Lindsey Morgan: Keepin’ It “100”

Words + Interview By: Krystal Luster

If you’re at all familiar with The CW’s “The 100”, then you’re probably aware of Lindsey Morgan. Lindsey has played the ever-evolving bad-ass mechanic Raven Reyes on the hit show since it’s first season and it looks like she’ll continue on. Outside of her success as an actress, Lindsey enjoys the more leisure side of life often indulging in books and possibly catching a few zzz’s. Be on the lookout for more of Ms. Morgan’s appearances in the near future as she is continually working!

Tell us about your home life before you were introduced to the industry.
I had a very suburban childhood. I grew up in Houston, Texas with virtually zero ties or knowledge about the film industry. I think I was a normal kid. I was a pretty high achiever from debate team to swimming to journalism to drama club. I had a lot of interests but a lot of things I was just good at. There was nothing I was great at. I think that variety of interests made me realize I need to find something that can encompass all my interests and acting was the only thing that did that for me.

What was it about acting that captured your interest?
The idea of transformation has always fascinated me about acting. The idea that I can start the day as one person in one life and in one world and end it somewhere else as a character made it seem like my life would always be exciting and interesting. Acting feels like it’s never mastered, which can be frustrating but also means an infinite ability to be creative and to continually learn and evolve. I love that.

Have you ever forgotten your lines?
Of course! It happens here and there. I may miss a line or skip it by accident. I try not to. I don’t like changing the lines of the writer or their intent.

Tell us some film projects you’re currently involved with.
I just signed on to an indie that shoots this June but I’m not sure what more I can say until it is announced. But, a film that I am very proud of “Summertime”, just premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival so I’m excited to see where it goes next.

How was your character Raven Reyes introduced on The CW’s hit show, “The 100”?
Raven was introduced in the second episode in a very iconic way. Full of fire and sass with shit to do. If you haven’t seen it it’s on YouTube.

How has Raven changed over the series?
You really see Raven evolve over the last five seasons. You see her grow up and mature. She came out of the gate, guns blazing. She was very strong and very naively sure of herself but then her strength and her self assurance was tested over and over again. I feel like we as people all of have pillars of strength inside of us, what we can depend on, what gives us strength, what catches us when we fall and most of her pillars were taken away from her; Finn, her love, her friends, the physical strength in herself, the use of her body, her mind, her brilliance, her purpose and her value. She’s been repeatedly tested in a various ways and she has failed and succeeded, broken down and rebuilt sometimes stronger, sometimes not and I love that. I love her humanity and constant evolution.

What do you look forward to the most this season?
This season is all about character evolution. It’s been six years since the end of Season 4 and six years is a very long time for changes to occur. Some of your favorite characters are going to change, for the better or the worse, and you’ll have to watch how it all plays out.

Are you currently reading any books? 
I just finished The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. My PA at a Comic Con I was doing in Melbourne gave me the book as a gift because I am the lead fan cast for the role of Mare Barrow. It turns out Victoria was also a guest at the same Con. I had no idea and basically devoured the book in three days. I am ready to start the next one.

What is a song you listen to on repeat? 
I listen to a ton of music but right now I can’t stop listening to Cardi B’s “I Like It”.

Being from Houston, who is your favorite artist from there?
Beyonce’, obviously.

Who would you enjoy working with if given the opportunity to do so?
My acting idols are Meryl Streep and Daniel Day Lewis.

How do you feel about the portrayal of women in Hollywood versus how men are portrayed in Hollywood?
I think it’s mostly unfair. From the archetypes women have been portrayed as for centuries to the pay gap between men and women. It just feels like for some unknown reason it was just decided in Hollywood women would be deemed as “lesser” but in reality all the women I know are strong, fierce, capable and had to endure unfair disadvantages to progress in society and life that men never had to, all with the expectation of having perfect makeup. It reminds me of that famous quote said about Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire in the 1930’s, “Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels.” I feel that is how women are portrayed and made to feel in the industry when compared to men.

What are your thoughts on the ongoing allegations coming out about some of the industry’s “big names”?
It’s shocking and heartbreaking. I feel for the victims and can completely sympathize and empathize on why they would stay quiet and how it could be such an epidemic because so many people were afraid of being black balled. That’s a very real thing. I feel like that kind of behavior will not be condoned or hidden anymore because everyone is taking it very seriously and I am very glad about it. It feels like there is finally some security in the industry and I thank the fearless victims for standing up and creating that for the rest of us.

What is a guilty pleasure of yours?
Sometimes, if I am super busy and I finally have a free day, I will sleep as long as I humanly can, which can be about 14 hours. Then, I’ll just spend the rest of the day lying around with my eyes closed, not even watching TV or looking at my phone. Just lying, doing absolutely nothing.

You recently had a birthday. How did/do you plan on celebrating?
I haven’t begun to think about it! Maybe skydiving?

What do your hobbies include?
I really love being active so anything that has to do with exploring or traveling or experiencing something new, I’m all in!

Lastly, what’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Believe in yourself.

Follow Lindsey Morgan on TwitterIG @linzzmorgan.

Photo By Mario Barberio

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