Monday, March 14, 2016

The Walking Dead: What's Alicia Witt up to in This Last Scene?

[SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched Sunday’s “The Same Boat” episode of The Walking Dead.]

She was capable. She was confident. She was smart, tough, and ruthless. But that still didn’t do her much good when matched up against Carol and Maggie. We met Paula from the Saviors tonight when she took the duo hostage. In the end, however, Carol and Maggie turned the tables, and Paula not only got her entire crew killed, but she was shot, impaled, and had her face eaten off by a zombie. (Rough way to go.)

We spoke to Alicia Witt, who played Paula, about bringing a fully fleshed-out female villain in a position of power to the show. She also told us about what we didn’t see, including a zombie gag gone wrong during her big death scene.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So I guess this is sort of like a hello/goodbye situation in terms of your time on The Walking Dead?

ALICIA WITT: It is, but I’ve been a massive fan of this show since the very beginning, and I have been longing to do anything on it, like a tiny role. When I got this part, I had no idea what it was I was playing, if I was in one scene or two scenes or what.

And it all came up because [showrunner] Scott Gimple had reached out to me on Twitter. He heard a podcast that I was on randomly talking about my music, and he reached out to me and said he had heard it, and I was like, “Wow, that’s lovely, because I’m a massive fan of yours!” And a week later, this audition came in for a part that wasn’t Paula. It was a woman who was doing a bank robbery, and it had nothing to do with the apocalypse, or zombies, or anything.

And then I found out the next night as I was having dinner that I was getting on a plane to Georgia the next morning, still with no script, no idea what I was doing. So I was literally boarding the plane, and I get this script, and not only is it just a kickass part, but it’s opposite my favorite actor on the show, Melissa, and I’m just so glad I got that opportunity. It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in my life.

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