Do you remember Kiernan Shipka; Don and Betty Draper’s daughter, Sally from Mad Men? Yes, well she has been learning a lot on the new journey of her career as she is now, the star of the new Netflix series The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. And one of the lessons is, she's allergic to cats and that can come across as a real problem when you have to portray a teenage witch whose black cat, Salem, is essentially her sidekick.
The show premiered on October 26th, 2018!
In a recent interview, Shipka mocked a cradling motion and said, “There’s a still (photo) of me picking up Salem like this. That’s the exact moment I truly learned that me and cats are not compatible. .. I feel like ants are crawling all over my face.”
Further she added that she tried Benadryl to combat the reaction and jokes, and it was so potent that she does not remember filming that day. She is the latest Sabrina, in the tale of Sabrina the Teenage Witch iterations over the years. The most recent being a 1990s comedy with a laugh track starring Melissa Joan Hart.
However, Shipka has not watched the Hart version yet. “I hadn’t seen much or any of the 90s version just because it was a little bit before my time,” laughed the 18-year-old. “I’m curious to see it. I definitely think one day I will go back and watch it. I sort of just wanted my own separate Sabrina.”
In The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, this Sabrina is a teen struggling with her identity. In the first episode, we meet her on the eve of her 16th birthday when she’s supposed to choose to go full-on witch or live a normal life.
“I think that a lot of her struggle is figuring out a way to balance her worlds in a way that isn’t catastrophic, and that’s a humongous undertaking because the witch world and the mortal world just don’t mix really.”
Shipka met with creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa last December to talk about the series, tested for it twice and waited what “felt like an eternity” to find if she got the part. “It was really Tuesday through Friday,” she laughed.
She found out she got the role last December and shooting began in Vancouver in March. Filming is already underway for season two. “I didn’t know about any of this a year ago. It’s crazy how quickly it’s all happened,” she said.