“The first episode of season 7 was definitely the hardest part for me since starting this show,” says Serratos. “Nobody likes to say goodbye.”
If you’re a fan of AMC’s The Walking Dead, you’ve been waiting on pins and needles for the season 7 premiere Oct. 23. As villain Negan prepares to bludgeon one of the show’s star cast members (with rumors flying it’s anyone from motorcycle stud Daryl to soon-to-be-mom Maggie), JEZ catches up with actress Christian Serratos, who plays the fierce and beautiful Rosita. As her character awaits Negan’s fate, 25-year-old Serratos is dishing on zombie slaying, filming the locally shot cable blockbuster and what lies ahead. @kishserratos
We’ve all been on edge since the season 6 finale. How do you think Negan’s arrival will change things for Rick and the rest of Alexandria?
As a fan of The Walking Dead, I was very excited about Negan. Working on the season finale of season 6, I could tell everything was about to change. The show evolved in that moment. The die-hard fans of this show are going to get what we have always strived to give them: a badass roller coaster ride.
How do you think fans are going to handle the death that’s looming? Have you watched the first episode yet?
I haven’t watched it yet. I think that’s something we will probably do together [as a cast] because it is heartbreaking. But it’s supposed to be. This scene was always supposed to be gruesome, emotional, traumatizing and exciting for the audience. That is exactly what we put into it. It’s going to be a rebirth for the living.
What’s your favorite part of playing Rosita? What are you looking forward to most in the new season?
I love playing a strong woman. It’s inspiring and motivating. I’m just as curious to see Negan’s story line in season 7 as anyone else. There’s something about Negan, he’s a monster but you want to like him, for all the wrong reasons.
Atlanta is a huge part of this show. What do you enjoy most about filming here?
Atlanta and other parts of Georgia are very important to this show. We film in the elements. We shoot [from] the summer into a little bit of winter. We deal with incredible heat and freezing temperatures. It really helps us get into the mindset of struggling people in the apocalypse.