Welcome To The World Beyond
The Walking Dead: World Beyond is the second spin-off series from The Walking Dead, which starts on 4 October and Tripwire’s editor-in-chief Joel Meadows spoke to one of its stars Annet Mahendru about the new show…
TRIPWIRE: How do you come onboard Walking Dead: The World Beyond?
ANNET MAHENDRU: I was asked to read for the creators and the rest is history 😉
TW: How hard is it coming onto a show that is related to two hit shows that has existed previously?
AM: You gotta be the best actor in town 🙂
TW: Are you a viewer of both of the other shows?
AM: I have seen bits and pieces throughout my whole life it seems. When I was younger I was more brave to watch it, now I am brave in a whole different way… I am in it!
TW: How much can you tell us about your role in the show?
AM: My character is a bit in the shadows for very good reasons. She is a strong silent warrior type. So we will learn more about her as the season unfolds.
TW: And how much can you say about the show in general?
AM: World Beyond is going to shake some serious things up in the famous Walking Dead Universe. It’s a whole new platform for what to make of the world as it is. It fits our modern circumstances quite well, I must say.
TW: With what’s going on in the world currently, is it strange to be part of a show which reflects a little bit on what is happening in the real world?
AM: It just shows that there is still so much to be covered in the Walking Dead Universe. And that is precisely what World Beyond is going to do!
TW: This is designed as a two-season show. Is this part of what appealed to you as an actor?
AM: I love limited series. They come and go with a bang.
TW: The other two Walking Dead shows are very much ensemble pieces. Is the World Beyond like this too?
AM: Absolutely. We can’t possibly accomplish anything solo in this world. You need an endless amount of perspectives to cover the ground fully so that you can actually get somewhere.
TW: You have a brown belt in Karate. Were you able to put this to use at all when making the show?
AM: I got to be super physical in my professional life for the first time ever, which is very different than street fighting or studio fighting, obviously. It’s a whole new way of fighting, really. Especially since we have a whole new set of weapons on our show. It was still a big learning curve, and thankfully so. It definitely helped to be a trained fighter, because I have the flow and the control. The fight coordinator and trainer were a lot of fun to work with as we created moves based on Huck’s killer attitude and luckily I had a high level of competence to match that.
TW: In terms of stunts as The Walking Dead is a show that deals with action, did you do many of your own stunts?
AM: I am adamant about having an experience when I act, you can’t truly have it if you are faking it in any way. So I did my stunts to the best of my ability at the time, it was very exhilarating and I was really sore but I felt I was the character in her entirety. I got to collaborate with Steven Ho who is an exceptional Martial Artist and has crafted some awesome moves on the original show. Once we start prep for season 2, I plan to do a great deal of more specified training. Huck’s no joke!
TW: It is a very different show to those you have done before like The Americans. How much did you enjoy the contrast working on The World Beyond?
AM: When there is great writing and a great world, an artist can live wholly in their creativity and fully exercise their imagination. It is the most beautiful alchemy. I was lucky to have this experience with both Nina and Huck. In that way, these two very different women are very much alike.
The Walking Dead: World Beyond starts on AMC on 4 October