Kiernan Shipka Explores ASMR

In this Celebrity ASMR interview, actress Kiernan Shipka explores autonomous sensory meridian response with whispers and sounds. The "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" star talks about her first role at 5-months old, genuinely loving her work - even 5am call times, one of her last speaking scenes on madmen, her admiration for her character Sabrina Spellman and what to expect in Season 2, which is currently streaming on Netflix.

Released on 4/15/2019

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Starring: Kiernan Shipka

Transcript

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[Kiernan breathing rapidly]
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You have to really practice loosening up your jaw
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for that one and going like, ha, ha, ha.
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Stuff like that.
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Hi, I'm Kiernan Shipka and we are going
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to go on a very fun ASMR journey today.
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I'm gonna talk about my career
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and we're gonna have a great time.
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I'm familiar with ASMR but this is truly
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my first real immersive experience with it.
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ER.
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I think I was about five months
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when I was on ER and it's so funny.
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I clearly have no memory of it,
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but when I was about, I want to say, 15 or 16,
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I was at the SAG Awards and Julianna Margulies
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comes up to me and she goes, I'm Julianna,
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I'm a really big fan of yours.
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And I was like, surprise, surprise,
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we worked together before.
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And we had a little laugh over that, yeah.
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I always really loved storytelling.
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I always loved performing.
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I was a super outgoing kid and very, just,
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wanted to sing and dance everywhere that I could.
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Restaurants, places that I shouldn't
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have been singing or dancing,
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I was definitely doing both of those things.
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I watched Wizard of Oz really young,
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and that was the first time that I thought,
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oh my god, movies are magic
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and I think I just became super obsessed with it.
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Slowly but surely it kind of all worked out
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and I moved down to Los Angeles
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and got Mad Men and the rest is kind of history,
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and I still like it, so that's good.
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I did a lot of commercials.
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I did tons.
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I did a nice Trix are for kids commercial
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and I did a commercial with Billy Crystal once,
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I don't remember what that was for,
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but that was quite the time.
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And yeah, I kept busy, but I mainly
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started working on films and TV when I moved out to L.A.
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When I was about six I did a horror movie
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called Carriers before Mad Men.
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To represent my time on ER,
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this is the sound of medical instruments.
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[stethoscope thuds]
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[instruments clacking]
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[instruments scraping]
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Monk.
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I remember that my character was
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very emotional about this bear
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and I remember Tony Shalhoub being super nice, actually,
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and there was a couple other kids
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that I was kind of chatting up,
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but I think I was mostly chatting up
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the adults, to be quite honest.
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I was pretty much just having conversations with them.
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It always never felt like work,
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which is a good sign, but I always just felt
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like the days were flying by and I was having fun,
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which is why I still do it
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and now I look back and I think,
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I'm so happy that's how I fell into this whole world,
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because I think it's kind of random that I even found it,
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but it feels really meant to be.
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It's funny, I don't think I even really knew
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what Monk was or was thinking about it
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when I booked the show,
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but it is kind of cool in retrospect to look back,
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because it is such an iconic show
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and people love it so much,
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and I think Tony Shalhoub is so talented.
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So I'm happy I got to be a very,
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very tiny part of that show.
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Tiny physically as well, because I was six.
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To represent my time on Monk,
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this is the sound of hand sanitizer,
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because he was a germaphobe.
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[pump clicks]
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[sanitizer squelches]
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They're clean.
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Mad Men.
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Oh my gosh, playing Sally Draper was truly
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one of the most formative experiences
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of my childhood, to be quite honest.
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I was on the show from six to 15, roughly,
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and I learned everything I know today
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about acting and being on sets from that production.
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It truly was an incredible experience playing Sally Draper.
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She is an amazing young woman
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and to play her through so many
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different periods of her life,
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rough periods of her life as well,
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was really, really incredible.
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I felt so close to her and it was hard
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to let her go, to a certain extent.
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Jon Hamm and January Jones played my parents on Mad Men.
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I learned so much from watching both of them work.
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I think that both professionally and artistically
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they're extremely admirable
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and I couldn't think of better TV parents.
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I mean, they were not good parents on TV,
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but you know what I mean.
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I really enjoyed filming always,
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because I was always so excited to go to set.
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I remember when I was younger
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I had a really early call time,
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I would actually be super excited for it,
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which doesn't happen any more,
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because who's excited to wake up at 5:00 a.m.?
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But I was at the time.
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When we were wrapping up the show,
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the last few episodes, everyone was just playing games 24/7.
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We did a secret Santa every year.
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I got John Slattery one year
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and I got him cookies with his face printed on them.
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It was an absolute hit, and no one knew who it was, either.
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It was a super random person for me to get,
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and I was like, what should I get John Slattery?
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Needless to say, that's my new
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and go-to secret Santa trick from now on.
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If you are in a pinch, you just find someone
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that can monogram someone's face
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onto cookies and it's sleeper hit, always.
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Especially if you don't know the person that well.
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I think the cookies were good.
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I didn't try them, I don't know.
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There's something odd about eating
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a cookie with someone's face on it, but.
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To represent my time on Mad Men,
