I’ve said it several times now, but as a hardcore horror fan, I’m somewhat embarrassed by how much I enjoyed Scream: The TV Series‘ first season. It was appointment viewing for my wife and I, and it served as a rare slice of “horror” programming that we could enjoy together–on MTV of all places!! I know, it’s crazy to even consider. But if you’ve gone all this time without watching season 1, I encourage you to check it out. It’s available on DVD at this very second, and to celebrate, we had a chat with actress Carlson Young about the ups and downs of season one, as well as what we can expect on season 2–which debuts on MTV next Monday (5/30).

Well, I don’t think it was necessarily an “I told you so” moment. It was just sort of a good feeling in that we really put our best feet forward and we put everything we had into it and tried to stay positive and hoped that people would try to form an opinion based on the actual show and not just the idea of the show. It felt good to have people form their own opinion and give us a chance.
Oh yeah, I only auditioned for Brooke. That was my audition, and I know some of the other people had switched around their roles, but that was my thing from the start. I love playing Brooke. She’s such a fun character to play. There’s never a dull moment and there are a lot of good Brooke moments to look forward to in season 2. If I get a script and there’s something that maybe I don’t totally like about it, I just make it my own and make it “Brooke-ish,” whatever that means. I have never gotten anything that I absolutely dislike. The writers on MTV are pretty good at making my character great. I have good things to work with.
Well, season 1 was an emotional rollercoaster, to say the least. Season 2 is even more so, I think. Everyone in that town is going through some really dark stuff, and I think at the beginning of season 1 with Brooke, you know exactly who she is, and I think all of those events by the end of that season, she’s become a completely different person by the time season 2 begins.
Well, I have to say that after I saw the pilot, I thought to myself, “Wow! That’s a full 10! A full 10 popular girl,” but I made it my mission after watching the pilot to break that girl down and slowly but surely try to show different sides of this character. That was what I tried to do, and hopefully I was able to do that.
Everybody in this season has motives, more so than the last season. Whenever anybody dies, you definitely have to analyze the relationships. For instance, last season Kieran’s dad dies, and all of these things … it could be anyone. While Brooke might not be coming out as the killer at the beginning of season 1, the events of season 2 can put everybody back on the market in terms of killer.
I guess I get inspiration from classic femme fatale characters. What really came to mind is that she leads with her sexuality at such a young age. I found that really interesting to play with from a character perspective. It really reminded me of the character Audrey Horne, played by Sherilyn Fenn, in Twin Peaks, and I was already enamored with her and how she acted around men. I sort of tried to channel her, and I listen to good music, and that gets me in the mood.
I’m a big fan of slashers. More so a fan of the horror genre in general, but I love slashers – who doesn’t love a good slasher? Typically, as of late, I’ve been attracted to the more quiet, indie horror. I’m a big It Follows fan. I just saw A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night and Honeymoon. I dabbled in watching the classic slashers, but I’ve really been loving indie horror. There’s a lot of cool stuff right now. Even the soundtracks are so good!
Absolutely. Before we started shooting the first season, we all watched them and marathoned them for hours, all of them. On my own too. I rewatched them, if only to put myself in that world, to familiarize myself with the tone. I’ve seen all the Scream movies quite a few times. The first one is my favorite because I vividly remember the first time I saw it, and there’s something about it that I hold dear. When I saw it for the first time, I’d never seen anything like it before. It has a special place in my heart.
Actually, no. He was like a godfather from afar. He was sort of involved in the development of it, but it felt like he was a distant figure, for sure. We had this baby of his, and we were trying to take care of it the best we could. Hopefully we’re doing that.
My favorite part is getting to play such a fun character. That’s definitely a plus. My cast mates are some of the greatest people ever. It’s really fun to work on.

HUGE thanks to Carlson for taking the time to chat with us. DON’T FORGET, Scream: The TV Series Season 1 is available to own on DVD right now, and Season 2 premiers on May 30th on MTV.