“Fear the Walking Dead” starts shooting in Austin -- Read our interview with star Danay Garcia —
April 20, 2018

“Fear the Walking Dead” starts shooting in Austin — Read our interview with star Danay Garcia

By Liz Lopez

Danay Garcia stars as Luciana in Fear the Walking Dead

Season 3 of “Fear the Walking Dead” – the companion series to the #1-rated cable series “The Walking Dead” – has arrived on Blu-ray and DVD from Lionsgate. “Fear the Walking Dead” Season 3 stars a diverse cast of many actors, among them Danay Garcia (“Prison Break”); and Ruben Blades (“Once Upon a Time in Mexico,” “Safe House,” “Ruben Blades is Not My Name”). Garcia has 23 episodes (since 2016) to date with the series and Blades has 28 episodes since 2015 to present.

Fear the Walking Dead poster
Fear the Walking Dead

As society collapses around them, the families must come together to survive the apocalypse and combat the deadly threats on all sides. “Fear the Walking Dead” Season 3 finds the families are brought together in the vibrant and violent ecotone of the U.S.-Mexico border. With international lines done away with following the world’s end, the characters must attempt to rebuild not only society, but their families as well.

As “Fear the Walking Dead” Season 3 becomes available for home entertainment, the new season is being shot in Austin. TODO Austin was granted an interview with Danay Garcia, who stars as Luciana in the show.

TODO Austin: What did you do to prepare for “Fear the Walking Dead” episodes as opposed to other dramatic work you have done in the past?

Garcia: Because it is an apocalypse, I had to work on the mindset—thinking about what does survival mean to me and humanity? Who is made to survive? Wake up to this, then what? If this happened, I had to put myself into it. This is a high stake dynamic – not an normal everyday job. People may see it as fascinating, but also need to think about what they would do. We have to get in that mind set of “oh humanity is ending” as we’ve protected ourselves to not deal with this.

TODO Austin: I heard you are in Austin?

Garcia: Yes! I have been living here since November (currently shooting Season 4) – and dealing with all the challenges since then. It was so cold; so cold! The weather has been so unpredictable and the clothing the actors wear is not meant for rain/snow. It is challenging, but it is a good story about people who are already facing challenges. As an actor, acting in the rain/cold – you are really living it – you can’t be bundled up. It is crazy, but fun. There is a level of concentration to be kept and I can deliver.

TODO Austin: What is your favorite thing about Austin so far?

Garcia: I love the food in Austin! Enjoy Terry Black’s; the city; the music; nothing any more specific. It is beautiful and the people are kind and nice. I needed another outlet, so I took a ballet class and I love it. It is fantastic and the people are cool; they’ve been good to me.

TODO Austin: Is there anything else you would like to do in your career?

Garcia: I am happy to be “Luciana” – a very strong and fearless woman and working with this group of women. This is exploring different sides of women. It is a gift and I am thankful to put the clothing and boots on to tell this story.

 

Ruben Blades was in Austin also for the three SXSW Film Festival screenings of his documentary, “Ruben Blades is Not My Name” that went on to win the Audience Award in the “24 Beats Per Second” category. During the Q&A with the actor, he revealed among his current projects are several music productions in the works and he mentioned continuing with his participation in “Fear the Walking Dead.”

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