The Natural Aristocrat spoke with Fear the Walking Dead’s Colman Domingo (Victor Strand) at NYC’s IFC Center during Split Screen Festival.
Fear the Walking Dead star Colman Domingo discussed the dynamics of his pairing with on-off ‘frenemy’ Daniel Salazar, missing the old Strand’s ways sometimes, and how Victor Strand likely feels about Charlie taking out his pal Nick right before the show’s Season 5 premiere on AMC.
Watch the interview video above or read the full transcript below!
Interview with Colman Domingo on Victor Strand
The Natural Aristocrat [Nir Regev]: I gotta say, you’re one of my favorite characters on this whole series from the beginning! Legendary voice, Morgan Freeman-like. I think one day you’re gonna be doing tons of voice overs!
Colman Domingo: Thank you, thank you! Voiceover is really another way to tell stories, which is great.
I’m really glad to see it was you that spotted Daniel Salazar on that tape in Fear’s Season 5 premiere. Especially because I think Victor Strand works best when he has an opposing character that doesn’t like him for some reason.
I think you’re right! I think he actually thrives off of that because it’s like he’s got something to prove, in some way. He’s a guy who’s used to the art of the deal. And I think if he didn’t have a deal, he almost doesn’t know his purpose. I think Victor Strand does his best in that way. So the idea of finding Salazar in on the tape is a unique opportunity.
Hopefully, he needs something from Daniel Salazar. A big part of the journey is him going after him to get back but he also knows all the complicated history that lies within them… Like the last time Victor Strand saw Daniel Salazar, he shot him in the face. So there’s some work to be done with these two now and it just gives you more compelling drama.
How was that first crossover episode where Morgan Jones came on? How excited were you about him joining the cast?
I’m as excited as I am about any new actor joining the show. I feel like it’s another great storyteller. I’ve been a fan on Lennie James and thought he’s wonderful. I had no history of Morgan because I don’t watch The Walking Dead. So I was like, ‘Hey, Strand is about to interact with another character! We’ll see how that goes!’ I’m as excited about Lennie James joining the show as someone else joining the show. We always get a great roster of awesome talent! I just feel like ‘Oooh, I can’t wait to wrestle with them, dig in, see what it’s like.’ I love working with Lennie, he’s awesome!
Do you miss Kim [Dickens] and Frank [Dillane]?
Of course I do! They’re my buddies! I don’t miss Kim so much because I see her all the time. She’s one of my best friends! I have her over for dinner, we make plans, I join her family. Kim and Frank are still some of my dearest friends.
You had amazing chemistry with both on the show!
Yeah, it’s like you travel from Vancouver to L.A. then from L.A. to Mexico. We were in Mexico for two seasons and then Austin, you become family. Seven months out of the year we’re shooting, you spend more time with them than you do your loved ones. So we’re still close!
Do you prepare for each episode any differently acting wise, now that you’ve been on for a few seasons?
I think it’s a little different. For me, it’s a little different each season because I think there’s a very different objective for his character and a different way in. I know that I’ve made Strand for myself a bit looser because I think at first, he was a bit tidier. Even the way he spoke, the way he presented himself, the way he moved. I knew I wanted to sort of deconstruct that as an actor. I think he’s getting closer to Colman and less of Strand in a way. I think he had to find that balance of being tough, using his intelligence but also being kind and compassionate.
That’s the part that I understand and I wanted to bring more of Colman into Strand.
I feel as though the character has a lot of nihilistic elements, and then characters like John Dorie come in with this ‘goody goody’ vibe to them. It seems Strand can’t stand it at first but at the same time kind of likes or appreciates it.
I think Stand does like it, like even that one episode where he and John Dorie were trapped on that sort of island in a way. And I think that he’s actually entertained by it. He’s entertained by someone who is so optimistic and hopeful. He’s like, ‘Where does that come from?!’ And how sweet that is… But will that carry you through the world? How do you survive with that? So I think he’s curious about it.
