Last week, at a venue tucked just above Sunset Boulevard, I arrived at the Hollywood premiere of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. The series, a fresh reboot of ’90s sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch, lands on Netflix October 26 and promises to be darker—more chilling, if you will—than the original Melissa Joan Hart show. Many say it’s poised to be the next cult teen drama, masterminded by the executive producers of The CW’s Riverdale and sharing a similarly complex storyline and macabre tone. At the L.A. premiere, though, the scene was all smiles.
As the cast arrived on the red carpet, you could sense the excitement. Kiernan Shipka, who plays the lead role of Sabrina Spellman, stepped out confidently in shimmery burgundy eye shadow, pointed black Mary Jane heels, and a black-and-oxblood Elie Saab dress that matched the colors decorating the room to a T. In front of a row of flashing cameras, she and her tightknit castmates couldn’t help but beam with enthusiasm about the new series, gushing about everything from the spells they wished they could use IRL to how personally empowering it has been to film a show with so many talented women. In one of the most touching moments on the red carpet, Shipka snuck over to hug co-star Ross Lynch—a gesture that speaks to the cast’s bond.