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Sally talked to her dad a lot on a rotary phone,
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so these are the sounds of a rotary phone.
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[phone rattles]
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[dial clicking]
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So one of my last scenes on Mad Men
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was a phone call between Sally and her dad
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on a rotary phone and it's sort of an intense,
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sad moment between the two of them
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and it's one of the last times
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that we really see them have a conversation together
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and filming that scene really meant a lot to me.
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It was one of the last scenes that I filmed
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and Jon wasn't on camera for the scene,
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but I remember he showed up anyway, which is awesome.
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That doesn't always happen in the TV or movie world.
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If you're off-camera, a lot of times
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just anyone will read your dialogue and usually it's fine,
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but it was such an emotional scene
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that I still am always so grateful
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for the amount that that cast committed to their work
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and to the other cast members, how much everyone cared.
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Something as simple as hearing his voice,
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it really was an emotional choker in that moment.
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And I still go back and watch that scene
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and kind of just, ooh, feel things, man,
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because I think it might've even been
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the last time we see my character talk.
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So that was that.
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[phone clacking]
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The Legend of Korra.
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I love voiceover, it's a completely different challenge.
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You have to convey a lot more with your voice
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and as someone who relies a lot
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on their face and their expressions to say things,
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it's definitely a different world.
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It's an entirely different process and it's so interesting,
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because you don't feel the scene
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that you're making really come together,
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but then occasionally if you go back
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and you re-dub something
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then they'll actually have the animation to put with it
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and it's so magical to see it all come together.
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It's such a different world, but such a fun one.
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The character I play, Jinora, I really loved her,
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so it was a great time.
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I would say that there's sort of two sides
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to getting my voice ready,
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especially when I'm doing something
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like voiceover or honestly even if
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I'm just acting in general,
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to have a nice clear-sounding voice,
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is to first treat it well.
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I mean, hot water, lemon, tea, and sleep.
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And then a lot of vocal warmups
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that make you look a little funky
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when you're just doing them in the elevator or in your car,
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but you kinda gotta do it.
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To represent my time on Legend of Korra,
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my character Jinora was a young airbender,
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so this is the sound of airbending, via fan.
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[fan whirs]
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[wind whooshes]
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The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
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It was a really fun undertaking.
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I really have the time of my life playing Sabrina.
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I will truly love playing her.
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I got to play her for 20 episodes last year
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and I got to know a lot about her.
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She grew a lot as a person,
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as I was also changing and growing as a person,
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and I'm excited that I'm not done with her yet.
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I'm not letting her go easy.
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She's a real spitfire and I absolutely love that about her.
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She represents so much of what I believe
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is a good friend and a stand-up person
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and I think that she's a perfect witch for 2019.
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I think fans are really gonna dig these new episodes.
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They're much darker and much scarier in a lot of ways.
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I felt like the first 10 episodes were sort of
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just a set up for these next nine to come out,
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because in so many ways the stakes are raised
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after Sabrina signs her name in the Book of the Beast.
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Everything changes and she becomes a different person
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and definitely more of her witch self
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is revealed this season and a lot of secrets are revealed.
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A lot of shocking things happen.
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So many characters' lives are in danger constantly.
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There are certain episodes where you don't know
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who's gonna make it out alive,
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and I think for fans it's gonna be
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extremely wild and fun to watch.
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It's a bit of a rollercoaster.
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If last season was a five on the scariness scale,
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this is probably a 10.
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9 1/2, 10, depending on what your
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gauge for scariness is.
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To represent my time on Sabrina,
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this is the sound of signing the Book of the Beast.
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[book thuds]
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[pen scratching]
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The Book of the Beast is a very sacred book
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in the Church of Night, which is the church
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which Sabrina and the Spellman family belong to.
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Sabrina in the first season resisted
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signing her name in the Book of the Beast
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because it means submitting fully to the Dark Lord
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and she didn't like the sound of that, understandably.
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But in the end of the first season,
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spoilers if you haven't seen it,
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she has to to save her friends, her family, and her town,
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and this next season is really all about
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kind of what that means and her still fighting that
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to an extent and wanting to forge her own path
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and be her own boss and be the own
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decision maker in her life.
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And signing your name in the Book of the Beast
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is something that witches just pretty much
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do when they turn 16.
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It's not really thought of as a, do I want to, do I not.
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And Sabrina, on the other hand,
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is just confused about
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why she has to choose one path over the other
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and what exactly this whole thing means.
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And the Church of Night, in a large sense,
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is still quite patriarchal
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and Sabrina is our favorite witch feminist,
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so she's got a few issues to take up with that.
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But I think at the end of the day,
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her signing her name in the Book of the Beast
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was really sort of her way in
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to further her agenda, to kinda take down the Dark Lord.
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[pages rustle]
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[pen cap clicks]
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I hope you enjoyed this ASMR experience with me today.
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I certainly did.
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I'm Kiernan Shipka, thank you so much for watching.