Nancy Drew: Why Kennedy McMann Loves the Series’ Spooky Supernatural Nature

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Miller Mobley/The CW

Spooks and scares are all part of the game when it comes to Nancy Drew. The freshman drama series, which airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on the CW and W Network, has turned into quite the supernatural scare fest, especially in recent weeks. Ghosts are all just part of the game as Nancy (Kennedy McMann) and her group of friends, affectionately referred to as The Drew Crew by fans, investigate a couple of murders in her hometown of Horseshoe Bay, Maine. 

Coming off the big discovery in last week’s episode that Josh (Kenneth Mitchell) was the one responsible for Tiffany Hudson’s death, a new mystery arose when Josh’s electrocuted body went missing. But first, Nancy may have bigger concerns as she turns to supernatural sources this week as part of a last-ditch effort to exonerate her dad, Carson (Scott Wolf).

McMann recently spoke with The TV Junkies about the series’ supernatural nature, and why it’s both challenging and fun for her to film. She also alludes to what may happen in the love triangle that seems to be brewing between Nancy, her ex Nick (Tunji Kasim), and George (Leah Lewis).

 

The TV Junkies: Something I really love about the show, that I didn’t really expect going in, was how spooky and supernatural it is. What was your reaction when you found out the show was going to be more supernatural than the books?

Kennedy McMann: The pilot script introduced this idea of a singular ghost, and at the time, we were all under the impression that that would be the only supernatural element. As the season has grown, especially where we are right now, they realized that it’s captured a big part of our fanbase and that those fans love the supernatural and horror stuff.

For me personally, it’s a whole other skill set to be doing horror and react to things that have no real tangible rooting. It’s been really fun to explore those avenues and learn that set of skills. It really opens up the world of possibilities for these characters and our plot lines. It’s creating a really unique market, and I don’t feel like there’s any shows on the air right now that are doing what we are. It makes us pretty special.

TTVJ: I feel like every week I ready myself for the jump scare, but you seem to still get me every single time.

KM: [laughs] It’s funny because it happens to me as well when I watch them back. It’s so anticlimactic when you’re filming because you know what’s going to happen and it’s so technical. Sometimes when you watch it back, you don’t see things when you’re filming or know how it’s going to turn out. Going back and watching it I find myself getting really scared. It’s a very funny part of the process.

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Kailey Schwerman/The CW

TTVJ: Nancy seems to have taken the news that ghosts are real and she’s being haunted in stride, but how would you react to it all?

KM: I was actually talking about this with some cast mates last night, and I feel like I’d just be comatose and not able to handle it. There’s an abandoned mental institution that we film at for some locations, and Leah [Lewis] and I were absolutely convinced there was a ghost. We were in tears, and while we were never really in danger, we were that scared. So I don’t think we as people would like Horseshoe Bay very well, but thankfully our characters find some lightness and humor in it all.

TTVJ: In last week’s episode, Nancy made a big discovery about Josh killing Tiffany when he was really trying to kill Ryan. How does that information help Nancy in her quest to exonerate her father?

KM: We’re building up this connection between Tiffany and Lucy’s murder, so Nancy is willing to take any information from Tiffany’s murder to the things that have happened with Lucy. I don’t want to spoil too much, but they’re definitely using that intertwined storyline. Also finding out what happened to Josh’s body is going to be a big part of the upcoming storyline.

TTVJ: Speaking of her dad, Nancy has had issues with him over discoveries she’s made, and her friends have uncovered a lot of truths about people this season. Do you think Nancy really trusts anyone?

KM: That’s been one of my favorite character journeys throughout the season. We start off with Nancy as super-jaded and closed off to people. The first handful of episodes were about eliminating the rest of her friends as suspects and slowly introducing more trust into the equation. Also, if we consider the experiences that they are all under and the things they are experiencing together, that trust between the Drew Crew is building to new heights. That’s become one of my favorite parts of the show, but definitely questions of trust are a huge part of the next arc of the season. It will build up to the climax that’s all about making or breaking trust, so this will definitely come back into play, but I like the foundation of trust between that friend group.

TTVJ: The Drew Crew is pretty great, and Nancy has great relationships with each member, but which character’s relationship with Nancy would you love to explore more?

KM: I really love what’s developing with Nancy and Ace (Alex Saxon). They really are in the same mind and are both the first to say, ‘Yep, we’re doing it!’ They ask no questions and are ready to follow the crazy idea. They will figure out a way to do it or take a big risk. They’re really on the same wavelength in that respect, and there’s a lot of stuff to find out about Ace in the coming episodes and seasons that will be really satisfying.

I also love the friendship that’s grown between Nancy and Bess (Maddison Jaizani). I think it’s really nice, lovely, and soft. It’s such a nice part of the show. The way her relationship with George has softened as well has been nice, but you know, we’ve got a love triangle brewing…

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Jeff Weddell/The CW

TTVJ: You mention the love triangle, and Nancy is no longer with Nick, but he seems to be getting closer to George. What can you preview about what we may see out of this possible love triangle going forward?

KM: All I will say is that they have planted the proper seeds. People may be surprised by how all parties handle it, in a really positive way.

TTVJ: Now I know you also love Dungeons and Dragons, so what do you think Nancy Drew’s alignment is?

KM: Oooh! I think she’d be chaotic good. It’s funny because she has this inherent sense of justice, but it’s her own moral code instead of a proper system of law. She’s willing to do anything it takes to accomplish that.

TTVJ: I think we really need to see the Drew Crew playing D&D.

KM: It’s on my bucket list! I DM (Dungeon Master) so I would really love to create a campaign for us at some point. It’s in the cards, some day we will make it happen!

 

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Nancy Drew airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on The CW and W Network