Kat Graham has had many incredible experiences in Hollywood. ET spoke to the 31-year-old actress and singer about her latest movie, Operation Christmas Drop , which is now available on Netflix, and also reflected on his beloved past projects.
Graham starred The vampire diaries from 2009 to 2017, playing Bonnie Bennett. Graham has been an outspoken supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement, and commented on RiverdaleVanessa Morgan criticizes her own CW show in June for using black characters “as non-dimensional characters for our white leads.”
Graham says that, in her own personal experience, she felt heard.
“I will say that I was fortunate in many ways because if I ever felt anything, at the time Mark Pedowitz, who is still the president of The CW, who is also Jewish, was a great ear for me.” tells Katie Krause from ET. “There are a lot of great people in different studios who are really available to have conversations where things are missing and a shift in consciousness is needed. I will focus on the positive and the people who really supported and helped me I understand what I had to do and how could I help them elevate the narrative of being young, black, female in Hollywood. So, I’d like to take that time I have with you to tell you how amazing and understanding they are on this journey for me. “
“I have had a lot of support in terms of awareness in terms of support from writers, producers, directors, and I have been able to communicate any kind of racism, marginalization or symbology that I might have experienced in that show or in other projects that I have dealt with” , keep going. “It is not a new experience, but I had to educate myself and find out what I can do to help improve this for other women who might come after me.”
Graham is hopeful that things are changing in the future.
“I feel like things are changing, but to be honest, we’re all in a kind of bubble and a lot of us haven’t been on set,” he says. “So I don’t know if I can say, ‘Oh, I’m on set and the level of diversity and fairness and there’s a balance.’ … What I’m excited to see is the shift in consciousness and there has been a huge shift in consciousness this year, and I’m really excited to see the work … [organizations and people] they’re doing to really help elevate the message and alleviate the suffering that people are experiencing when people don’t feel heard. So yeah, I’m feeling the shift in consciousness. “
Another project that Graham talked to ET about was working in 1998 The parent trap opposite Lindsay Lohan, in which she played Jackie, one of the best friends from Annie’s camp, the character Lohan. Although her lines ended up cutting, she remembers befriending Lohan.
“I was in it and it was like, the first movie I made, and I went with my mom to the set and I remember Lindsay, Hallie and all the kids there very, very well, and I totally remember it, and I remember a lot more about it. that, even more than the things of the last 10 years, “he shares. “And I also remember the label. I remember being on set and really observing what it was like to be on set and how, you know, what made people happy and what made people sad. You know, what was frustrating, how easy. And how a child, you know, you forget, and sometimes people underestimate what a child pays attention to. As a child, I paid attention to many things. And that experience in many ways shaped who I wanted to be. “
Graham said she remained friends with Lohan for a time after the movie ended because they had to re-film.
“He introduced me to Hansen’s ‘MMMBop’ … and also … Sugar Ray,” he recalls. “She introduced me to a new era of music and I went down that rabbit hole for a minute … I definitely remember that she introduced me to some really cute pop.”
Graham’s latest project is the Christmas movie Operation Christmas Drop. Graham plays Congressional aide Erica in the romantic comedy, who skips her family’s Christmas to travel at the request of her boss. At a beachside Air Force base, he collides with Capt. Andrew Jantz (Alexander Ludwig), who knows his assignment is to find reasons to withdraw funds from the facility. Graham told ET that it definitely relates to his character and that the movie is especially appropriate for the time.
“She is much more like me so I had a lot of fun,” he shares. “Plus, you know, this is a different movie because it’s not a snowy Christmas family, it’s not about family, it’s about people who are away on vacation. And for this year especially, where things really didn’t turn out well. how we thought they would, it really brings us home because many of us can’t go home during the holidays because they don’t feel comfortable traveling, or people have to work during the holidays because they didn’t. I don’t think they have this kind of income than last year. “
“So there are so many different things that have come up this year that I feel like this movie is really resonating with people in that way, which is great,” he adds.