'Carrie Diaries' Star Katie Findlay Talks Maggie's 'Secret, Sexy World'

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Katie Findlay had never watched an episode of HBO's Sex and the City until a couple of months before she auditioned for the role of Maggie Landers, Carrie Bradshaw’s (AnnaSophia Robb) best friend on The CW's The Carrie Diaries. And even though the 22-year-old actress had never seen the show, she quickly realized what made the series so special.

“I sort of got a sense of what it did for portraying women and especially women in a group, because I think it’s really popular in the media to have women be frenemies as opposed to actually supportive,” she explained to Celebuzz. “Watching the show, me and my  mom were chatting about it, [it] seems like that’s something that should be a given but it was actually a huge deal that here is a group of women who were supporting each other and didn’t secretly hate each other over shoes.”

The Canadian native, who some fans will remember as Rosie Larsen on AMC's The Killing, says the main difference between Americans and Canadians is that Canadians are, “raised to be apologetic.” She says she loves working on The Carrie Diariesfor a couple of reasons, one being the spectacular 80s fashion of big hair and even bigger shoulder pads.

“I think the fashion is awesome!,” she squeals. “I am the worst fashion person in the world. Being dressed up like a Barbie doll is kind of fantastic. I don’t get to wear a lot of spandex in my everyday life, shockingly enough, so it’s really fun.”

Secondly, the cast get along really well. She told us that the crew are constantly teasing the cast on “how much it looks like we really like each other. I think we all just genuinely like each other and it shows through.”

Katie’s character Maggie has been dating Walt (Brendan Dooling) for a couple of years, but unbeknownst to Carrie she’s also been carrying on an affair with an older man. Findlay appreciates that the topic of cheating is not dealt with in a judgmental manner but is a little more understanding and sounding much wiser than 22, she also has words of compassion about the touchy subject.

“It does happen and I do think especially when you’re a kid you don’t understand the consequences of things. It takes years and years of dating and being with people and messing up to really understand what it means to have a responsibility towards someone. Having a romantic responsibility towards someone is a huge deal and it takes ages to appreciate that,” she says.

“I think not realizing the potential ramifications of cheating on someone and thinking you can have someone and it’s a secret and sexy and fun, it’s a huge lesson. I don’t think we should be condemning young women for living that lesson. It’s interesting and it’s a part of growing. Of course, I’m not saying, go run out and do it!”

So what is next for Maggie?

“Big change,” Findlay promises. “I think Maggie has been rolling along with the belief that she can create a sort of secret, sexy world for herself that nobody has to know and everything will be fine and it all kind of comes down the pipe this season.

“I adore Maggie! I have a lot of personal love for her because I knew girls like her in high school. I was never brave enough to be one. I think that in 10 years she’s going to be dynamite. She’s the kind of person where if she gets it together she could be amazing. She’s a really powerful, sexy, confident person but I think right now she has the potential to be a hot mess if she doesn’t start moving in the right direction. I would love to see her find a little self-worth and sort of stop running in dramatic little circles which she does often because she’s a good chick.”

The Carrie Diaries airs Mondays at 8PM on The CW

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  • lizcal
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    I wonder how many Carrie Diaries viewers actually watched SATC or are allowed to watch it? That's if they're younger viewers.

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