THE LAST WORD... ‘ I did have some nightmares that apocalyptic’ were kind of
WITH KIM DICKENS, WHO PLAYS MADISON CLARK ON CROSSWORD
“[Season two of Fear the Walking Dead] is a whole different ball game. We are basically run out of our home [by the dead] and out of Los Angeles, and we’re basically refugees on the water, looking for a safe haven.
We shoot in Mexico now, in Baja Studios, which was built specifically for the filming of Titanic. It’s an outdoor water tank that is about two acres [0.8ha] filled with seawater and it blends with the horizon of the real ocean. We’re working on a yacht, it’s a whole different show.
We met most of [the Walking Dead cast] at Comic-Con last summer. It was exciting, they were so generous and welcoming to the franchise and had lots of advice and talked about how great it was to work on it and how great their fan base was.
I wasn’t educated in the [horror] genre. It wasn’t what I watched and wasn’t what I was typically cast in.
I was finishing a series called Treme on HBO and looking for the next character I’d be married to and I was given the opportunity to audition for [ Fear]. I just thought, ‘Well, maybe [I should] not audition for that because I’m probably not right for it’, and they came back and said, ‘No, maybe consider it’. So I read it and was just blown away by the script and the characters, and it just seemed like such a fun thing to do.
[The special effects] are disgusting in person – it’s really impressive. I don’t usually take my work home with me … but in the very beginning of shooting the pilot, I did have some nightmares that were kind of apocalyptic. I think my subconscious was trying to sort it out in my sleep.
[Aussie actress Alycia DebnamCarey, who plays Dickens’ daughter] is such a great girl and a great talent.
There was a lot of Twitter outrage about her character’s death on The 100 [she played lesbian warrior queen Lexa]. We were chatting about that and she said it is intense, these characters, especially with young people – they can really get to them and you have to be as responsible as you can to honestly tell their stories.
With House of Cards, I didn’t get to do as much as last season … I love playing that character [Ayla Sayyad], so I’d always go back if I could. That and Mad Men were my favourite shows and when they asked me to be on House of Cards and I was like, ‘Yes, yes, yes!’. Then after I got the part I was like, ‘I can’t be on my favourite show, it’s too much pressure’.
Now I know too much [about the plot]. I ruined it for myself.” 19 Aussie comedienne famous for TheBigGig (Wendy ––––––) 21 Heirlooms get the once-over in this (–––––––– Roadshow) 23 Starred David Caruso ( CSI –––––) 24 Travel show ( An ––––– Abroad) 28 She was The Nanny (Fran ––––) 29 Alter ego of Libbi Gorr (–––– McFeast) 30 Played Vicky Dean in ACountry Practice (Penny ––––) 33 Supernanny (–– Frost)