Autumn McClary Interview - Between Zombies and Vampires
- How did you get your role in the AMC Series The Walking Dead as a
member of the Scavengers?
I never imagined that I would have the opportunities as I have to be in T.V. and film. I am very grateful that I crossed paths with the industry. Once I was booked with The Walking Dead I was really excited to see what scenes I would be apart of and as it turns out I was to be apart of the Scavengers. We had about a half of a day of gun training; how to hold the guns properly, safely and practice shooting to get use to the feel and weight of the gun to prepare for the scenes ahead. We shot a lot of different scenes in our Junkyard Camp and in Alexandria; at one point I was shown jumping out of the back of the garbage truck and other scenes where I had been directed to actually fire a few rounds from my gun. After a couple days on set, I was then approached by the Stunt Coordinator Monty Simons. He stated I looked similar to one of his stunt girls and wanted to place me as the Scavenger that had Rosita held up at gun point at the gate when Negan arrived. I was so honored for that opportunity and will always cherish my experience.
- Autumn, did you watch the show or read the graphic novel, prior to
your casting to The Walking Dead?
Prior to getting casted on The Walking Dead I was never actually aware that TWD was graphic novel/comic series until many seasons later.
- When you watched TWD the first time do you ever think that you will be a part in this series some day?
When The Walking Dead first aired in 2010 I was in my first semester at college. TWD was definitely an intriguing t.v. series across campus and I would watch it with my family and friends. The initial setting alone of being in Georgia and the scenes that showed and talked about the city of Atlanta was just so cool, as I had lived the majority of my life in Georgia. Never did I think I would some day actually be in the series myself, or be on any t.v./film project.
- Working with Andrew Lincoln ,Christian Serratos or one of the Maincast Members will be
a dream for every TWD Fan, what can you say about working with some of this guys?
Andrew Lincoln, Christian Serratos, Norman Reedus and Jeffery Morgan are such phenomenal, talented people to see get into character on set. I really commend them for their work on screen and I feel unbelievably lucky to have worked alongside them and in the background to help the setting come to life.
- How much has the series The Walking Dead influenced your life? Can you
go outside unrecognized?
Outside of close friends, family, my fellow Scavengers and coworkers in my other work environments I have encountered super fans of TWD that found out I was apart of the show and wanted my picture with them. I think that's pretty cool and fun to make someone's day just because I appeared in TWD a few times but most of the time I don't try to spotlight my film experiences and really only share with others if they find out and want to know more.
- What was the best thing or the funniest moment about working on The
Walking Dead? Is there something special you can share with us?
In the junkyard scene in downtime rehearsing on set, there was a moment that I was holding a weapon that was an actual frying pan cut out like a crescent shape and it was fairly sharp. Andrew Lincoln had been standing a good distance across from me but he saw me standing there with that weapon. He glanced at the weapon and then looked up at me and said something like "That's my favorite one" in which my response was "Yeah? It takes the head right off! Ha." (referring to zombies). I will never forget that quick, comical chat. I really felt engrossed in the setting and connected to my character for TWD; down to the ragged clothes, greasy unwashed hair, starvation and having to defend ourselves in the zombie, apocalyptic world.
- Is it possible that you was a part in The Vampire Diaries too?
I was also apart of The Vampire Diaries series. I have worked on set alongside and in the background of Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley, Kat Graham, Candice King, Zach Roerig, Matthew Davis, Michael Malarkey and further with Joseph Morgan on the spinoff series The Originals.
- Is there a role or series you would love to work on in the future?
With nearly two years of being apart of different t.v. shows and movies in Georgia, I have also had a few opportunities as well on crime documentary shows in Tennessee. I have slowed down a bit and haven't worked on anything in last several months for film. However, at this point with the experiences I have had already I am still looking forward to further film opportunities I may encounter in the future even if it is only background work and not anything more significant. I really do enjoy working on different film projects and playing all kinds of characters.
- At the last some words to your fans?
I hope to continue having opportunities for film in the future and I'm realizing there are probably hundreds of people that may have spotted me in TWD and other film projects whom I never met. To any fans I may have, I would just like to say thank you for your interest in my film experiences and I am glad I could share with you all. I also want to encourage and remind everyone that it is never too late to find a hobby or passion in life and go after it. May all of you have your own wonderful and unique, life adventures!
- Thank you Autumn and i hope to meet you one day in germany.