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The CW’s hit sci-fi show The 100 has a reputation for reinventing itself every season. The Season 5 finale was probably the ultimate reboot in TV history: the showrunners literally nuked the Earth, rendering it a dead world to our heroes. Undaunted, the crew boarded the spaceship Eligius IV and discovered a faraway planet to escape to but, bad news, it involved a 125-year time jump. No problem folks: just a little cryo-sleep and we’re all good.

Leaders Clarke and Bellamy were awakened first, and boy did they have a surprise: Jordan, a 20-something man they’d never met, told them of a very important message from his parents! Turns out Monty and Harper didn’t go into cryo, and evidently got busy during the long nights in space, bringing son Jordan into the world. His parents died after he too was put into suspended animation, but not before Monty found a planet to steer the Eligius IV toward, saving all aboard.

During a recent visit and roundtable discussion on set in Vancouver, Lindsey Morgan, who plays the mechanical genius and general all-around badass Raven Reyes, discusses the brave new world facing the intrepid crew of the Eligius IV.

QUESTION: So when you’re first being woken up, what are Raven’s thoughts of this new environment?
LINDSEY MORGAN: My first thought is, “Oh my God, this is the first time I’ve actually gotten more than four hours of sleep!” So that was amazing. First. Refreshed. But you know, we kind of jump into the original 100 fashion and jump into the debriefing of what’s going on in that moment and catching everyone up as far as what happened. And as you all know, in the finale with Monty and Harper passing, that’s kind of the main priority is Bellamy and Clarke finding a way to tell us that this terrible thing happened and also now a new planet. So, you know, as far as Raven being the brains of a lot of the operation and always kind of figuring out the intel of that, it’s how are we going to assess this new planet and assess what we need to do to survive. So we’re jumping right into it.

Does the cryo-sleep heal any of her injuries?
MORGAN: Wouldn’t that be nice? Wouldn’t that be like cool little sci-fi treat? I wouldn’t say it healed it, but it’s probably the most rest she’s ever gotten in 200 years. So it does help. It does help also being in space without the gravity that helps. So it’s helping just, you know, rest and recovery. But as far as completely healing, no.

We know that not everyone wakes up at the same time. What can you tell us about who maybe wakes up first, and who wakes up later?
MORGAN: Do you know what VIP stands for? Just kidding. I’m just kidding. Basically, all the really important awesome people are woken up first and all the non-ones are later. I think you know, again, a crisis is on hand as far as this new impending planet and this new kind of set of circumstances. And for the first time essentially there’s been peace on The 100 because we’ve been all asleep. So there’s been no war because everyone’s been sleeping and frozen. So I think when it comes to waking up people Clarke and Bellamy are also making those decisions as far as who will not start a war because it’s been so nice. It’s so peaceful, let’s not ruin it. So they kind of begin to think of who is essential to the predicament at hand, you know, instead of just opening up a party.

What was your reaction when you heard about the new world when you read it for the first time?
MORGAN: I loved it. This may be my favorite season. When we were being pitched it I remember I went to the writer’s room and then I came home. I’m living with Tasya and Jarod by the way. And I was the first one. I was just like, guys, I was like in the kitchen with them. I was like, this is the best season yet. And I was so kind of hyped up on it. It’s really creative and it’s really something we haven’t done yet, but it fits so well into the realm of The 100. It’s really cool. The realm of The 100, it’s pretty complicated. I don’t know. My mom never knows what’s going on.

Raven and Shaw had a really fun dynamic to watch evolve last year. What can you say about where those two are headed in Season 6?
MORGAN: You know, all full sail ahead. Things are good and things are going well. We’re in the honeymoon phase. You know, I really enjoyed that because it was really nice to see Raven be happy and to also find a kindred spirit and someone that could really understand her cause I think she felt very alone for so long and she found that in Shaw. So, you know, dude, she’s happy. It’s something we haven’t really seen. I really enjoy it. I love working in Jordan. He’s fantastic. We almost get along too well, so we’re always like cracking jokes when we have to be serious. It’s almost hard too, cause now we’re such good friends but I think he’s great.

