Who Is Katherine Waterston? Eddie Redmayne's 'Fantastic Beasts' Costar Is A Pretty Interesting Lady

It's hard to accept that we're living in a world where there will never be another Harry Potter sequel, but it's something I've learned to cope with by visiting the Wizarding World in Orlando and drinking copious amounts of Butterbeer. Another thing that eases the pain of saying goodbye to Harry, Ron, and Hermione? The fact that a spinoff is happening. The latest news on that is that the female lead in Fantastic Beats and Where to Find Them will be played by Katherine Waterston, who's taking on the role of a witch named Porpentina. And although her costar, Eddie Redmayne, is a pretty recognizable dude, before hearing about the casting news, I had no idea who Katherine Waterston is. The good news? Google is a thing that exists, and as it turns out, Waterston isn't exactly a newbie to the entertainment industry. In fact, there's a good chance you've seen her in movies before.

Of course, once Fantastic Beasts hits theaters, I have a feeling Waterston will mostly be known for portraying Tina, but I'm looking forward to getting to know her better, since press around this movie will most likely be insane. Til then? Here's everything you need to know about the latest inductee into Harry Potter's magical universe.

She's starred in movies and TV shows you've probably seen

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If you've seen Inherent Vice, you already know Waterston played Shasta in what's considered her breakout role. She's also appeared on several episodes of Boardwalk Empire, and before that, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.

Her dad is super famous

If her last name sounds familiar, that's because it is. Waterston's father is actually Sam Waterston, aka Jack McCoy from Law & Order, and now he's currently starring in Netflix's Grace & Frankie. Obviously talent runs in her family!

She's actually pretty shy

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While talking to the New York Times earlier this year, Waterston said:

I’ve always enjoyed disappearing into a crowd in New York. As an actor I love to spy, and it’s hard to be a good spy if everyone is looking at you. Also I’m pretty shy. I don’t really like a lot of attention.

I have a feeling she's going to get a lot of attention during the Fantastic Beasts hoopla.

She's over talking about her sex scenes

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When Inherent Vice was released earlier this year, Waterston was asked incessantly to talk about her sex scene in the movie. And her response? Gold. She told Hit Fix,

I thought there was a great imbalance between how many women are nude in film versus men and, you know, I have strong opinions about all of that. But I read the book and we were trying to honor the book and that was as it was written. . . There’s a lot of other more important things to think about, and I was thinking about those things, I guess.

I like her already.

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