10 Things to Know About "100" and "Fear the Walking Dead" Star Alycia Debnam-Careyby IMDb-Contributing-Writers | last updated - 06 Apr 2016
Alycia Debnam-Carey's fame has skyrocketed in the past two years, thanks to her roles in two TV shows, "Fear the Walking Dead" and "The 100," and the films Into the Storm and The Devil's Hand. Here are 10 things to know about the rising star. — Gina Carbone and Sara Bibel
Fans who have only heard Debnam-Carey speak in an American accent may be surprised to know the 22-year-old actress is from Sydney, Australia. Before she moved to the United States, she guest-starred on several Australian TV series, including "McLeod's Daughters" and "Dance Academy."
She's a percussionist.
Debnam-Carey isn't just an actress; she's also a musician. She studied classical percussion at Australia's Newtown High School of the Performing Arts and participated in a composing workshop with members of the Berlin Philharmonic.
She starred in a reality series.
Debnam-Carey was one of the stars of the 2013 reality series "Next Stop Hollywood," which followed a group of Australian actors who traveled to Los Angeles for six weeks to audition for roles in American TV pilots. As chronicled on the series, two weeks after she arrived, she auditioned for the role of Carrie Bradshaw in the CW's "The Carrie Diaries." Within a month, she was cast in a leading role in the horror film The Devil's Hand.
She's played an apocalypse survivor in three different projects.
In addition to her roles on "Fear the Walking Dead" and "The 100," Debnam-Carey starred in the 2014 AMC pilot, "Galyntine," which was set in a post-apocalyptic future after a technology-related disaster killed much of the world's population. Debnam-Carey played a member of a band of survivors who struggled to adapt to life without technology. Though the network did not pick up the series, Debnam-Carey must have been a convincing apocalypse survivor since AMC cast her in "Fear the Walking Dead."
She binge-watched "The Walking Dead."
When she was cast on "Fear the Walking Dead," Debnam-Carey had never watched the original series. She promptly rectified that situation. When she was a guest on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," she explained, "I thought it was a great excuse to binge-watch three weeks of amazing TV. So, I did, and then I just fell in love with it. I had to actually stop myself because I started getting like — not confused — but the worlds were colliding a little bit. It was kind of informing many of my [acting] choices."
Her character on "The 100" is at the center of a controversy.
Major spoilers below. Don't read this entry unless you are caught up on Season 3 of "The 100."
This season, Lexa, Debnam-Carey's character on "The 100," embarked on a romance with Clarke, played by Eliza Taylor. Many of the show's fans loved the couple. When Lexa was killed shortly after she had sex with Clarke for the first time, many viewers thought that the plot twist was homophobic, citing numerous other TV series that killed off lesbian characters. The show's producers insist that they killed off Lexa only because Debnam-Carey's "Fear the Walking Dead" filming schedule prevented her from continuing to work on "The 100."
She wants to play with knives.
Debnam-Carey hopes that her character on "Fear the Walking Dead" will evolve into a knife-wielding warrior. She told the Daily Beast, "I will say that there was a weapon that was planted in one of the [Season 2] episodes that I was given, a switchblade. And then the next episode it was taken from her. And I was like, 'No, you can’t take this. That’s like her weapon now!'... I was just fascinated by using it and playing with it, and all the stunt guys were teaching me tricks on how to use it ... I went on YouTube and saw videos of Angelina Jolie on some talk show showing people switchblade tricks. I was like, ‘That’s what I want to do.'"
She worked with a star of "The Walking Dead."
So far, there have not been any crossovers between "Fear The Walking Dead" and the original "The Walking Dead." However, off-screen Debnam-Carey has crossed paths with a star of the original series. She played a supporting role in the 2014 tornado action thriller Into the Storm. The film starred Sarah Wayne Callies, who played Lori Grimes on the first three seasons of "The Walking Dead."