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Alycia for Interview Magazine (07/23/16): HAYLEY PHELAN: Your character Lexa on The 100 was a fan favorite. What is it like to have a cult fol.....
Alycia Debnam-Carey is an Australian actress known for Into the Storm (2014), The Devil's Hand (2014) and The 100. Alycia was born 20 July 1993 and graduated from Newtown High School of the Performing Arts in 2011.
Alycia has appeared in several TV series including Martha's New Coat, McLeod's Daughters and pilot Galyntine. In December 2014, it was announced Alycia had been cast in the lead role of Alicia Clark on AMC's new series Fear the Walking Dead.
Fansite of the Day:
13 March 2016
Liked (2016) Format: Movie Role: Roxy Status: Post-Production
Fear the Walking Dead (2015- ) Format: TV Series Role: Alicia Clark Status: Airing
The 100 (2014-2016) Format: TV Series Role: Lexa Status: Complete
Friend Request (2015) Format: Movie Role: Laura Status: Complete
The Devil's Hand (2014) Format: Movie Role: Mary Status: Complete
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HAYLEY PHELAN: Your character Lexa on The 100 was a fan favorite. What is it like to have a cult following?
DEBNAM-CAREY: My friend asked me recently, “Do you find it weird that you are now the property of other people’s imaginations?” I hadn’t thought about that before, this passionate following, with fan fiction and artwork. At first it felt like an invasion of privacy, but then I realized it’s nice that the character can be shared.
PHELAN: What’s the biggest difference between Lexa and your character Alicia onFear the Walking Dead?
DEBNAM-CAREY: To go from playing a character that was so self-assured, so mature beyond her years, and so kick-ass and ruthless to someone who’s quite normal is interesting. Playing normal is hard; especially playing normal that’s not you. The biggest challenge in playing Alicia is trying to make a teenage girl seem fully formed and not the quintessential moody teenager with a quippy, sassy line here and there.
PHELAN: What were you like as a teenager?
DEBNAM-CAREY: Everyone sort of feels alienated at that point, so it’s hard to say whether I felt like that because everyone does or because I was so focused on acting [since the age of 8]. I did go to a performing arts school, so that facilitated my creativity, though I ended up going in a more musical direction.
PHELAN: What did you play?
DEBNAM-CAREY: I studied classical percussion for ten years. At one point I was thinking about going to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, but then I realized it’s actually not what I wanted to do.
PHELAN: If you weren’t an actor, what would you be?
DEBNAM-CAREY: I would love to do something with space. I’m obsessed with it. I just can’t stop reading about it or watching videos about it or listening to TED Talks about it.
PHELAN: Have you learned any cool facts recently?
DEBNAM-CAREY: I did. There is one living organism, called a tardigrade, that has survived the five great mass extinctions on Earth, and it can survive in vacuums in space and boiling hot water and freezing subzero temperatures.
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Actress Alycia Debnam-Carey is most certainly young and beautiful, but it’s her sharp intelligence that is also propelling her success in Hollywood, writes Zara Wong. At 7.30 on a Friday morning at Sydney’s Flemington Flower Markets,Alycia Debnam-Carey is overwhelmed by the choice. It is her first time here – a long-time bullet point on a mental to-do list, as it is for me, too, even though we’re both Sydney-raised. The visit was her idea, a way to kill two birds with one stone while she’s back home visiting from LA: buy some flowers, do a Vogue interview.
￼￼Deciding between either pretty countryside florals like hydrangeas and peonies, or Australian natives like wattle and banksia, she goes for both category options. With four years as an LA resident already, where she stars in the cult series Fear the Walking Dead as well as The 100, she notices there is a wildness, a looseness, to the way flowers are displayed in Sydney compared to her second home; the land where legendary “Hollywood” florists like Eric Buterbaugh and Jeff Leatham are famed for their symmetry and rigour, the way they mould nature to create perfectly formed shapes.
“I hated LA when I first got there. It took about three years for me to like it. LA and America, in general, have this incredible hustle about them. There’s this sense of momentum,” she says enthusiastically. She is eating a vegetarian big breakfast at a local cafe after the floral excursion. “In LA, it’s not on the surface. Everything is in the cracks. The restaurant out front will look like this old, boring place and you’ll go inside and it’s this lush, beautifully designed restaurant.”
You grow up faster in Hollywood, too. But not in the way that the phrase is usually meant. At 22, her friends from high school are finishing university, becoming more independent. “They’re all doing things that I did four years ago, paying bills, finding roommates, buying a first car and figuring out these menial tasks.” Actresses – as they wont to do, especially the more lines on IMDb they receive – are always eager to play down the glamour. But for Debnam-Carey, as a rising star on television it is a full track with consistent travel and long shooting days of more than 12 hours with little time off, depending on the storyline and size of the role. “The days are very, very long, and the travel time – getting there and back.” The television shoot schedule is an accelerated form of a movie. “For a film you have the whole script in its entirety for a couple of weeks, so you can learn scenes and really rehearse them so that when you get to them, they’re more fleshed out. But TV shows are harder. You don’t really learn them as a full script, because they change the drafts quickly.” Her short-term memory has improved. “But it just means I forget things a lot quicker!”