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Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - NEWS - By Tiff any Dunk

PLAY­ING a cru­sad­ing hero­ine in a post- apoc­a­lyp­tic world is about as far from life on Ram­sey St as you can get.

For­mer Neigh­bours star El­iza Tay­lor says play­ing the lead in teen sci- fi drama The 100 is be­yond her wildest dreams.

Hav­ing landed the role shortly af­ter her ar­rival in Los An­ge­les close to three years ago, Tay­lor’s turn as the feisty Clarke Grif­fin has landed her award nom­i­na­tions, crit­i­cal praise and a whole new level of fan­dom.

The 26- year- old Aussie ac­tor says play­ing not only a strong fe­male, but the first LGBT lead char­ac­ter on The CW ( the net­work which airs The 100 in the US) has helped her in­spire the show’s young au­di­ence.

“Clarke is so smart and strong and it’s an hon­our to play her,” she says.

“I’m just thrilled with what we’re pro­duc­ing. It makes you a bit of a role model for younger girls, which is an hon­our.”

Hav­ing started the show with 200 Twit­ter fol­low­ers three sea­sons ago, she says she’s now got “some­thing like 90,000 fol­low­ers”.

“We’ve got a very vo­cal fan base and it’s a re­ally pow­er­ful medium to see what peo­ple are say­ing about the show,” she says.

While Tay­lor en­joys the phys­i­cally de­mand­ing na­ture of the role – which has seen her learn how to shoot guns, fight and ride horses–at times it can have a down­side.

“Ob­vi­ously I have a stunt dou­ble for the re­ally tricky stuff but it doesn’t stop me from get­ting hurt ev­ery now and again,” she ad­mits.

“One of my first days back on­set this sea­son I had to do this thing where I was wres­tled to the ground by two se­cu­rity guards. I ac­tu­ally smashed my head on the pave­ment when I went down and I got a con­cus­sion. It was like, ‘ Wel­come back to The 100 El­iza!’”

THE 100

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