So I’m not sure if he loves it or not but I know that he’s curious about it. Strand knows it’s not a threat but he wonders how useful it is. And so I think he’s always looking at it like, ‘Hmmm, If I were like that, what would I become?’ He doesn’t really understand it but he knows he needs some of those skills now. I think he looks at some of those characters like, ‘Hmmm. That’s curious. Let me try that on for size and see how that fits.” If it doesn’t fit, he’ll just go back to swinging his old ways! (laughs)
I like the old ways!
The old ways are good to have, they’re kinda cool! I think they helped him survive this long, so I think he trusts them. But with the changing of the world he had to adopt some new skills.
I think one of the coolest things about Stand in the early seasons was that he was always ready to pull a fast one. I feel he’s more Hero Strand a lot of the time these days.
It is Hero Strand and I do miss some of the old Strand, I’m not gonna lie! It’s still part of his superhero skills. I think at some point, if there’s an opportunity, he needs to use them. And maybe that’s a skill that he’s keeping a bit quieter for himself, while he’s with this new group. But if he needs to use them in support of the group in some way, I’m sure he will. You can’t take it out of him.
Since you mention missing the old Strand… Next time you have a stocked car like that, you think you’ll just take it and drive off?
Absolutely! (laughs) No, no, right now I don’t think he would. I think he’s really committed to this group. I think he’s committed to Alicia, Morgan, June, Althea, (John) Dorie, he’s commited to them. He’s going to see them through, it’s time to move on and change.
Even Charlie! Because even though she killed one of his good friends, Charlie hasn’t done anything worse than anyone else. So who’s he to judge? I think honestly that’s what Strand feels.
I think you should judge!
Yeah, who knows, he could! (laughs) The guy’s in the apocalypse, we can’t judge anymore. We’re all killing people! (laughs) Good talking to you man!
Be sure to check out Ian McShane’s promising words to Deadwood fans about a potential followup to HBO’s film at Split Screen Festival. Via Skype no less!
Fear the Walking Dead’s Jenna Elfman talked to The Natural Aristocrat about June and John Dorie’s passionate relationship and her on-screen chemistry with co-star Garret Dillahunt.
Acting Dedication: Elfman also discussed meeting a real life Head of Trauma in Austin, Texas to get fully immersed for the role of June.
The Natural Aristocrat [Nir Regev]: How does it feel to be at the center of every Fear the Walking Dead ‘shipping conversation on Twitter? I mean, the fans absolutely love the June/John Dorie relationship. They’re in love with John pretty much, how does that make you feel?
Jenna Elfman: I get it, I’m in love with John Dorie too! (smiles) June loves him and cherishes him. Garret [Dillahunt] and I get along great. Ever since we first met, it’s just been effortless, acting together. I really enjoy it. It’s one of those things you luck out with sometimes with an acting partner, you know? I think we have that.
Is it more captivating for you as an actress to be more of an unreliable character where you don’t know if June might walk away from one script to the next?
I get excited, I just love the storytelling and I trust what they’re going to do. They write fun stuff for me. I love what they’re writing for me, and I’m really really committed to it and enjoying doing it. I love the trajectory they have happening. I dig it a lot. I’m always very excited for the next script.
Do you prepare any differently as an actress from when you first came on Fear the Walking Dead as Laura?
Well, when I read the script I’m always just looking for “Where are the moments of change?” in the script. In every scene, which character is changing and how and what is the impetus of that change? And I really make sure I understand the storytelling in that way. The overall theme and the message. What are the characters’ agreements and what are their problems? And so forth.
I think, maybe now that June’s point of view is very clear and she’s very committed to what they’re doing, I guess I’m approaching this season slightly different. Really because June kind of has a new constitution for herself. But it’s all the same kind of script analysis and character analysis.
Did you visit nurses and doctors for acting research and inspiration?
