7 Minutes with Kiernan Shipka on the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina


By Su Fen Tan

7 Minutes with Kiernan Shipka on the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

What is Chilling Adventures of Sabrina about?

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is about Sabrina Spellman, who’s half- witch and half-mortal. On her 16th birthday, she has to decide if she wants to sign her name in the Book of the Beast or not. And, long story short, Sabrina kind of creates her own path and throughout the season gets herself into some pretty adventurous, pretty chilling circumstances, and the people around her are affected.”


What can audiences expect from Chilling Adventures of Sabrina?

“I think the audience is going to expect a lot from that title already, and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina definitely lives up to its name because indeed there’s a lot of action-packed things. I think the audience is going to expect horror but I don’t know if they’re going to expect the level in which we take things to a certain point and I think the audience is going to expect a wild ride as they should.”


It looks like we can expect a lot of girl power in the show, with the main protagonists and antagonists being female. What is it like being a part of that dynamic? 

“It’s wonderful to be part of the show that has such a strong and empowering message and I’m really excited that young girls and young children in the general sense who are impressionable are going to get to see the show and grow up with something that’s a very positive influence. I think that just having a show that has a female lead that is portrayed as a multidimensional character is inherently very feminist. But on top of that, Sabrina is an activist and things are discussed in the show regarding feminism and the patriarchy and that is a large plot point in the series.”


Were there any chilling incidents on set?

“The atmosphere on set is honestly pretty lighthearted and fun. Everyone really adores each other. We’re all super close. Obviously, if a scene is dramatic and calls for a more respectful quiet tone on set we completely do that. But if not, we’re totally just cracking jokes and having fun which definitely makes it more balanced given the subject matter that we’re tackling usually.”


The costumes look amazing. Can you tell us a little bit about that and tell us which one is the outfit that you think really embodies Sabrina, and which one was your favorite?

“The costumes really are so amazing on the show. Angus Strathie, who is the costume designer, was a costume designer on Moulin Rouge. He’s amazing, and wearing the costumes is so fun because they’re always different and they always kind of reflect what the character is going through. And I really like that as the show progresses, Sabrina’s fashion changes because she as a person is changing, which is awesome. I think her red coat is so iconic — I’m so obsessed with it and I think it will be a fan favorite and hopefully a Halloween costume. I think the weird sisters and their outfits are always top-notch and the ones that I always want to steal for myself and my regular life.”


What are your top three scary movies?

“My top three scary movies are always changing to be quite honest because I’m a really big fan of horror and I feel like every time I discover a new horror movie I latch on to it and become obsessed with it. My all-time favorite is The Shining just because I think it’s so psychological and I love Stanley Kubrick and I think that his film is a total masterpiece. Jack Nicholson is insane in that movie. I was actually the Grady twins for Halloween once and I just think it’s a fun movie because there are so many hidden messages and conspiracy theories about it that you can watch it over and over again and find something new and exciting about it. I really love Rosemary’s Baby. I think just costume-wise, and style-wise, aesthetically it’s probably my favorite horror film. And recently I saw Hereditary and it scared me and I’m still thinking about it and I think I will be thinking about it for a very long time. And I’ve been talking about it a lot because I’m still a little shook. And that’s you know that’s a good horror movie for you, right?”


Season 1 of ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ is now on Netflix.

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