LINDSEY MORGAN [THE 100]
Who is Lindsey Morgan?
This question reminds me of the title to my imaginary memoir. Not sure where to start but if I had to describe myself with a couple of titles, I'd say I'm an actress, a performer, an athlete, a lover and a fighter, an artist, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a millennial, a pisces and a person in constant process.
What sparked your interest in acting?
I've always loved the arts, drawn to it naturally. But I'd fluctuate as a person from being outgoing and extrovert to shy and timid. Actors always appeared so brave to me. Brave to be so exposed and vulnerable and beautiful. I knew if I could learn to be brave like them, it would make me the person I always wanted to be.
Do you think being raised in Houston, Texas has affected your outlook in the Entertainment Industry?
Completely! There really isn't an entertainment industry in Houston, Texas. Therefore, my knowledge of "the industry" was
nonexistent. It can be frustrating at times because I feel 'behind' at times, there is still so much I have to learn or need to know. But then I feel very grateful because I had a very normal, suburban upbringing that I feel grounds a lot of my work. I don't want to say the "LA/Hollywood Kid/Child Actor" stereotype is true...but it's not completely false.
The 100 is the biggest project of your career so far. How did you feel when you got the part?
It happened so quickly. I was actually testing for another show and was the producers pick, so I had just been waiting, agonizing over their final decision to be made. The 100 audition began and ended within three days. I didn't get the other job either, so it may have been fate.
What was your first impression of working on a sci-fi show?
I found it fascinating. It allows you to use your imagination so much, which sometimes you don't get to as much once you're no longer a kid. I love that we are put in these fantastical situations but my job is to make them real and relatable to the audience. I find it very cool and creative genre.
Can you give us some insight on your character on the show? Where do you see her moving forward in future seasons?
I play Raven Reyes, she's a mechanical and engineering genius. She builds bombs, flies rockets and kicks ass. She is paralyzed in her left leg and has been through hell and back mentally, physically and emotionally. She has evolved so much during the four seasons and everything she has been through has just made her stronger. She is riddled with battle scars but she wears them with pride now.
She's the brain of The 100 and I think she always will be. I'd love to see her share her talent with others somehow. But I'd also love to see her being physical again.
Being relatively new to the industry, do you ever feel self-conscious?
Of course! I'm not sure if that feeling will ever go away. I sometimes feel like half my job is to just be 'judged'...on red carpets, in my acting, at an audition. But I also think it's made me stronger, I know that I will continue following my passion regardless of what anyone thinks or says about me.
What has acting taught you about yourself?
It's taught me to be incredibly empathetic to others, to always find a way to view the world from different perspectives. It's also made me incredibly introspective about myself and finding the importance of honesty and value of my instincts.
What's the biggest obstacle you’ve encountered as an actor?
Oh, man. Constant rejection? Career and financial instability? INSANE hours. You'll never have a daily routine or stability because each day is different. The pressure to 'be a certain' or 'be marketable' for something. Being scrutinized by the public and media. Zero privacy. The unsettling feeling that somehow, someone ALWAYS knows where you are. The barrage of terrible photos of you on the internet (laughs). There are a lot of them, obviously.
I guess what is the hardest for me, is I feel the entertainment industry is full of tenderhearted people, but yet it is certainly not for the tenderhearted.
What are you most excited for this year?
I did this Ed Burn's indie 80's period film over the summer and I can't wait for it come out. It was such a creative challenge for me and a character I've never portrayed before. A total 180 from Raven.
What is your dream project?
I have so many projects I want to do...but right now my top choices are playing a superhero or at least a character to have a super power, or working on Broadway and to dance or sing.
Top 3 favorite films?
What Dreams May Come, Back To The Future, Kill Bill
Top 3 music in your playlist right now?
SZA, Majid Jordan, Lana Del Rey
Book you’re currently reading:
FREE TO ACT by Warren Robertson
Any advice you can give to any aspiring artists out there?
Work at your craft, anyway you can! NEVER. STOP. WORKING.
If you’re going to have a book, what title would it be?
Naportunist, a Lindsey Morgan memoir.
If you had the chance and opportunity to help a specific charity, what would it be and why?
Right now I am really interested in working with Habitat for Humanity, and rebuilding the Houston area after Hurricane Harvey. If my schedule allows, I'm looking to make a trip this month!
Catch Linsdey on The 100 on The CW returning for it's 5th season in 2018!