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

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If you have watched all three Netflix movies in To all the boys I’ve loved before, you know who Anna Cathcart is. She stole the show as Lara Jean’s Kitty sister (played by Lana Condor). In fact, she became such a fan favorite that Cathcart had a spin-off of her own, XO, Kitty, currently in production. I caught up with the 19-year-old star via Zoom to learn everything I could about the much-anticipated Netflix show, how she handled her budding popularity, and her modern partnership with Lego. .

You teamed up with Lego Dots on a limited edition poster drop. That’s different from the Legos I’ve ever made!

“I teamed up with Lego Group to help create three different posters with different aesthetics,” says Cathcart. “And they are all personalized with Lego dots and Lego dot patches.” She showed me the “Wandercore” poster behind her, a pastel design that would look cute in any dorm room. It’s decorated with these Lego dots, which I, as a millennial elder, have never seen before. They are not like regular Legos.

“My favorite part about them is that there are no specific instructions,” she continued. “You don’t have to build them a certain way. You can just keep designing them and then even if you put them on your poster you can still remove the tiles and redesign them. Because nothing is permanent.”

She and Meghan Trainor are helping others express their creativity with a giant pop-up in Los Angeles this weekend.

Organize a pop-up, shoot a Netflix show – that’s a lot of pressure! How do you decompress?

“It can certainly be overwhelming,” says Cathcart. “I think social media is a wonderful thing. But it can also cause a lot of stress, especially when it’s part of your career, when there are certain expectations and it can certainly come to me. I’ve learned to only use Instagram when I feel like it.” She doesn’t use apps 24/7 or they will suck up all her time. (I need to take some of that advice.)

“I am definitely a creative person,” she said. “I journal a lot and I draw a lot… And surround myself with good people. I’m best friends with my older sister, and we hang out a lot and just chat about different things. Spending quality time together is definitely a way for me to take some of the pressure off and feel calm, on track and knowing I can go on and on. “

You are not very active on TikTok even though you have more than 2 million followers.

“I can’t start using this app, because I’ll be using it in four hours,” she admitted. “And I know I can’t afford to do that.” She’s too busy doing XO, Kitty world to find time, plus, she’ll be in a lot of trouble if she accidentally drops pre-established secrets.

“A lot of my cameras are things I just want to post when the show comes out that I have to hold on to for so long,” she says. “That’s definitely part of it. I think the photo shoot is my new favorite because there’s so much pressure and you can only sum it up like the last months of your life.”

Speaking of the show, what does it mean to you to be part of a series with such amazing Asian reps?

“Our cast has a lot of diversity,” she said. “So many different ethnicities. Especially since we are based in Korea, our program is about an international school there, and we have a lot of Asian representation. It’s interesting to see that happening more and more often… This must be normal. But I like that we’re on the right track. “

“I think the interesting thing here is that Kitty is just Asian,” she continued. “She’s just a girl living her life. And she’s discovering who she is. She’s in high school and she’s doing her thing. Of course, [being Asian] is a really big part of her. And we dig into that a little bit. It’s just a beautiful part of her. And that kind of really special representation, I love being a part of it. “

Cathcart understands how important it is for people to see themselves on TV, to feel understood in the media in general. “It’s such a magical feeling that you can’t compare it to anything else,” she added. “I love being a part of that.”

How is filming in Korea?

“It sounds dramatic, but I mean, it’s the best thing I’ve ever had to do, to be in a different culture, to live there,” Cathcart said. “I was there when we were filming the third movie, but it was a few weeks when we arrived in Seoul. This time, I was there for four months. I have to really enjoy seeing the city and living there and experiencing it in a different way that I love and a lot of the actors are local as well. “

“I’ve been home for a month and a half now,” she said. “I’m still trying to process what just happened. I can’t even believe it’s real life.”

Beauty and fashion in Korea is unlike anything else. Does it inspire?

“The beauty industry is there and the style is amazing,” she says. “Everybody, everybody, very stylish. Me and my mom would talk about it all the time. We’re walking down the street and go,’How do people look cool here?‘Everybody always looks great. I definitely did a lot of shopping and trying to get inspired.” She told me the cute shirt she was wearing was actually from Korea.

Of course, she must also have Korean beauty while there. “I definitely have some masks,” she said. “I’ve never had a facial before but I’ve had a few facials while there and it’s been amazing. I missed. “

What is your beauty routine like?

“In general, that is the weak point,” she said. “I am quite natural but [beauty] very fun to play and i love my makeover. “She uses a lot of pharmacy items and can’t, can not Live without lip balm and/or lip gloss. She likes Glossier’s Balm Dot Com – but only the transparent or mint ones. “It’s my favorite because it works on makeup-free faces and makeup days because it has a shine effect but also works like a normal lip balm,” adds Cathcart.

Do you have a good appetite and a good Netflix show? This girl is going to many places.

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