Is there an era from the show’s past that you wish you have spent more time in?
MORGAN: I wish I got to go to Mount Weather. I never, I never did. I never saw it, never touched it, nothing. And I never went to Polis either, so as Raven. I wish I could’ve had spent some time in Polis and explored that and seen Mount Weather. I think that’s one of my favorite aspects of the show is that we really concentrate on world building and creating these new environments and then we blow them up! So, you can’t even like, I can’t even visit it like when I’m on set because they’re gone. So, I wish they stayed.

How do the different factions within the survivors on the ship sort of acclimate to each other? Because you have Spacekru and then you have Madi’s followers, the Wonkru and then you have the prisoners. How does that all sort of come together?
MORGAN: War! I’m just kidding. That’s why we didn’t wake up everyone. Yeah. No, just kidding. That’s another thing about The 100 is because we’re always building these worlds and have we all these different factions of people and cultures. We always are exploring the interaction between them. It parallels the real world in that we all come from such different places and different beliefs, but how we interact and how we grow as a society is something really fascinating or grow or digress, right? So I think that’s something we always are interested in exploring and making commentary on. And it’s no different this season. A lot of just differing beliefs.

How much does Monty’s “be the good guys” message influence decisions that they make this season?
MORGAN: I think everyone takes Monty’s last dying wish and sentiment differently. I think it impacts everyone differently. But I will say it has a resoundingly impact on us all because Monty was someone, he was very much core of the family. And for him to really sacrifice his life to ensure our future is something of such a noble gift and sacrifice. And also leaving Jordan to guide us too is something else. A very beautiful thing. So speaking personally for Raven, it impacts her greatly. And I think in Season 5 you saw a lot of Raven reacting to things. She was imprisoned for basically all of it, so she wasn’t as active in making decisions. So this season she’s a lot more active, and her story and the idea of what Monty says and the idea of just doing better and being better, she doesn’t give that up and she’s not letting anyone else succumb to something less than they should be. But you know, Raven’s always been a very moral character. And I would say one of the more moral characters on the show. So I mean, it’s difficult because all the experiences and what everyone’s been through. It’s changed them. And of course it’s changed Raven, but now she’s almost come a full 360 in her experience and belief and the need to do better now is even greater than before. So she really carries that to the truth in her heart.

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Lindsey Morgan, the star of sci-fi drama “The 100,” received the festival’s Rising Star award. Morgan paid tribute to the potential of series to “inspire” and “empower.”

“Sharing someone’s story has the power to inspire and empower someone else’s [life] and that’s what’s great about storytelling,” she said.

Morgan added that series have the power to “move something deep within us in order to make us feel more connected with each other, with ourselves, with our world, our past, our future.” Series allowed people to share “the most epic story of all: the story of the human spirit,” she said.

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For several seasons of The 100, it seemed like Raven Reyes (Lindsey Morgan) getting tortured was as much of a constant as Clarke Griffin (Eliza Taylor) pulling levers. Raven suffered through losing the use of her leg, then she was possessed by ALIE, then she was subjected to her brain deteriorating, then she struggled with her semi-adoptive mother causing her injury to obtain painkillers (tearfully and apologetically, but nonetheless).

Though The 100 is always coming up with new ways to cause its characters pain, Raven — despite her brilliance and razor-sharp wit — seemed to traditionally get the worst of it, no matter what “it” was. Season 5 at least gave her a brief flicker of happiness, but could Season 6 allow Raven a little less suffering and a little more joy?

We chatted with Lindsey Morgan about Raven’s relationship with Miles Shaw (Jordan Bolger), what Raven thinks of Abby Griffin (Paige Turco) in the aftermath of that heartbreaking addiction storyline, and Raven’s mindset as she heads to a new planet for the second time.

I know you had been saying you hoped Raven would be happy. Was it nice to see that and be playing that, for parts of Season 5?
Lindsey Morgan: Yeah! Unfortunately we didn’t get to see too much of Spacekru, but the idea of it was nice. I think she found some happiness with Shaw. I think Shaw became a silver lining in the dark, dark gloomy world of The 100. So that was an unexpected joy, for her.

As for Raven and Shaw — how did you feel about Raven’s new romance?
It was an unexpected delight, essentially. Shaw’s very special to her because I don’t think Raven ever feels that understood, because she is so technically smart and so interested in science and mechanics. To find a kindred spirit who is involved the way she is, that’s special, to her. They can go toe-to-toe and connect through that.

