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About Alycia

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.

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The FTWD press kit has released Alycia and Alicia’s cast and character bios respectively. Read them below or go here for the press site, or here for the official site.

Alicia Clark
Alycia Debnam-Carey

ALICIA CLARK is a model student who overachieves with frustrating ease. She wants the hell out of Los Angeles, and she has her sights set on graduating and escaping to college where she will be free of her family’s drama. For years, she’s watched her older brother sink deeper into his addiction, and she is close to giving up on him when the apocalypse hits. Her ambition is in direct proportion to her brother’s screw ups. She loves her mother, empathizes, but it’s time to do for herself – time to escape.

Alycia Debnam-Carey
Alicia

Australian actress Alycia Debnam-Carey was recently named one of the “actors to watch” from the Australians in Film trade magazine, as well as one of “10 TV actors to watch” by Variety, and was runner-up in the 2012 Heath Ledger Scholarship, which celebrates Australia’s new young talent.

Debnam-Carey starred in the AMC pilot Galyntine and has held a recurring role on The CW’s The 100. She can also be seen in the New Line/Warner Bros. disaster film Into the Storm, and she played the lead in the independent film Where the Devil Hides for director Christian Christiansen and producer Mickey Lidell. She also is the lead of the upcoming WB Germany feature film Unfriend.

The FTWD press kit also released a Q&A with the cast and producers. You can read through Alycia’s Q&A below, or here.

Who is Alicia?
Alicia Clark is really the stable one in the Clark family. Kim Dickens who plays Madison is essentially the rock of the family, but she’s dealing with her son who’s a heroin addict, and she’s lost a husband and going through her own stuff. So Alicia has really been kind of solitary and self-sufficient for a long time. She’s felt the need to compensate maybe for everyone else’s struggles. She’s a good kid, smart, ready to finish school and get out.

I think the interesting thing with Alicia in this circumstance is that she’s got a plan for her life. She knows where she wants to go; she knows she wants to move and start her own life and feel like her own person. A great deal of the spotlight has been taken from her and focused on Nick because of his addiction, so she wants to break out of that. And people will relate to her because she has a plan for her life that completely falls apart in the face of what begins to happen around her. That’s real life.

What is the family dynamic like for Alicia?
I think she feels very trapped in this city and this family dynamic that’s extreme in many ways. It’s a very modern-day family. You don’t necessarily have what is considered a nuclear family anymore. It’s a single parent family with a missing father figure and a heroin-addicted brother who’s on the loose, so it’s a very broken household, really.

What is the show about?
Fear the Walking Dead is a show about family dynamics in the midst of pre-apocalyptic circumstances, and then what happens when society crumbles and the world falls apart and how people deal with it. I guess what’s different in this one from the original is that it is centered around what happened before, and how it even got to that stage of severity, and what happens when all those structures – electricity, transport, government, medicine and all other fundamentals – just dissipate. That’s a really interesting place to start for this show.

What’s different about Fear from The Walking Dead?
With The Walking Dead, there is a very provincial feel to it because it’s very rural. This one is set in one of the biggest cities in the U.S. – and that makes it scary. If the apocalypse were to happen, it would be unlikely that many people would be able to survive in such a massive city. LA is a great backdrop for this to happen; it’s very urban and relatable for people that way. This show is really all about humans and how they survive and what they do to each other to survive, and that to me is the most amazing psychological journey to witness. People will do whatever it takes to keep their kin safe and themselves safe, and that never gets old.

Describe Alicia’s relationship with her brother, Nick.
They’ve always had a brother/sister bond. Losing their father has sent Nick on a definite and extreme path of drug use, and it’s really broken them apart. I think for Alicia, having the loss of her father, and now losing her brother to drugs, it’s become hard for her to trust people and be open. But at the same time, Nick and Alicia share that loss and no one else knows what that feels like but them, so that also keeps them close in a way.

