Chris­tian Ser­ratos

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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.

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