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Imagine being shipped to an unforgiving post-apocalyptic universe from a wretched rocketship, fighting Grounders, being shot, crippled and manipulated. It’s safe to say that female characters are often hard to balance, especially when it comes to girls, fighters, and geniuses – and Raven Reyes is all three.

She’s a young woman that discovers she’s been lied to by her boyfriend after she has risked it all; she’s the youngest mechanic of her generation, she fights through loss and death and even addiction. In the world of “The 100,” Raven’s character, played by the actress Lindsey Morgan, born in Georgia and raised in Huston, certainly doesn’t have it easy. But Lindsey managed to go deep into a complex character, turning a name on a script into a real person made of shadows and lights, of sufferings and compromises (both with herself, with her friends and the world they are slowly discovering). Next to series leads Bob Morley and Eliza Taylor, for 6 seasons now (The CW confirmed the 6th Season of “The 100”) Lindsey has been one of the most solid presences on the show, despite all her character’s goes through.

But how did Lindsey prepare for the role, and what were the funniest moments on set? How did she feel when she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy as Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series and what are her dreams for the future?

You’re one of the most popular Latino actresses of the recent years: how did you start acting and how was your relationship with acting when you were younger?
I was pretty terrified in the beginning, classic stage fright, but something inside of me was really drawn to performing. I think because I was shy I was drawn to the bravery of performance and to being free in front of others. I didn’t really start until I began to pursue it in college. I did small bit parts in school, but again, was too shy to really ever go for it. In fact, spent more time painting sets than I did on stage.

You played Captain Rose in “Beyond Skyline,” the sequel of “Skyline:” how did you prepare for the role and what was the best thing on set?
This role was pretty crazy because I was offered it and it was slated to film on my 27th birthday, but then I had food poisoning the night before and had to play unconscious for the first half! It will always be kind of funny and special to me for that reason.

You started as Raven Reyes from the very first season of “The 100.” Back then, did you imagine how much resonance the series would have and what a success it would become?
Back then, I had no idea what a series like this would become or my role in it, how it would change my life and how the audience would perceive it. But I do remember a special energy on set when we started. We had a lot stacked against us as a show, and we really made something spectacular despite that. Something that has never been seen on The CW and I’m really proud of that.

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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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MAGAZINE SCANS > 2018 > OBSCURAE (VOL. 35)



MAGAZINE SCANS > 2017 > A BOOK OF
PHOTOSHOOTS > SESSION 35

WHO IS LINDSEY MORGAN?

This question reminds me of the title to my imaginary memoir. Not sure where to start but if I had to describe myself with a couple of titles, I’d say I’m an actress, a performer, an athlete, a lover and a fighter, an artist, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a millennial, a Pisces and a person in constant process.

WHAT SPARKED YOUR INTEREST IN ACTING?

I’ve always loved the arts, drawn to it naturally. But I’d fluctuate as a person from being outgoing and extrovert to shy and timid. Actors always appeared so brave to me. Brave to be so exposed and vulnerable and beautiful. I knew if I could learn to be brave like them, it would make me the person I always wanted to be.

DO YOU THINK BEING RAISED IN HOUSTON, TEXAS HAS AFFECTED YOUR OUTLOOK IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY?

Completely! There really isn’t an entertainment industry in Houston, Texas. Therefore, my knowledge of “the industry” was nonexistent. It can be frustrating at times because I feel ‘behind’ at times, there is still so much I have to learn or need to know. But then I feel very grateful because I had a very normal, suburban upbringing that I feel grounds a lot of my work. I don’t want to say the “LA/Hollywood Kid/Child Actor” stereotype is true…but it’s not completely false.

THE 100 IS THE BIGGEST PROJECT OF YOUR CAREER SO FAR. HOW DID YOU FEEL WHEN YOU GOT THE PART?

It happened so quickly. I was actually testing for another show and was the producers pick, so I had just been waiting, agonizing over their final decision to be made. The 100 audition began and ended within three days. I didn’t get the other job either, so it may have been fate.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION OF WORKING ON A SCI-FI SHOW?

I found it fascinating. It allows you to use your imagination so much, which sometimes you don’t get to as much once you’re no longer a kid. I love that we are put in these fantastical situations but my job is to make them real and relatable to the audience. I find it very cool and creative genre.

CAN YOU GIVE US SOME INSIGHT ON YOUR CHARACTER ON THE SHOW? WHERE DO YOU SEE HER MOVING FORWARD IN FUTURE SEASONS?

I play Raven Reyes, she’s a mechanical and engineering genius. She builds bombs, flies rockets and kicks ass. She is paralyzed in her left leg and has been through hell and back mentally, physically and emotionally. She has evolved so much during the four seasons and everything she has been through has just made her stronger. She is riddled with battle scars but she wears them with pride now.

She’s the brain of The 100 and I think she always will be. I’d love to see her share her talent with others somehow. But I’d also love to see her being physical again.

BEING RELATIVELY NEW TO THE INDUSTRY, DO YOU EVER FEEL SELF-CONSCIOUS?

Of course! I’m not sure if that feeling will ever go away. I sometimes feel like half my job is to just be ‘judged’…on red carpets, in my acting, at an audition. But I also think it’s made me stronger, I know that I will continue following my passion regardless of what anyone thinks or says about me.

WHAT HAS ACTING TAUGHT YOU ABOUT YOURSELF?

It’s taught me to be incredibly empathetic to others, to always find a way to view the world from different perspectives. It’s also made me incredibly introspective about myself and finding the importance of honesty and value of my instincts.

WHAT’S THE BIGGEST OBSTACLE YOU’VE ENCOUNTERED AS AN ACTOR?

Oh, man. Constant rejection? Career and financial instability? INSANE hours. You’ll never have a daily routine or stability because each day is different. The pressure to ‘be a certain’ or ‘be marketable’ for something. Being scrutinized by the public and media. Zero privacy. The unsettling feeling that somehow, someone ALWAYS knows where you are. The barrage of terrible photos of you on the internet (laughs). There are a lot of them, obviously.

I guess what is the hardest for me, is I feel the entertainment industry is full of tenderhearted people, but yet it is certainly not for the tenderhearted.

WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED FOR THIS YEAR?

I did this Ed Burn’s indie 80’s period film over the summer and I can’t wait for it come out. It was such a creative challenge for me and a character I’ve never portrayed before. A total 180 from Raven.

WHAT IS YOUR DREAM PROJECT?

I have so many projects I want to do…but right now my top choices are playing a superhero or at least a character to have a super power, or working on Broadway and to dance or sing.

TOP 3 FAVORITE FILMS?

What Dreams May Come, Back To The Future, Kill Bill.

TOP 3 MUSIC IN YOUR PLAYLIST RIGHT NOW?

SZA, Majid Jordan, Lana Del Rey

BOOK YOU’RE CURRENTLY READING:

FREE TO ACT by Warren Robertson

ANY ADVICE YOU CAN GIVE TO ANY ASPIRING ARTISTS OUT THERE?

Work at your craft, anyway you can! NEVER. STOP. WORKING.

IF YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE A BOOK, WHAT TITLE WOULD IT BE?

Naportunist, a Lindsey Morgan memoir.

IF YOU WILL BE GIVEN THE CHANCE AND OPPORTUNITY TO HELP A SPECIFIC CHARITY, WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

Right now I am really interested in working with Habitat for Humanity, and rebuilding the Houston area after Hurricane Harvey. If my schedule allows, I’m looking to make a trip this month!




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