Faking It’s Katie Stevens at the 2015 Teen Choice Awards. Photo: Getty Images
Last year MTV series Faking It scored the Teen Choice Award for Best Breakout Show. This year, the show’s star Katie Stevens, who plays high schooler Karma Ashcroft, showed up to support its nomination for Choice TV: Summer Show.
And by this point, the actress has a good sense of why fans are so adamantly obsessed with Faking It: "It shows people it’s okay to be authentically, 100 percent who you are,“ Stevens said on the red carpet. "I think we do a good job of showing high school and all the things that you faked to fit in. I think that speaks to a lot of our fans and that’s why they gravitate to the show. And we work a lot with the LGBT community being that that’s part of our storyline. To tell those stories and be a part of that is really incredible. To be a part of that movement - and I don’t think it should be called a movement since it preexisted—makes me really happy."
The actress feels your teenage tendencies can linger with you, whether you’re young or old. "I always say it doesn’t matter what age you are everything is like high school,” Stevens explained. “I think you judge people in different ways. In high school I felt pressure to fit in with groups and with people who didn’t actually want to be my friend. That’s something I learned moving forward into adulthood to keep the people around me people who love me for exactly who I am. And all the other people who judge each other as adults, I don’t really gravitate to them. Everything is like high school, just in different ways. It’s like you grow up but you don’t grow out of it in a way."
For Stevens, her biggest high school challenge was learning to accept herself, which is exactly what she hopes people take away from Faking It. "Like everyone, I had low self-esteem and I wanted to be like the pretty popular girls,” she admitted. “I wanted to fit in to those groups. I wanted to be good at sports, even though I wasn’t. There’s so much pressure to figure out who you are, but you’re never done figuring out who you are. I’m 22 and still figuring out who I am. It never ends. You just have different self-discovery.” Stevens may not have been totally accepted in high school, but now she’s walking the red carpet at the Teen Choice Awards.
“I always say ‘The best revenge is success,’” she said. “All the people that were mean to me wish they were in my shoes now. Literally. I mean, these are Louboutins. They’re pretty cool. I’m happy to be in my shoes!”