I met with the Head of Trauma in Austin (Texas) and I had him walk me through. Obviously, there’s triage and trauma nurses and trauma doctors, there’s a clock ticking on life or death. It’s a different sort of mentality of the things you’re looking for. I wanted to know what am I paying attention to? The heart rate, the breathing, the pupils, the skin color, all the things.
If I do this, what would happen? If I do that what’s important to her in that moment with that particular injury? What is she thinking about? I just had him walk me through the whole thing. It was interesting because before he was the Head of Trauma, he was a battlefield surgeon, and so a lot of the stuff he was walking me through was very similar to this scenario that the characters find themselves in. It was very helpful.
You had an amazing line in Fear the Walking Dead’s Season 5 Premiere where you were treating a patient, ‘Well, I’ve never done this in a truck stop before! Only at a trauma center.’ Do you ever get to riff on the lines at all or do you read straight from the script?
No, it’s not me. If I have questions [on the script] I’ll contact the writers, I’ll sent them an e-mail and ask for clarification or something. But no, I don’t change the lines or anything. Unless I ask them to clear it up ahead of time.
What does it mean to you as an actress to get a spot on this show?
It was very thrilling for me, I really wanted to start a new chapter in my career. Something new. I’d done drama before but I’d never done anything like this. They just offered me the role like eleven days after I kind of reconciled myself to what I wanted to do next. So, it was perfect timing and openly accepted by me!
Your character has changed names the most on Fear the Walking Dead! How does that feel, do you ever get confused yourself?
(laughs) No, but I think it just shows sort of an evolution about trying to find yourself, and needing to heal. once again. Luckily, the John Dorie effect… (smiles) You’re able to kind of heal and become yourself. I think this season, we see this beautiful June in full bloom. A new version of herself but connected to her truth.
Be sure to check out The Natural Aristocrat’s interviews with Fear the Walking Dead cast members Austin Amelio (Dwight) and Colman Domingo (Victor Strand) during New York City’s Split Screens Festival at the IFC Center.
The Natural Aristocrat spoke with Fear the Walking Dead’s soon to debut Austin Amelio (Dwight) at NYC’s IFC Center during Split Screen Festival.
Austin Amelio is about to make his Fear the Walking Dead official debut and relishing the opportunity to create ‘something deeper’ with Dwight. Amelio was in the Big Apple along with fellow Fear cast mates for the Season 5 Premiere at New York’s IFC Center and living in the moment. The Natural Aristocrat initially asked Austin off-camera how happy he was Dwight got to live on in Fear and didn’t get killed off by Daryl after all… Which Austin replied comedically deadpan, “Careful, Scott Gimple could be around here somewhere,” (shifting eyes from side to side) drawing laughs from Gimple and everyone around close by.
Austin would later comment at Split Screens Festival Fear the Walking Dead panel that when he was told he was riding with Gimple he was worried about having ‘the talk.’ The character end talk to be exact. Fear castmate Colman Domingo remarked, ‘Well you still have to ride in the same car with him back!’ which brought big laughs from the rest of the cast. The Walking Dead star and former Daryl Dixon rival discussed the initial pressure of being on the grand stage in the role, relaxing more now, and if he thinks he’s ever getting that vest back…
Watch the interview video above or read the full transcript below!
Interview with Austin Amelio on Dwight
The Natural Aristocrat [Nir Regev]: Austin, how does it feel to transverse and do your own crossover? The first semi-villain to come over to Fear the Walking Dead!
Austin Amelio: I’m really excited about it because I get to keep playing with this character and create something a little deeper with him. So it’s been nice.
We spoke off-camera about how you’re afraid of Scott M. Gimple over there killing your character off!
(Gimple laughs in the background)
Are you guys always watching your back when he’s around?
Of course, it’s part of the show! (laughs) Whenever you’re turning the script pages, and you see a walker, you think “Oh no! This could be the episode where I go!”