How does Alicia feel about her mother, Madison?
Temperamental. The relationship between a mother and teenage daughter is always a tumultuous one, but essentially it’s a good one. There is a very strong family unit between Nick, Madison and Alicia, but I think it’s just been so broken by circumstance. It’s hard because Madison has had to focus so much more attention on Nick and his addiction, and so she’s demanded a lot more of Alicia without necessarily knowing it. She’s been putting her own feelings and weight onto Alicia, and Alicia has had to bear the brunt of that a little more than anyone else, perhaps.

How do you think your character will deal with what’s coming?
Like with any character there’s a journey that has to happen. Probably because Alicia has started off being so strong, the decline for her is going to be a lot worse. What’s to come in future episodes is that feeling that nothing will be normal anymore. She can’t rely on anything anymore.

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As Alycia puts it, tonight is the premiere of Fear the Walking Dead! The pilot will premiere tonight at 9/8c on AMC! The official Fear the Walking Dead instagram, feartwd, has been posting content updating fans on the show. Make sure to check out the lastest countdown video, one of many that has featured Alycia. In addition, check out the new behind the scenes photo, featuring Alycia and co-stars Elizabeth Rodriguez and Frank Dillane.

 

Listen to @AlyciaJasmin – #FearTWD is premiering TONIGHT at 9|8c.

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We take some silly pictures sometimes #frankdillane @alyciajasmin #funhair #FearTWDDayintheLife @theonlyelizabethrodriguez

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Alycia also took part in an interview with Elizabeth and Frank for Access Hollywood. She talks about how her friends reacted when she told them she got the part, and it’s hilarious! Watch here!

 

Lastly, another interview with Alycia has surfaced, this one with New York Post. THERE ARE SPOILERS BELOW AND IN THE INTERVIEW, SO BE CAUTIOUS. Alycia gets to talk about FTWD and The 100! Read a few quotes below, or check out the whole interview at New York Post.

On how the story should appeal to both fans of the original show and newbies:

“These are very regular people, members of a community with regular jobs. The show becomes much more physical as it goes on, but for now it focuses on the emotional roller coaster — it’s slow in the way a drama is.”

On her potential death (SPOILERS):

Alycia has revealed that she’ll have to learn to work with weapons in the second season, so we know she survives at least until season 2. “I try not to think about it, but if it happens, I hope it’s not from a scratch where you become infected and you just die — I want it to be very dramatic.”

On if she is prepared to handle an apocalypse:

“I handle things as they come pretty well, but I’m definitely not prepared,” Debnam-Carey says with a laugh. “If things got worse, I think Australia is one of the few places that would be safe, so I’d head straight back!”

On her The 100 character vs. her FTWD character:

“They’re both very driven, and very physical roles, but because Lexa calls a lot of the shots, she has a lot of clear-cut choices. Whereas Alicia discovers things as she goes along.”

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Alycia also talked to The Wrap. Read below about Alycia’s transition from The 100 to FTWD, her character’s transition into the world of walkers, and more!

Alycia Debnam-Carey on ‘Dramatic Shift’ to ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ From ‘The 100′: I Have No Weapons, No Power!

You came to “Fear the Walking Dead” directly off of “The 100.” What was it like going from that to playing such a normal girl?
It was super weird, it was like “I have no power anymore! No weapons, no power!” But maybe eventually, Alica will be able to have her own kind of power. But yeah, it was a very dramatic shift. I’d never played a character like Lexa before, with such an iconic look and distinct wardrobe, in a different world. I love that sort of sci-fi, fantasy world, so that was a real treat to play. But this is very close to home, and this is all about family dynamics, character relationships, and I also love that. And this world, as normal as it is, is about to get very abnormal, so it’s also a little extreme.

When will we see her start to accept the reality of the situation?
In time, definitely over the season. It’s a slow burn. It’s very different from the original show, where you were thrust into this world immediately. In this, the infected look like regular people, you don’t know what they’re capable of. Everyone thinks it’s drugs, or a phase or something. She’s going to fall hard and fast. She starts off with quite a lot of hope. She’s going to get out of town, she’s got a boyfriend, she’s got a plan. And then very quickly, she’s left with nothing. So that was also very interesting. It becomes her figuring out this world, and it will also coincide with her recognizing her place, within herself, and knowing then, what she’s going to do about it.

In the early episodes Alicia hasn’t had too many zombie encounters yet, but have you gotten to do some stunts with them?
I’ve done some stunts, got some bad bruises too! I can’t say too much, but you’ll see. Everyone got their fair share to do, that’s for sure.

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New information regarding Alycia’s The 100 character Lexa, and Clarke has appeared. In addition, an interview Alycia did with FTWD co-star Kim Dickens at San Diego Comic Con has surfaced, and some new information regarding Alycia’s casting has come into light. Read more about it below.

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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.”

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Countdown to Fear the Walking Dead: Kim Dickens & Alycia Debnam-Carey

Debnam-Carey: So I’m playing Alicia, which is the same character name, spelled differently though. She’s the golden child as Kim said. Frustratingly with ease, she’s succeeded in school, and she’s got a real future all planned out. She’s got a beautiful boyfriend, she’s going to Berkeley. She’s ready to get out of Los Angeles. It’s is a little bit of fractured home, dad’s passed away and brother’s gone off suffering addiction and I think she’s just ready to leave that drama. She’s got high hopes and that’s what makes the destruction of all of this so sad for her because she loses a lot.

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Fear the Walking Dead EP on Working to Deliver a Satisfying Spinoff / Prequel

IGN: At the center of the show, you have Cliff and Kim. Can you talk about the casting of Alycia [Debnam-Carey] and Frank, as Kim’s kids? Because this family unit is obviously integral.

Erickson: We got lucky. Alycia had done a pilot for AMC a while ago and she worked with Greg [Nicotero]. We went through the process. They read. Frank was in London. We saw him on tape and he just had a wounded quality I found interesting. Alycia, you talk to her off camera she’s incredibly vivacious and buoyant and she feels like a teenager sometimes and when she’s on screen, she has this poise and this calm and directness and that’s kind of who this character was. Then we flew everybody in for chemistry reads and when they read together for the first time, it was one of those things where there was something there. I believe that they were brother and sister. I believed that they were emotionally invested in each other. It was just going through, having to look at a lot of people. Alycia did get in early because she was someone they liked at AMC.

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A new comic con interview for Fear the Walking Dead has surfaced, this one by TV Guide! Check it out below:

 

A new look at Fear The Walking Dead has been released on AMC’s official YouTube channel. Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd, and cast and crew members introduce the characters of the new series! Watch below:

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To prepare for the Fear the Walking Dead premiere this Sunday, Alycia recently participated in an international press junket in Los Angeles. A few interviews have surfaced, along with pictures. You can read highlights from the multiple interviews below. Photos from the press junket can be viewed here.

Onscreen siblings poised to be Next Big Things

On her character’s potential death: “If I die, I just want a good death, make it dramatic. I feel like we have a little bit of time. The first season was only six episodes, but you’re right, there seems to be a little bit of a theme at the moment, killing off main characters, so no one’s really safe.”

On a zombie apocalypse: ”I think I’d be okay. I say that with such confidence right now in the comfort of the Four Seasons Hotel. I’m good at being stealthy and hiding. I feel like I’d be swift on my toes and wouldn’t be easily caught by a zombie.”

Companion series ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ takes audiences on a different journey

On her character: “The hard thing with her is that she comes from a very fractured family. She has a plan. She is going to get herself out of the situation and she’s ambitious, she’s smart, she’s got alot of hope and she is ready to start her life, but of course when this happens she is left with nothing and she falls very quickly and very hard.”

Executive producer Dave Erickson and actress Alycia Debnam-Carey discuss ‘Fear the Walking Dead’

On the feel of the show: Well I thought that – admittedly when I first like heard about the role, I was sort of like, I don’t know, are zombies really my thing? And my first impression was like, do you know Halloween Horror Nights in Universal City? They do this thing and it’s like yeah and you like willingly go and get yourself scared by like zombies and stuff and so the whole time I was just like adrenaline, anxiety and I was like, no. So my interpretation was like, do I want to do that every day? But then what drew me so much to this script is that they are regular people and that these are – you attach to the characters so quickly and the relationships and you are really rooting for them way before it becomes a life and death situation. And I think that that’s so important because I am a fan of the original show. It did take me a little bit of time to really find an attachment to some of those characters whereas this one I mean immediately loved the dynamics. I really appreciated that.”

 

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Alycia participated in round table interviews at this years San Diego Comic Con in July. Geekscape interviewed Alycia along with her Fear the Walking Dead co-star Kim Dickens. You can read highlights from the interview below, or click to read the entire article. Photos from the interview have also been added to the gallery, previews and links are available below.

Geekscape Interviews: ‘Fear The Walking Dead’s Kim Dickens And Alycia Debnam-Carey Talk About Human-Looking Walkers And More!

Question: So ladies, what can you tell us about your characters in the show?

Alycia Debnam-Carey: So, I play Alicia with the same character name as myself, which is kind of strange. But spelt differently so it is still a little different. [laughs] She’s kind of the weird sister with kind of frustrating needs. She’s the golden child as Kim has said and she’s an over-achiever. She’s in a really great position but she really wants out of Los Angeles. She kind of has a beautiful boyfriend and is ready to go to Berkeley. She’s from a bit of a broken home. She’s lost her dad and the brother’s a little wayward and gone off on his own. He’s suffering with addiction. She sort of feels like kind of caught up in the downward spiral in a way. Though she has a great love for the family, she just wants to get out.

Question: How soon in your show will be seeing walkers and things like that?Alycia Debnam-Carey: We’re uncovering it in a very different way. These zombies, these are not looking like what we already know in “The Walking Dead.” They’re not kind of like those zombies as we know it.

Question: How would you say that the style of “Fear the Walking Dead” is different from the style of “The Walking Dead?”

Alycia Debnam-Carey: The style is really different. The setting of Los Angeles makes it initially so, the environment is different. I look at it because I’m a fan of the original “The Walking Dead.” It has got a quiet provincial feel in a way. It’s rural, it’s out in the woods and it’s very pulled back or stripped back. This one is very urban. It’s the community, it’s the city, and it’s a cultural melting pot. It’s in every sense artistic as well. It feels very layered. The original of course is, too. This one is stacked with so many layers. You slowly start to see how that crumbles away.

Question: You’re a fan of the show. I mean how cool is it to get this role?

Alycia Debnam-Carey: Oh, it’s awesome. To be honest, I hadn’t watched it before and then I got the gig. Then at once I have to go and watch it now. It’s given me an excuse to like, binge-watch three weeks of amazing television. Then after that I very quickly fell in love with the show. It is such an amazing, complex drama and it’s almost like the walkers are like a side plot in a weird way. I think that’s how our show is great, too. It has so much dense drama, personal interactions and human dynamics and that for us I think is a real feast.

Question: How do you think a fan of “The Walking Dead” will react to “Fear the Walking Dead”?

Alycia Debnam-Carey: Whether they’ll love it or hate it I’m not sure. I think that it is so different. I think maybe that will be a little bit of a shock at first. It is very, very different. I think people will really come around to it especially by Episode 6 I think it will really get locked in. They’ll be like, wait a second. It’s a whole different game now!

Question: How would you cope? How would you fare?

Alycia Debnam-Carey: Badly. I think if there’s anything we’ve actually learned from this show it was, we would not do very well! [laughs]

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