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If you came of age in the ‘90s, chances are you watched Sabrina the Teenage Witch religiously. Sabrina Spellman, played by Melissa Joan Hart, was our icon. She had a cute boyfriend, a sassy talking cat, and the ability to change her outfit with the point of a finger. What’s not to love? So when Netflix announced they were creating an all-new series about Sabrina Spellman, we were over the moon. And the moment we saw the trailer for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, we knew it was going to be a LOT different than the ‘90s show—in the best way possible.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is exactly that: chilling. It’s a much darker tale than the TGIF show we grew up watching. And Kiernan Shipka is the perfect actress to play Sabrina. We spoke with her about how she prepared for the role, how she got to know her character, and how she tapped into her witchy side for the series. For starters, she’s never watched Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

“It came out in ’96, I was born in ’99, and it ended in ’03. So I feel like I missed it. But I knew of it. I knew of its iconic-ness,” Shipka told HelloGiggles. She’s quick to reiterate that Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is not a remake of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. “It’s not a remake. They’re completely different shows. The source material is even different. This is based off a different comic than the other one. They have the same names of the characters and the same general foundation, but that’s about it.”

Even though Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is about a teenager who is half-witch, half-mortal, Shipka didn’t do too much research about witches for the role.

And her reason makes a lot of sense: Sabrina isn’t an expert, so she shouldn’t be, either. So what did she do instead?

Still, Shipka did get in touch with her witchy side for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina premieres on Netflix on October 26th.