XO, Kitty’s Anna Cathcart on Asian Illustration & Filming in South Korea

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If you happen to watched all three Netflix motion pictures within the To All of the Boys I’ve Beloved Earlier than, you recognize who Anna Cathcart is. She stole the present as Lara Jean’s (performed by Lana Condor) little sister Kitty. Actually, she turned such a fan favourite, that Cathcart received her personal spin-off present, XO, Kitty, at the moment in manufacturing.  I caught up with the 19-year-old star over Zoom to seek out out every part I might in regards to the anticipated Netflix present, how she’s dealing with her newfound fame and her trendy partnership with Lego Dot®.

You teamed up with Lego Dots on a limited-edition poster drop. That’s totally different from the Legos I’m used to!

“I partnered with the Lego Group to assist create three totally different posters that every one have totally different aesthetics,” Cathcart says. “And all of them are personalizable with Lego dots and Lego dots patches.” She exhibits me the “Wandercore” poster behind her, a pastel design that might look cute in any dorm room. It’s adorned with these Lego dots, one thing I, as an elder millennial, had by no means seen earlier than. They’re not like common Legos.

“My favourite half about them is there are not any set instructions,” she continues. “You don’t should construct them in a single sure manner. You’ll be able to simply hold designing them after which even as soon as you set them in your poster, you’ll be able to nonetheless take off the tiles and redesign them. As a result of nothing’s everlasting.”

She and Meghan Trainor are serving to others specific their creativity with an enormous pop-up in Los Angeles this weekend.

Internet hosting a pop-up, filming a Netflix present — it’s lots of strain! How do you decompress?

“It might probably undoubtedly be overwhelming,” Cathcart says. “I believe social media is a good factor. However it will possibly additionally trigger lots of stress, particularly when it’s part of your profession, when there are specific expectations and it undoubtedly can get to me. I’ve realized to go on Instagram solely after I really feel prefer it.” She’s not on the apps 24/7 or they’d suck up all her time. (I must take a few of that recommendation.)

“I’m undoubtedly a inventive particular person,” she says. “I journal loads and I draw loads…And simply surrounding your self with good individuals. I’m finest buddies with my older sister, and we hang around loads and simply speak and rant about various things. Spending high quality time collectively is unquestionably a manner for me to decompress and really feel simply calm and on monitor and know I can proceed and hold going.”

You aren’t very lively on TikTok despite the fact that you could have greater than 2 million followers.

“I can not deliver myself to go on this app, as a result of I shall be on it for one more 4 hours,” she admits. “And I do know I can’t afford to try this.” She was simply too busy within the XO, Kitty world to seek out time, plus she would get in lots of bother if she by chance spilled set secrets and techniques.

“A lot of my digicam had been issues I’m simply dying to publish when the present comes out that I’ve to carry for thus lengthy,” she says. “That undoubtedly was part of it. I believe picture dumps are my new favourite factor as a result of there’s a lot strain and you’ll simply sum up like the previous few months of your life.”

Talking of the present, what does it imply to you to be part of a sequence that options such nice Asian illustration?

“Our forged has a lot variety,” she says. “Plenty of totally different ethnicities. Particularly as a result of we’re based mostly in Korea, our present is about a world college there, and we’ve got lots of Asian illustration. It’s so thrilling to see that occur an increasing number of typically…This needs to be regular. However I really like that we’re headed in the appropriate course.”

“I believe what’s cool about it as properly, is Kitty simply occurs to be Asian,” she continues. “She’s only a lady who’s dwelling her life. And he or she’s exploring who she is. She’s in highschool and he or she’s doing her factor. After all, [being Asian] is a very massive a part of her. And we do dive into {that a} bit. lt’s only a lovely a part of her. And that actually particular sort of illustration, I really like attending to be part of.”

Cathcart understands how necessary it’s for individuals to see themselves on TV, to really feel understood in media as an entire. “It’s such a magical feeling that you may’t examine it to anything,” she provides. “I really like attending to be part of that.”

How was filming in South Korea?

“It sounds perhaps dramatic, however I imply, each phrase of it: it was critically the good factor I’ve ever gotten to do, to be immersed in a distinct tradition, attending to reside there,” Cathcart says. “I had been there once we shot the third film, however that was a few weeks once we went to Seoul. This time, I used to be there for 4 months. I received to love actually see town and reside there and expertise it in such a distinct manner which I beloved and lots of the forged as properly had been native.”

“I’ve been house now for like a month and a half,” she says. “I’m nonetheless making an attempt to course of what simply occurred. I can’t even imagine that was actual life.”

The wonder and style in South Korea are in contrast to anything. Was it inspiring?

“The wonder business there and elegance is so wonderful,” she says. “Everybody, everybody, is simply so fashionable. Me and my mother would speak about it on a regular basis. We’re strolling down the road and go, ‘how does everybody look cool right here?‘ Everybody simply at all times appears superior. I undoubtedly went purchasing loads and tried to get inspiration.” She tells me the lovable shirt she’s sporting is definitely from Korea.

After all, she needed to get into Korean magnificence whereas she was there, too. “I undoubtedly received some face masks,” she says. “I had by no means had a facial earlier than however I received just a few facials whereas I used to be there and it was wonderful. I’ve been lacking out.”

What’s your magnificence routine often like?

“Usually it’s low key,” she says. “I’m fairly pure however [beauty] is a lot enjoyable to play with and I really like doing my make-up.” She makes use of lots of drugstore objects and can’t, can not reside with out lip balm and/or gloss. She loves Glossier’s Balm Dot Com — however solely the clear or mint ones. “That’s my favourite as a result of it really works on a no-makeup face and make-up days as a result of it really works as a gloss but in addition works as a standard lip balm,” Cathcart provides.

Good style and successful Netflix present within the works? This lady goes locations.

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