But also, Shaw is a very good, moral person. He has a very good heart, and that’s very important to Raven. She respects him for that. And he happened to be there during one of her most difficult times, with her loss of Abby as a surrogate mother. He was there, and he saw her and knew her pain. Some people might say it happened fast, but I think when you find a twin flame in that sense, you’re bonded. You’re deeply connected without needing that much time.

You mentioned Abby — does Raven forgive her for what she did? How is Raven feeling about Abby going forward?
That was a hard one. That was a hard one because Abby conflicts Raven so deeply, with her values. Raven’s always going to protect the ones she loves, and Abby is dear to her. But Raven will not stand for poor behavior, and Abby broke her heart when she became addicted. Raven had lived through that with her mother. When Abby started acting like that, Raven had two choices: to either revert back to childhood, or to stand her ground and be the adult that she has built for herself — the strength and heart she has built for herself. She chose that.

She chose to not enable her, and essentially refused to participate in the behavior. In doing so, it pushed her away, and they were done. But it still weighs [on her], and that’s the problem when you love someone with that disease. She wrestles a lot with how she approaches her, what she’s going to do and you’re really going to see that happen in Season 6, the ramifications of that.

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Natalie & Jonathan chat with actress Lindsey Morgan! Lindsey discusses her role as “Raven Reyes” on The CW’s The 100, and how she balances her life, fitness regimen, relationships, and lifestyle around a six-month shooting schedule.

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On CW’s hit post-apocalyptic drama The 100, Lindsey Morgan plays Raven Reyes, a badass mechanic. Which, really, doesn’t seem too much of a stretch for her. For one, the Houston native exudes bona fide badass energy when we speak, saying whatever she damn well pleases without thinking twice about it. (She also boxes and does Muay Thai and can probably lift more than you.) For another, she’s keen on fixing things in real life: she’s an ambassador for Active Minds, a nonprofit organization supporting mental health awareness and suicide prevention for young adults. While other celebs are intent on refining their Facetune chops on their Insta feeds, Morgan uses hers to spread messages about finding cracks of light in a bleak world.

We sat down with Lindsey to chat about her come up, depression and anxiety, and the importance of getting real in an innately phony social media landscape.

So, let’s start off by talking about The 100. Those who’ve seen it know it’s an amazing show, from the story to even the costumes. What’s it been like working with that crew?
I don’t know why, but something in me wanted to make a joke and be like, “Oh that shithole? It’s terrible.” But yeah, it’s been really rewarding to be able to work on something for now going into six years and growing with a group of people, where we have become a family. But it’s always like, we don’t know how long it’s going to go. We don’t know how long we’ll get the opportunity to do this. So, every year that passes is becoming more and more of a special world for us. And I know we are all very grateful for it. So yeah, it’s been the best job of my life. I’ve learned so much, I’ve grown so much as a person, as an actor, as a professional. I don’t know who I’d be without it.

Was acting something you always wanted to do? Or was it something that just spontaneously came up?
It definitely wasn’t something I always wanted to do. I wasn’t the kid who wanted all the attention, that was cracking people up, or anything like that. Actually, I was very shy as a child and I really liked painting and drawing — just really quiet all the time, in the corner painting by myself. [Laughs.] So, I’d say I’m 50 per cent introvert and 50 per cent extrovert. The idea of all the attention on me, and all eyes on me, kind of terrified me. It still does, in a sense. But there was something about acting, something about the idea of transforming and being exposed and being vulnerable. I remember I went to go see a musical — I think I was seven — with my mom and I saw the actors come out on stage and they were performing, and they were just so great. I was like, Wow, if I could be brave like them, then I would be great. From there, I just had this secret desire to do that. But I turned 18 and took a different path; I was really interested in politics and journalism and very good, very serious things. But I knew they never stimulated the creative side of me. So, I had this small part in a play in high school and I was putting on my makeup and I had this kind of epiphany, where I was like, If I could do this every day, I’d be happy.

Oh, wow.
Yeah, but you know, it was just as simple and pure as the one I had when I was seven, when I was just like, Wow, those people who do that are brave. I want to do that. I just listened to that voice, whatever that voice was, and my heart, and then my dad. And I’ve never felt any doubt about it.

That’s a great feeling.
Yeah, I know! I have doubts about what I’m going to have for breakfast! And for this it’s like, nope, I’m doing this for the rest of my life. Ok. Done. Bye. [Laughs.]

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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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