END OF THE STREET
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 on set 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!’”
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