We Scream for Carlson Young
Actress Carlson Young chats with City Life Magazine on fear, fantasy and her beloved pet, Francis the Cat.
CL: Let’s go back to the beginning. What prompted you to get into acting?
CY: I always wanted to be an actress — I’d beg my parents every day when I was little. I was lucky enough to get an agent when I was a freshman in high school. That’s when I got started.
CL: How was the transition from ordinary life in Texas to the life of a working actress in L.A.?
CY: It was definitely a transition since Texas is undoubtedly different from L.A. But I found wonderful friends and I love life here now. L.A. is a really beautiful place, so I just try to stay focused. My Texas upbringing has kept me grounded in a lot of ways and just sort of enabled me to sift through some of the not-so-pleasant aspects of
CL: The slasher movie franchise Scream has terrified millions with its gruesome murder scenes and underlying dread. What is your biggest fear and how have you overcome it?
CY: I think there’s always the fear, especially when you’re auditioning, that you’re not going to ever be good enough. I think that’s probably there to some degree for everyone. But just quieting my mind and focusing on all of the blessings in my life helps me overcome that.
CL: How did you prepare for the role of the unruly socialite Brooke Maddox?
CY: I think I may have seen Mean Girls one too many times. My character, Brooke, always came really naturally. She is a blast to play because she’s got a lot of different layers to her personality.
CL: With MTV recently picking up Scream: The TV Series for its second season, you must be excited. Can you tell us a bit about how the show will evolve and what we can expect?
CY: Yes! Very excited. I don’t really know what it will be like to be honest. I think our story is a big one that will no doubt make season two equally — if not more — exciting and bloody.
CL: You made big impressions with roles in True Blood and Pretty Little Liars, as well as the hit series Key & Peele and The League. Of these opportunities, which one would you say kept you the most challenged?
CY: Being involved in the Key & Peele sketches was really amazing because those two are comedic geniuses. I think it was really inspiring to be able to work with them, especially because I love comedy so much.
CL: Any fantasy-related projects you’re hoping to tackle in the near future?
CY: I heard they’re doing a Dungeons & Dragons movie … I would die to be in that.
CL: What are you most grateful for?
CY: My family, boyfriend and friends … and Francis, my cat.
CL: What can we expect from Francis the Cat on Halloween?
CY: Good question. I haven’t fully worked out his costume yet. My boyfriend and I are being Audrey Horne and Agent Dale Cooper from Twin Peaks, so maybe I’ll make him be an owl.
CL: Where and how did you meet your boyfriend, Isom Innis of the band Foster the People? Was it love at first sight?
CY: We met through a mutual friend. And yes, no doubt, it was love at first sight. We were full-fledged dating legitimately hours after talking for the first time.
CL: If you’re not at home, where can we find you hanging out?
CY: At Izaka-ya with my friends! Best sushi in L.A.
CL: What is the one thing you can’t live without?
CY: Couldn’t live without my fantasy books.
CL: What book is on your nightstand now?
CY: Golden Son. The second book in the Red Rising trilogy by Pierce Brown.
CL: A few thoughts on your upcoming role as Selina Golias in Grimm?
CY: It was so much fun to work on Grimm. My character is a Klaustreich, so I morph into a cat. How perfect is that? I was like, are you kidding me? YES.
CL: What’s at the top of your iTunes list at the moment?
CY: The new Tame Impala and Unknown Mortal Orchestra records.
CL: Tell me how social media has changed your life both positively and negatively. How do you deal when fans recognize you when you’re out?
CY: I don’t mind social media — I like it a lot, actually. It’s nice to just be able to post what I want to post and have it be a direct extension of me, and not an agent/manager/TV show’s perception of me. I just post whatever I feel like and I’m not too calculated about it. It’s always nice to see fans! I get so excited that they like the show.
CL: What would you say has been your proudest moment thus far?
CY: I felt proud to watch Scream on Tuesdays with my amazing co-stars because we put a lot of long and crazy hours into season one.
CL: How do you live your life to the fullest every day?
CY: I try to stay present and just enjoy what’s in front of me.
CL: Any actors you’re hoping to work with in the future?
CY: Too many to count, actually! It would be amazing to work with Julianne Moore.
CL: How do you find balance? What keeps you grounded?
CY: Friends and family. I think you are the company you keep, and I’m lucky enough to have incredibly normal friends and family that are always honest with me.
Scream airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. EST on MTV
PHOTOGRAPHY BY BEN MILLER