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Kiernan Shipka's great taste in TV will give you faith in her generation -- VIDEO

Mad Men‘s 14-year-old Kiernan Shipka enjoys playing darker roles, and she’s found another one as captive Cathy in Lifetime’s adaptation of Flowers in the Attic, which costars Heather Graham as mother Corrine, Mason Dye as, let’s call him dependent brother Christopher, and Ellen Burstyn as evil grandmother Olivia. “Working with someone as amazing as Ellen, you’re completely pulled into the scene,” Shipka says. “There’s a couple really intense scenes with Ellen and I where I totally, the whole time, forgot about everything but that moment because it was so intense…. I’ve done plenty of different scenes with different actors in general where they’re like, ‘Ah, I was so mean to you!’ But it’s all in good fun.”

While Shipka watched the 1987 version of Flowers in the Attic on Netflix the night before she read for the part and will tell you The Shining is the scariest film she’s ever seen, she will happily lighten up when asked to reveal her first celebrity crush, the TV show she always quotes (Arrested Development!), what she’s watching now (Parks and RecreationVeep!), and the movies she’s seen the most times (confirming what her mother correctly guessed after the interview, this is the first time we’ve gotten Air Bud as an answer).

Watch her take the EW Pop Culture Personality Test below. Flowers in the Attic premieres Jan. 18 at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime. READ FULL STORY

10 reasons Lifetime is bonkers (and brilliant) for making a 'Flowers in the Attic' sequel

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that Flowers in the Attic — V.C. Andrews’ neo-gothic, incest-laden trashterpiece — is utterly, utterly nuts. To wit: The plot revolves around a beautiful idiot named Corrine who keeps her four children locked on the top floor of a creepy old mansion while she tries to convince their estranged, incredibly wealthy grandfather to write her back into his will. (She’ll get no money if her father knows she has kids.) Why can’t this woman, I don’t know, support her family by getting a job? Because shut up, that’s why!

If you’ve ever devoured the book — especially as a guilty but enthralled teenager — you know that what happens next is even more ridiculous: The kids learn that their father was also their mother’s half-uncle. (Raise your hand if you didn’t know half-uncles were a thing before Flowers in the Attic). Their wicked, Bible-thumping grandmother beats them, starves them, covers eldest sister Cathy’s hair with tar, and won’t stop insinuating that Cathy and her older brother Chris totally want to bone. Cathy and Chris do, in fact, totally bone. (Actually, he rapes her, but Andrews is so twisted that she implies Cathy was asking for it.) And that’s before their youngest brother Cory dies because — drum roll — their mother’s been poisoning them with arsenic-laced doughnuts for months.

Death by doughnut! Truly, Flowers in the Attic is without equal — or so you’ll think until you read its sequel, Petals on the Wind.

On Thursday, Lifetime announced that it’s already planning to bring Petals to the small screen for the first time — even though the network’s new adaptation of Flowers won’t premiere until Jan. 18. This is, in short, an insane, baffling, possibly genius idea — and here’s why.
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Wish 'Mad Men' kid Kiernan Shipka was your shrink? Check out Funny or Die's 'Child Star Psychologist' -- VIDEO

Let’s face it: Being a child star is not easy. Luckily, with the guidance and advice of pint-size psychologist Kiernan Shipka, the job can be handled with ease.

In this sequel to Funny or Die’s first installment of “Child Star Psychologist,” the Mad Men starlet — looking all grown up in a pink silk blouse — uses what she learned from her early days as Sally Draper to council kid actors including Looper‘s Pierce Gagnon, Modern Family‘s Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, and Moonrise Kingdom‘s Jared Gilman. And don‘t let her cuteness fool you: Kiernan — er, Dr. Shipka — is clearly a fan of the tough-love approach.

Before you contemplate checking in with Dr. Shipka for your next session, check out the clip below.
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