Turning 16 years old is a momentous occasion in anyone’s life, and it certainly is a big deal for Anne (Amybeth McNulty) in Season 3 of the Anne with a E. The drama, which returns on Sunday, September 22 at 8 p.m. ET to CBC and CBC Gem, finds the world of Avonlea continuing to expand for Anne as both Matthew (R. H. Thomson) and Marilla (Geraldine James) struggle to come to terms with the fact that Anne’s becoming more and more independent. That independence means lots of romance, friendship, first love and first kisses for many of Anne’s friends.
Elsewhere, Avonlea is concerned about the residents of a nearby camp of members of the Mi’kmaq nation. While tensions start to rise, Anne meets a new friend, Ka’kwet (Kiawenti:io Tarbell). Like Anne, Ka’kwet is independent and resilient, and will come to teach Anne many lessons about life this season. In order to get a glimpse about everything to expect from this momentous year in Anne’s life, The TV Junkies recently caught up with star McNulty. She talks about what turning 16 means for Anne and how that’ll affect relationships in her life, such as the growing friendship with Gilbert (Lucas Jade Zumann).
The TV Junkies: You’re really growing up in this role along with Anne. How did you feel coming into now your third season playing this character?
Amybeth McNulty: I felt much more comfortable, I suppose. I started this role when I was 14 and had no idea what I was doing. Anne and I have grown up alongside each other now, and I feel like I really have gotten to know her. I feel like I know what I’m doing and have the right to say to the director an idea I have. It’s really nice because I have more trust in myself as an actor.
TTVJ: Anne is turning 16 in Season 3 and that’s a pretty big deal. What does that milestone mean for her?
AM: It means a lot! They grew up a lot faster in the 1800s too. In terms of her friendships, especially with the girls, they are all still so young. I think we see that on her birthday where they are very playful and lovely. But they are excited to grow up and have these ideas of corsets and all. It’s all very exciting.
TTVJ: You mention growing up faster, and in the premiere there definitely seems to be a focus on finding mates and romance. Then you remember they are only 16 and it’s kind of crazy.
AM: That’s what it was though back then! It’s kind of funny.
TTVJ: Speaking of romance, what can we expect from Anne and Gilbert’s relationship this season?
AM: Their friendship is definitely growing and they are relating to each other more. We get to see them connect more and have some really nice, genuine conversations. That’s so important before we fly into anything else. We also get to see them be there for one another in times of need, which I think is really lovely.
TTVJ: As Anne is getting older, she’s getting more independent. So might we see any clashes with Matthew and Marilla?
AM: There is some of that and I can’t really give you context. It’s that usual family dynamic, though, where Anne is growing up and wants to do all these things. Matthew and Marilla might not be ready for that. She’s still their little girl, and I think every family has that conversation, which is really sweet. There is that dynamic of her wanting to grow up but them wanting her to stay a little girl.
TTVJ: Anne makes an important new friend in Season 3. What can you tell us about her and how she’ll affect Anne?
AM: Ka’kwet is such an important character this season. Kiawenti:io, who plays her, does so phenomenally and I’m so excited for her to be introduced to the world. I know everyone is going to love her character. Anne gets taught a lot and it opens up her world a little bit more. It makes her question things, in terms of her lineage, and what she knows and doesn’t know. Anne being open to Ka’kwet’s culture, and her teaching her so much about that is so important. Their friendship is such a beautiful thing to watch unfold and see the similarities that they share.
TTVJ: Showrunner Moira Walley-Beckett called this season “our most intense yet”. Do you agree with that and how is that so?
AM: I do agree with that. There’s something very different about it, but I don’t know if that’s because we, as a cast and crew, are a lot more comfortable and that reflects on our work. But the writing is so phenomenal this year, and the storylines that we have make this the season that I, personally, am most proud of. I’m really excited for everyone to see it. It still has that Anne with an E vibe to it, but the storylines are going to be so influential.
What are you looking forward to this season?
Anne with an E Season 3 premieres Sunday, September 22 at 8 p.m. on CBC and CBC Gem.
Editor in Chief Bridget Liszewski comes from a long line of TV Junkies who fostered her love of television from a very young age. She's channeled that passion into covering both US and Canadian television shows, and is thankful everyday for the invention of the DVR. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, she loves college football and is a fan of sports in general. Bridget is always up for talking TV and you can follow her on twitter at @BridgetOnTV.