How do you feel your character has changed over this season?
It’s changed a lot, that’s about all I can say. I don’t want to talk about it too much or give it away… But he leaves on a pretty emotional note and the troubles rise up on the show I’m on now.
Do you feel you prepare differently after you’ve gotten experience on The Walking Dead than when you first came on the show, acting wise?
Oh, a little more relaxed now. I was pretty stressed out the first couple of years but after playing the guy for a while… I just sort of sunk into what he’s about. So yeah, I’m not as stressed out anymore.
Why do you feel you were stressed out?
It was just such a big thing for me, it was a big show… It’s not like it’s just your grandma and grandpa watching, it’s millions of people. There’s a little pressure with that. But yeah, I’m just sort of relaxing now.
I’m wondering where you’re going to go forward with your career. Are you getting offers to do movies now in-between or after Fear?
No idea, I just take it day-by-day. This business is pretty unpredictable. So it’s just day by day and if something comes around and I jive with it, then great. Sort of where I’m at, no pressure.
My last question is… You ever going to get that vest from Daryl back?
(smiles)I don’t know. I think he took that for good! (laughs) I think it’s gone.
Absolutely, thank you!
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Check out The Natural Aristocrat’s interview with Fear the Walking Dead’s Colman Domingo ahead of Fear the Walking Dead’s Season 5 sophomore episode tonight!
Fear the Walking Dead alumni Frank Dillane (Nick Clark) is set for a role in the upcoming film adaption of ‘How to Build a Girl’ by novelist Caitlin Moran.
Nick Clark may have departed Fear the Walking Dead fans early into the series’ much anticipated crossover event but Frank Dillane’s acting career marches on. The FTWD favorite is confirmed for a role in Director Coky Giedroyc’s [Harlots] movie adaption of semi-autobiographical, best-selling novel, How to Build a Girl.
Though Dillane’s exact character in the picture is currently unknown, the Protagonist Films comedy is set for release sometime in 2019 and in post-production. The script was penned by the original English novelist herself, Caitlin Moran, with Beanie Feldstein [Lady Bird] starring as lead character Johanna Morrigan.
Frank Dillane mentioned being “homesick” during a Fear season 4 exit interview with Entertainment Weekly, so it’s only natural his latest project would be an English-born feature! The Fear star’s last two films include Astral and Viena and the Fantomes, which featured a silver screen crossover with The Walking Dead’s Jon Bernthal!
How to Build a Girl Synopsis:
It’s 1993, and there’s only one way for a fat, bright, funny, working-class sixteen year old (Beanie Feldstein) to break out of her tiny, crowded house in Wolverhampton, and go on the somehow noble sex-quest she desires – to reinvent herself as swashbuckling, top-hat-wearing rock critic Dolly Wilde, and explode all over London.
The only question is – was Dolly Wilde the right girl to build?
How to Build a Girl features Alfie Allen [Game of Thrones] as John Kite, Emma Thompson [Saving Mr. Banks] as Amanda, Paddy Considine [Peaky Blinders], Sarah Solemani [Bridget Jones’s Baby], Sue Perkins [The Great British Baking Show] as Emily Bronte, Tadhg Murphy [Vikings] as Andy Rock, Laurie Kynaston [Cradle to Grave] as Krissi Morrigan, Chris O’Dowd [Bridesmaids], Joanna Scanlan [Girl with a Pearl Earring], and Bobby Schofield [Knightfall] as Pricey, among its cast.
Screenwriter Caitlin Moran has already released a sequel to How to Build a Girl’s novel last July with How to Be Famous, which also follows Johanna Morrigan but at 19-years old. If the film adaption of How to Build a Girl is a success, Frank Dillane might potentially reprise his upcoming role… One step at a time.
Check out what The Walking Dead’s Jadis/Anne has been up to with our exclusive Pollyanna McIntosh interview on Darlin’ at the NYC premiere during the What the Fest?! film festival.