Exclusive: Anna Akana Joins Stitchers Cast as Camille's Love Interest

Anna AkanaOn Monday, Freeform airs the second episode of the third season of its series Stitchers, entitled, "For Love or Money." The series follows a group of scientists working for a secret government agency who "stitch" into the minds of the dead to solve their murders.

The episode introduces the medical examiner, Amanda Weston, played by Anna Akana, who is to be Camille (Allison Scagliotti)'s love interest this season.

Akana recently talked to SciFi Vision in an exclusive interview about her character.

SCIFI VISION: How did you first get involved with Stitchers?

Anna AkanaANNA AKANA: I auditioned for the role of Amanda, and then had a chemistry read with Allison Scagliotti, and we had really good chemistry in the room, so they kind of brought me on from there.

Can you tell me how many episodes you're in?

I'm in five out of ten for the season.

Tell me a bit about Amanda.

Amanda's a medical examiner, so she deals with dead bodies. She also has a rockabilly style, so she's very into that scene. And she DJs. She's got a very active home life. She's really fun; she's really energetic, and she's really caring, and she can be deadpan at times. Her and Camille both have a very similar alpha masculine kind of energy: very confident in themselves. So they do butt heads at times and are very sardonic with each other, but they definitely have a ton of chemistry.

You mentioned her rockabilly style. Can you talk about working with the costume department, how it was developed, and your thoughts on it?

It was actually the wardrobe's idea to have me be rockabilly. They felt like they hadn't really seen that represented. And I loved every outfit they put on me. I was like, "Where did you buy this?" "Where can I get it?" She's so fashionable; it was so cool. I definitely got a lot of wardrobe inspiration just being this character and took a lot of selfies.

Also, you said she's a DJ, what kind of music?

I would say electronic, rock. She kind of does a variety of it.

Now originally in the previous seasons Camille was dating only men, but then last season she let slip she was bisexual.

Anna AkanaCamille mentioned in season two that she's bisexual, and that was a choice that Allison the actress made about her character. She wanted to give more visibility to the LGBTQ+ community and felt like there wasn't enough representation on the show. And I thought that was really great.

So she talked to the writers, and for season three, they were like, "Okay, for her love interest this season, let's go female with it." So it's never addressed in terms of her questioning whether or not we should be together. Her sexuality is never in question, because it's concrete for this character.

Set up the scene for me when Amanda and Camille meet.

Allison is looking for me in the morgue to ask me some questions about a case, and I kind of come in and find her like tooling around and looking at all the stuff in there. We meet; we shake hands. We have a little bit of a bumpy meet cute, where Camille's trying to be sweet, but is kind of offensive at the same time. But at the end of the scene, I give her my number. I write it on her hand in a very cute manner, and from there we kind of start setting up dates.

Talk about working with Allison.

Oh, she's the best! She's so nice. She's incredibly thoughtful and a kind human being and very easy to talk to. I mean, it can kind of be nerve wracking coming into a season, because everyone already kind of has preestablished relationships and a rapport going, but she was so welcoming and made me feel so comfortable with her. It's been fantastic.

That was kind of my next question, which you started to answer, but how was it joining in with the rest of the cast and crew?

All of my scenes pretty much take place with Allison, so I only interact with the other characters very minimally. So we were really able to develop our chemistry on screen and off.

It can make you a little anxious when you come in and you hope everybody likes you, and you want to do a really good job, but everyone was so sweet and welcoming and nice that they made it easy.

Anna AkanaEven though you were mostly with Allison, did you get to see the rest of the set? It's such a cool set; I was just curious what you thought of it if you got to see it.

No, I did not get to see the tank. I only was in Kirsten (Emma Ishta) and Camille's house, then the morgue pretty much, and then the DJ club. I wanted to, but I did not get to go to that stage.

Is there a favorite scene you have coming up that you can tease about?

I think one of my favorite scenes to film was the season finale. Allison ends up serenading me, and she's just got such a beautiful voice and a beautiful presence, and it was just really touching and moving to get to see her do that. So I'm really excited for the fans of the show to watch Camille put herself out there.

Is there anything you can tease specifically about [tonight's] episode other than the meeting, or is that pretty much all that's in the episode for your character?

That's mostly the first episode that I'm in.

When you joined this cast, are you a fan of this kind of show, of sci-fi/fantasy?

Oh, I love sci-fi/fantasy; that's my whole jam. I was really excited to be a part of something that was not only that, but procedural.

Had you seen the show before?

I had, yeah.

You said you're a fan of sci-fi, what's your favorite movie or tv show?

Ooh, that's hard; that's tough. I think 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Anna AkanaYou obviously are doing a lot of other things besides Stitchers. Do you want to talk about your book, So Much I Want to Tell You and just some of the other stuff that's going on?

The book is coming out on the thirteenth of this month. I'm very excited for it, very ready for it to go out there, because it's by far the longest I've ever worked on anything, and it's been about a year and a half to two years in the making.

I'm hoping people like it. I tried to read as many nonfiction memoir/essay collections as possible from entertainers, to see what I thought worked and what didn't. And what I really loved about a lot of them were the chapters that gave me practical takeaway values that I could incorporate into my own life. So I tried to have each essay have something concrete to offer. Whether or not it resonates with people, and they want to take it, or they want to leave it is up to them, but every single essay has something in there that I've kind of learned through my life. So I'm very excited to finally have that be out.

Can you describe your character in three words?

Confident, sardonic, sweet.

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