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Fear The Walking Dead Image courtesy of AMC Networks
Image courtesy of AMC Networks

Fear The Walking Dead star Mercedes Mason talks acting, the fans and oh yea, zombies


Faster, stronger and scarier. That is how actress Mercedes Mason, who pays Ofelia Salazar, summed up the second season of Fear the Walking Dead. Although the new season premiered on April 10, fans can expect a lot more zombies, as the pace has picked up quite a bit.

“We’ve gotten to know our characters and the audience knows us too,” said Mason of the show, which highlights three families that are forced together in a cabin-esque scenario. “Everything is really amped and the drama is escalated this season.”

Mercedes Mason Fear The Walking Dead Photo by Richard Foreman/AMC
Mercedes Mason (Photo by Richard Foreman/AMC)

Mason, a native of Sweden, has wanted to be an actress since she was 4-years-old. She remembers donning her mother’s clothes and putting on plays for her family and friends, but also admitted that as a kid, she was very insecure, but always loved to pretend.

“I studied psychology and got my bachelor’s, but I wanted to try acting, so I set a deadline for myself. When that was extended by a year, I almost gave up until I somehow booked a role that kept my dream alive, much to my parents’ chagrin of course,” said Mason. “I imagine all actors need some semblance of attention. You’re feeding off the attention you’re getting and I love the idea of stepping into somebody else’s shoes.”

Like her costars, Mason was a huge fan of The Walking Dead, and did everything she could to land a role on the hit show.

Mercedes Mason (left) survives on Fear The Walking Dead.
Mercedes Mason (left) survives on Fear The Walking Dead.

“I bugged my agents to get me on the show, but then I heard about a companion show, read the pilot and absolutely loved it,” she said. “I got excited and nervous when I got the role, but I was ecstatic.”

On knowing about her character’s shelf life, Mason said she and the rest of the cast don’t even have a clue of how much time they have left.

“We genuinely have no idea what episodes we are in. We’re always worrying if we’re dead,” she said. “But one aspect of it is that it keeps you on your toes. Not knowing bonds you with your character because you don’t know how long you’ll have her.”

For more about Mercedes Mason and Fear The Walking Dead, see Run For Your Life.

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Jennifer Fauci
Jennifer Fauci is the former managing editor of Long Island Weekly, Anton Media Group's award-winning special sections and Anton’s local magazines. Her passion for literature, travel and the arts lend to the unique content in her publications. In her time at Anton, she has received first place in the Folio Awards, second place for the NYPA awards and is the recipient of six PCLI awards.

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