in new to all the boys spinoff series, Kitty is “thrown upside down into this whole new world that she wasn't expecting to find in Korea,” Cathcart told People.
Warning: This post contains spoilers from Season 1 of Netflix's XO, Kitty.
Anna Cathcart Kitty is back in her role and ready for resume her matchmaking duties — though, this time, she might be the one seeking relationship advice.
in a new spinoff series from the world of jenny han‘S to all the boys i've loved beforeCathcart resumed her fan-favorite role of younger sister Kitty Song Covey, but gone are the days when she played her older sister Lara Jean (lana condor) and boyfriend, Peter Kavinsky (noah centineo,
Now, Kitty is all grown up. She's 16, at the cusp of her sophomore year of high school, and she's got her love life to worry about.
After months of frustration over the distance in her relationship with Dae (Minyeong Choi)—whom she met during a family trip to South Korea in 2021 To all the boys: forever and ever – Kitty decides to take a leap of faith: She applies for, and gets accepted to, KISS, the Korean independent school in Seoul that Dae attends. As luck would have it, KISS also happens to be the school where he learns his late mother attended during her year abroad.
As she arrives in Seoul, ready to surprise Dae at a back-to-school party, she's as confident as ever.
“Kitty definitely feels like she's totally aware of what's going on,” Cathcart, 19, tells PEOPLE about her character's relationship in this week's issue. “He's like, ‘This is us forever. This is us for life. It's going to be just me and you. We're going to get married. I know love. This is it. It's great.' He's very firm on it.”
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What she doesn't expect, however, is that Dae has a surprise of her own: a secret girlfriend who turns out to be none other than a beautiful and wealthy socialite known as Yuri (Jia Kim).
“Immediately when she gets there, within seconds she sees [Dae]”It's all kind of thrown out the window,” says Cathcart. And she's thrown upside down into this whole new world that she wasn't expecting to find in Korea.
Though she eventually learns that Dee's alleged affair isn't quite what it seems, the 10-episode series finds Kitty with a plethora of surprises that, well, feel life-changing — perhaps more than she realizes. Not that she might have romantic feelings for someone else.
That surprise escalates as she comes to terms with the fact that her potential new crush is Yuri – the girl Dee is dating.
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The unlikely romantic story that emerges between Kitty and Yuri is something Cathcart says she is “very proud of.”
“She's learning to be honest with herself and be honest with the people around her,” says the Canadian actress. “That's something that's very difficult to do in many situations at many stages of your life — but especially when you're growing up, and when you're in high school, and when there are so many different pressures and different Things should be awesome.”
For Kitty to not only have her feelings respected, but to be “accepted by the people she loves” when she reveals them, is something Cathcart says is “special to see” on screen. .
“I'm really excited that we get to explore that type of story, and that we have that type of representation on our show.”
In a particularly poignant scene in the season's final episode, Kitty seeks comfort in her father (John Corbett) as she opens up about her newly found crush, admitting she's unsure about what kind of label to assign her sexiness.
The scene, which Cathcart describes as a “big, monumental moment” for the character, sees Kitty's father remind her of the strength in vulnerability. “What she's doing is strong, and it takes a lot of courage.”
The ambiguity of the dialogue was another purposeful move by the show's producers.
“By the end of it, he doesn't have an answer, like, ‘oh, it makes sense to me. I like Yuri, and it's meant to be, or this label feels right with me,'” Cathcart says. “She doesn't have it all match and fit perfectly, which is also something I really love — is being so erratic, and she's learning to be okay with that and know that this journey And part of what makes it real.”
“That's what so many different people go through in their lives too, so I hope they can find comfort in watching Kitty,” she says.
What begins as a journey largely underpinned by Kitty's frustration with a long-distance relationship turns into a month-long journey that sees the high school sophomore explore his family's culture and identity. imposes – also comes to define itself.
“I think it's cool that it wasn't just focused on her love life,” Cathcart says of the series' darker storylines. “It's not always just that. There's more to Kitty, and more to her story and her life.”
She adds, “I think it's good to show that many types of love are important to her, even familial love.”
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By the end of the season, Kitty goes from lovestruck – having tunnel vision on Alone Day – to waking up to three potential love interests.
“She's exposed to a whole other world that she's like, ‘Love is so many more things than I would have thought it could be, and could be with so many more people,' and just the possibilities were opening up.” are his eyes,” Cathcart says of the season's cliffhanger, which she calls “a very funny twist”.
“I love that scene. I was freaking out when I was reading the script,” she teases of her declaration of love to her roommate/frenemy Min Ho (Sang Heon Lee), while unexpectedly approaching Kitty. He was sitting on his flight home. “I know Kitty certainly didn't expect it. It wasn't something that was on her mind, and going into the season at the very beginning, it was Dae and only Dae and she's the only one. And now there is so much more to learn.”
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