Is twirling, twirling, twirling toward freedom
F LIFE ALWAYS WENT according to plan, we’d all be lithe Olympic athletes bathed in money and fame and general public goodwill. Life doesn’t go according to plan, of course — but if you’re lucky, like Christian Serratos, it can come close. In the case of the beautiful 26-year-old star of The Walking Dead, her plan was, literally, to be an Olympic athlete. “The first career I had was figure skating,” she says. “I practised for eight hours a day and did my schooling from the rink. I knew I was good.” But, on a day off from the rink, she auditioned for a movie, just for fun. She got cast — and, well, you know what happens to best-laid plans. Soon came roles in Twilight, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, and that zombie show you’re probably still addicted to. So she’s on her way to money and fame — not to mention general public goodwill (because how could you not have good feelings towards her?). But does she miss competing? As she tells it, acting uses some of the same muscles. “I had to learn discipline early on, because it was always my choice to wake up at 4am to go to practice,” says Serratos. “Later on, I needed that same discipline to get me to every audition I wanted to do. And I’m sure my character needs just as much to survive as long as she has!” Christian Serratos has it all figured out.