Shadowhunters' Katherine McNamara teases Clary's fashion evolution as 'the ultimate dichotomy' embraces the dark side
All's well that ends well, or in this case, sits well with fans, and McNamara, much like the fans, seems to think the show 'worked it out okay' when it comes to Clary's transition.
When the official Shadowhunters season 3B trailer dropped, one of the biggest jaw-dropping elements we were teased with was a very scary Clary Fray, with pitch black demonic eyes, hinting at the possibility of the protagonist having turned over to the dark side.
And now, with the release of episode 14 of the same season - which will be the last installment of the show - it has been confirmed that Clary's newly resurrected evil twin, Jonathan Morgenstern (Luke Baines), has indeed manipulated his baby sister into leaving the light behind and embrace her darkness. But a dark Clary brings with her some inevitable fashion changes in her attire, and the face behind her - Katherine McNamara - couldn't be more thrilled about it as she spilled the beans on what to expect from her transition in the ongoing season.
Attending the 5th annual LA Fashion Awards, McNamara - who has played the character for three years now - addressed how Clary's journey and fashion choices have always gone side by side on the show.
Even at the beginning when she finds out about her true identity as a Shadowhunter, her evolution from the Brooklyn artist to the kickass fighter angel was also brought out wonderfully through her dressing sense - something which wardrobe designer Shelley Mansel should be thanked for, revealed the 23-year-old actress.
Talking about Mansel's brilliant work with every character on the show, McNamara reminisced about the first time they had discussed Clary's fashion statement. "I remember when she (Mansel) called me for the first time, and she and I were exactly on the same page about what we wanted to do with Clary - and that was to take her style from this boho Brooklyn artist into a Shadowhunter, and find ways (to do so) because Clary is the ultimate dichotomy," she said in an exclusive interview with MEA WorldWide.
Speaking about the transition Clary's style went through, McNamara said, "She's (Clary) the fighter and the artist, she's the soldier and the angel, and all of these things put together - the hard and the soft, the black and the light, and finding a way to combine that throughout her wardrobe, depending on where she goes and what happens to her in the story, her wardrobe evolves."
But McNamara wasn't just all reminiscing and no teasing, because right after - in her signature style - she addressed the very murky journey Clary has already embarked on in the show, saying that the whole wardrobe evolution is "something we're gonna see quite a bit in this season 3B." Teasing about what lies next in terms of the outfits Clary decides to flaunt on the show, she said, "We actually really got to play cause Clary takes quite a departure from herself into what she is becoming this season and this Monday's episode (episode 14: 'A Kiss From A Rose') sort of starts that journey and this is the last time we see her really soft. She is in that pale sweater and green jacket and as it moves forward, things get different."
However, this isn't the first time things are getting really different for Clary's appearance, because the mid-season premiere that aired back in February end, showed Clary sporting a jet black bob as she walked around the streets of Paris alongside Jonathan.
Dressed chic from head to toe, as Clary pretended to be Italian, McNamara said,"That was a lot of fun, but it took a lot for us to figure that one out because it was Lilith's closet but it was still something Clary would have chosen. And Matt Hastings, our director, had a very specific vision of what he wanted for all of the locations in Paris as well. We also had the restrictions of having to hide all of the runes, so that made things tricky."
But all's well that ends well - or in this case - sits with fans well, and McNamara, much like the fans, seems to think the show "worked it out okay." Even though we think it was beyond brilliant!
'Shadowhunters' is currently airing the second half of its third and final season, with new episodes out every Monday, at 8/7c, only on Freeform.