Last week, Alycia visited “Jimmy Kimmel Live” as her very first talk show. Her interview is adorable! You can watch her talking about ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ and driving test in the videos below:
I have added HD screencaptures from the season premiere of ‘Fear the Walking Dead’. You can watch the promo for tonight’s episode below.
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IGN – Having dealt with apocalyptic situations – albeit in a very different environment – in The 100 as Lexa, Alycia Debnam-Carey is now facing the world ending via zombie outbreak in Fear the Walking Dead.
Shortly before the new spinoff/prequel series debuted last week – to record-breaking numbers – I spoke to the Australian actress about her character, Alicia, and how she’s dealing with the very beginning of a situation that is this extreme and shocking.
IGN: With your character, it’s interesting, because of the four core family members, by the end of the first episode, she doesn’t see what they see yet, to the extent of how far this goes. Can you talk about what her perspective is? For any of us, it wouldn’t be easy to process what is happening but how do you think she’s taking this situation as it develops?
Alycia Debnam-Carey: Well yeah, as you said, out of the core four family she’s the only one that hasn’t been exposed to this new situation, this virus. She’s heard talk and conspiracy theories. Obviously stuff’s going around school, word’s spreading but in the first episode and in the trailer I think, there’s that moment where they’re shooting on camera and she’s like, “That’s not real.” She’s still trying to justify everything and that’s the amazing thing about human beings. You’re thrust into an incredible situation and you’re always trying to justify it realistically and logically for yourself and so part of that is the family always trying to protect her. They’ve been through a lot, obviously. As a family, we’ve lost a father and a husband. She’s got a brother that’s wayward and isn’t around much anymore, so she’s kind of been in the dark a lot and this is almost the final push where it’s like we just want to keep at least someone safe and innocent and protected.
In a way then, she’s sort of in a similar position to the audience because as an audience this is a completely different introduction to the world of The Walking Dead. It’s before anything has happened. You don’t really know kind of what symptoms to look for or what happens when people become infected. And so she is in a similar position of the audience in a way of, “I don’t know what’s going on.” Obviously, the audience has the rest of the franchise behind them, but it was hard because they were really hard scenes to film, a lot of them. Because when you have really little information, that whole putting together bits and pieces of what everyone’s telling you, that’s quite hard to actually do in a scene. Because you’re like “Oh, wait, I don’t know that yet, do I!?”
ZAP2IT – “The 100’s” Alycia Debnam-Carey is sticking the post-apocalyptic theme in her new series, “Fear the Walking Dead.”
In the AMC drama, she plays a high school senior in Los Angeles named Alicia who is ready to graduate and get out of the city. She is surrounded by family drama — her older brother (Frank Dillane) is a drug addict, her mother (Kim Dickens) is dating a new man (Cliff Curtis) she isn’t quite sold on — and is ready to get away on her smarts. Unluckily for her, the zombie apocalypse strikes and makes all the plans Alicia thought she had null and void.
“I think she falls pretty hard and fast, and I think a lot of this season is about her trying to come to terms with that, and how to deal with how you move forward in a situation like that,” Debnam-Carey teases to Zap2it of her character’s arc in “Fear’s” six-episode Season 1.
“Fear the Walking Dead” explores the fall of humanity at the beginning of the zombie outbreak, a time period “The Walking Dead” skipped over in its series premiere, but AMC has made it clear that this isn’t just a prequel. The network is trying to show that the franchise is more than just about killing the undead, and Debnam-Carey breaks down what makes “Fear” a show worth watching on its own right — plus how the characters’ reactions in the series are as realistic as can be.
Zap2it: How drastic is the evolution of these characters in Season 1’s six episodes?
Alycia Debnam-Carey: It’s not so immediate, because obviously in the original you see Rick Grimes go from a coma to suddenly, “Wait, what has happened to the world?” With us, it’s much more of a slow burn, but I think that’s the heart. It’s a very realistic interpretation too, because as human beings you try to justify everything to make it very rational and logical. Anything, if it’s remotely out of the ordinary, you’ll be like, “Oh no, it can’t be that. It must be this regular situation that I do every day.” That was also hard to play but really fun to investigate those nuances of what’s happening, how it’s happening, what do I know, what don’t I know.
ENTERTAIMENT WEEKLY – The same. But different. Seems like a good way to describe Fear the Walking Dead, which debuts Aug. 23 on AMC. It comes from the same world as The Walking Dead comic and TV show, but features different characters in a different place at a different time. Alycia Debnam-Carey (who plays Madison’s daughter Alicia) is excited about both the similarities and differences between the original recipe and the new, extra-crispy version. We sat down with the actress on the Vancouver set of Fear to get her take on the newest entry in the Walking Dead universe.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Okay, Alycia, start off by telling me about your character of Alicia — with an I.
ALYCIA DEBNAM-CAREY: Alicia, for me, becomes a realist in the world. Especially during the first season, we see quite a development of her from having someone who has got a plan and who has a future ahead of her. She’s one of the few characters we see who actually wants to go somewhere and has things really figured out. She’s surrounded by a broken home, lost her father, she’s got a wayward brother, and a mother trying to keep it all together and she’s one of the few people who’s like, “No, I know exactly what I want.” She’s smart and she’s got ambition and she’s ready to get out, I guess. So what’s really heartbreaking is her very extreme demise and that fall, because she loses so much, in a way. When everyone else is just trying to grapple with everything, she kind of loses it all in one fell swoop — that ambition, that hope. That’s awful, because there’s so much hopelessness with her situation, which is really hard.
So that’s the core of whom she is when this whole event happens.
I think it’s hard for her. She’s still a teenager. That’s a really difficult time. You’re growing with who you are, but then suddenly to have nothing to grow with, no world to facilitate your growth — there’s nothing, and for her that’s just such a shock to the system. She loses a lot very quickly, and having to deal with that as a young person with so much ambition is really hard for her.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY – Will Lexa and Clarke ever reconcile on The 100? — Timothy
Alycia Debnam-Carey certainly thinks so. “Lexa will make it happen one way or the other,” she says. “It might not be an easy reconciliation, but it’ll happen. If Lexa wants something, it’ll happen.” However, letting Clarke back in her life could be hazardous to Lexa’s health. “She’s opening up a wound again,” Debnam-Carey says, noting that Lexa will have a great entrance in season 3. “What happened last time when she was emotionally available, her lover was killed. It’s a very dangerous position to be in, but at the end of the day, she’s only human and she’ll have that human emotion.”
New portraits of the lovely Alycia at the Summer TCA Tour for ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ can now be found in our gallery.
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