Shadowhunters Maia Cast

Shadowhunters: Alisha Wainwright Cast as Werewolf Maia in Season 2

A major player from Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments books is coming to Shadowhunters in Season 2.

Alisha Wainwright has been cast as werewolf Maia, a bartender at the Hunters Moon and a new member of Luke’s pack, Freeform announced Friday:

Like most of us, Maia uses jokes and sarcasm to mask her complicated emotions, mostly related to her troubled past. And although she doesn’t want to resort to violence, Valentine’s possession of the Mortal Cup will force her into battle.

If the show chooses to follow the books, Maia will also develop into a love interest for Simon. (And as we all know, relationships between vampires and werewolves never end in disaster, right?)

Wainwright’s TV resumé includes roles on Fox’s Rosewood, TNT’s Perception and Freeform’s Switched at Birth.

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10 Comments
  1. Alec says:

    She’s perfect to play Maia. They really have read the books.

    • Megan says:

      +Alec:Iam guessing they have read the books but if they followed the books completely it would not be as fun to watch plus they did have to make a lot changes to make the series successful. If the series stayed exactly like the books 100% with no changes in the middle it would not be continuing right now the ending game ships in the books for the tv series are not allowed to messed with so its not that far off from the books. Plus the tv series is going farther then the books so it has stuff the books left because even books tend to leave out information and have changes made to them so even books get messed around with to make the storyline the way the author wants it.movies&tv series are adaptions so they are not meant to be 100% like the books. The tv series had to make a lot of changes to make the tv series successful some of the changes are not like the books and some are. Plus they probably have not decided who to have Simon be interested in other than Clary the books barely gave Simon a love interest where he got a happy romantic ending with someone.

  2. Ty says:

    This is so wonderful! Alisha seems perfect for the role. And she’s gorgeous, too… I’m so excited. I just hope the show will treat her better than the books did!

  3. Dick says:

    Her hair color is just so fake. She looks weird, a more natural color would make her very pretty. (she’s pretty just that color seems so unnatural)

    • Anne says:

      You mean for Clary right? Cause Alisha’s hair seems pretty on pointe

      • Megan McKnight says:

        +Anne:I know right plus even if it was not on point they would eventually fix it because movies and tv series have hair and make up artists for a reason. Plus it is always hard to find actors that match book characters 100% because no actor in the world will look 100% like a book character without some help from a make up artist and a hair artist.plus the casting directors have to work from someone else’s memory of how a character looks in the books which is not always easy to do for tv series and movies its not always easy to make fictional characters in movies and tv series the same exact way fans want. Plus no actor in real life looks exactly like the book characters for movies and tv series based on books it takes time&money to make them look the way fans want them to. The actors in real life only half way look like the book characters for movies and tv series based on books. The movies and tv series based on books have make up and hair artists for a reason it’s always so casting an actor for a character when you have to work from someone else’s memory of how the character looks if it was from their own memory they would have more lucky getting it right but they basically have to cast from someone else’s memory of how a character looks and noone in the world will ever fully be a mini version of a book character for movies and tv series based on books. The casting directors are trying their best to find the perfect match for how the characters look but even the actors need to go into hair and make up for that to happen but even then the hair and make up artists still have to work from the book description of how the characters look which is not always so easy to do when it comes to movies and tv series based on book series.fans should just be lucky the book series is coming alive regardless of how the actors look as the characters because making fictional YA characters come alive in movie or tv series form based on book series is not all that easy to do. Everything with movies and tv series based on books series is having to done from how the books describe the characters,settings…etc… Which is not easy at all since stuff has to get changed to make it work because a lot of locations that get described in the books are always so easy to make come alive in movie or tv series form. As long as the movie or tv series still tells the storyline of the shadowhunter world As close to the way books do as best as it can fans should not have a probably because turning books into movies or tv series is not so easy to do. Even tv series take a long time to make just like movies do because a lot of hard work is involved to make the story perfect for the fans to watch. It’s not like every thing that gets described in the books is easy to make come alive.

    • Megan says:

      If you are talking about Kat (Clary; girl with the orange hair), this was a picture of her from season 1. They changed her hair color to look a lot more natural for season 2. If you’re talking about Alisha, I don’t know what to tell you because that’s a natural hair color….

    • Megan McKnight says:

      Plus there’s this thing called hair and make up when it comes to tv shows. So this picture could just be what the actress looks like and not what the actress will look like as the character because clary was originally red headed they had to make her hair the right color so they could have to do the same with Maia’s actress when the time comes the producers and casting directors have to find someone that looks somewhat like the characters because it’s hard to find someone that looks 100% like the characters from YA Series no one in real life will look 100% like the characters from a book series.Book series are written from the author’s point of view not anyone else’s. Other wise hair and make up and all the other important crew members would not be need for movies and tv series if actors looked 100% like the book characters that the adaption is based on. The book is the Skelton for the movie and tv series storyline so basically if someone else had a different vision of what a character should look like it’s not always going to match what the fans of the movies or tv series based on the book series wants the character to look like. YA book series are made up from memory it should not matter if the characters do not always 100% look the same the books describes because no one in the world is going to be a twin version of a book character. Why else would make up and hair artists exist for movies and tv series if actors looked like mini versions of book characters?

  4. justaddgigi says:

    She is a fabulous pick for Maia. I haven’t read the rest of the books yet, but from what I heard she will an awesome addition to such already racially diverse cast. I also saw Alisha’s intro video on twitter, and how she’s excited to join the cast. She really seems like a lovely person too.

    • Megan McKnight says:

      I know right people really should stop complaining when it comes to tv series and movies with the cast because it’s not easy to make things come alive in movie or tv series form when it comes to book series,a lot of hard work is involved. Plus the casting is not easy since the actors have to go up against a lot of people who want to be casted for the same role to get the part and no actor in the whole world will look 100% like the book characters they will look as close as possible to how the character looks from the books but no actor in the whole world will look like a mini version of a book character. Make up and hair artists and a bunch of other crew members exist on the set for a reason. Plus it’s not easy at all to make locations or characters come alive when you have to work from how the book describes the way things look.other wise movies and tv series based on book series would not take so long to make and release.