MTV's 'Scream' Star Carlson Young Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

The actress plays mean girl Brooke Maddox in the TV adaptation of Wes Craven's iconic slasher franchise.

Rising Star Carlson Young Answers Our 26 Burning Questions
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Nearly twenty years since Ghostface terrorized teens in Scream, Wes Craven's iconic slasher franchise is making its way to MTV. Much like the 1996 original, the small screen adaptation (premiering June 30 at 10/9c) follows a killing spree in the small town of Lakewood after a YouTube video of a brutal murder goes viral.

Hoping to avoid an untimely demise is rising star Carlson Young, who fans may recognize from True Blood and Key and Peele. She steps into the role of mean girl Brooke Maddox.

We caught up with the Fort Worth native, who opened up about what fans can expect from the new series (the pilot features a homage to Drew Barrymore's creepy phone call scene) and answered our 26 burning questions. 

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Advice you have for anyone trying to make it in Hollywood: 
Get some tough skin and don’t take "no" for an answer. 

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Biggest fear: 
Being buried alive.

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Creepiest place you have ever visited: 
An abandoned bowling alley where we shot Scream recently.  

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Describe Brooke Maddox in one sentence: 
Brooke Maddox is a bad bitch. 

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Embarrassing story you are ready to share with the world: 
I did a full childhood ballet routine down my apartment complex’s hallway because it was 3 a.m. and I thought no one was awake or even around. I was wrong. My neighbor had the door open and was watching (jaw-dropped) the whole time. It was deeply embarrassing. 

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Favorite horror movie of all time: 
The Shining.

Rising Star Carlson Young Answers Our 26 Burning Questions
A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

GIF that accurately describes how you feel today:

Rising Star Carlson Young Answers Our 26 Burning Questions
A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

High school moment you would like to forget: 
I have many. But I’d definitely love to erase the memories of my numerous horrific spray tans. 

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Instagram account that never fails to crack you up:  
Fuckjerry and thefatjewish

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Job you would probably have if you weren't an actress: 
I’d move to a beautiful cabin in the woods in Big Sur and read and write poetry all day. That could be a viable career, right?

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Karaoke song you slay:
"Dress You Up" by Madonna. A little alcohol and I think I slay this song...

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Last movie that blew you away: 
Honeymoon, directed by Leigh Janiak. And Ex Machina.

MTV's 'Scream' Star Carlson Young Answers Our 26 Burning Questions
A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Music video you are super into right now:
Saol Álainn's "Nostroke." So dope. 

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Nineties fashion trend you still don't understand: 
Butterfly clips.

MTV's 'Scream' Star Carlson Young Answers Our 26 Burning Questions
A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

One random fact about yourself: 
I’ve broken my right arm many times. 

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Person you admire most: 
Isom Innis [from Foster the People]. 

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Question you would ask a historic figure: 
Off the top of my head, I’d love to ask T.S. Eliot about The Waste Land

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Revelations you have had about your Scream cast members:
They’re actually some of the coolest humans ever.

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Scariest thing that ever happened to you: 
I slept in a really old infirmary when I was sick once at summer camp, and I swear a door just slammed shut out of nowhere.

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Things fans of the Scream franchise should watch out for in the new series: 
Well, you can expect a similar tone, but an updated mediascape. Also, there's a few definite Scream homage scenes: Garage scene(s), opening Drew Barrymore scene, auditorium scene...

Rising Star Carlson Young Answers Our 26 Burning Questions
A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Up-and-coming band you hope blows up soon: 
Character. And another one called Empress Of.

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Villain from the big or small screen that weirds you out the most: 
Sauron.

MTV's 'Scream' Star Carlson Young Answers Our 26 Burning Questions
A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

World mystery you would love to see solved:
I wish we could “jump” through space like in Battlestar Galactica. Does that count as a world mystery? Anyway, I’d love to see this incredibly simple technological advancement happen soon.

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Since we will not ask for your favorite "X word," we will simply ask for your shameless plug here: 
Ehhhh, follow me on Instagram? @carlsonyoung. And don’t forget to watch MTV’s Scream! Twitter: @MTVScream.

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YouTube video you have been showing your friends:

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

If you didn't know Zimbio was an entertainment site, what would you think "a Zimbio" was?
A Pokemon, for sure.

MTV's 'Scream' Star Carlson Young Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

I'm the editorial director of Zimbio. Instagram: @anela_bella Twitter: @laniconway
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