“Cobra Kai” star, Mary Mouser, says she shares the same fighting spirit as her character

Mary Mouser recently starred in the YouTube Red series, “Cobra Kai,” which is the official sequel series to the 80s hit movie, “The Karate Kid.” 

Her character, Samantha LaRusso, is a fighting badass, and Mary says she identifies with that in herself. Both her and her character have experienced bullying, and have overcome it in some amazing ways.

“Cobra Kai” was just picked up for a second season, so you know they’re doing something right! The show has been a huge hit, and we’re excited to see Mary’s character grow even more.

We sat down with the actress to talk about the show, superpowers, and bullying. Check out the interview and photoshoot below!

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You’re starring in the YouTube Red series, “Cobra Kai,” which is a sequel to the 1980s hit film, “The Karate Kid.” What are some similarities to the movie, and what are the differences?

It spins the original story and tells the “villian’s” side. It humanizes Johnny and shows how someone can become a “classic bully.”

Can you tell us about your character?

Samantha LaRusso is Daniel LaRusso’s (the original “Karate Kid”) daughter. She’s tough and very smart, but she’s caught up in trying to find where she fits in the world. The battle between who she is and who she thinks she wants to be is raging inside of her.

At the end of the day, she just wants to fit in. She wants to be cool and fit in, but she’s battling with the part of her that knows better than to succumb to what others want you to be.

How are you similar to her, if at all?

I like to think I share her fight. She’s got a lot of fight in her and doesn’t let herself be taken advantage of. We’ve both also struggled with bullies (for me, in the past, but for her, presently) and how to find where to belong in school and with friends.

What other projects do you have coming up?

We just got word that we got picked up for a second season, so I’m gearing up for that! I’ll also be in an episode of ROOM 104!

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Who’s your favorite character in the original film, and why?

Miyogi, by far. Daniel was the kid fans would root for, but he could have ended up like Johnny if he didn’t have the guidance from Miyogi.

If you had one superpower, what would it be?


What’s your favorite beauty item for the summer?

Sunscreen! I burn easily.

What’s the item of clothing you can’t travel without?


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Photos by Crystina Bond

Styled by Mallie Koczon

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