Mad Men’s 14-year-old Kiernan Shipka enjoys playing darker roles, and she’s found another one as captive Cathy in Lifetime’s adaptation of Flowers in the Attic, which costars Heather Graham as mother Corrine, Mason Dye as, let’s call him dependent brother Christopher, and Ellen Burstyn as evil grandmother Olivia. “Working with someone as amazing as Ellen, you’re completely pulled into the scene,” Shipka says. “There’s a couple really intense scenes with Ellen and I where I totally, the whole time, forgot about everything but that moment because it was so intense…. I’ve done plenty of different scenes with different actors in general where they’re like, ‘Ah, I was so mean to you!’ But it’s all in good fun.”
While Shipka watched the 1987 version of Flowers in the Attic on Netflix the night before she read for the part and will tell you The Shining is the scariest film she’s ever seen, she will happily lighten up when asked to reveal her first celebrity crush, the TV show she always quotes (Arrested Development!), what she’s watching now (Parks and Recreation! Veep!), and the movies she’s seen the most times (confirming what her mother correctly guessed after the interview, this is the first time we’ve gotten Air Bud as an answer).
Watch her take the EW Pop Culture Personality Test below. Flowers in the Attic premieres Jan. 18 at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime.
The Flowers in the Attic trailer: