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As: Raven Reyes Release: 2014-Now Status: Season 4 Airing imdb | official
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When I was younger, I was quite the tomboy, not because I didn’t like ‘girl’ things but because I didn’t like the exclusivity boys had over ‘boy’ things. The ‘NO GIRLS ALLOWED’ sign is still etched in my mind, and even though the sign bothered me, it also made me curious about what they doing in there, and I was left wondering ‘why can’t I play?”
As a working actress, it still baffles me how in 2017 women are being represented. There are countless auditions available for ‘the slut’, ‘the girlfriend’, ‘the mother’, ‘the bitch’, or ‘the prize’ for the lead male character. I think the amount of archaic stories of women waiting for a man to save them, fix them, and give them purpose is overdone. I always think of Cinderella and wonder if she didn’t have that glass slipper where would she be now? I’d love to see an ending re-write: successful businesswoman Cinderella is now running “Cindr” an all musical, friendly mice cleaning company and is killing it!
I do, however, see hope for the film industry, and believe change is coming in waves. It’s starts with more gratifying, intelligent and complex women roles being written and showcased. I feel the more that we demand to see women portrayed in positive, intelligent and leadership roles, the more it will be the norm. I love knowing there are young woman watching “The 100” and connecting to a character like ass-kicking, mechanical engineer, space whiz Raven Reyes. Who knows, maybe they are being inspired to become our next future female astronauts.
This is why I say (usually to myself), “F the glass ceiling and the glass slipper.” It helps to push and motivate me. I know there are like minded men and women out there ready to shatter glass ceilings with me. I’ve realized that my purpose is not just to ‘entertain’ but to inspire people with my personal story and through each character I embody.
I no longer hesitate to share my opinion and desires for equality. If we are too afraid to ‘speak our truth’, how will change ever be made? I personally feel that if you’re going to get “in trouble” for speaking your mind, it’s probably the BEST reason to get “in trouble”.
What’s Lindsey Morgan, a Texan of Mexican and Irish descent doing in Vancouver? Starring in the locally filmed post-apocalyptic action-drama The 100 on CW of course! The main cast represents actors from Canada, America, Australia, Korea, Peru and the UK.
Lindsey Morgan joined season 1 with a recurring role and was bumped to a series regular by season 2. She plays mechanic and “badass” Raven Reyes amongst a diverse cast in a dystopian setting almost 97 years after the Earth is nuclear-ravaged. While the fourth season is currently underway we asked Lindsey about The 100 and her acting career:
What drew you into acting and how did you pursue it?
As a kid, I was always very artistic and felt truly myself whenever I was being creative. I did not really start pursuing acting until I was 18 and honestly, it was just a moment of hearing and following my heart’s deepest desire.
What did the recurring role of Kristina Davis on “General Hospital” teach you as a young actress?
It taught me in this industry, you can either sink or swim. There is not anyone there to hold your hand and it is up to you keep yourself afloat. The soap was a tremendous amount of work for a new actor and it taught me how much I needed to practice my craft and be ready to perform day in and day out. It also taught me gratitude to have a steady job, in a very unstable profession and industry.
How do daytime soap operas differ from primetime TV series?
We shoot by far more material in Soaps than Primetime. A big day on a Soap can be shooting up to 80 script pages. A page day on Primetime is filming 8 script pages, but we repeat takes in Primetime. In Soaps, we strive for one take then move on.
Aside from traditional film and television, you’ve also been in short films, TV movies and web series productions – do you have a favourite medium?
At this point, I am trying to explore everything I can and master it all. They are all very different mediums and have different styles that I think it is important as an actor to understand.
What’s it like to work with such a diverse cast in CW’s “The 100”?
It is amazing! I love everyone on our cast and love how we are all from such different parts of the world with different backgrounds. Everyone is pretty fascinating to get to know.
What about the show first interested you most? Were you already a sci-fi fan?
I was more of a fan of Fantasy, but it really opened my eyes to the creativity of Sci-Fi. The show has turned me into a fan. Initially though, I did love the premise. I thought it was socially very interesting!
Do you share any characteristics with your mechanic character Raven Reyes?
Yes, definitely. We both can be a bit too stubborn and competitive for our own good, but it also pushes us to constantly to do our best and grow as a person.
What do you do for fun in Vancouver when not filming?
We have really grown close as a cast, so we always get into something crazy. From paddle boarding in the summer, to snowboarding in the winter and laser tag, we always have something fun going on. When I am alone I have been learning Muay Thai kickboxing or I am in acting class!
Advice for aspiring actors?
Train. Acting is like anything you want to do well. Practice as much as you can. It is the only way you will ever get better.
There have been a number of contenders for The 100’s season 3 Big Bad: The Ice Queen seemed like a ruthless foe, but Lexa dealt with her quickly. Pike was a thorn in everyone’s side, but he’s since been captured. Ontari certainly wants to be a force to be reckoned with, but she’s more fun than fearsome. So that leaves us with A.L.I.E., a computer software intent on taking over the world.
Jaha, the Pinky to A.L.I.E.’s The Brain, has been recruiting as many Arkadians as possible to join them in the City of Light. They thought they had converted a serious ally in Raven Reyes (played by Lindsey Morgan), but instead she became the first person to fight for her free will and resist the AI.
That unique ability to fight back against A.L.I.E. is a character strength that Morgan loves about Raven: “For such a long time, Raven has just been beat down and beat down by life in this world,” the actress tells EW. “You kind of forget the super smart, funky badass space mechanic who flew down in a pod she built herself and pulled out a knife on Bellamy because he took her radio. We haven’t seen that Raven in so long because she’s been so troubled for so long. I think it’s is a nice reminder that this girl is no joke.”
Unfortunately, even Raven has her limits. In episode 10, A.L.I.E. gave Raven what she asked for and revoked her pass to the City of Light, resulting in a heartbreaking scene that saw all of Raven’s forgotten memories flooding to the surface at once. As an actress, Morgan felt it was important to convey with her body everything that was going on in Raven’s mind; she approached the episode’s director, Matt Barber, and asked that he relay the exact sequence of the memories that would be running through Raven’s head. “I wanted each memory of it to be different, [and] the expression of it to be different, because I’m going to feel differently about being drilled for bone marrow than remembering my boyfriend being murdered by one of my best friends,” she says. “And even though it’s just acting, it’s still an experience. It’s almost like these memories are real and they are inside of you — because you did live through them in a sense, especially the dark ones. You trick your body into thinking you’re going through trauma, and your body doesn’t forget anything. I can touch my leg and remember the surgery, and the necklace reminds Raven of Finn; I have little triggers to help me remember and bring those memories to the forefront.”
Following that harrowing scene, A.L.I.E. took full synaptic control of Raven’s brain; our badass space mechanic was simply too weakened by the trauma to keep her out. Now that Clarke and Jasper are fleeing with Raven, the race is on to save her, which is the focus of Thursday’s episode, “Nevermore.”
And who better to save Raven than the old gang? Although Clarke, Monty, Jasper, Bellamy, and Octavia have all been at odds in one way or another this entire season, they’ll have to put that on hold. “They all come together for one purpose — and that’s to try to save Raven,” Morgan explains. “It’s nice that they put aside their differences for a greater cause.”
Morgan enjoys working with the group again on a personal level (“I love when we can all be in scenes together because we do enjoy each other so much and everyone works great together — and this is technically the first time the entire season long that we’ve had a chance to be together in the same room”), but also on a show level. She says the essence of episode 11 goes back to what “the 100” are all about.
“We protect our people, but mostly we protect each other,” she says of the original group. “We were the ones who came down here together, so really the ultimate bond is there in the 100 kids themselves.”
After putting up a valiant fight on last week’s The 100, Raven (Lindsey Morgan) gave herself over to A.L.I.E. (Erica Cerra) completely. But never one to give up on her people, Clarke (Eliza Taylor) will lead the fight for Raven’s soul in Thursday’sepisode while the heartless A.I. does everything she can to protect her secrets – even if it means sacrificing Raven.
TVGuide.com spoke with Morgan about the new dangers Raven is facing, what A.L.I.E.’s real plan is and more. Check out everything she revealed in the interview below.
How did you feel when you learned Raven would become one of A.L.I.E.’s pod people?
I had an inkling of knowledge to it in the beginning of the season when Jason [Rothenberg] was pitching this whole Matrix scenario with the City of Light and how Raven would be integral to it. It was very exciting, because I feel like the show hadn’t been that science-fiction-y. I was really interested in doing a really science fiction-based story because it’s something I feel like I hadn’t done yet.
Raven’s kind of a villain right now. Raven’s always trying to do the best she can for the group. Aside from the couple of mistakes she’s made, she’s always been a protagonist. So it was really interesting brutally fighting against my castmates, against characters and people I’ve spent three years constantly trying to save. I was really interested in that, and also interested in the acting exercise of, “what do you do when you’re mind-controlled by a supercomputer?” Like, that’s never happened to me before in life, so I love the challenge it brings.
What state is Raven in when we see her next? And what does her time in captivity look like?
Raven held out as long as she could, but she finally fully submitted to A.L.I.E. and with that comes compete and utter cognitive control over Raven’s mind, Raven’s body, everything she does. Raven’s no longer there. It’s A.L.I.E. that’s pulling the strings in her mind. So it’s really interesting to see Raven under full control of somebody else, and ultimately someone who is the adversary to all her friends. So you see A.L.I.E. working through the filter of Raven, and A.L.I.E. looks at Jasper or Bellamy, someone that’s holding her captive, and A.L.I.E. says, “enemy.” And Raven looks at them and all she sees is, “enemy.” She no longer sees Jasper or Bellamy. She doesn’t have any recollection of who these people are until it’s beneficial for A.L.I.E. to know.
Jasper (Devon Bostick) doesn’t understand everything the chip does. He doesn’t understand the extent to which Raven has been compromised. …. And now that Arkadia has fallen, he’s running for his life and he took Raven with him trying to save her. And whatever Raven sees, whatever Raven hears, A.L.I.E. hears and she collects that information. He blindfolded her and is trying to take her to some remote location. … But it doesn’t really matter where Jasper takes her geographically, because A.L.I.E.’s embedded in her brain.
Clarke has the A.I. that A.L.I.E. has been after, and now she’s brought it straight to her in a way. How will the Flame factor into the episode?
The Flame literally raises the stakes from a 7 to a 15. Everything is culminating in this point. And now that A.L.I.E. has taken Arkadia, A.L.I.E.’s that much stronger. The more minds she has, the more influence and power she has. She’s stronger than ever. Her army’s at full capacity, basically. And now she has her secret weapon, her right-hand pod person, Raven, in the room with the very thing she has been searching for for this entire season. So A.L.I.E. is so close to victory she can taste it. And the Hundred, the kids, are so screwed. They don’t even know, but if A.L.I.E. gets the Flame, they’re done. The Hundred will be extinct, essentially, when she takes them all and erases their minds. So everything is at the boiling point as far as what’s going to happen.
A.L.I.E. said that conquering Arkadia was only Stage 1. What can you say about A.L.I.E.’s main goal?
A.L.I.E. doesn’t think she’s bad. A.L.I.E. doesn’t think she’s a villain. A.L.I.E.’s just doing what she’s made to do and what Becca created her to do, and that’s save the human race. And in A.L.I.E.’s mind, saving the human race means enlisting them into the City of Light. Because she has factored into her A.L.I.E. mind that what’s wrong with humanity is pain, because pain ultimately causes humanity to be violent against one another, kill one another, get revenge. So once she factors out pain in the equation, then humans are peaceful. … However, what A.L.I.E. doesn’t understand is that pain also makes us human, and she’s stripping away the humanity and mortality of us. And because she is a computer, she can only do what she’s created to do. So she’ll literally stop at nothing to finish what her programming is created to do. So that’s A.L.I.E.’s ultimate end goal. In a way, she’s trying to make the world a better place. She’s trying to save humanity, but just going about it the wrong way.
The photos released from the episode reveal Niylah (Jessica Harmon) returns this week. What can you reveal about her return and whether or not she brought that wristband with her?
I think that’s interesting because as big as our world is now – especially with characters like Niylah and Polis and everything – everyone’s still essential to the ultimate story. So Niylah being in the premiere with the wristband obviously is why she’s coming into this episode. If you saw [last week’s episode], Raven had the idea of using the wristbands as a way to disconnect from A.L.I.E. … But also, Niylah has had her own personal journey through everything that’s happened while everyone else was gone. So you get to see what Niylah’s been through and how the Hundred and Skaikru have affected her and her life. Every choice and action have a consequence, and it’s not just affected our core characters. It’s affecting our entire world and it’s interesting to see that all play out.
“Well, I was living in Austin (Texas), studying at the University and a professor encouraged me to get into acting. Austin has a small film community, at the time they were doing Friday Night lights. So I got my first agent, I had no idea what I was doing [laughs]. Then I landed really close on a series regular role with Friday Night Lights and I didn’t have any credits to my name. It kinda gave me enough ignorant confidence to realise ‘Oh, maybe I could do this, this can’t be that hard.’ That summer I interned with an acting company, which meant I was in LA. In my mind, I was thinking “things are happening, this is huge, I’m LA, I’m with this acting company” and I decided to leave school to my parents dismay and pursue it full time.”
But, I was paying for school myself, so it was my choice. And, Hollywood is so youth oriented and driven, they want you as young as possible, you get more experience. It’s like, I could spend two more years at university and do plays and a get text book/classroom experience or I could be in the industry and just get experience working. And to this day, no one has asked to see my degree. So I did that, moved to LA and just kinda figured it out from there. And that’s the tough thing about acting, there’s no handbook or anything. And it is competitive too, so it’s not like people are just going to tell you all their secrets.”
WOULD YOU SAY THAT THE 100 IS YOUR FIRST MAJOR ROLE?
Totally, before The 100 I was on a soap opera (General Hospital) for a year. and soap operas are so intense. It’s nuts. I have such a respect for soap actors, they have to memorise like 60 pages of a script a day, what they do is insane. You’re literally putting on a whole new play every day. For The 100 we move pretty quickly as well, we try and do 8 pages a day and we do 8 day shoots.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT PORTRAYING RAVEN?
“Being tortured, I love it [laughs], I’m kidding. I love playing a role where I get to play at my highest point of intelligence because being a girl it’s very rare you get to do that.
I just love how smart she is, and I love how bad ass she is and how selfless she is, you know. She is always sacrificing herself for others, and it’s inspiring, it’s like: I’m not nearly that great of a person. So getting to play that is awesome”
ARE THERE CHALLENGES YOU HAVE FACED IN YOUR WORK SPECIFICALLY BECAUSE YOU’RE A WOMEN?
“You know, it’s a really thin line that you have to balance on. The thing about Hollywood is they have a tendency, and I do feel like it’s changing, but, their want to see women a certain way. I’m happy to know it’s changing and people opening up their minds. I think a lot of that is because the audiences are making such a big statement that not all women are perfectly perfect. No, not all women are like a size 0 who can have 8 kids, a high powered job but also be a mom.”
“The pressure that society puts on us as women to always be perfect, that’s only magnified in Hollywood. It’s sad that the same stereotypes keep getting perpetuated by the entertainment industry and the media, which is something that is such an accessible and influential medium. Hollywood is a boys club for sure, and it’s tough for a woman. It shouldn’t be that you’re only point of access is that you’re pretty or they want something from you. I know I’ve been in situations like that, and as a women you can tell when a guy is approaching you in that way. And it’s like, well wait a second, this a workplace and if this was any other job it would be sexual harassment.”
ADVICE FOR BEING A WOMAN/WOMAN IN HOLLYWOOD?
“You have to know who you are because Hollywood and the world will always tell you that you’re not good enough as you are. So you have to look yourself in the mirror and say: You know what, actually I am good enough, this is me. I’m good enough without makeup on, I’m good enough like this. I’m a performer, I’m an artist and this is my craft. That’s what should matter and it’s about knowing all of that and then it’s also about knowing what you want and what kind of art you want to make and what kind of statement you want to make with your work and then pursuing that.”
“You’ve got to know who are you are not letting anybody put their boundaries on you. I think you also got to know what you want to make in your life, and you have to make those decisions. There’s a lot more scrutiny for women too, it’s rough.”
WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO DO IN THE FUTURE?
“I’m at a really beautiful place where I don’t have to do every role that comes my way, and I don’t want to do just any role. I want to do roles that I think mean something, like Raven and I want to do roles that interest me.”