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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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The 100 returned tonight after nearly a month away, and it brought with it a chance for survival.

With just six days left before the onslaught of radiation, a bunker has been found that can save about 1200 people from the newest apocalypse, but it’s not exactly a perfect solution.

Of course, because this is The 100, it wasn’t as simple as packing everybody up and moving them into the bunker in an orderly fashion. Many people saw it as a choice between dying above ground or dooming themselves to a hole underground for who knows how long, and many didn’t like the idea of that second choice. And then there was the matter of determining how the clans would share the bunker, or if they’d share at all.

Now, a war is breaking out with no commander to unite the clans, Jasper’s at the head of a group of stubborn apocalypse partyers, and one dying scientist decided to make an entirely different choice.

Instead of dying in the radiation or even eventually dying from her brain issues in the bunker, Raven is planning to take the rocket up into space, take one last spacewalk, and die doing what she loves most.

“Tell them I floated myself,” she said, laughing, to Murphy (Richard Harmon) when he asked what he should tell the others.

Lindsey Morgan, who plays Raven, says that it took her a while to understand what Raven had decided to do.

“At first, I was shocked, because I felt it was very selfish, and I feel like Raven is one of the most selfless people ever,” Morgan told E! News over the phone. “She’s always putting others before her. She’s always sacrificing herself for the team, but then it kind of made sense to me when I realized that because she’s so smart, she’s been kind of denying the facts and denying the research and denying the science behind what was happening to her, and she finally can’t deny it anymore.”

Now, Raven is doing something for herself for a change.

“I felt her decision, in the end, was actually very mature, because she’s expecting her death,” Morgan continued. “Instead of running away from it by being in denial, she’s taking it face on and saying bring it on, and if I’m gonna go out, I’m gonna go my way, so she’s run the numbers and she knows she can’t help her friends from where he is, and they have the bunker, so she feels like she can be selfish now and live out the rest of her days the way she wants to.”

Much of Raven’s interactions in tonight’s episode were with a hallucination of Becca, and it was that hallucination who suggested this plan to Raven in the first place. But Morgan says Becca was more than a hallucination.

“I think Becca, as much of a hallucination as she is, I think she’s an actual manifestation of her true heart’s desire that Raven’s been protesting for a very long time, or not allowing herself to indulge in,” she says. “So she’s finally letting that out and she’s listening to it, and she’s taking on this new chapter which unfortunately is the ending chapter, I think with a lot of grace, and a lot of spirit, a lot of grit.”

Raven’s decision was made all the more sad by the fact that the only person she got to share a goodbye with was Murphy.

“It’s funny that Murphy was the one she told, because I think that Murphy is probably the only person who really wouldn’t fight her on it,” Morgan says. “If it was Clarke, if it was Bellamy, even if it was Jasper, I feel like they would fight her. They would pick her up and throw her over their shoulder and make her come to the bunker,” she says. “But in Raven’s mind, she’s just taking up space and taking up air in that bunker and is going to be a vegetable as the best case scenario, and that’s not how she wants to live her life. And I think because her and Murphy have such a unique dynamic, he respects that. Of course he is sad and doesn’t want her to do this. But he respects her decision because this is her life and it’s what she wants as her last dying wish.”

Based on the fact that we didn’t actually see Raven head off into space, it’s entirely possible that Raven may never make it to space at all. But while Morgan admits that “anything could happen,” she says that Raven is currently all in on this plan.

“What Raven is aiming for is a pretty lofty goal, that she could even make it in time, or that she even has the brain power. She could fall down dead at any moment,” Morgan reminds us. “So, like I said, that’s why I think she’s taking it very maturely and gracefully because she’s throwing herself all into this new plan, and she’s, you know, just going to ride it out as much as she can. She’s not going to hide from it, she’s not going to dwell, she’s gonna go for it.”

And there’s really no way to go that would be more fitting.

“If Raven Reyes is to go out, this is the way to go out. If she goes out. Make that a big If.”

As for what actually does happen next, all we know is that it’s going to be epic. Morgan calls episode ten one of her favorite episodes of the series, hands down.

“Lots of action, lots of twists,” she says. “And I’d say there will be some endings in that episode.”

Plus, Bob Morley told us the episode is “a monster,” and called it “one of the craziest episodes we’ve ever tried to achieve. The fact that we managed to pull it off was just insane.” And Marie Avgeropoulos also told us it was her favorite episode of the season, and even teased a Blake family reunion during an “epic battle” towards the end of the episode.

So we may not know what the outcome of the next episode will be, but we know we’re in for a serious ride. Let’s just hope that ride does not also include Raven Reyes dying in space.

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