Thanks to the sheer abundance of shows that exist now, summer TV is no longer a cesspool of reruns and game shows, and as ~savvy~ viewers know, one of the best summer bets this year is The Bold Type. This season, the show’s three heroines are still learning how to navigate their careers while also juggling friendship and romance, with Kat moving into a bigger role at Scarlet, Sutton proving that she’s gotten ahead based on talent, and Jane dealing with — spoiler alert if you missed the season premiere — the fallout of getting fired from her new job at Incite.
Katie Stevens, who plays Jane, can’t give too many specifics about what happens to the women of The Bold Type in the coming episodes, but she does offer this: “Kat has a lot of sex this season.” So there you go! Here, Katie talks about what Jane’s upcoming professional and personal dramas, and shares her thoughts on the final season of Game of Thrones.
On Jane’s career path
You saw in the preview for episode three, she’s unemployed and she’s on the job hunt. It was really important to me that the writers let Jane fail. Jane’s such a perfectionist, she’s so Type A, and I thought that the most interesting would be to have her fall flat on her face and have to pick up the pieces. You’re going to see her spiral out a little bit and try to figure out, “OK, where am I meant to be? What am I meant to do?” That’s so often the normal reaction to failure. You start thinking, “Oh, am I doing this right? Should I really be in this career path?” any time you fail, and that’s what Jane is going to go through. She’s trying to figure out where she belongs and we all know that she belongs at Scarlet, so it’ll be interesting to see her try to pave the way back there.
On the show’s respectful portrayal of millennials
Listen, millennials are changing the world, and I’m so tired of the whole “oh, yeah they’re millennials” thing. Because I’m sorry, but people that I know who aren’t millennials are more addicted to their phones than millennials. I’m proud to say that I grew up in the era before phones. I feel like when I have kids I’m going to be like, “No, you’re going to live life like I did,” where you don’t get phone until seventh or eighth grade when you actually need it, and you’re going to go experience riding a bike and playing in the dirt. I didn’t get a phone until high school. Why do you need it before then?
On her own experience with clickbait
I saw one the other day about all this stuff with Ariana Grande. Before it came out that she was engaged, it was like, “She has confirmed she’s engaged” and it was literally just a bunch of monkey emojis with the eyes closed. I was like, “How did that confirm that she’s engaged?” I didn’t see the ring emoji! That whole storyline was so interesting. Victoria, the boss at Incite, is the complete opposite of Jacqueline. Where Jacqueline is [all about] female empowerment, encourages her staff, Victoria plays the more misogynistic woman — the one who doesn’t believe that women can be strong while wearing heels and makeup and things like that.
On what she’s learned from the Scarlet girls
These girls are just real go getters, and even when a door is shut they look for a window. I’m a firm believer that if you have a goal and you are determined and driven to go after it, do anything you can — go to school, do research, and just study whatever it is and find any sort of pathway to success. Take every opportunity that you can. Even though it gets monotonous sometimes and you feel like you’re on a road to nowhere, that road does always lead somewhere. It may not lead to where you thought it would end up, but ultimately it leads to where you’re supposed to be.
On the aspects of Jane’s life that she envies
Structure! My schedule is always all over the place. I don’t get to go home to my bed with my fiancé and my dog every day. Even though it’s so fun sometimes, I just miss being able to sit at home and have that be my day every day and just be in one place. My fiancé is always like, “You do this thing where when you’re working you wish you were home and when you’re home you wish you were working, so just be where you are!” So I try to soak up every opportunity. I’m also envious of people who can write.
On Jane’s dating life in season two
You are going to see more of Pinstripe. That being said, the Ben character who we met briefly [in episode two] will be back. Pinstripe and Ben are two very different people. Pinstripe is fun and dangerous and has great chemistry with Jane, and Ben is an adult who knows he is and is secure in that. So they’re two very appealing options for Jane, but it ultimately comes down to what she needs and she’s going to try to discover that all season.
On her upcoming horror movie Haunt
Any time I would go to a haunted house or anything, I’d be like, “Why hasn’t anybody done something about going to a haunted house where all the shit becomes real?” That’s kind of what the movie is about. These college kids go to a Halloween party, and my character, Harper, got dragged to the party so she’s not even in a costume. She’s coming off of a bad breakup and she thinks that her abusive boyfriend is following her, so she stays with this group of friends all night and they decide to go to a haunted house and it starts to get real. My fiancé loves horror movies, and I used to joke saying I would never go see one unless I’m in it, so he’s really excited.
On her friendship with costars Aisha Dee and Meghann Fahy
They both came to Nashville in December for my birthday, so we ran around the streets of Nashville and then we saw each other a few times because we did press in L.A. But there is separation anxiety whenever there’s time apart, so it’s been nice to see them every day and work with them every day….We have a group text. I saw there’s a stuffed animal banana in the other room and I was saying I should take a photo of it for them.
On Game of Thrones (she’s a big fan)
I don’t understand why we have to wait so long. I’m very upset that the White Walkers have a dragon. Who’s the guy who used to be Daenerys’s right-hand dude and then had this scaly stuff on his skin? [Ser Jorah Mormont.] I love him. I love Jon, too, but I’m kind of like, “You’re getting in the way!”