Paul Gallant and Jim Mudd talk with former member of The Walking Dead and current cast member on Showtime’s Masters of Sex about her shows, her future with music and the new spin off of “Fear the Walking Dead.”
Kinney was killed off the Walking Dead last season as her character Beth was shot in the head (No we didn’t say spoiler alert, IT’S THE NAME OF THE PODCAST!)
“I was sad to leave the show,” Kinney told Spoiler Alert. “I worked on the show for about four years or four seasons. I’d seen (Beth) grow seen her change. There are a lot of parts of me that are like Beth.
“The fans of Walking Dead are so incredible and it really was such a ride, it was such a journey for me. I’ve never been part of something that had such a reach.”
Starting August 23rd on AMC the first season of The Walking Dead spinoff/prequel “Fear The Walking Dead” takes a look at Los Angeles as the zombie outbreak begins. Kinney is excited for the show, even though we don’t think Beth would pop up in LA at all.
“Someone pitch it,” Kinney said of having Beth on Fear The Walking Dead. “Maybe she went to LA for a music audition or something.”
Kinney is now appearing on Showtimes “Masters Of Sex” which is a different animal to be in than The Walking Dead.
“Very different from Walking Dead,” Kinney said. “To me that definately appealed to me. I loved working on Walking Dead but i sort of liked the idea to of going to work and, like, people not getting shot in the throat. To me I welcomed the break of not necessarily exploring people getting torn apart but instead exploring relationships and sex and drama and people falling in love.”
Actress discusses new indie-pop effort, ‘This Is War,’ as well as playing a “sex surrogate” on ‘Masters of Sex’
Toward the end of last year, a part of actress Emily Kinney died. For four seasons, she had played The Walking Dead’s Beth Greene — the wide-eyed, singing-prone, optimistic daughter of a veterinarian farmer — but as is the show’s wont, her character met its less-than-natural conclusion in November.
Now Kinney is focusing on new roles, with appearances slated on Masters of Sex and The Knick, and a new album. For the past four years, the actress has been recording and releasing albums of emotive indie-pop on her own and has a new one — This Is War — slated to come out on October 2nd. She made the album knowing full well that after her run on one of TV’s biggest recent hits, it would be reaching a wider audience, but she didn’t let expectations faze her. Today, she’s premiering a new tune from the upcoming LP, “Birthday Cake,” which continues in the autobiographical, relationship-themed mold of songs from her prior release, 2014’s Expired Love.
Soft and acoustic, “Birthday Cake” finds Kinney singing to a man she’s crushing on and tells of how they eventually attempt a long-distance relationship after a romantic encounter at her birthday party, moving from making out to making love by the time he visits her in New York City. Kinney tells Rolling Stone that the reason it sounds so sweet and hopeful is because it’s based on a true story.
“I wrote it after I’d gone on a date with this guy I liked and I said, ‘Well, come to my birthday party,” she says with a laugh. “He couldn’t come until late, after my friends and I had gone to this bar, but then later I lured him back to my friend’s apartment. I said, ‘You know, there’s still leftover birthday cake at the apartment, so you might want to…’ So he came over to have some birthday cake and then we fell in love.” She laughs and says that shortly thereafter she had to fly to Georgia to film The Walking Dead, so they tried out a long-distance relationship. When Rolling Stone asks if it worked out, she says with a laugh, “In some ways it worked.”
By her own admission, the tune is one of the more cheerful songs on This Is War. As she wrote the record — whose cover sports her face and the album title written on sticker-covered xylophone keys (“It’s, like, a cute war,” she says) — she constantly found herself in the middle of all sorts of situations, which led to tension in the songs. “The songs are me figuring stuff out,” she says. “The title is about stepping up and standing up for myself, in relationships and in my work. Between auditioning and music, it can be tough. There are a lot of ups and downs.”
Walking Dead alum Emily Kinney has landed a recurring role on the upcoming season of Masters of Sex, EW has learned.
Kinney, whose credits also include The Flash and Forever, will appear in a multi-episode arc as Nora. As a child, Nora was Bill and Libby Masters’ neighbor. Now in her 20s, poised and brimming with intelligence, Nora volunteers to become a sex surrogate in the next phase of Masters and Johnson’s research.
