a degree of learning how to walk the walk and talk the talk, but Shum says that was just the beginning. Aside from learning how to alter his personality, Harry says there’s also hours and hours of make-up and physical effects necessary to making Magnus come to life.

“I had to get a cushion to sit on because my butt was hurting from sitting down! I gained so much more respect for people who put on makeup.”

The biggest problem facing Harry as an actor is the trail of glitter he leaves in his wake. The Shadowhunters star says the cast and crew know every place he’s been because he’s constantly leaving a trail of glitter behind him.

The next episode of Shadowhunters airs on Tuesday, March 22 on Freeform.

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