Photo by: Rebecca Hitch
We were joined on the Popternative show by Peter Thurnwald who stars as Alex in the new Netflix YA series XO, Kitty which premiered on Netflix on Thursday, May 18th. The To All the Boys spin-off series sees Anna Cathcart reprising her role as Kitty Song Covey who we were first introduced to in the Netflix film franchise To All the Boys (2018-2021).
XO, Kitty follows 16 year old Kitty as she transfers to the Korean Independent School of Seoul (KISS) in Seoul, South Korea for her junior year of high school, which is the same age her late mother also attended that very same school. Kitty takes this as an opportunity to learn more about her mother and Korean culture, while also as a way to reconnect with her long distance Korean boyfriend, Dae.
The ensemble cast also includes Gia Kim, Minyeong Choi, Sang Heon Lee, Anthony Keyvan, with Yunjin Kim, Michael K Lee, Jocelyn Shelfo, and Regan Aliyah.
Peter plays Alex, a teacher at the Korean Independent School of Seoul who we find out was born in South Korea, but was adopted as a baby and grew up in Australia. Alex takes the job at the school as a way to find his birth parents and learn more about his Korean heritage. In our interview, Peter tells us all about his audition process for the series, working with the cast, the global reception to XO, Kitty, and how he was able to connect with his character in a many ways. Peter shares that he was also born in South Korea and adopted by an Australian family which allowed him to understand Alex’s mindset a lot more.
Watch the full interview with Peter below (with some spoilers).
XO, Kitty is streaming on Netflix.
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