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So what’s next for this Walk­ing Dead star? Mu­sic, a new show and fi­nally growing up.

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if you’ve been won­der­ing what Emily Kin­ney has been up to since her char­ac­ter (RIP, Beth Greene) was killed off in The Walk­ing Dead last sea­son—well, a lot.

For one, the Ne­braskan turned New Yorker moved to Los An­ge­les, which has led to some longde­layed adult­ing. “In L.A., you end up do­ing more adult-type things,” says the 31-year-old. “In New York you al­ways have room­mates, and now I have my own lit­tle spot. And I bought a car.”

Kin­ney has also been spend­ing a ma­jor chunk of time in Toronto shoot­ing Con­vic­tion, premier­ing Oc­to­ber 3 on ABC, a drama about a group of lawyers who are try­ing to get jus­tice for the wrong­fully con­victed—kinda like Scan­dal meets the In­no­cence Project. “It’s very smart and fast-paced,” she says of the show, on which she plays a para­le­gal with “a hid­den past.” “There’s a lot of walk­ing-and-talk­ing and lots of sexy mys­tery.”

Not quite so glam­orous and al­to­gether mun­dane? The mas­sive snow­fall that hit the 6ix dur­ing film­ing—which was un­for­tu­nate since it was meant to be fall and the episode they were shoot­ing that day had an out­door scene. “We had to trust in the magic of TV,” says Kin­ney. “Sure enough, when we showed up, the area looked like there had never been a huge storm. Peo­ple had come in su­per-early and melted all the snow!”

There’s one more thing Kin­ney has been work­ing on: a “col­lec­tion of songs” set to re­lease, one by one, this fall. Trust us—and all the peo­ple who made last year’s sin­gle “Be Good” one of the most down­loaded songs on iTunes—this mu­sic is no side project. While she calls mu­sic her “first love,” she pri­or­i­tized act­ing as a ca­reer be­cause she “knew how.” “When I first moved to New York, I could go to au­di­tions and get a job,” she says. “Mu­sic is dif­fer­ent be­cause you’re the one cre­at­ing the project from be­gin­ning to end and no one re­ally ‘hires’ you.” Still, she feels like they’re just dif­fer­ent sides of the same cre­ative coin: “For both act­ing and writ­ing a song, I try to find a truth­ful mo­ment that serves the char­ac­ter or the song.”

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