Following her start on Disney’s As the Bell Rings, the gorgeous Carlson Young has continued to grace our screens for nearly a decade. Having dipped her toes in the water of most genres, her latest adventure comes from MTV’s horror hit Scream, which premiered earlier this summer. In a candid chat with Young, we discuss everything from balancing school and acting to life-threatening shelves.
Cliché: Have you always been a fan of the horror genre?
Carlson Young: Yes! I don’t watch horror movies by myself before I go to bed or anything, but I was lucky that some of my first horror movie experiences were a few classics. The Shining and The Exorcist were some of my first scary movies, so those set the tone for me.
What made you want to be part of MTV’s Scream?
I was a huge fan of the movies. I was happy to just get the audition.
How is your character Brooke different from other roles you have had in the past? Are you two similar at all?
It’s nice because with a TV series, you have the ability to explore the character a bit more. Brooke’s more unique, I think, than the other characters I’ve played in the past. She’s more complicated than her stereotype. Brooke and I have things in common, yes, but mostly we are completely different. I think that’s why it’s so much fun to play her.
Did anything crazy happen on set while filming Scream?
Well, recently, a large wooden shelving unit fell on my head during the middle of a take—just out of nowhere. So that was pretty nuts, but we can laugh about it now!
You have been in a couple movies including The Night Is Young, which is set to come out later this year. What do you find the biggest difference between filming a series vs. a film to be?
It’s awesome to have an amazing cast surrounding you for multiple episodes, and you get to develop your character and their relationships at a different pace on a series, as opposed to shooting a film. You get the opportunity to explore the nuances of a character more in a TV series, just because you have more time to do that. That’s really what I’ve found to be the biggest difference while shooting Scream.
While you are acting, you’re still in school, which is frankly a rarity for much of Young Hollywood. Why did you decide to pursue an education alongside your career? Do you find it challenging to find a balance between the two?
Honestly, it never even crossed my mind to not go to school. It’s always been really important to me to work toward getting my degree. I love writing and poetry, so studying creative writing at USC has been a really fulfilling counterpart to my career goals. I’ve gone a few semesters part-time, which I find relieves a lot of the stress of college and makes every class feel more important and cherished.
What is your dream role?
Galadriel (Cate Blanchett) in Lord of the Rings.
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