Kat represents an archetype rarely seen in Hollywood movies, let alone romantic comedies. To cope with her mother’s sudden departure, Kat resorts to aggression and sarcasm when interacting with the world. Unlike her popular sister Bianca (Larisa Oleynik), Kat doesn’t care what people think of her. And that resonated with Julia Stiles and motivated her to yearn for the role.
“It was so refreshing to see a young girl be so assertive. I felt the writers had a healthy dose of cynicism in their humor that you don’t always find in teenage romantic comedies,” Stiles said in a review for Entertainment Weekly. their romantic roles. Feminism is a big part of the film that feels even more relevant today. Kat can be angry as well as thoughtful and intelligent. Unlike the source material, Taming of the Shrew, these aren’t character traits she needs to overcome. In the play, Katherina is someone who needs to be controlled and the only way to do that is through marriage.
“I was an audition actor, and most of the time I would go to commercials and they would tell me I wasn’t vivacious enough,” Stiles noted. With Kat, she was able to explore a deeper source of emotion and play a main character that wasn’t pigeonholed.