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Lindsey Morgan knows what a gift it is to play Raven Reyes on The 100. The tough-as-nails heroine can code, hack, and MacGyver her way out of any world-ending situation on the post-apocalyptic drama series, and she also happens to be a woman of color, one with a sometimes-limiting physical disability. It’s a rare role in sci-fi, especially for a female character, and Morgan pours every ounce of her seemingly endless well of talent into bringing the character to life on screen.

Off-screen, the actress is just as committed to living up to her character’s bad-ass superhero reputation. She kickboxes. She snowboards. She zip-lines through the jungle. But she also volunteers for disaster relief agencies and marches for gender equality. In between, she’s busy forging a lasting career by purposefully challenging herself in front of the camera.

SYFY FANGRRLS spoke with Morgan about Raven’s journey on the show, a certain ship that might sail soon, and how The 100 is proving sci-fi doesn’t just belong to the fanboys.

We haven’t checked in with Raven in a while. What’s the next move in dealing with these Eligius guys, particularly Shaw?
Raven took a risk in trusting Shaw and in believing that he is a good person. He does have blood on his hands at times, but he is essentially a good person. He’s not crazy like McCreary. Shaw’s a pilot, so he’s coming into this world surrounded by these aggressive forces and he’s having to make a lot of calls for himself. What I loved about their dynamic is that it was almost seeing someone familiar in each other. Raven hasn’t had someone who could understand her mind, understand piloting and mathematics and coding. These are essential to Raven’s character, and I think she’s felt very alone for a long time without having anyone to share that with. She sees it in Shaw, but then she also sees the goodness in him. That’s her Hail Mary right there. If she can reach him, then maybe they can have a chance to survive.

The fandom is currently building a ship name for those two. Any suggestions?
[laughs] I would like Shaven. I would call [Jordan Bolger] Shawshank on set a lot too. Maybe Shawshave? Shawshaven’s kind of dope.

Maybe it’s not with Shaw, but do you think it’s time Raven had a romantic relationship on the show? It’s been a while.
Girl, believe me, it’s been six years plus some. No, I don’t know what happened on the ship.

I’d like to think something happened with Emori, or even Echo.
Use your imagination, because it probably happened. That’s what I tell myself. There’s this aspect of Raven, she’s always kind of on her own personal journey. I love that, because she’s a female character that’s not tied to any romantic relationship, and that’s pivotal. It was something I loved about her for so long, but then she was almost [alone] for too long. We as people are meant to connect and be together and evolve and grow with love. Raven has a lot of friends and they have filled that hole in her heart, but ever since Finn she’s never had [someone] romantically fill that hole. Even with her and Finn, you never saw the romance. You never saw Raven in love. I went to the writers and I was just like, “I would just love if she some more roots in her life.”

Being the smartest person in the room I think can be very lonely. I think a lot of times we’re motivated by love and need. The way Bellamy will do something crazy for his sister, because it’s his sister. There’s something so beautiful and so human about that. I wanted to have that for Raven because it’s just such a tough life. Can you imagine? Living that life and having zero comfort, it’s heartbreaking.

It was also nice to see our mechanic kick a bit of ass in the first episode this season. Will Raven be using that Azgeda training against the Eligius crew?
Yes. That was also something I asked the writers. I Muay Thai kickbox a lot, so was like, “I would love to bring some more stunts and more action to Raven,” because we just never get to see her do that. She’s always just kind of benched out in those scenes. So keep watching.

Speaking of fighting, there’s rumors that Echo and Raven might come to blows now that Echo’s spying on Eligius for WonKru. What can you tell us about that?
Me and Tasya [Teles] are roommates as well. I love her so much, so I love that we got to work together and do this. Echo has a lot of different agendas driving her with Bellamy and Octavia and proving herself. Raven’s never really killed anyone face to face. She may build a bomb or type in a computer code or push a button, but she’s never had that kind of blood on her hands. Over the six years in space, that was a big thing that matured with Raven. Of course, we’re all fighting to survive, but all lives are important. There are evil people, but what does it say about the person who convicts them? So Raven’s agenda is to save the most lives, to not have to mass-murder people, whereas Echo, [coming] from a warrior lifestyle, is okay with that. She’ll do what it takes to get her mission done. I loved having that dynamic play out and for such good friends to have that conflict with each other.

On the show. In real life, you and Tasya are totally fine.
We had one fight. It was 10 minutes long and I think it honestly made us better friends. Roommate struggles are real. She’s super clean and I am not. So we kind of had a thing. We both got it out there and we were like, “I’m sorry. I won’t do that again. I love you.” And then that was it. It was really funny.

Just offer to pay for a cleaning service. It’s what I do.
That’s what I’ve done. That’s what the compromise is.

What does it mean to you to play a woman of color who’s this STEM genius and can hold her own with a physical disability?
I always say I’m just eternally grateful for this role because Raven Reyes defies all stereotypes. It’s revolutionary for a character on television, and it’s also extremely creatively liberating as an artist. When I play Raven, I have to play her at the height of my intelligence. If anything, she makes me feel dumb, which inspires me to be better, to be a better actor, a better person, smarter, stronger, and to give a f*ck about stuff. We’ve had [this] movement in media with women and diversity, and it’s so amazing and it’s so beautiful, but when we started the show almost five and a half years ago and I got that audition, I remember being like, “Oh, my God.” It was the first audition I’ve never had to inform my character with my sexuality.

