On the first season of The CW’s The Carrie Diaries, young Carrie Bradshaw (AnnaSophia Robb) made the tough choice of a career– well an internship– over a guy. This is not a decision most teenagers would make (or so easily), but Carrie isn’t like most teenagers. As series executive producer Amy B. Harris pointed out, Carrie is looking to conquer this new world that has been opened to her. And season two will certainly see her on that track and spending more and more time in New York City, but Harris was quick to point out that doesn’t mean Carrie won’t be distracted by new (and returning) love interests.
“You’re never not ‘one eye on the guy’! At least for me! I can’t speak for others, but for me and the people who are writing Carrie, it’s going to come up. A lot,” Harris said when LA TV Insider Examiner caught up with her in Los Angeles.
“She will be pursuing her life in New York– and at Interview– [so] she may be meeting some new men that actually sync up better with that world.”
Harris shared that The Carrie Diaries isn’t diving immediately into a storyline of Carrie falling for a much older guy and playing with the issue of age again, although she noted that could be an interesting path to take at some point. Carrie is still in high school, under age, and swimming in a sea of 20-somethings like Samantha (Lindsey Gort) and Larissa (Freema Agyeman) and their friends.
Where many of Carrie’s friends are psyched about going into senior year of high school and all that comes with it (prom, graduation, applying to colleges, etc), Carrie has her eye on a “bigger prize.”
“Without disrespecting your senior year of high school, which is a very big milestone for many, for Carrie [it’s] maybe a little less so, Carrie is a little more like ‘This is one more step before getting me full time in Manhattan,'” Harris said.
She isn’t leaving her childhood friends or town or family completely behind, though. Harris noted that Sebastian (Austin Butler) especially will remain important to Carrie’s journey. Harris is finding ways to keep him buzzing around Carrie when he’s not with Carrie, though she noted it was important to give him an identity and a journey outside of simply being around because he’s hooking up with her other friends.
“We don’t want to do the show as full on soapy-soap where everyone is sleeping with everyone,” Harris said, “and I look at Sebastian as a really romantic figure, who I think similar to Big in Sex and the City, will be around in many forms along the way. Sometimes he’s romantic for Carrie; sometimes he’s just a friend.”
The bottom line good news for Butler fans, though, is regardless of the how, Harris said he’ll always be around.
With new characters coming into Carrie’s life through New York, Harris shared that at this point, Castlebury is staying intact. With such a strong core group of characters already there, they will be able to shake up dynamics amongst themselves, rather than requiring new characters to come in to do so for them. One example of his is Dorrit (Stefania Owen) starting high school and therefore having to “co-exist” with Carrie more.
The dichotomy with Dorrit is key for Carrie’s journey, per Harris, because they have diverged on such different paths from one shared experience. Dorrit is almost an alternate look at what Carrie could be, if she didn’t over-think things so much.
“She won’t take shit in a relationship,” Harris promised of one major difference between Dorrit and Carrie.
Although, we’re already starting to see glimpses of similarities between them, too, as Dorrit has been interested an (admittedly only slightly) older guy. Something tells us there could be a lot of story to mine should Dorrit find her way into Manhattan to meet Carrie’s new crowd, too!
The Carrie Diaries returns to The CW on October 25 2013 at 8 p.m.
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