Freeform's Shadowhunters, aside from being a cool show about slaying demons, is also an example of strong female identities on television. Characters like Katherine McNamara's Clary Fray and Alisha Wainwright Maia Roberts help serve as role models and inspirations for the show's female fan base, say the cast members.
"For me, having a lot of young black women coming up to me and vocalizing seeing a dynamic black woman who's not playing a secondary character to a male was actually something that they very much enjoy and are looking for on television today," said Wainwright. "To have that in genre too is so fun and important and I didn't realize I was carrying that torch until they made me aware of how important it was to them. That gives me the feels for sure."
These empowered women don't play second fiddle to any man and they're distinctive in their own respective ways. Watch below as two of the female leads discuss this gender-specific aspect of Shadowhunters at NYCC.
Additional material by Josh Weiss.