It was also like I get to connect with this need to do good in the world. Raven has very like superhero qualities about her. She’s always trying to do the right thing and be a better person. It still gives me goosebumps.

Switching gears for a second, you’re in a new film that premiered at Tribeca called Summertime. Was it nice to play a character that’s not having to save the world every five seconds?
I’ve never been more relaxed on set. It’s a coming-of-age story [about] being young and falling in love in the summer as you embark on adulthood and embark on becoming the person you want to be. It’s just such a beautiful time in everyone’s life.

Before this call you said you had a chat with the writers about plans for Season 6. What would you like to see for future Raven?
There’s aspects of her I’d love to explore. I would love for her to be the villain at some point. I would love for her to find love. I would love for her to keep exploring herself. I would love for her to find some levity, you know? I would also just love for her to get stronger. Mentally. Physically. Emotionally. Maybe find some chinks in her armor.

Maybe go on some space adventures?
Right. Space adventure. Let’s do this.

How do you hope the character of Raven Reyes can influence future sci-fi heroines?
There’s a lot more women now that are voicing their support for sci-fi. We do these comic conventions and we go all around the world and meet fans, and 90% that come to our conventions are women. So I think that just reiterates the fact that, hey, this kind of boys’ club of the sci-fi world isn’t true anymore. Women and girls are there, and they want to see stories with characters that they can relate to, that they can be inspired by and see themselves in. I hope that Raven can be inspiring to them.


Raven (Lindsey Morgan) and Murphy (Richard Harmon), who have remained behind on board the Eligius to keep a close watch on the hundreds of prisoners left in cryo-sleep, learn a little more about their formidable new threat. Raven, curious and concerned for her people, pulls up Diyoza’s file and shares some distressing facts.

“She was something they called a Navy SEAL,” Raven reads, as headlines about Diyoza appear on screen behind Murphy. “She became a terrorist. Bombing campaigns, assassinations. At the time of her arrest, she was the most wanted criminal in the world.” In other words, Diyoza will be a formidable enemy for Bellamy to face — even if they’re holding Diyoza’s fellow ex-cons hostage. “We’re threatening to kill her people,” Murphy wryly observes. “What could go wrong?” Spoiler alert: plenty.




The actress behind Raven Reyes reflects on season four of “The 100” and explores what to expect for season five.

When “The 100” returns to the CW next Tuesday, fans will find themselves tuning in moments after the nail-biting season four finale. Six years after the second apocalypse – called Praimfaya – blasted through Earth, characters are still separated in unreachable places with a new enemy looming overhead.

Lindsey Morgan portrays fan-favorite character Raven Reyes, the youngest Zero-G mechanic in over fifty years and the brains behind the operations that continually save her friends’ lives. Stepping into more of a leadership role in season four, Raven struggled against her physical pain and mental trauma to secure new ways for civilization to survive Praimfaya when all else seemed to fail.

“Raven has evolved so much over the seasons and I try to bring her history and experiences with the ‘new’ her every season,” Lindsey says of how her approach to portraying Raven has changed since her first appearance. “I will watch past seasons and read past scripts to refresh myself and then write a diary entry, as if I am her.” Where season two explored Raven dealing with her new physical disability, season four dealt with the aftermath of having A.L.I.E. in her head. “I used to depend on my body a lot to move like her, but now I am more focused on thinking like her first,” she explains.

Season four in particular brought out Raven’s deeper insecurities with her own mental capabilities – something she has long prided herself for. “I think Raven’s vulnerable side is my favorite part of her to play and also the most challenging at times.” Lindsey cites the reasoning for this as the fact you never know how Raven is going to express that vulnerability. Going into season five, it is ushered into the spotlight. “You will definitely see Raven dealing with her choices and her insecurities that were explored in season four.” She teases, “They definitely come back.”

Part of this can be credited to the action of leaving Clarke [Eliza Taylor, Thumper, “Neighbours”] behind as the apocalypse came bearing down their door. According to Lindsey, Raven was a mixed bag of emotions as the rocket left for space without one half of their leadership onboard.

“The main [emotions are] her sadness and fear of leaving Clarke behind on Earth,” expresses the talented actress. “Leaving her pretty much means they sentenced her to death and that weighs on Raven’s heart, but she still has to ensure everyone gets to the Ring safely.” Going through her character’s mind as the events unfolded, she continued, “So, despite wanting to break down, she must soldier on and not let Clarke’s death be in vain. There’s adrenaline pumping through her. She’s praying they can pull this off and that they have a chance to survive in space.”

The trailer for the fifth season answers the question as to whether or not the space crew survived but, at what cost? And what has caused them to overstay their time on the Ring?

While fans will have to wait until the season premiere for an answer, Lindsey explores the decision the writers had to leap six years into the future.

“The ability to start completely fresh while having history happen off-screen and in the past, that we now get to play in the present,” she says of the most exciting aspect of the time jump. “It’s very exciting; new character and relationship development for everyone.”

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