Interview with Madison Lintz

Madison Lintz started acting when she was 6. She has been in numerous commercials and industrial projects. Madison’s most recent commercial was a national Golden Corral spot which aired all over the country. Madison co-star in this fall new TV series “The Walking Dead”, playing the character Sophia. Movie Mikes had a chance to chat with Madison about her role in the show.

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Mike Gencarelli: What drew you to the TV show “The Walking Dead”?
Madison Lintz: Because the comic books are pretty grown up I hadn’t read them, so when I auditioned, it was all new to me. But now, I love the story and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

MG: Tell us about your character of Sophia in “The Walking Dead”?
ML: Sophia is a young girl who is living in a very scary nightmarish time. She and her mom and dad have escaped the city and are living in a camp with many others to try to hide from the zombies. This is where she meets Carl and Rick and Lori. She and Carl stick together through all of the chaos. Living every day in fear of dying makes her quiet and somber. But you also see scenes where the kids in the camp are playing and trying to do normal things in a very un-normal situation.

MG: How did you prepare for the character?
ML: I read some of the early comic books to try to see where it was all headed (edited by mom!). Also, I just made sure I knew my lines so I didn’t mess everyone else up! It wasn’t hard to react naturally on set. Those zombies were scary looking!

MG: How was it working with so many fantastic actors?
ML: It was fun because they gave me a lot of inspiration and advice on how to play my role. They treated me like I was a mini-adult which felt great! We had a lot of fun and a lot of laughs. One time, just to mess with us, the director didn’t call “Cut!” after the last line of the scene so we all just kept sitting there, looking at each other, trying to stay in character. Then Jon Bernthal cracked up and we were all done! It was hilarious.

MG: Where there any moments during filming that were too scary?
ML: There’s a scene where the zombies find our camp that was scary. But then, in between takes, I would have little chats with them so it made it all good! Actually, the thing that was the hardest was eating lunch with them.  I really did lose my appetite several times because they look so real! I started eating in my trailer on zombie days instead. Ha-Ha!

MG: What was the best of working on the show so far?
ML: I made a lot of new friends that felt like family by the end. Just getting the opportunity to be part of such a great show is really amazing. Especially when it’s a show that so many are eagerly waiting for. I can’t wait to see what everyone thinks when they see it!

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