The actress joins previously announced new third season stars, including Josh Charles, Maggie Grace and Tate Donovan.
Masters of Sex returns for its third season on Sunday, July 12, on Showtime.
Emily did a great interview with “A Drink With”. Here’s a snippet.
At just 25 you got the role as Beth Greene on “The Walking Dead”. It sounds like there weren’t too many days working in the coffee shop.
Yeah, you know, right away when I got to New York I didn’t waste a lot of time in terms of waiting to audition. I can remember the first night that I got to New York that second time and I didn’t have an apartment or my job at a coffee shop yet, but I was already planning on going to an open call the next morning. At first I didn’t love New York City either. Now I love it. Now it’s my home. It’s one of my favorite places in the world, but I was there for a very specific purpose and that was that I wanted to work in theater and I wanted to work in the biggest way possible – theater and music. To me, the best place for that was New York City.
WHY SHE’S FOXY: Because she’s an inspired lyricist on the rise who also played a kind-hearted sex kitten zombie killer on the hit TV show “The Walking Dead.”
ON HER CURRENT RELATIONSHIP STATUS: “I’m single. You know, I’m traveling so much, I find it sort of difficult to date and get to know someone. It gets serious very quick or goes away very quick. Planning to travel to see someone puts a specific pressure on the whole thing. I am totally open to it though. I would love to find the right person. I’m sort of awkward sometimes and require a lot of time to myself which I think freaks guys out in the beginning or makes them frustrated/think I don’t like them. When I feel like I have a special connection with someone it’s rare for me. Right now, I’m really digging hanging out with my little sister, or my friends.”
ON HER IDEAL RELATIONSHIP/PARTNER: “I think I really want to be with someone that inspires me and my work. I’d rather be with someone that is into their own thing as well. I’m craving that – someone who inspires me to be excited about things happening in my life, not needing me to apologize for when I have to be away. Musicians typically. I end up preferring to date other artists/actors/musicians because they understand the schedule and its randomness. I picture both of us working on things that we like. Inside jokes from the daily little things, a best friend but someone that is independent. And making me better in some way.”
Emily attended the 41st Annual Saturn Awards last night. Even though she didn’t win in her nominated category, the whole cast took home an award for best cable series.
The Walking Dead is one of those shows that is always very popular with fans, but never seems to win many awards. However, that all changed at the 2015 Saturn Awards, where AMC’s zombie drama netted 7 nominations and cashed in on 3 of those opportunities.
Those three awards also represented some of the biggest categories for a television show that were available at the Saturn awards. Although some members of The Walking Dead’s cast (such as Chandler Riggs, Norman Reedus and Emily Kinney) walked away empty-handed, it was great to see the AMC show being recognized for a great fifth season.
Until her untimely death on last November’s mid-season finale of The Walking Dead, Beth Greene, portrayed by the actor and musician Emily Kinney, was one of the AMC zombie mega-show’s most prominent characters. Devoutly religious and optimistic if initially naive, Beth was such a fan favorite that the blogosphere exploded when she was killed off the show. Naturally, Kinney is not Beth. But don’t tell that to the countless fans who come to Kinney’s concerts; if it were up to them, she’d be Beth forever.
Yes, such are the consequences of moving between the worlds of acting and music. Kinney has been singing since her childhood, and she got her first big break in Spring Awakening on Broadway, but only in recent years has the multi-talented 29-year-old made a legitimate run at a music career. She’s released a pair of EPs, each showcasing the musings of a gentle singer-songwriter in the vein of Ingrid Michaelson. In the fall, Kinney releases her full-length debut album, This Is War. Kinney recently talked to us about her message-heavy LP, jumping from stage to screen, and how she has come to terms with her Beth persona.
People know you best for your acting. Tell us about your lifelong love of music.
I’ve been singing since I was really little. I was probably seven when I did my first talent show. Singing was definitely my in to performing more so than acting. Music definitely came first. As a little kid I was thinking that was the route I was going. And then I started to really fall in love with theater and I realized what I love about music is the stories and the words. I can actually remember someone coming up to me—’cause I used to sing a lot at church and stuff like that—”I love when you sing at church because I feel like I can feel the words.” That stuck with me. I was realizing there was something besides just the music. It was more about telling stories. So I started shifting my focus a bit.