Emma Ishta of Stitchers talks Season Finale and Camsten
After nine episodes, ABC Family's first procedural drama series "Stitchers" will air it's Summer Season Finale Tuesday at its usual time 9 p.m. ET.
The series centers on a brainiac Ph.D. student named Kirsten Clark, portrayed by model-turned-actress Emma Ishta. Kirsten is targeted by a highly secretive government agency because she has a unique medical condition known as temporal dysplasia, meaning she does not feel time passing by. This is particularly useful for the team who helps to "stitch" her consciousness into the memories of the recently deceased to solve crimes.
With the upcoming finale less than a week away, College Living Magazine talked to Emma Ishta about what the finale has in store for fans, the future of Camsten and her Australian accent.
I know you’re from Brisbane and you have an awesome Australian accent, but when you’re portraying Kirsten you’re able to hide your accent. How did you learn to hide your natural voice?
It happened very naturally for me, it wasn’t something that I deliberately did or spent a lot of time on. I think with my natural speaking voice, I sound mostly American, but I’m trying to bring back the Aussie. On set, there are some words that I'll still say that sound Australian and then people will correct me and I'll try to remember for the next time. It was not a deliberate thing; I didn’t do any vocal or voice lessons or anything like that.
What is it like playing a character who can come across as standoffish?
I love Kirsten and I really enjoy playing her. I think throughout this whole season you see this emotional journey where she starts to come off as less and less standoffish and a little more engaged with the people around her. But it's definitely an enjoyable challenge to play someone like that. I don’t think I’m standoffish in real life so it's always fun to play someone who is different from how you are. It's definitely a nice challenge and we'll see in season two where she goes with that.
The promo for next week's finale looks really good! It opens up with your character realizing she wasn't born with temporal dysplasia, which is an interesting plot twist. When you read the script, what were you thinking when you got to that scene?
This is something that I’ve known for a while, even before I read the script of episode 10. I’ve known that she wasn’t born with this condition the entire season so it wasn’t quite a shock to me as it is for everybody else. But I think when you find out in the next episode how she got this condition, that’s the real kicker and I think it's a great twist and plotline there.
Did knowing your character was not born with temporal dysplasia from birth impact the way you portray her on screen?
That line of dialog from the promo where she says “I wasn’t born with temporal dysplasia," just means that she didn’t have it until a certain point in her life. Going back a few episodes, when she talks to Dr. Sebastian Zuber about not remembering anything before she’s eight-years-old, that's kind of a clue as to when she first developed temporal dysplasia.
The writers have been hinting at a romance between Kirsten and Cameron for a while now. And in the promo it shows Kirsten getting very emotional over what appears to be Cameron’s possible death. Will Camsten fans be satisfied with where this potential romantic journey might go in the season finale?
I don’t think Camsten fans will ever be satisfied. *Laughs.* I think that’s an impossible thing to do. I think they may have been semi-satisfied, but it's definitely going to head in a direction they will be happy with.
Your Executive Producer Jeff Schechter tweeted that you and Kyle Harris did not have a chemistry read, yet fans are rooting for your characters to end up together, especially now that Kirsten declined Liam’s proposal. What is your off-camera relationship with Kyle like?
Kyle and I are great friends and I love working with him. He’s such a positive, upbeat, very kind and awesome person to be around. Before we shot this season, we’d done an original pilot where a lot of people were already cast and Kyle and I were the two that came through (from that show). We had a whole history together before shooting a full season. He creates a really nice energy for everyone, we are very good friends and I’m really grateful to have someone like him to work with every day. I have nothing but really good things to say about him.
Stitchers is ABC Family’s first procedural program and it’s a little more mature than what viewers are used to seeing from the network's lineup. What is it like being a part of a show that’s breaking new ground for the network?
It was really fun, we felt like we had a lot of support the whole way through and we felt like the network was really excited about what we're doing. It's obviously really nice to be a part of something that people are so excited about and feel really positive about.
The show has grown as with the rest of the season, and everyone's figured out who we are, what type of show we are and where the balances between comedy and drama are. I think, going into the second season, we will have an even stronger idea of what the show is, which is exciting. It's been a really great experience.
We want to hear from you!
What do you think of Emma's insight about the upcoming season finale Stitchers fans?
Will this revelation of not being born with temporal dysplasia impact how Kirsten approaches her personal relationships from here on out?
Can Kirsten and the rest of the team prevent any harm from happening to one-half of Camsten?
Tune into the Stitchers season finale on Tuesday, August 4th, at 9 p.m. ET on ABC Family to find out.